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Hokuto no Ken
PS2 Hokuto no ken
Cover of the PS2 version.
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Arcade, Playstation 2
Release date(s) December 2005 (Arcade)
March 29, 2007 (Playstation 2)
Genre(s) 2D Versus Fighting
Mode(s) Up to 2 players simultaneously
Rating(s) CERO: B
Input methods 8-way Joystick, 5 Buttons
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Atomiswave

Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳 Hokuto no Ken?) is a 2D head-to-head fighting game developed by Arc System Works and produced by Sega Games, based on the manga and anime series of the same name. It was originally released for the arcades in late 2005 on the Atomiswave platform. A PlayStation 2 version, titled Hokuto no Ken: Shinpan no Sōsōsei: Kengō Retsuden (北斗の拳 審判の双蒼星 拳豪列伝?, which roughly translates to "Fist of the North Star: The Twin Blue Stars of Judgment - History of Great Fighters"), was released in Japan in March 2007. This version features a bonus DVD including an exclusive training mode ("Starter's Guide") and a documentary covering previous Hokuto no Ken console games. The arcade version was officially distributed by Sega in North America[1], while the PS2 port was released only in Japan.

GameplayEdit

While in both terms of gameplay and visual style, the game is similar to the Guilty Gear series (which was also made by Arc System Works), some aspects of the mechanics are slightly different.

Seven Stars of the HokutoEdit

Below each character's lifebar is a gauge with seven "stars" in the shape of the Big Dipper. Special moves, supers, and some command normals can remove varying amounts of stars. Once empty, a final "Death Star" or "shichousei" will light up and the other player can perform a special "Fatal KO" attack that can instantly defeat them, regardless of their lifebar (similar to the Instant Kill attacks in Guilty Gear.). The biggest difference is these moves may be easily comboed into, making them far more practical than their Guilty Gear counterparts. Players regain two stars at the start of each round, and one star any time an opponent unsuccessfully attempts to Fatal KO. After being Fatal KO'd, if the match is not over, that player starts the following round with all seven stars replenished.

BoostEdit

Boost is one of the many meters in the game, displayed above the Aura meter in the game's HUD. The bar is divided into three sections or stocks. Using a boost (with the Boost/Special button) allows a player to cancel a move after it hits (similar to Roman Cancels in Guilty Gear), and also shoots the character forward. The player can also Boost when not doing a move, in order to jet across the screen quickly. Boosts are frequently used to perform combos that otherwise would not be possible.

AuraEdit

Used to perform super moves and Guard Cancels (similar to alpha counters.) The gauge can hold two stocks. The first stock fills the gauge up with blue; the second stock fills the gauge up with gold. When at least one stock is ready, text reading "GOD FIST BLOW" appears next to the gauge. If the player's opponent has lost all his stars, it will read "DEADLY FIST BLOW."

CharactersEdit

There are three types of special techniques in the game:

  • Special Move (必殺技 Hissatsuwaza?, "Sure-Killing Techniques") - Standard techniques that can performed through specific command-based/button inputs.
  • God Fist Blow (究極奥義 Kyūkyoku Ōgi?, "Ultimate Secrets") - Techniques that can be performed when at least one stock of the Aura Gauge has been filled.
  • Deadly Fist Blow (一撃必殺拳 Ichigeki Hissatsu Ken?, "One Strike Deadly Fist") - Techniques that defeat the opponent in an instant. Can be perform when the Death Omen Star appears on the opponent's Seven Star Gauge.
  • Command legend
    • P = Any Punch
    • WP = Weak Punch
    • SP = Strong Punch
    • K = Any Kick
    • WK = Weak Kick
    • SK = Strong Kick
    • S = Special
    • QCF = Down, Down-Forward, Forward
    • QCB = Down, Down-Back, Back
    • DPF = Forward, Down, Down-Forward (Dragon Punch command)
    • DPB = Back, Down, Down-Back
    • HCF = Back, Down-Back, Down, Down-Forward, Forward
    • HCB = Forward, Down-Forward, Down, Down-Back, Back
    • QCFx2 = Down, Down-Forward, Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward
    • QCBx2 = Down, Down-Back, Back, Down, Down-Back, Back

