Kung-Fu Master © 1984 Irem Corp.
For more complete information on the game itself, please see the original Japanese version entry; "Spartan X".
Kung-Fu Master was released in December 1984 outside Japan. Originally known in Japan as as "Spartan X".
Licensed to Data East for US manufacture and distribution. Kung-Fu Master was the first game that Irem licensed to Data East and was also the first of two genre-defining fighting games released by Data East that year; the other being 'Karate Champ', the world's first one-on-one fighting game.
A bootleg of this game was released by O.K. corp. in 1985.
Mike Sullivan holds the official record for this game with 1,349,040 points.
Differences between Spartan X and Kung-Fu Master :
* During the demo screen the word Kung-Fu (in 'A KUNG-FU MASTER, THOMAS....') is spelled 'KANFU' in Spartan X.
* Spartan X has an additional copyright notice that is not in Kung-Fu Master : '(C)1984 Paragon Films Ltd., Towa Promotion'.
Nintendo Famicom [AS] (1984) "Kung Fu"
[US] Atari 2600 (may.12, 1987) "Kung-Fu Master [Model AG-039]" by Activision
[US] Nintendo NES (oct.1985) "Kung Fu [Model NES-SX-USA]"
[EU] Nintendo NES (apr.15, 1987) "Kung Fu [Model NES-SX-NOE]"
[US] Atari 7800 (1989) "Kung-Fu Master [Model AM-039-04]" by Absolute Entertainment
[EU] Nintendo Game Boy (1991) "Kung Fu Master [Model DMG-SX-NOE]"
[US] Nintendo Game Boy (feb.1991) "Kung Fu Master [Model DMG-SX]"
[US] Apple II (1985) "Kung Fu Master"
[US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1985) "Kung Fu Master"
[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1986) "Kung-Fu Master" by U.S. Gold
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1987) "Kung-Fu Master"
PC [MS Windows, Online] [EU] (dec.9, 2011) "IREM Arcade Hits" by DotEmu
Apple MacIntosh [Online] [US] (aug.21, 2011) "Irem Arcade Hits" by DotEmu
PC [Desura] [US] (nov.2, 2013) "IREM Arcade Hits" by Plug In Digital
F.A.Q. by Kevin Butler A.K.A. War Doc