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Punch Mania
Punch Mania cabinet
Japanese cabinet
Developer(s) Konami
Release date(s) Hokuto no Ken
March 2000
Hokuto no Ken 2
December 2000

Punch Mania: Hokuto no Ken (パンチマニア 北斗の拳?), released in the overseas market as Fighting Mania: Fist of the North Star, was a coin-operated video game produced by Konami released on March 2000. It is a first-person boxing game that were released on a unique game cabinet where the player must strike their opponents using specialized punching pads. A sequel was released exclusively in Japan titled Punch Mania: Hokuto no Ken 2 (パンチマニア 北斗の拳2?) on December 2000, which was released on a 2-player cabinet.

Hokuto no KenEdit

Cabinet Edit

The arcade cabinet stands about 6'2" tall, 34" wide (when facing the machine), and about 4' deep. The monitor is recessed into the cabinet a fair distance, and in the front of the cabinet are six orange, sturdy punching pads with red LED lights embedded near their hinges. The pads are at rest along the inside walls of the recession of the cabinet, lining the monitor. There are also two black plastic "special gloves" that rest in pockets on the front of the machine, which are normally tied with rope or chain to the arcade cabinet to prevent theft. The player is to wear these gloves while playing.

GameplayEdit

When an on-screen enemy makes an attack on the player, a punch pad will swing out on its hinge at a smooth pace, and upon reaching full extension at 90 degrees, the LEDs light up red. The pad stays lit for a short time, and then the pad returns inside the cabinet to rest. The player must punch this pad while the LEDs are lit. The strength of the player's punch is irrelevant to the game, and the game warns the player not to punch hard, to prevent the risk of breaking the machine. Only the timing of the punch is important, punches should be delivered at half strength, with exact timing.

Punching a pad when it is fully extended and the LEDs lit results in the attack being blocked, and the opponent receiving damage in the form of a counter-attack. Punching too early or too late results in either blocking the move with no counter-attack, or receiving lessened damage from the attack, also with no counter-attack damage to the opponent. Missing a pad completely (the pad retracting without ever being hit) results in full damage taken by the player. As opponents get more difficult - and particularly when they use their special moves - punches will be thrown and pads will pop out in faster succession and in more chaotic patterns, or special precautions may need to be taken, such as only striking one pad that is lit while other dummy pads pop up, or striking pads in the exact order they deploy.

Like conventional fighting games, the player has a life gauge at the top, and the enemy has a life gauge that must be brought to zero as well. Also both characters have a tech meter. As attacks are landed or damage is taken, the stars light up along the super gauge and when full, the game will automatically execute the special move for the player. The game will also instruct the player how to use the particular special move it chose, based on the enemy the player is fighting. The game follows the Fist of the North Star series, as each enemy is not only a character from the series, but the finishing moves the player must use to defeat them are taken from the series as well. The game grades the player's performance based on their remaining life, agility, wisdom (wiz), skills and the use of finishing moves (arts).

At the start of the game, the player must choose their course. Each course consist of a set of opponents within a certain story arc. This serves as a difficulty setting. The first course is a tutorial where Kenshiro's master, Ryuken, will teach the player how to play the game and explain the finer points of timing punches. The subsequent courses involve progressively harder opponents moving toward the right, and are based on specific story arcs in the manga.


Courses and charactersEdit

Basics of Hokuto Shinken (北斗神拳基本編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro (va Akira Kamiya)

Difficulty: Practice

Art: Hokuto Shichishi Seiten (北斗七死星点 The North Star Seven Star Point of Death?)
  • Zeed (va Katashi Ishizuka)
Player's art: Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken (北斗百裂拳 The North Star Hundred Crack Fist?, 30 strikes)

Southern Cross (サザンクロス編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro

Difficulty: Easy

  • Zeed
Player's art: Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken (北斗百裂拳 The North Star Hundred Crack Fist?, 30 strikes)
Player's art:Hokuto Jūha Zan (北斗柔破斬 North Star Death by Soft Strikes?, strike the pads in order, then stop)
Art: Nanto Senshu Ryū Geki (南斗千首龍撃 South Star Thousand Dragon Head Attack?)
Player's Art: Hokuto Jūji Zan (北斗十字斬 North Star Cross Kill?, 50 strikes)