KenshiroEdit

The 64th successor of Hokuto Shin Ken. His lover Yuria was taken away by Shin of the Nanto Sei Ken, who also engraved the seven scars on his chest. He has met numerous rivals in battle while pursuing his destiny as successor of Hokuto Shin Ken, leading to a showdown with his greatest adversary, Raoh.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 闘気 Tōki Aura QCF + WP
Special Move 秘孔・醒鋭孔 Hikō: Seiei Kō Hidden Point: Sobering Sharp Hole QCF + SP
Special Move 北斗飛衛拳 Hokuto Hiei Ken North Dipper Flying Defensive Fist DPF + WK
Special Move 天破の構え Tenha no Kamae Heaven Breaking Stance QCB + SP
Special Move 北斗有情猛翔破 Hokuto Ujō Mōshō Ha North Dipper Merciful Shock Wave DPF + P
Special Move 北斗龍撃虎 Hokuto Ryū Geki Ko North Dipper Dragon Attacks Tiger QCB + WP
Special Move 北斗蛇雷咬 Hokuto Jarai Kō North Dipper Snake Lightning Bite QCF + SK
Special Move 北斗七死騎兵斬 Hokuto Shichishi Kihei Zan North Dipper Seven Death Cavalry Kill (During midair) QCB + WP
God Fist Blow 天破活殺 Tenha Kassatsu Heaven's Impalement QCFx2 + WP
God Fist Blow 無想転生 Musō Tensei Unconscious Transmigration QCBx2 + WK
God Fist Blow 北斗残悔拳 Hokuto Zankai Ken North Dipper Remorse Fist QCBx2 + SP
Deadly Fist Blow 北斗百裂拳 Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken North Dipper Hundred Crack Fist QCF + SP + SK

RaohEdit

He took the name of Ken-oh, the King of Fist, in order to become the Conqueror of Century's End. Seeking to acquire the Heavens for himself, he mastered a hard style that can cause even a tiger to fear its own death. A man who seeks to rule with power and terror during a century's end of chaos. In order to overcome his fear, he took Yuria's life in order to learn true sorrow and stand before Kenshiro as his mightiest adversary.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 北斗剛掌波 Hokuto Gōshō Ha North Dipper Iron Palm Wave QCF + SP
Special Move 北斗羅裂拳 Hokuto Raretsu Ken North Dipper Gauze Splitting Fist DPF + SP
Special Move 北斗天将雷撃 Hokuto Tenshō Raigeki North Dipper Commanding Lightning Strike DPF + WP
Special Move 北斗呑龍呼法 Hokuto Tenryū Kohō North Dipper Dragon Breathing Technique QCB + WP
Special Move 無想陰殺 Musō Insatsu Unconscious Shadow Kill (While performing a standing standard or special move) HCF + SK
Special Move Sai Sai QCB + SK
God Fist Blow 天将奔烈 Tenshō Honretsu Heaven's Command Charge QCBx2 + SP
God Fist Blow 無想転生 Musō Tensei Unconscious Transmigration QCBx2 + WK
God Fist Blow 秘孔新血愁 Hikō Shinketsushū Hidden Point: New Blood Sadness QCBx2 + WP
Deadly Fist Blow 北斗滅天把 Hokuto Mettei Ha North Dipper Destruction Heaven Wave QCF + SP + SK

