Karate Champ (NES) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / December 30th, 2013


  • Bethuel Mares

    December 30, 2013 at 1:22 am


    • punkbikerdude

      December 30, 2013 at 7:04 am


      • johnpseudo

        December 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Dude, is that the digitized version of virgin-hunting nowadays ? And what kind of sense does it make to yell “First” when there is clear logged proof that you just weren`t the first one to comment (which is a pathetic achievement anyway) ?! And besides, you got a life, right ?!

      • ronnie

        December 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Why the fuck do you care so much? It’s almost 2014 and people are -still- bothered by “First” posts? I’m starting to think it’s not them who needs to get a life.

      • Night-X

        January 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        First come and now first to be forgotten.

    • Alan Stithler

      December 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

      to get raped by a elephant.

    • Alan Stithler

      December 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

      To be in an octopus rape show and enjoyed it.

    • January 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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  • KennyM

    December 30, 2013 at 1:38 am


    • Alan Stithler

      December 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

      to lick and suck shiz out of a poodle’s asshole!

  • Wes Wade

    December 30, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I love white people..

    • December 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

      /facepalm what does race have to do with being stupid?

  • Kent Burton

    December 30, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I hate white and black people.

    • Cory Tankersley

      January 6, 2014 at 1:06 am

      I hate people.

  • December 30, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I know how you felt in the wish list part 1 about this game. THE CONTROLS ARE HORRIBLE.

  • strider

    December 30, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Looks like the background pics are the commodore 64 version, not the arcade :/

  • December 30, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Another great video you guys! It’s like getting a present every time I see that there’s a new video uploaded!

  • spoonshiro

    December 30, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Makes Shaq Fu look like a masterpiece…

  • December 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I’m going to have to disagree here. I think Karate champ was a good effort. The arcade version consisted of 2joysticks per player. Yes the controls aren’t typical for a fighting game (button mashing doesn’t work), but it was created before fighting game standards were established. The controls boil down to “hold a direction & press a button” , much like smash brothers.
    There is a learning curve to be sure, but I don’t think this game is terrible. It is more of a Bushido-Blade style, with exactness winning out over button mashing, and well placed hits being deadly.

    • December 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      yes, I also made a comment like this one. The arcade game was the best fighting game ever made for me. The combination of two controls and no buttons made you feel like you were really fighting! I love this game!

  • Nintendomaniac

    December 30, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I was introduced to Karate Champ as a kid by my friend down the street who owned it. I used to play it over at his house all the time. I didn’t care how much the game sucked…when I was that young, I would play it just because it was a video game regardless of the quality.

  • Nintendomaniac

    December 30, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Data East seemed to like putting screenshots of the arcade versions of their games on the back of the NES boxes. They did the same thing with “Karnov”.

  • Kjetil håvås

    December 30, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I have played Karate Champ on NES. When I played
    I hated it.
    It has the worst control in all games.

  • December 30, 2013 at 5:52 am

    no bull?.. the bull is a lie!

  • December 30, 2013 at 6:22 am

    You can try the arcade one on Playstation 2. The game is called Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Karate Michi.

  • December 30, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Play Mortal Kom8at 2 or Mortal Kom8at Armageddon

  • Tim Harrod

    December 30, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Arcade Karate Champ was good once you got the hang of the two-joystick control scheme.

  • December 30, 2013 at 9:14 am

    There actually exists a good version of this game. It’s called World Karate Championship and it’s on the Atari 800. You should try it, I loved it!

  • Travis McNabb

    December 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I just played all 3 of those games last night. No bullshit! Karate Champ, Kung-Fu and Kung-Fu Heroes. I’m not kidding. I played them on my hacked Wii via Homebrew. I was testing out cheat codes for them.

  • SinesteticSnail

    December 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Look at that beautiful Lego castle on the shelf… that one (but the grey version) and the board game Weapons and Warriors were my favourite things as a child.

  • December 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    So glad I never owned or rented this game as a kid.

  • Red Ninja

    December 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    You should do Three Stooges for the NES

  • December 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    This is actually the BEST karate game ever made. The problem is that you have to play it in an arcade. The game had two controls, no buttons. You have to combine both controls to make a movement. That made you feel like you were really fighting. In the days, it was just awesome! The game was not made to be played in the NES, and that’s why it sucks in that console, but I’ve never played a better fighting game than this one. If you get the MAME rom you’ll see that at the beginning the game shows you how to combine the controls.

    • jasonjrf

      December 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      agree 100% I could not get enough of this game when I was young.

  • silverogre

    December 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    A few years ago I played a lot of Karate Champ with a couple of my friends– because it was hilariously bad. Tons of fun!

  • Aaron1375

    December 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I actually remember the arcade being rather fun…just a poor transfer, which happened all the time back then. You’d get psyched when your fave arcade game game to a home console and it would be pure shit.

  • December 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    You know I mentioned it in your wish list and now several people are mentioning it now, in regards to the dual stick control scheme in the arcade and how this game is more about timing and choosing the appropriate counter move than button mashing. Yet you didn’t mention these points in this new vid. It’s almost like you are ignoring us, which is a tad insulting.

