Japanese cover art
|Developer(s)||Marionette Co., Ltd.|
The Japanese version is based on the 1985 film, Mr. Vampire (Reigen Dōshi being the Japanese title of the film). As a kung-fu master, the player must fight through eight towns filled with Kyonshi (each with a unique town boss). A small selection of items, and a large selection of fighting moves could be used on the enemy. The game also included a hidden character that made the game much more difficult, a baby kyonshi or "Conshi."
Instead of keeping track of available items, the game's inventory screen tabulates all the possible items in the game. It is possible to ask the in-game assistant to give the player the game's strongest weapon (the Sacred Sword) only for the game to reject the player because he never collected it.
An infinite amount of continues are available to complete the game.
The American video gaming magazine Nintendo Power rated the North American version of Phantom Fighter with a score of 3 out of a possible 5 points. Allgame gave all versions of the game with a score of 3 out of 5 stars.
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