TokiEdit

A man who possesses the most graceful skills in the 2,000 years-old history of Hokuto. However, he was exposed to radioactive fallout while protecting Kenshiro and Yuria and was removed from the candidacy of the succession. In contrast to Raoh's hard style, Toki is a master of the soft style. However, he is willing to do everything to confront his natural brother Raoh, including staking his life to learn the Hard style.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 闘勁呼法 Tōkei Kohō Fighting Strength Summoning HCB + SK
Special Move 天翔百裂拳 Tenshō Hyakuretsu Ken Heaven Soaring Hundred Crack Fist (While in midair) QCF + SP
Special Move 北斗破流掌 Hokuto Haryū Shō North Dipper Break Flowing Palm QCB + WP
Special Move 北斗酔舞撃 Hokuto Suibu Geki North Dipper Drunken Dance Attack QCB + WK
Special Move 北斗翔輪脚 Hokuto Shōrin Kyaku North Dipper Soaring Wheel Kick (While in midair) QCB + SK
Special Move 北斗流弧陣 Hokuto Ryūko Jin North Dipper Flowing Arc Formation QCB + SP
Special Move 北斗無想流舞 (前上/前方) Hokuto Musō Ryūbu North Dipper Unconscious Flowing Dance (Front) DPF + P or K
Special Move 北斗無想流舞 (後上/後方) Hokuto Musō Ryūbu DPB + P or K
Special Move 北斗無想流舞 (重直/降下) Hokuto Musō Ryūbu North Dipper Unconscious Flowing Dance (Vertical/Descent) (Standing or Midair) QCF + WP
God Fist Blow 秘孔・刹活孔(自分) Hikō Sekkatsukō Hidden Point: Temple Life Point (Himself) QCBx2 + WK
God Fist Blow 秘孔・刹活孔(相手) Hikō Sekkatsukō Hidden Point: Temple Life Point (Opponent) QCFx2 + WK
God Fist Blow 北斗有情断迅拳 Hokuto Ujō Danjin Ken North Dipper Humane Swift Judgment Fist QCFx2 + SP
God Fist Blow 北斗砕覇拳 Hokuto Saiha Ken North Dipper Breaking Supremacy Fist QCBx2 + SP
Deadly Fist Blow 北斗有情破顔拳 Hokuto Ujō Hagan Ken North Dipper Humane Face-Breaking Fist QCF + WP + SP

JagiEdit

A pretender to the Hokuto Shin Ken succession who has engraved seven scars on his chest. He was the one who drove Shin's heart to madness, as well as the true culprit for the kidnapping of Rei's sister Aili. Having learned Nanto Sei Ken in addition to Hokuto Shin Ken, Jagi is man who will use anything, from shotguns to gasoline, to win. He harbors the belief that a younger brother can never be superior to his elder brother.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move ショットガン (正面) Shottogan Shotgun (Front) QCF + WP
Special Move ショットガン (斜め上) Shottogan Shotgun (Diagonal) DPF + WP
Special Move マッチ Matchi Match QCF + WK
Special Move ガソリン Gasorin Gasoline QCB + SK
Special Move ドラム缶 Doramu Kan Drum Barrel QCB + WK
Special Move 南斗邪狼撃 Nanto Jarō Geki South Dipper Wicked Wolf Attack QCB + SP (can be held down for greater damage)
Special Move 北斗千手殺 Hokuto Senju Satsu North Dipper Thousand Hand Smash (While in midair) QCF + WP
Special Move バカめ!勝てばいいんだ!何を使おうが Baka me! Kateba ī nda! Nani o tsukaouga "You fool! Winning at any cost is all that matters!" While knocked down, press SP when near the opponent
Special Move 良くできた弟~~~!! Yokude kita otōto! ! "Well done, little brother!" HCB, Forward + SK
Special Move や…やめてくれ!!た…たのむ!! Ya… yamete kure! ! Ta… tanomu! ! "St...Stop it! I beg you!" QCB + WP (can be held down for greater damage)
God Fist Blow 今は悪魔が微笑む時代なんだ Ima wa akuma ga hohoemu jidaina nda "This is an era where the Devil smiles on us." Forward, HCF + SP when near Shin
God Fist Blow 俺の名を言ってみろ Ore no na o itte miro "Say my name!" Near the opponent, HCBx2+SP, then QCF + WP
God Fist Blow 北斗羅漢撃 Hokuto Rakan Geki North Dipper Arhat Attack QCFx2 + SP with WP, WK or SK
God Fist Blow まだまだ読みが甘いわ Madamada yomi ga amai wa "You're still too naive!" QCFx2 + WP
Deadly Fist Blow フフ…この時を待っていたのだ Fufu… kono toki o matte ita noda "Fufu...I've been waiting for this moment!" QCF + SP and SK

