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  • It let plays compete in actual karate competitions, ranging from breaking boards, who can do the best karate moves to amaze the crowd, and fighting opponents


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      I don’t even know where to start with this arcade port. The actual Karate Champ game at arcades was pretty decent. For some god forsaken reason the transfer to the Nintendo Home Entertainment system was a disaster and I … yes there it goes again. I can hear the cries of all those people who paid full price for this not so classic game that is about to get its cartridge smashed into tiny pieces.

      Like I said in my opening paragraph the arcade version of Karate Champ was a good game. It let plays compete in actual karate competitions, ranging from breaking


      boards, who can do the best karate moves to amaze the crowd, and fighting opponents. Not only that the game controlled like a game should and the graphics were pretty damn good. Simple, but pretty good even to this day.

      Now comes the NES version of Karate Champ. The only thing we have with this version is fighting (white and red only still) and destroying flying objects that come off the screen. I guess it was a good idea to take away the cool little karate competition aspects. Just beat the red guy in each and every stage.

      I had no idea that karate fights were held on docks, floating on top of a mountain, swears, and other random places. I have no idea what they were thinking when it came to the backgrounds in the game, especially the ones where the characters are on open areas and still fighting, like the mountain stage. Nice job guys.

      Trying to play this game can be rather difficult. The hit detection system is horrible! Most of the time you can just go up to your opponent and give a one kick victory. But when you try to put in strategy all hell breaks loose and you see the ...


      • Karate Champ, NES Game
      truth around this horrible game. It just doesn’t work, I don’t know how else to say it.

      Did you know karate champions only have black hair and one eye? It has to be true since it’s in a video game, right? Absolutely no real detail went into the games graphics. Backgrounds are generic, the character models are bad, and the guy who says “Begin” looks like an 8-bit version of Ron Jeremy. Speaking of the 8-bit Ron Jeremy, that part really does make me giggle because it looks like him. Why couldn’t 8-bit Ron Jeremy use his 3 legs of doom for the

      win?

      There are two audio tracks on this entire game. There is an opening theme and a small track that happens before each match (pretty lame if you ask me). But at least there are bad sound effects to make it easier on you when you want to stop playing this piece of shit.

      After 9 levels of trash you have to ask yourself “do I want to play this game again?” The answer is really simple, no. I don’t see why anybody would want to play this game after one play through. Maybe you want to torture yourself, who knows. Once is enough.




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