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Karate Champ is one of the earliest examples of the one-on-one fighting game, published by Data East Corporation and originally developed by a company full of former Data East employees known as Technos Japan (now Million Co. Ltd.).

Gameplay consists of two fighters (one in a white gi and another in a red gi) using karate moves to score successful hits against each other. There is no Life Meter; a player can only win a round by scoring two "points" against his opponent, with the referee judging whether or not a hit is worth a half-point or a full point. The winning player gets to participate in a minigame, and then face off against progressively harder opponents.

A sequel called "Karate Champ: Player vs. Player" was later released. While the single player-only first game took place largely in a karate dojo, the second game had a variety different locations, and allowed two players to play against each other.


Tropes used in Karate Champ:

  • Mini Game
  • Scoring Points: There are two kinds: one which determines the outcome of the match, and another traditional point-scoring system for the leaderboards, which doesn't have a direct effect on gameplay.
  • SNK Boss: The computer opponent, once a player reaches 8th Degree Belt level.
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