List of Fist of the North Star video games

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The four Hokuto no Ken video games for the Family Computer.

The following is a list of video games based on the manga Fist of the North Star. Since 1986, many video games based on the Hokuto no Ken franchise have been released for the Japanese market, including coin-operated arcade games and computer software. The majority of these games were released only in Japan, with the exceptions of Fist of the North Star for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Taxan Soft in 1989, Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of Universe for the Game Boy by Electro Brain in 1991, and the Ken's Rage series by Koei Tecmo, which started in 2010. The arcade games Fighting Mania by Konami and the Fist of the North Star fighting game by Sega, also received international distribution.[1][2] Additionally, the Sega games Black Belt for the Master System and Last Battle for the Genesis, were originally released as Hokuto no Ken video games in Japan before they were stripped of the license and rebranded for the international market.

1980s[edit]

Title Details
Hokuto no Ken: Violence Gekiga Adventure
北斗の拳 バイオレンス劇画アドベンチャー

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: May 1986
Release years by system:
NEC PC-8801, PC-9801, FM-7
Notes:
  • A graphic adventure game released by Enix, it is the first Hokuto no Ken video game ever produced. The story is a loose adaptation of the Shin story arc.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: July 20, 1986
Release years by system:
1986 - Mark III
2004 - PlayStation 2 (Sega Ages 2500 vol.11)
2008 - Wii (Virtual Console)
Notes:
  • The first Hokuto no Ken game by Sega. A side-scrolling action game with five stages (the Town of Southern Cross, God's Land, Devil's Rebirth, the Legacy of Cassandra, and the Cross Mausoleum of the Holy Emperor), culminating in a final one-on-one battle with Raoh.
  • The international version is titled Black Belt and features altered graphics and characters due to the removal of the Hokuto license.


Hokuto no Ken
北斗の拳

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: August 10, 1986
Release years by system:
Family Computer
Notes:
  • The first Hokuto no Ken video game released by Toei for the Famicom. A side-scrolling action platform game where the player fight their way through five stages. Bosses includes Mr. Heart, Shin, Jagi, Souther, and Raoh.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: April 17, 1987
  • NA: April, 1989
Release years by system:
Family Computer
Notes:
  • The second Hokuto no Ken video game released by Toei for the Famicom. Released in Japan as Hokuto no Ken 2: Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu (北斗の拳2 世紀末救世主伝説). Based on the early episodes of the Hokuto no Ken 2 anime series, the game features Kenshiro as he faces against the warriors of the Gento empire. There are eight stages in the game. Bosses includes Bask, Geila, Taiga, Solia, Boltz, Bronza, Falco, and the Nameless Shura.
  • Released in North America in 1989 under the title of Fist of the North Star. The game was advertised in issues of Viz Communication's initial English adaptation of the Fist of the North Star manga.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: July 1, 1989
Release years by system:
1989 - Mega Drive
2008 - Wii (Virtual Console)
Notes:
  • The second Hokuto no Ken game released by Sega. It is a side-scrolling action game similar to the Mark III original composed of four stages based on the Imperial Capital and Asura arcs of the manga (the portions which were adapted for the Hokuto no Ken 2 anime series).
  • The international version, titled Last Battle, features recolored graphics and renamed characters, although the actual character designs and plot were unchanged.


Hokuto no Ken 3: Shin Seiki Sōzō: Seiken Retsuden
北斗の拳3 新世紀創造 凄拳列伝

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: October 19, 1989
Release years by system:
Family Computer
Notes:
  • The third Hokuto no Ken video game released by Toei for the Famicom. A role-playing video game which adapts the storyline from the beginning of the manga to the Asura arc. The player takes control of a party composed primarily of Kenshiro, Bat, and Lin, as they encounter several characters from the series along the way.


Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of Universe
北斗の拳 凄絶十番勝負

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: December 22, 1989
  • NA: April 1990
Release years by system:
Game Boy
Notes:
  • A fighting game released by Toei for the Game Boy. Known in Japan as Hokuto no Ken: Seizetsu Jūban Shōbu (北斗の拳 凄絶十番勝負). The player takes control of Kenshiro or one of ten of his adversaries from the series (Heart, Shin, Jagi, Uighur, Souther, Raoh, Falco, Han, Hyou, and Kaioh).
  • Released in North America in 1990 by Electro Brain under the title of Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of Universe.


