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Hard Puncher - Ketsumamireru no Eikou [Model GX870]

Arcade Video game published 36 years ago by Konami Industry Co., Ltd.

Listed in MAME

Hard Puncher - Ketsumamireru no Eikou [Model GX870] screenshot

Hard Puncher - Ketsumamireru no Eikou © 1988 Konami.

An excellent boxing game from Konami.


Game ID : GX870

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz), Konami K007232 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), UPD7759 (@ 640 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette Colors : 1024

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3


Hard Puncher was released in December 1988 in Japan.

The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'Blood-smeared Glory'.

Export releases:
"The Final Round [Model GX870]".

There are plenty of references to "Contra" such as Rocky Smith and Joe Vulcan looking similar to Bill Rizer and Lance Bean : Contra's 2 main characters. not only that, but one of the CPU contenders named Red Falco is a reference to what else? Red Falcon, the extraterrestrial arch-enemy from Contra.

Another of the CPU contenders, Iron Drago is a spoof of Ivan Drago, the boxer from the 1985 film 'Rocky IV'.

Finally, Black Stallion, the final contender is a spoof of Mike Tyson.

King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Collection Vol.0 - 276A-7708) on 21/07/1989.


All these tricks work in Japanese version only, Hard Puncher!

* Unlock A Secret World : Begin a normal game. Then, at the opening blue screen, press Left, Right, Up, Right, Down, Right, Left(x2). If done correctly, a bell will sound. Now your rivals will be much harder and even deal special punches they didn't originally have. Also, you'll be able to string 20-hit combos on some opponents. Beat this game mode and you'll be awarded $20,000,000 instead of 10 (note : This code appears briefly on screen after beating the game in Regular mode).

* Unlock A Powerful World : Begin a normal game. Then, at the opening blue screen, press Right, Up, Left(x2), Down, Up, Right, Down. If done correctly, a bell will sound. Now knockdowns will occur whenever a punch is landed (like sans power in Mortal Kombat). Beat this game mode and you'll be awarded $20,000,000 instead of 10 (Note : This code appears briefly on screen after beating the game in Secret World mode).

* Alien Ball In Power Training Session : Go to the Power Training Session and hit all 50 volleyballs. Then, an alien-like ball with veins and teeth will be thrown at your head. If you miss, it will bite your face, but if you hit it, you'll receive an additional 10% increment, for a grand total of a 30% power increment.

* Moai Mask : Sometimes the referee will be wearing a mask of Moai, the stone head from Parodius and Cue Brick. I haven't confirmed what triggers this particular trick, but I think it could have something to do with the timer. -Maybe winning at 2 :22, 1 :11, or something like that-

* Alternate Credits Roll : Beat the game in New or Powerful World mode. When the credits roll, the names will remain the same but the titles will be different. 'Making of this game' is replaced by 'Staff of Conjax Pro'. Also, keep an eye out for a cameo by Pentarou the penguin from Parodius during either credits roll.

* The Mob Never Forgives : When you win the game and get the park scene, look carefully in the background to spot two hit men armed with UZIs and gunning down a poor guy. The girl next to him tries to run. Is this subliminal violence??


Total director : Hideyuki Tsujimoto (H. Tsujimoto)
Game programmer : G. Suzuki
Assistant programmer : Tadasu Kitae
Character designer : Kengo Nakamura
Graphic designers : K. Ishimoto, K. Hattori
Visual designer : A. Nonami
Sound designer : Shinji Tasaka
Music composer : Motoaki Furukawa
Electric architect : K. Hashima
Electronic architect : M. Hiraoka
Package designer : F. Shibuya
Manager : Koji Hiroshita


Game's ROM.
Excerpts of this page were taken/edited from X-Mang's Hard Puncher FAQ hosted at since 2000.