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Black Belt / Hokuto no Ken
Box artwork for Black Belt / Hokuto no Ken.
Japanese title 北斗の拳
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Distributor(s) Wii Virtual Console
Designer(s) Yuji Naka
Release date(s)
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Sega Master System
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Wii Virtual Console
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Sega Master System, Wii
Players 1
Series Hokuto no Ken
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This is the first game in the Hokuto no Ken series. For other games in the series see the Hokuto no Ken category.

Black Belt is a 1986 beat 'em up game released for the Sega Master System. It is a localization of the Japanese Mark III game, Hokuto no Ken (北斗の拳?), based on the manga and anime series of the same name (Fist of the North Star in English). The international version was stripped of the Hokuto no Ken license, forcing graphic alterations to the game. Black Belt was one of programmer Yuji Naka's early games prior to his involvement in Sonic the Hedgehog.

The game was changed when it was brought over from Japan. The changes were the characters themselves and the backgrounds, as well as everything related to the property. However, the game mechanics are still the same and even the lesser enemies die by exploding into bits. A sequel was released for the Sega Mega Drive in Japan, which was released internationally as Last Battle, once again stripped of the Hokuto no Ken license.

This game is officially the first game to bear the Hokuto no Ken title. It was followed by another Hokuto no Ken game released for the Famicom. This Sega Mark-III version was released in Japan on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008.

Story (Black Belt)[edit]

The player take control of a martial artist named Riki, who sets out to rescue his girlfriend Kyoko from his rival, Wang. The game is composed of six left-to-right side-scrolling stages in which Riki faces different types of underlings (depending on the stage), facing an occasional sub-bosses at mid-points of certain stages. At the end of each stage, Riki must confront the stage's boss, each being susceptible to only one type of attack. The player must exploit their opponent's weakness and use it to finish the boss off. Many of the bosses can be beaten by repeatedly pressing the kick button, but some of the bosses required to be attacked in a specific way to be defeated.


Black Belt Hokuto no Ken Role
Riki Kenshiro (ケンシロウ) Hero
Kyoko Yuria (ユリア) Heroine
Ryu Shin (シン) 1st Boss
Hawk Colonel (カーネール) 2nd Boss
Gonta Devil's Rebirth (デビル・リバーズ) 3rd Boss
Oni Toki (トキ) 4th Boss
Rita Souther (サウザー) 5th Boss
Wang Raoh (ラオウ) Final Boss

Table of Contents

Black Belt/Table of Contents

editHokuto no Ken series

Hokuto no Ken: Violence Gekiga Adventure · Black Belt · Hokuto no Ken (Sega Mark III) · Hokuto no Ken (Famicom) · Fist of the North Star (NES) · Hokuto no Ken 3: Shin-Seiki Sōzō Seiken Retsuden · Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of Universe · Hokuto no Ken 4: Shichisei Hakenden Hokuto Shinken no Kanata e · Hokuto no Ken 5 : Tenma Ryūsei Den Ai★Zetsushō · Hokuto no Ken 6 : Gekitō Denshōken Haō e no Michi · Hokuto no Ken 7 : Seiken Retsuden Denshōsha e no Michi · Hokuto no Ken (Sega Saturn) · Fighting Mania: Fist of the North Star · Hokuto no Ken : Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu · Punch Mania ~Hokuto no Ken 2 Gekitō Shura no Kuni Hen · Sega Ages 2500 Hokuto no Ken · Fist of the North Star (arcade) · Hokuto no Ken: Hokuto Shinken Denshōsha no Michi · Hokuto no Ken Online · Hokuto no Ken Raoh Gaiden: Ten no Haoh

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