ShinEdit

A man who bears the burden of Star of Sacrifice, one of the Nanto Rokusei Ken. A master of Nanto Koshū Ken. Driven to madness by Jagi, he took Kenshiro's beloved Yuria away from him by force. In order to win Yuria's love, he took on the name of "KING" and founded the nation of Southern Cross for her, until the supposedly defeated Kenshiro appeared before him.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 南斗獄屠拳 Nanto Gokuto Ken South Dipper Hell Slaughter Fist DPF + K
Special Move 南斗虐指葬 Nanto Gyakushi Sō South Dipper Cruel Finger Burial (Near opponent) HCB + WP
Special Move 南斗旋脚葬 Nanto Senkyaku Sō South Dipper Spinning Kick Burial QCB + WK
Special Move 南斗千手斬 Nanto Senju Zan South Dipper Thousand Hand Slash QCF + SP and then QCF + SP
Special Move 南斗白燕転翔 (前) Nanto Hakuen Tenshō South Dipper White Swallow Revolving Soar (Forward) QCF + SK
Special Move 南斗白燕転翔 (後) Nanto Hakuen Tenshō South Dipper White Swallow Revolving Soar (Back) QCB + SK
Special Move 南斗迫破斬 Nanto Hakuha Zan South Dipper Force Breaking Slash QCB + SP
Special Move 南斗流羽矢弾 Nanto Ryūhashi Dan South Dipper Flowing Feather Projectile QCF + WP and then press WP an "n" number of times.
God Fist Blow 南斗千首龍撃 Nanto Senshuryū Geki South Dipper Thousand Dragon Head Attack QCBx2 + SP
God Fist Blow 南斗雷震掌 Nanto Raishin Shō South Dipper Thunder Tremor Palm QCBx2 + SP
God Fist Blow お前の拳では、死なん! "I refuse to die by your technique!" When the Death Star appears on Shin's Seven Star Gauge, pres HCF, HCB + WP
Deadly Fist Blow 南斗翔鷲屠脚 Nanto Shōshū Tokyaku South Dipper Soaring Eagle Slaughter Kick QCF + SP and SK

ReiEdit

One of the Nanto Rokusei Ken, the man who bears the burn of the Star of Justice. Successor of Nanto Suichō Ken, the most elegant among the Nanto Sei Ken arts. He began his journey when his sister Aili was kidnapped by a man with seven scars on his chest. After meeting Kenshiro and Mamiya, he was finally reunited with his sister and is now willing to give up his life to save his friends.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 南斗虎破龍 Nanto Ko Ha Ryu South Dipper Tiger Destroys Dragon QCB + SP and then QCB +SP
Special Move 南斗狂鶴翔舞 Nanto Kyōkaku Shōbu South Dipper Wild Crane Soaring Dance While in midair QCB + SP
Special Move 南斗迅襲嘴斬 (斜め前下) Nanto Jinshū Shi Zan South Dipper Swift Attack Beak Slash (diagonally down-forward) While in midair QCF + SK
Special Move 南斗迅襲嘴斬 (斜め後下) Nanto Jinshū Shi Zan South Dipper Swift Attack Beak Slash (diagonally down-back) While in midair QCB + SK
Special Move 南斗鶴翼迅斬 Nanto Kakuyoku Jin Zan South Dipper Wing Crane Rapid Slash While in midair QCF + SP
Special Move 飛燕流舞 Hien Ryūbu Flowing Dance of the Flying Swallow While in midair QCF + WP or WK
Special Move 南斗撃星嚇舞 Nanto Gekisei Kakubu South Dipper Striking Star Frightening Dance DPF + P
God Fist Blow 断己相殺拳 Danko Sōsai Ken Self-Sacrifice Offset Fist QCFx2 + SP
God Fist Blow 南斗凄気網波 Nanto Seiki Mōha South Dipper Miserable Energy Netting Wave QCFx2 + WP
God Fist Blow 空舞燕離斬 Kūbuen Ri Zan Departing Slash of the Sky Dancing Swallow While in midair QCF, HCB + SK
Deadly Fist Blow 飛翔白麗 Hishō Hakurei Soaring White Loveliness QCF + SP and SK