1990s[edit]

Title Details
Hokuto no Ken 4: Shichisei Hakenden: Hokuto Shinken no Kanata he
北斗の拳4 七星覇拳伝 北斗神拳の彼方へ

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 29, 1991
Release years by system:
Family Computer
Notes:
  • The fourth and final Hokuto no Ken video game released by Toei for the Famicom. An RPG similar to the previous game, it features an entirely new storyline set years after the conclusion of the manga. The protagonist is a descendant of the Hokuto Sōke bloodline who embarks on a journey to become the next Hokuto Shinken successor.


Hokuto no Ken 5 : Tenma Ryūsei Den: Ai Zesshō
北斗の拳5 天魔流星伝 哀★絶章

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: July 10, 1992
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • The first Hokuto no Ken for the Super Famicom. An RPG similar to the third and fourth games for the Famicom, the game features another original storyline. This time the story is set in an alternate universe where a new protagonist must embark on a journey to unite the Hokuto, Nanto, and Gento successors against a common enemy.


Hokuto no Ken 6 : Gekitō Denshōken: Haō e no Michi
北斗の拳6 激闘伝承拳 覇王への道

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: November 20, 1992
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • The second Hokuto no Ken game for the Super Famicom by Toei. It is a one-on-one fighting game featuring eight playable characters: Kenshiro, Mr. Heart, Rei, Souther, Raoh, Falco, Kuroyasha, and Kaioh.


Hokuto no Ken 7 : Seiken Retsuden: Denshōsha e no Michi
北斗の拳7 聖拳列伝 伝承者への道

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: December 24, 1993
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • The third and final Hokuto no Ken game for the Super Famicom by Toei. Another one-on-one fighting, it features a similar character roster, with Falco, Kuroyasha, and Kaioh replaced by Shin, Shu, and Juza. Mr. Heart, along with the King of Kiba, appear in this game as CPU-only opponent in the Story and Battle modes.


Hokuto no Ken
北斗の拳

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: December 22, 1995
Release years by system:
1995- Sega Saturn
1996 - PlayStation
Notes:
  • A graphic adventure game released by Banpresto for the Saturn and PlayStation. Set years after the ending of the original manga, the story centers around Kenshiro's quest to rescue Lin and Lui from the masters of Hokuto Mumyōken, a style which branched off from Hokuto Shinken.


2000s[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 2000
Release years by system:
Arcade
Notes:
  • A first-person boxing game released by Konami for the arcades. It was released in Japan as Punch Mania: Hokuto no Ken (パンチマニア ~北斗の拳~) and internationally as Fighting Mania. Based on the first anime series, the player fights against characters from the series in one-on-one matches. There six courses in the game, each covering a certain portion of the storyline.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: October 26, 2000
Release years by system:
PlayStation
Notes:
  • A 3D action game released by Bandai which adapts the storyline of the manga from the beginning to Kenshiro's final battle with Raoh. The game features most of the same voice actors from the TV series reprising their roles.


Punch Mania: Hokuto no Ken 2: Gekitō Shura no Kuni Hen
パンチマニア ~北斗の拳2 激闘 修羅の国編~

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: December 2000
Release years by system:
Arcade
Notes:
  • Released as an upgrade kit to the original Punch Mania, this expansion features courses based on the second anime series, as well as two different two player modes.


Sega Ages 2500: Hokuto no Ken
SEGA AGES 2500 北斗の拳

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 25, 2004
Release years by system:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Remake of Sega's 1986 Hokuto no Ken game for the Mark III featuring fully polygonal graphics. Includes the original Mark III version as a bonus.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: December 2005
Release years by system:
2005 - Arcade (Atomiswave)
2007 - PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • A one-on-one competitive fighting game released by Sega and developed by Arc System Works. It features ten characters from the series, which includes Kenshiro, Mr. Heart, Shin, Rei, Mamiya, Jagi, Juda, Thouther, Toki, and Raoh.
  • Released for the arcades as Hokuto no Ken (北斗の拳) in Japan and Fist of the North Star internationally.
  • Released for the PlayStation 2 in 2007 as Hokuto no Ken: Shinpan no Sōsōsei: Kengō Retsuden (北斗の拳 審判の双蒼星 拳豪列伝).


