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Karate Champ

Released in 1984

Developer: Data East
Manufacturer: Data East
Distributor: Data East

***** (4 total votes)

Karate Champ marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Head to Head Karate, gaming's first complex beat-em-up - beat your opponent senseless

Hardware Info

Controls: 2 Joysticks
Vertical-mounted Raster monitor
224 x 256 Resolution
Colors: 256 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
AY-8910 audio @ 1 Mhz
AY-8910 audio @ 1 Mhz
DAC audio

Hardware Platform

Data East Z80 Based

Mame ROMs

kchamp, Karate Champ (US)

Game Details

First beat-em-up, also the first fighting game to utilize a complex control system.

Karate Champ's players each had two joysticks, by using a reference chart just below the moniter you could make combinations in joystick movement for various moves (i.e. up with left and right the right joystick would make a jumping head kick). Karate Champ was well ahead of its time.

Next to the more simplistic fun other machines had to offer in the early-mid eighties arcade scene, it became a footnote instead of the innovator Street Fighter's similiar gamplay would in time become.

Karate Champ control panel
control panel

Karate Champ cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Karate Champ title screen
title screen
Karate Champ gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Karate Champ promotional flyer
promotional flyer Member Ratings / Comments

***** by rarrgh. Comment: "When people talk about fighting games and their incredibly complex combos, all I can think is "jump, sweep, POINT!" .. I'm retarded." 2000-11-04 06:39:27Z

***** by karatechamp1. Comment: "I have a lot of fond childhood memories playing this game. I think it came out the same year as 'Karate Kid' the movie which also was a favorite of mine. A lot can be said about these old games. They can't compare even remotely to the graphics and sound quality of games nowadays but they had something that the games today don't...something that can't be duplicated." 2004-03-30 23:09:42Z

**** by er1c777. Comment: "Anyone know where I can get this entire system? Please email me at Thanks." 2004-09-22 01:03:56Z

***** by Nigel. Comment: "I was addicted to this game. I played my dad, brother, whoever. Got them with the same move every time - forward somersault over opponent's head -> back kick. None of them would play me afterward. I was accused of using techniques that were "fancy." Didn't you just love the chart right there on the console? " 2005-07-07 17:43:27Z

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This game page was created 8/3/1998 12:00:00 AM and last updated 12/13/2021 6:38:28 AM