Kung Fu Heroes

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Kung-Fu Heroes
Front cover of Kung-Fu Heroes
Front cover of Kung-Fu Heroes
Developer(s)Nihon Game
SeriesSuper Chinese
Platform(s)Arcade, NES, Wii U Virtual Console
  • JP: Oct 1984
  • JP: June 19, 1986
  • NA: 1989
Virtual Console
  • JP: July 23, 2014
Beat 'em up
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, simultaneous

Chinese Hero (チャイニーズヒーロー, Chainīzu Hīrō), also known in Japan as Super Chinese (スーパーチャイニーズ, Sūpā Chainīzu), is an arcade action game developed by Nihon Game (now Culture Brain) and published by Taiyo System in October 1984. Chinese Hero is the first game in the Super Chinese series by Culture Brain.[1] It was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System as Kung Fu Heroes in Japan by the company Nihon Game in 1986 and was released in North America in 1989. The title saw a release on the Nintendo Switch Online service on August 21, 2019, most notably being the first time the North American version has been re-released in a few decades.

Kung-Fu Heroes features an overhead view and up to two players may play simultaneously. It is a direct port of the earlier arcade game Chinese Hero developed by Nihon Game at the time the company was involved in the coin-up industry. Unlike other titles in the series, it does not incorporate any role-playing video game elements in the gameplay.


Monsters have taken Princess Min-Min captive and have stolen the 10 treasures of the nameless land the game takes place in, leaving everything in sorrow. Kung-fu Masters Jacky and Lee return from training and must set out to rescue the princess and find the treasures.

Kung Fu Heroes title screen (NES)


Screenshot of Chinese Hero (arcade).

The player controls one of the characters, Jacky or Lee, and each level pits the player against countless enemy warriors. The goal is for the player to defeat enough enemies so that the door at the top of the room opens allowing the player to exit the room and proceed to the next. Enemies' attacks and weapons vary throughout the game. There are quite a number of BONUS levels that players can enter.


  1. ^ "Chinese Hero at Arcade History". 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-09-25.

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