Nanto Roku Seiken (南斗六聖拳編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro

Difficulty: Medium

Arts: Kazen Gunrō Ken (華山群狼拳 Kazan Wolf Pack Fist?), Kazan Kōgai Kohō (華山鋼鎧呼法 Call of Kazan's Armor?)
Arts: Nanto Suichō Ken (南斗水鳥拳 South Star Waterbird Fist?), Nanto Koharyū (南斗虎破龍 South Star Tiger Destroys Dragon?)
Player's arts: Hokuto Ryūgekiko (北斗龍撃虎 North Star Dragon Attacks Tiger?, 60 strikes)
  • Shuh (va Katashi Ishizuka)
Art: Yūgenshō (誘幻掌 Alluring Vision Palm?)
Player's art: Suienshin (水影心 Water Shadow Spirit?, punch the pads in the given order)
Arts: Kyokusei Jūji Ken (極星十字拳 Pole-Star Cross Fist?), Tenshō Jūji Hō (天翔十字鳳 Heaven Soaring Phoenix?)
Player's art: Tenha Kassatsu (天破活殺 Heaven Granting Life or Death?, punch only the lid paths and then do 80 strikes)

Ken-oh the Conqueror of the Century (世紀末覇者・拳王編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro

Difficulty: Medium

Art: Nanto Muon Ken (南斗無音拳 Silent Fist of the South Star?)
Player's art: Hokuto Kaikotsu Ken (北斗壊骨拳 Bone Breaking Punch of the North Star?, punch only the lid paths and then do 60 strikes)
  • Devil (va Masashi Kimura)
Art: Fūsatsu Ōgon Ken (風殺金剛拳 Golden Steel Fist of Death?)
Player's art: Hokuto Shichishi Seiten (北斗七死星点 The North Star Seven Star Point of Death?)
Art: Taizan Ryū Senjō Ben (泰山流千条鞭 Taizan Style Thousand Streak Whip?), Mōko Hakyoku Dō (蒙古覇極道 Mongolian Champion Wave?)
Player's art: Hokuto Kōretsu Ha (北斗鋼裂把 North Star Steel Rending Grasp?, Time the strikes and then do 80 following strikes)
Art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?)
Player's art: Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken (北斗百裂拳 The North Star Hundred Crack Fist?, 100 strikes)

Nanto Roku Seiken, Star of Justice (南斗六聖拳・義星編?)Edit

Player: Rei (va Kaneto Shiozawa)

Difficulty: Medium (no life recovery between stages)

Art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?)
Player's art: Dankō Sōsai Ken (断己相殺拳 Self-Sacrifice Offset Fist?, timing)
Arts: Kazen Gunrō Ken (華山群狼拳 Kazan Wolf Pack Fist?), Kazan Kōgai Kohō (華山鋼鎧呼法 Call of Kazan's Armor?)
Player's art: Nanto Suichō Ken (南斗水鳥拳 South Star Waterbird Fist?), Nanto Koharyū (南斗虎破龍 South Star Tiger Destroys Dragon?, time)
Art: Yōsō Sankaku Kyaku (鷹爪三角脚 Hawk Talon Triangle Kick?)
Player's art: N/A
  • Yuda (va Seiji Sasaki)
Art: Kesshōshi (血粧嘴 Secret Blood Beak?)
Player's art: Hishō Hakurei (飛翔白麗 Soaring White Loveliness?)

Messiah of the Century Legend (世紀末救世主伝説編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro

Difficulty: Hard

  • Jagi (va Haruo Sato)
Art: Hokuto Rakan Geki (北斗羅漢撃 Arhat Attack of the North Star?)
Player's art: N/A
Art: Yōsō Sankaku Kyaku (鷹爪三角脚 Hawk Talon Triangle Kick?)
Player's art: Zankai Sekiho Ken (残悔積歩拳 North Star Strike of Lingering Regret?, Strike pads in order)
  • Toki (va Masashi Kimura)
Art: Tenshō Hyakuretsu Ken (天翔百裂拳 Heaven Soaring Hundred Crack Fist?)
Player's art: Hokuto Tenki Shō (北斗天帰掌 Oath of the North Star?, Timing)
  • Ryuga (va Hiroki Takahashi)
Art: Tenrō Tōga Ken (天狼凍牙拳 Heaven Wolf of Chilly Claw Fist?)
Player's art: Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken (北斗百裂拳 The North Star Hundred Crack Fist?, 80 strikes)
Art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?)
Player's art: Musō Tensei (無想転生 Nil-thought Reincarnation?, 100 strikes)

