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30 Days of Gaming – Day 4: Last Battle

(This is just a short post about my opinions and notes on certain games in the next 30 days, this is pretty common on Facebook but they normally just ask themself a question and what game they think answers that question the best, not for me though, I will just talk about games for 30 days, lol)

Last Battle (video game)

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In 1989/90, Last Battle (Or Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken in the Japanese version), was released for Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Commadore 64 and Amiga.

If you watched the original manga back in the mid 80s, you will know that the American/EU version ruins the whole concept of the plot as the hero of the story, Kenshiro, has been removed and replaced with a similar character by the name of Aarzak. This automatically gets your blood boiling as to why Kenshiro was removed from the english version, thats not the only downside either in the translation, the whole version was not licensed as a Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken) game which meant almost everything from names of character to locations was renamed.

With standing, jumping and crouching attacks, there is a total of around 6 different strikes, 3 punch attacks and 3 kick attacks, attacking and defeating enemies increase a type of “Strength Guage”, filling this to a certain point will enable your character’s super form (If anyone remembers the Hokuto series, it’s when Kenshiro gets angry and rips his top), all his attacks double in strength and one attack launches a volley of strikes instead, constant use and not attacking enemies for a short period drains the guage thus making you weaker.

The levels themselves are pretty straight forward, get from one side to the other, without dying, sounds easy but this game has been known to be ridiculously hard, it doesn’t take long to kill you or in critical condition by the time you finish a stage. Along with several boss battles, the game was almost unfair and not for the faint hearted players, also in the japanese version, it enabled blood features but was taken out of the english version.

One thing you also had to notice was that most levels had a time limit to finish each stage, once it runs out, instead of killing you outright, it slowly drains your life. The only major feature in the game that matches the japanese and english versions was the finishing move on each boss battle, Kenshiro (Aazark), performs his Hundred Crack Fist move to defeat his opponent, sure, it’s an actual Hokuto no Ken related thing that remained but it was miles away from redeeming itself.

The game is set around volumes 16 to 24 of the original manga, Bat and Lin have changed to Max and Alyssa in fact check out this list of name changes from the japanese to english version, you will be surprised what each character was…. (List table from Wikipedia)

Last Battle Hokuto no Ken
Jet-Kwon-Do Hokuto Shinken
Tae-Kung-Fu Gento Koken
Aarzak Kenshiro
Alyssa Lin
Max Bat
Luisa Mamiya
Gere Ein
Anne Asuka
Zee-Bee Buzz and Gill Harn
Syd Solia
Duke Falco
Sophia Lui
Dare-Devil Akashachi
Cynara Leia
Rob Shachi
Gromm Han
Gross Hyou
Garokk Kaioh
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  1. Rob
    April 5, 2011 at 11:40

    sega of america didnt want to pay to use the HNK IP.. and besides,at the time in the US atleast we only had the animated movie which was based off of part 1.

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