Yakuman (video game)

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Cover art
Developer(s)Intelligent Systems
Composer(s)Hirokazu Tanaka
Platform(s)Game Boy
  • JP: April 21, 1989
Genre(s)Board game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Yakuman (役満) is a 1989 mahjong video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for its handheld Game Boy (as one of the launch titles of the system in Japan). There is a successor to this game on to the Nintendo DS called Yakuman DS.[1]


A sample game of Yakuman being played

One of the four original Game Boy games available for the Japanese launch of that system on April 21, 1989. Released alongside Alleyway, Super Mario Land, and Baseball, it bears the distinction of being the only of the four Japanese Game Boy launch titles never released outside Japan.[2] If there are two copies, two Game Boys and a link cable, two-player mode is possible.[2]

Yakuman is the name of the winning hand in the Chinese board game, mahjong. Players have to beat the opponent's hand by either matching panels of different numbers within the same family or by grouping panels that belong to the same family in different numbers.[disputed ][3]

The options to turn off the background music for the game and to manipulate the difficulty of the game's artificial intelligence can be found on the main menu.[4] Players have a choice of five opponents to play with; four male and one female.


The Yakuman Player as seen on the cover art appears as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It appears again, this time as a spirit, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


  1. ^ Sequel information at Softpedia
  2. ^ a b Yakuman at MobyGames
  3. ^ Yakuman at NinDB
  4. ^ Yakuman at Giant Bomb