Hokuto no Ken: Hokuto Shinken Denshōsha no Michi
北斗の拳 〜北斗神拳伝承者の道〜

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: February 14, 2008
Release years by system:
Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Released by Spike, it is a digital comic version of the manga featuring action sequences in which the player must defeat Kenshiro's adversaries by touching their vital points on the touch screen.


Hokuto no Ken Online
北斗の拳オンライン

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: July 2008
Release years by system:
Windows
Notes:
  • MMORPG produced by Korean-based Gung-ho Online Entertainment.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: January 22, 2009
Release years by system:
PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • 3D fighting game released by Interchannel based on the Raoh spin-off manga Ten no Haoh. Features 13 playable characters, which includes Raoh, Reina, Souga, Thouzer, Juda, Ryuroh, Ryuga, Sakuya, Uighur, Toki, Amiba, Jagi, and Kenshiro.


2010s[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 25, 2010
  • NA: November 2, 2010
  • EU: November 5, 2010
Release years by system:
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: December 20, 2012
  • NA: February 5, 2013
  • EU: February 8, 2013
  • JPN Wii U: January 31, 2013
  • NA Wii U: February 7, 2013
  • EU Wii U: February 7, 2013
Release years by system:
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U


Hokuto ga Gotoku
ほくと が ごとく

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: TBA 2018
Release years by system:
PlayStation 4
Notes:
  • Featuring the story and gameplay mechanics with similar combat, exploration, and mini-games from the Yakuza games.
  • Kenshiro is confirmed to be played by Takaya Kuroda, who also voiced the main character Kiryu Kazuma from the Yakuza series.


Gekiuchi series[edit]

Title Details
Typing Ōgi: Hokuto no Ken Gekiuchi
タイピング奥義 北斗の拳 激打

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 1999
Release years by system:
Windows, Mac OS
Notes:
  • A typing game released by SSI Tristar for computers, the game has seven stages, each based on a portion of the manga (covering up to Ken's first battle with Raoh).
  • A re-release titled Second Edition was released in 2000.


Typing Haō: Hokuto no Ken Gekiuchi 2
タイピング覇王 北斗の拳 激打 2

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: July 2000
Release years by system:
Windows, Mac OS
Notes:
  • The second Hokuto no Ken typing game by SSI Tristar. The sequel to the original Gekiuchi, it features two game modes, one starring Kenshiro and the other Raoh.


Typing Shūgyō: Hokuto no Ken Gekiuchi Zero
タイピング奥義 北斗の拳 激打 Zero

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: February 2001
Release years by system:
Windows, Mac OS
Notes:
  • The third Hokuto no Ken typing game by SSI Tristar, it is set during Kenshiro's Hokuto Shinken training, culminating with his first battle with Shin.


Typing Hyakuretsuken: Hokuto no Ken Gekiuchi 3
タイピング百裂拳 北斗の拳 激打 3

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: April 2003
Release years by system:
Windows, Mac OS
Notes:
  • The fourth Hokuto no Ken typing game by SSI Tristar. It features a different format from the previous Gekiuchi games, in which the player chooses from one of eleven characters and competes against the other ten. Whereas the previous Gekiuchi games feature anime-style artwork by artist Junichi Hayama, the graphics in this game are drawn more closely to Tetsuo Hara's original manga art.


Hokuto no Ken: Gekiuchi Online
北斗の拳 激打ONLINE

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 1, 2004
[3]
Release years by system:
Windows, Mac OS
Notes:

Online typing multiplayer game that was playable by paying a monthly subscription. The graphic assets were reused from Gekiuchi 3. The player could play against human opponent or CPU. Game had a power up system where the player could earn experience points by playing online and use them to upgrade character's stats (attack, defense, endurance, evasion, critical hit chance) when playing against CPU. The game had a ranking and title system which was used for fair player matchmaking.[4] Trial version was available and it only had 6 characters (Souther, Shin, Jagi, Rei, Shu, Heart).[5] The servers were closed down on April 30, 2005, making the game unplayable[6]


Hisshōhō series[edit]

Title Details
Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken
実戦 パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳

  • JPN: May 27, 2004
PlayStation 2[7]
Notes:
  • A simulated version of Sammy's Hokuto no Ken pachislot machine.
  • A limited edition "DX Pack" was released in addition to the standard edition which included a specialized pachislot controller for the PS2 and a wristband.[8]


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken Plus
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳 Plus

  • JPN: February 24, 2005
PlayStation 2[9]
Notes:
  • An updated version of the previous Hokuto no Ken pachislot simulator. It introduces two new panel designs: Kokuoh and Shukumei.