Conqueror of the Century Legend (世紀末覇王伝説編?)Edit

Player: Raoh (va Kenji Utsumi)

Difficulty: Maniac

Art: Tenshō Hyakuretsu Ken (天翔百裂拳 Heaven Soaring Hundred Crack Fist?)
Player's art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?, 70 strikes)
  • Jyuza (va Katashi Ishizuka)
Art: Gekiheki Hasui Shō (撃壁背水掌 Attack Wall Repel Water Palm?)
Player's art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?, 80 strikes)
Art: N/A
Player's art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?, 90 strikes)
Art: Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken (北斗百裂拳 The North Star Hundred Crack Fist?), Musō Tensei (無想転生 Nil-thought Reincarnation?)
Player's art: Tenshō Honretsu (天将奔烈 Heaven's Command Charge?, 100 strikes)

Hokuto no Ken 2Edit

Punch Mania 2 (cabinet)

The sequel was released as a deluxe twin cabinet, allowing two players to play the game independently from each other, as well as cooperatively or competitively. All seven single-player courses from the original Punch Mania are included along with five new single-player courses unique to the sequel that are based on the later storyline of the original manga. Other new game modes includes a single-player Survival mode, a 2-player tag team and a versus mode.

New courses and charactersEdit

The New Hokuto Shinken Legacy (新・北斗神拳伝説編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro (va Akira Kamiya)

Difficulty: Easy

Art: Kazan Gokuaku Sō (華山獄握爪 Mount Hua Prison Clenching Claw?)
Art: Hypnotism (催眠 Saimin?)
Player's art: Ganzan Ryōzan Ha (岩山両斬波 Mountain Splitting Wave?, Hit the correct order and then do 40 strikes)

The Kenka Kenpō Legacy (ケンカ拳法伝説編?)Edit

Player: Ein (va Ken Yamaguchi)

Difficulty: Easy

Art: Knife throw
Art: Armored Calvary Assault

Assault on the Central Capital (中央帝都強襲編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro

Difficulty: Normal

Art:Ha no Rin (破の輪 Ring of Destruction?)
Art:Sōyō Rakuso Ha (双羽落爪破 Twin Hawk Talon Dropping Rip?)
Player's art: Hokuto Jūji Zan (北斗十字斬 North Star Cross Kill?)
Art: Spear launcher
Art: Shō no Rin (衝の輪 Ring of Collision?)

The Land of Shura (修羅の国編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro


Difficulty: Normal

Art: Ninkon Yōha Jin (忍棍妖破陣 Ninja Pole Bewitching Destruction Rank?)
  • Alf (va Masashi Kimura)
Art:Yūtō Seki Enbu (誘闘赤円舞 Alluring Batte Red Waltz?)
  • Han (va Haruo Sato)
Art:Hakura Messei (白羅滅精 White Gauze Destroyer?)

The True Legend of the Savior (真・救世主伝説編?)Edit

Player: Kenshiro

Difficulty: Hard

Art:Kōga Dansui (交牙断髄?)
Art:Hama Dokushi (破摩独指?)
  • Hyoh (va Hiroki Takahashi)
Art:Anryū Tenha (暗琉天破?)

Survival modeEdit

"Fierce Battle! Star of Death" (激闘!死兆星編?) is a single-player survival mode where the player can choose to play four of the 24 battles from the original Punch Mania in any order. Like Rei's course in the first game, the player must complete all these battle with only partial energy recovery between fights.

Cooperative modeEdit

The cooperative mode allows two players to help each other fight against the computer in a series of exclusive stages. There are three courses to choose from, each consisting of a different pair of player characters and three stages.

Departing to a Death Match (死闘への旅立ち編?)Edit

Difficulty: Easy

Player 1: Kenshiro

Player 2: Rei

The Birth of a New Legend (新伝説創造編?)Edit

Difficulty: Medium

Player 1: Bat

Player 2: Ein

Hokuto's Mightiest Legacy (北斗最強伝説編?)Edit

Difficulty: Hard

Player 1: Kenshiro

Player 2: Raoh

Versus modeEdit

Two players compete against each other as one of eight selectable characters: Kenshiro, Raoh, Rei, Ein, Heart, Jagi, Falco or Kaioh.

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