JudaEdit

One of the Nanto Rokusei Ken, the man who bears the burden of the Star of Enchantment. The successor of Nanto Kōkaku Ken, a very dreadful martial art that pierces its enemies from behind with shock waves. A man who considers himself the most beautiful in the world and will tolerate the existence of anyone more beautiful than himself. His actions has led to the downfall of the Nanto Sei Ken.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 伝衝裂波 Denshō Reppa Legendary Thrust Split Wave QCF + SP
Special Move スタンプ・ザ・UD The UD Stamp DPF + WP
Special Move コマクの知略 Komaku Tactic DPB + WP
Special Move イチコロ "Too easy." QCF + WP
Special Move 一度思い知らせてあげよう "I'll show you this once." QCF + WK
Special Move ダガールの知略 Dagar Tactic DPB + WK
Special Move 俺を利用したのか~!! "You used me!?" QCB + WK
Special Move 知略の時代 Era of Ingenuity While standing up HCF + S
God Fist Blow ダム決壊 Dam Burst QCFx2 + SP
God Fist Blow 南斗鷹爪破斬 Nanto Yōsō Hazan South Dipper Hawk Talon Ruin Slash QCBx2 + SP
Deadly Fist Blow 血粧嘴 Kesshō Shi Blood Cosmetic Beak QCF + SP and SK

ThoutherEdit

One of the Nanto Rokusei Ken, the man who bears the burden of the Star of Leadership. The successor of Nanto Hōō Ken, the mightiest among the 108 sects of Nanto Sei Ken. His love for his master was deeper than anyone else, but he renounced it when he took on the name of the Holy Emperor, building himself the Holy Emperor Cross Mausoleum. A man whose body possesses a secret that makes him invulnerable to the use of Hokuto Shin Ken. Not even Ken-oh himself dares to challenge him.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 極星十字衝破風 Kyokusei Jūji Shō Hafū Pole Star Cross Charge Breaking Air QCB + WP
Special Move 南斗爆星波 Nanto Bakusei Ha South Dipper Exploding Star Wave While in midair QCB + WP
Special Move 投槍 Spear Throw DPF + P
Special Move 極星十字拳 (否退) Kyokusei Jūji Ken Pole Star Cross Fist (No retreat!) QCF + WP
Special Move 極星十字拳 (否媚) Kyokusei Jūji Ken Pole Star Cross Fist (No hesitation!) QCF + SP
Special Move 極星十字拳 (否媚・下段) Kyokusei Jūji Ken Pole Star Cross Fist (No hesitation!) (Lower) QCF + WK
Special Move 極星十字拳(否省) Kyokusei Jūji Ken Pole Star Cross Fist (No regret!) QCF + SK
God Fist Blow 彷翔十字鳳 Hōshō Jūji Hō Resemble Soaring Cross Phoenix QCB, then HCF + WP
God Fist Blow 鳳凰呼闘塊天 Hōhō Kotō Kaiten Phoenix Battle Call Mass Heaven QCBx2 + SP
God Fist Blow 聖帝十字陵 Seitei Jūji Ryō Holy Emperor Cross Mausoleum QCFx2 + SP, then DPF + SP
Deadly Fist Blow 天翔十字鳳 Tenshō Jūji Hō Heaven Soaring Cross Phoenix QCF + SP and SK

