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A player versus player Karate fighting game. Players each use two joysticks to perform a variety of different moves. The person who wins two out of three matches is the winner.

Taisen 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 Taisen 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 Karate Dou

Taisen Karate Dou
Taisen Karate Dou


Name Taisen Karate Dou
Developer Nihon Bussan/AV Japan (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10015
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class Data East Classic
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

At the beginning of the game, you will have a choice of either practicing your karate techniques or beginning immediately. During the practice stage, you score points by doing each of the moves correctly. There are twelve different tournaments with twelve 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 either kick a vase, kick apples out of another man's hands and off his head or jump up and kick a tall post.

After each tournament has been won, a girl will come up to your character and say "My Hero!" but if you lose the girl will say "Better Luck Next Time!" and the game will end. If you win all twelve tournaments, you will begin again with increased difficulty. You will have to win all twelve tournaments again before the game will end. At the beginning of the twlefth and final tournament on the second level of difficulty, it will say "Final Game". After you get past it, it will say "The End". After play has ended, whether you get to the end or not, you are awarded 500 points each tournament that you have won and this bonus will be added to your final score.

Taisen Karate Dou KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Taisen Karate Dou Census

There are 14,842 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,933 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Rare - There are 2 known instances of this machine owned by Taisen 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.

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

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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CPU: Z80
SOUND: 2xAY-8910 and 1xMSM5205

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