    Just for the record I think the real problem is you guys suck at this game and are blaming it on the admittedly confusing controls. Even at the tender age of 8 I managed to hit the pots on the bonus stage fairly easily.

    You need the manual. You CANNOT just “figure out” the controls on this game. They are player and situation specific.

    Also fix your aspect ratio Nerd! You don’t play 4:3 games stretched to 16:9! For shame!

  • December 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Is Karate Champ a horrible fighting game or an awesome dancing game?

  • jasonjrf

    December 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    You guys dont get this game. First in the arcade it has two controllers no buttons so the port to NES may be bad. But the arcade is awesome and it is an intricate game and way ahead of its time. what posisiton your guy is in depends on what move you do. You guys really dont give this enough credit.

  • December 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Good video James and Mike

  • bobby brady

    December 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hey Mike , James its Bobby Brady,,haven t heard from you guys in awhile.E.T.A on the Stallone games review?Also Ken was talking about a game on the 3DO called “The Horde” I went over and played.Totally neat.Review the fucking game you got me pantysniffer?see ya guys!The Horde wild game.Hey you guys like B.D.K?

  • Arc Nova

    December 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Karate Champ? More like Karate Chump. Am I right?

  • xZombie1x

    December 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This game is a shit sandwich.

  • Ace

    December 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    As others have mentioned, I agree that the NES game was an unfortunately bad port of the excellent arcade game. I recall the original arcade to have precise controls and excellent hit detection, the two joystick setup actually being rather intuitive once you got the hang of it.

    The Bull was a bonus stage similar to the other flying object ones, except the bull would charge much faster and could not be dodged. Only way I found to defeat it was a perfectly timed chop to the forehead, knocking it out. Damn if accomplishing that feat didn’t make you feel like a genuine bad-ass Karate Champ!

    • December 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      yes, it was all about timing and smart moves. Excellent game!

  • RectalTerror

    December 31, 2013 at 7:08 am

    So no one remembers that this (well, the arcade version) is what Vandamme plays in Bloodsport? Seeing it in the movie you’d almost swear it’s an ok game, though.

  • December 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t doubt that the gameplay is terrible, but is it really that hard to understand? (B) (A) B attacks left, and A attacks to the right. If this isn’t correct then the programmers really were terrible.

  • scronan

    January 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Holy crap what memories this video brings back. The sad part is that I was extremely good at this game as a kid…I remember borrowing it from a friend and playing it forever until I could do all of the moves as best as you can with the crappy hit detection. I do remember playing through the game in 1 player mode and winning about 50 times and never, ever finding that goddamn bull (which I remembered from the arcade version). Despite being good at the basic controls, I still got my ass kicked by those flying bottles…ugh. Funny though, I remember seeing this game in the arcade and never liked it (Yie Ar Kung Fu was 10 times better) and I hated it on the NES as well…but on those rainy days when you’re sick of everything else…well, then I’d play this horrible piece of crap. Thankfully I never owned a copy myself…lol. 😉

  • Anthony33

    January 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I remember this was a good game in the arcade but yeah, definitely sucked on Nintendo.

  • January 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The back ground ref guy looks like Ron Jeremy.

  • gluserty

    January 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I used to think I was just bad at this game…but no, the controls are just impossible to master, since they make no sense.
    To me, the referee looks like this actor named Michael Carmine (sadly, he passed away at age 30 in 1989), who had such roles as two episodes of “Miami Vice” and the film “*batteries not included”.

  • miksolt

    January 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Maaaan… These horrible, horrible games… Jesus. You guys should find the programmers of this crap and force them to play this shitty game: “Play it! Play it you motherf….r!!!” That would be a satisfaction for all of us…

  • kabukiman

    January 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    i think you supposed to hold controller sideways, so up + b = back round kick

  • January 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I see now, it’s like this game was first made to be some kind of Michael Jackson dancing simulator, that explains awkward motion (pretty much like moonwalking). Maybe they lost the rights and had to turn this into a fighting game quickly lol. Also, the judge has a dick 😉


    January 6, 2014 at 6:41 am

    awesome gamexD:P

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  • January 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    p.s: click my name and play the best game of your life…

  • January 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I know that both of you are more to the clasic games and because i grew up mostly with a gameboy on my hand i respect that.But i would love to see you two trying something like tekken or dead or alive for once.Just to say your thoughts about those as well.

  • January 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    this was one of my favorite games as a kid because i loved making fun of it while playing it

  • skwij

    January 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This looks terrible, but it was fun watching you two hate it. Thanks!

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  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 27, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Oh man, that game is laughably bad! 😀 It’s nice to see an extended video of it. 🙂

  • January 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    really horrible, seems like a watered down version of the great Way of the Exploding Fist for ZX Spectrum and C64 …

  • rob wilson

    February 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    LOL That’s the first time I’ve ever seen ANYBODY hit a bottle in the end bonus!

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