Mr. HeartEdit

An underling of Shin, the one who calls himself "KING". While his body may seemed like an excessive amount of fat, it has the capability of absorbing the impact of most attacks, earning it the nickname the "destroyer of martial arts". He is usually mild-mannered, but the sight of his own blood turns him into a homicidal maniac who will not calm down until he kills someone else.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move 逃げちゃダメ "No escape." HCB + P
Special Move どこからでもどうぞ "Attack from anywhere." HCB + WP
Special Move ダンクレシーブ Danku Reshiibu Dunk Receive While guarding HCB + WP
Special Move アースクラッシュ Aasu Kurasshu Earth Crash QCB + K
Special Move アースクエイク Aasukueiku Earthquake While in midair Down + WK
Special Move ビッグハッグ Biggu Haggu Big Hug Near the opponent HCF + WP (can be done during "It Hurts")
Special Move 肉クロス Niku Kurosu Flesh Cross While in midair QCF + WK (can be done during "It Hurts")
Special Move ビッグタイフーン Biggu Taifuun Big Typhoon QCF + SP (can be done during "It Hurts")
Special Move 人体スローイング Jintai Surooingu Human Body Throwing Near a jumping opponent, QCF + SK (can be done during "It Hurts")
Special Move 肉ダンク Niku Danku Flesh Dunk While in midair near an opponent QCF + S
God Fist Blow 拳法殺し Kenpō Koroshi Martial Art Destroyer QCBx2 + WP
God Fist Blow いてぇよ~!! "It hurts!" QCFx2 + SP
God Fist Blow ハートのA Hāto no A Heart's A Near an opponent QCF + WP
Deadly Fist Blow 超いてぇよ~! "It really hurts!" QCF + SP and SK

MamiyaEdit

She was kidnapped by Juda on the day of her twentieth birthday, who also killed her parents. After escaping from Juda's clutches, she renounced her womanhood and became the leader of her village, where she met Kenshiro and Rei.

Type Japanese name Romaji Translation Command
Special Move チョークヨーヨー Chōku Yōyō Choke Yo-yo While in midair WK + SK
Special Move ボウガン (上段) Bōgan Bowgun (Standing) QCF + WP
Special Move ボウガン (下段) Bōgan Bowgun (Ground) QCF + WK
Special Move 空中ボウガン Kūchū Bōgan Aerial Bowgun While in midair QCF + WP
Special Move ボウガンリロード Kūchū Rirōdo Bowgun Reload QCB + WP
Special Move 娥媚刺交換 Gabishi Kōkan Gabishi Switch QCB + SP
Special Move 前転 Zenten Forward Roll QCB + WK
Special Move メットボム Mettobomu Met Bomb QCF + SK
Special Move スパイクアタック Supaiku Attakku Spike Attack QCF + SP, then WP or WK
Special Move バインドヨーヨー Baindo Yōyō Bind Yo-yo DPF + SP
Special Move バックスラッシュキック Bakku Surasshu Kikku Back Slash Kick DPF + SK
God Fist Blow バイク Baiku Bike QCFx2 + SP
God Fist Blow バインドトリック Baindo Torikku Bind Trick QCFx2 + WP
Deadly Fist Blow さようなら Sayōnara Farewell QCF + SP and SK

CameosEdit

  • Yuria (During the game's opening. Also visible in the background of the Southern Cross stage and in Shin's victory animation. In the ending, her silhouette is visible as Kenshirō rides off with her on Kokuoh)
  • Lin (cv. Miwa Kōzuki) and Bat (cv. Ayumi Tsunematsu) (Whenever Kenshiro wins.)
  • Zeed (Can be seen in background in Lin's Village.)
  • Shū (In the background of Thouther's stage, carrying the cap stone to the top of Thouther's Holy Pyramid)
  • Ōgai (Thouther's sensei. Appears during his victory pose after a Fatal KO at the Pyramid stage.)
  • Diamond (cv. Naotsugu Yoneda), Spade (cv. Koji Totani) and Club (cv. Riichi Nishimoto) (As part of Mr. Heart's Fatal KO.)
  • Dagar (cv. Yūsaku Yara) and Komaku (cv. Shigeru Chiba) (Juda's underlings. Appear during his special moves.)

ReferencesEdit

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