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Karate Dou Karate Dou - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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The first of many karate fighters. A single player competes against a computer opponent using two joysticks to perform a variety of moves. The best two matches, out of three, wins.

Karate Dou was produced by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan in 1984.

Nihon Bussan/AV Japan released 60 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Nihon Bussan/AV Japan was based in United States.

Other machines made by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan during the time period Karate Dou was produced include: Pro Tennis, Pro Sports, Pro Bowling, Pro Soccer, Burnin' Rubber, Karate Master, Karate Champ, Karate Champ - Player Vs Player, Cobra Command, and Kung-Fu Master


Name Karate Dou
Developer Nihon Bussan/AV Japan (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8281
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class Data East Classic
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Karate Dou Instructions Image
PCB Karate Dou PCB Image

Game Play

There are different tournaments with different scenaries that you have to win in order to become the champion. During each tournament, you must demolish your opponent with a single blow while dodging or blocking your opponent's attacks. You must win two rounds in the tournament in order to proceed to the next.

You need to score from 600 points to 1000 points when you strike your opponent in order to gain a full point in the round. If you only score 100 points to 500 points when you strike your opponent, you will only get a half point in the round. You need at least two full points in each round, in order to win the tournament. If time runs out during the round, your score will have be higher than your opponent's or you will have to be the one who scored before time runs out, in order to win the round.

Between each tournament, there is a bonus stage that will require you to kick a vase, kick apples out of another man's hands and off his head or jump up and kick a tall post.

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Japanese version of Karate Champ.

Produced by Technos Japan Corp.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Karate Dou Census

There are 14,827 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,880 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Rare - There are 2 known instances of this machine owned by Karate Dou collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Karate Dou circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

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CPU: Z80
SOUND: 2xAY-8910 and 1xDAC


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