Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Boss Plays - Kung Fu (NES): "Caramedics"


Kung Fu is the second game I've ever owned for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It's a rather fun game in it's own right, and it's actually based on the Bruce Lee film: "A Game of Death". Yeah, you've heard it right. Kung Fu and it's original arcade incarnation, Kung Fu Master is based on Bruce Lee's final film. Gaming History has a bit on that, below.
In the game you have a 5-Floor Pagoda (which is Beopjusa in Chungcheongbuk-do, South-Korea) and the Giant Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In the movie 'Bruce's Finger', you can see the kidnapping letter and a tied-up girl in a red dress. In the movie 'Goodbye Bruce Lee, his Last Game of Death' you can see the red pillars and the ceiling tape, like in the game. 
Later on, Kung Fu Master had been renamed Spartan X in Japan and marketed as a tie in to Jackie Chan's film, Kwai Tsan Tseh. You and I know that film as "Wheels on Meals". 

The game has an unofficial sequel, which as it turns out, is the game "Vigilante". Kung fu Master and it's sister arcade title, Karate Champ are considered the ancestors of the Side scrolling beat em up, and Fighting game genres.

Did I also mention that notable designer of Moon Patrol and Street Fighter, Takashi Nishiyama, worked on the game, as well?

-I'll see you next bossfight!

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