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken DS
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳 DS

  • JPN: June 4, 2005
Nintendo DS[10]
Notes:
  • Port of Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken.


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken Portable
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳 ポータブル

  • JPN: August 10, 2005
PlayStation Portable[11]
Notes:
  • Port of Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken.


Jissen Pachinko Hisshōhō! CR Hokuto no Ken
実戦パチンコ必勝法! CR 北斗の拳

  • JPN: December 22, 2005
PlayStation 2[12]
Notes:
  • A simulated version of the CR Hokuto no Ken pachinko machine. It simulates the Denshō and Tomo versions of the machine.


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken SE
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳 SE

  • JPN: August 3, 2006
PlayStation 2[13]
Notes:
  • A simulated version of the Hokuto no Ken SE pachislot machine.
  • A limited edition was also released featuring a set of stickers and straps.[14]


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken SE DS
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳 SE DS

  • JPN: August 10, 2006
Nintendo DS[15]
Notes:
  • Port of Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken SE.


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken SE Portable
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳 SE ポータブル

  • JPN: August 10, 2006
PlayStation Portable[16]
Notes:
  • Port of Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken SE.


Jissen Pachi-Slot Pachinko Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken Wii
実戦パチスロ・パチンコ必勝法!北斗の拳 Wii

  • JPN: May 24, 2007
Wii[17]
Notes:
  • A compilation featuring simulated versions of Pachislot Hokuto no Ken, Pachislot Hokuto no Ken SE, CR Hokuto no Ken and Digihane CR Hokuto no Ken


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken 2 Ransei Haō Den Tenha no Shō
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳2 乱世覇王伝 天覇の章

  • JPN: October 11, 2007
PlayStation 2[18]
Notes:
  • Simulated version of Pachislot Hokuto no Ken 2.


Jissen PachiSlot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken R: Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu
実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳F 世紀末救世主伝説

  • JPN: May 31, 2012
PlayStation 3[19]
Notes:
  • Simulated version of Pachislot Hokuto no Ken F.


Crossover games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JPN: February 22, 1988
Release years by system:
1988 - Family Computer
Notes:
  • Action RPG released by Bandai. It features Kenshiro as one of the 16 heroes in the game, along with Hyoh, Kaioh, and Raoh as bosses, and Lin and Akasachi as NPCs.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: November 23, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 - Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Action fighting game released by Nintendo and developed by Ganbarion. It features Kenshiro and Raoh as playable characters, along with Rei and Toki as support characters, and Yuria, Lin, and Bat as help panels.



Original release date(s):
  • JPN: March 19, 2014
Release years by system:
2014 - PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita
Notes:


References[edit]

  1. ^ "TAFA - Fist of the North Star by Sega". 
  2. ^ "TAFA - Fighting Mania by Konami". 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040306173154/http://www.gekiuchi.com/
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040310003609/http://www.gekiuchi.com/guide/index.html
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040311122053/http://www.gekiuchi.com/guide/taikenbanyo.html
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050206211433/http://www.gekiuchi.com/info/05013100.html
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  12. ^ "実戦パチンコ必勝法! CR 北斗の拳". PlayStation Official Website (in Japanese). Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. 
  13. ^ "実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳SE". PlayStation Official Website (in Japanese). Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. 
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  15. ^ "実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳SE DS". Nintendo Homepage (in Japanese). Nintendo Co., Ltd. 
  16. ^ "実戦パチスロ必勝法! 北斗の拳SE ポータブル". PlayStation Official Website (in Japanese). Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. 
  17. ^ "実戦パチスロ・パチンコ必勝法! Sammy's Collection 北斗の拳 Wii". Nintendo Homepage (in Japanese). Nintendo Co., Ltd. 
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  • Hokuto no Ken 2000: Kyūkyoku Kaisetsusho Part 2 北斗の拳2000 究極解説書 PART2 [Fist of the North Star 2000: The Ultimate Handbook Part 2]. ISBN 4-8342-1685-3. 

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