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Karate Tournament, The

Chatan Yarakuu Shanku - The Karate Tournament (c) 1992 Mitchell.

Karate Tournament is a one-on-one fighting game for one or two players, based on the ancient and most well known of martial arts, Karate.

Players enter a karate tournament - having first selected their preferred skill level, from either White, Brown or Black belt - and fight against a number of progressively tougher opponents. Each victory awards the player with a higher belt grade within their current belt colour - white grade six to white grade five, for example - and if the player wins the tournament, he or she is awarded a higher belt colour and the game ends. If players chooses to play the game on the 'Black Belt' skill level, defeating opponents is awarded with a higher grade, or 'dan' of Black Belt.

Karate Tournament uses a distinctive graphical technique in that it 'morphs' some of the combatants' movement graphics to simulate speed and motion blur. The game was also unique upon its release in that, in a world of "Street Fighters" and "Mortal Kombats" - replete with fantastical special moves - Karate Tournament was a genuine simulation of a recognized martial art; something not really seen since the first appearance of Data East's legendary genre-defining fighter, "Karate Champ", released eight years' earlier in 1984.


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : uPD7810 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound Chips : OKI6295 (@ 9.375 Khz), YM2413 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


Object chief : Utata Kiyoshi

Object assistants : Super Guruken, Poco.P, Dr. Miyajima, Tetuhiro Kuroda, Ikuko, Fujishima.G

Back chief : Oyuusan

Back assistants : Akiko Kosaka, Rikachan

Sound composer : Yoshi Sasaki

Sound data : Yos.S, Kouichi Saito, Mitsuko Seto, Ad Make Up, Guruken

Soft sub : Namcho

Data input : Kinchan

Main programmer : David Bo0wy

Planner : The Fourth Sally