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Thanks to the Data East Collection 1 I was able to play Karate Champ. Thanks to the Evercade VS system Noah and I were able to play this game together. The console version of Karate Champ was included on the Data East Collection 1. The home console version of this game is very interesting. One human can compete against the computer and most likely get humbled greatly or two humans can compete against one another. Karate Champ is a best of three match.

Noah and I both had issues figuring out what worked and what did not work in Karate Champ. There are times when I thought I was going down and I beat Noah. How did that work exactly? I am still not quite sure. There are a variety of moves that players can use in Karate Champ. The goal is to punch or kick your opponent so they go down and you get a point. It can take just one hit to make them go down in Karate Champ. Keep that in mind.

The fighters look good in terms of their clothing. The faces could have used some work. This is probably about as good as they could have gotten it back in that video game era. Karate Champ is a piece of video game history, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed exploring it. Families will need to be aware there is some violent content within Karate Champ. It is actually much less than I was expecting.

Once one of the players is knocked down the action stops. There is no dirty fighting allowed within Karate Champ. Noah and I got plenty of laughs while we played Karate Champ. Most of those were from the janky graphics and controller confusion. Spamming buttons while you play Karate Champ will not help you. I know you can do it in a lot of fighting games. Just not this one. Noah learned that lesson quite well.

The music is fun to listen to and Karate Champ actually feels like a Karate competition. Too bad there was no Cobra Kai for Karate Champ. That would have been interesting. Maybe a sequel some day. Never say never. There are numerous locales that players can go and fight in. I enjoyed the different locations personally. That is one of the few reasons to replay Karate Champ.
- Paul


Graphics: 65%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 75%

System: Evercade/NES
Publisher: Data East
Developer: Technos Japan
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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