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 is a 1993 fighting game released for the arcades by Konami.


Martial Champion was Konami's first arcade fighting game since Yie Ar Kung-Fu and was released during the fighting game trend of the 1990s that began with Street Fighter II. It was originally titled as Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2, (not to be confused with the home computer game, Yie Ar Kung-Fu II: The Emperor Yie-Gah, which Konami wasn't involved in it). Martial Champion was followed by a spiritual sequel titled Battle Tryst.

Gameplay

Screenshot of arcade version
Martial Champion follows the same fighting game conventions established by Street Fighter II: the player's character fights against his or her opponent in best two-out-of-three matches in a single player tournament mode with the computer or against another human player. The player has a character roster of ten fighters to choose from, each with their own unique fighting style and special techniques.

The control layout differs from Street Fighter II and most typical fighting games: instead of having specific punch or kick buttons, the player is given three buttons assigned for low, middle and upper attacks. Another unique feature is that certain characters carry weapons which can be disarmed by their opponent and used against them.

Characters

There are ten playable characters to select from. After the player defeats all ten opponents in the tournament mode (including a clone of their character), they'll face a final computer-controlled boss character. In the Japanesemarker version, Chaos and Titi have their names switched (similar to the rotation of the boss characters' names in Street Fighter II), with Chaos being the Chinese vampire and Titi being the Egyptianmarker princess.

The protagonist of the game. A Japanese martial artist.


A Frenchmarker fighter utilizing a pair of nunchaku or manriki gusari. Is the only character able to utilize other character's weapons to their full potential, giving him the best reach.


An Egyptian princess (the name derived from Nefertiti). Known in the US and World versions as "Chaos".


An eyepatched soldier from the United Statesmarker similar to Guile. Fights on an aircraft carrier.


A rotund Middle Eastern man armed with a scimitar. Billed as being from Saudi Arabiamarker even though the displayed flag is Iraqmarker's. He fights in front of a magnificent palace.


A tall, spear wielding tribesman from Africa (with the South African flag displayed). His background is an African village.


A blonde American girl trained in ninjutsu. Her fighting stage is in front of the White Housemarker.


A kabuki fighter from Japanmarker. In keeping with the theme, he fights in front of a kabuki theater and uses a fan as a weapon.


A Chinese kung fu fighter from People's Republic of Chinamarker. Fighting stage is a bamboo field complete with a panda.


A Chinese Vampire from Hong Kongmarker. Utilizes a pair of metal claws and his tongue in battle. Known in the US and World versions as "Titi".


The final boss and the tallest character in the game. He is unplayable and his move set contains techniques lifted from other characters.


PC Engine version

Martial Champion was exclusively ported to the PC Engine Super CD-ROM². Unlike the arcade version, which was released worldwide, the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² was released only in Japanmarker. On May 13, 2008, this version was later re-released for the Wii Virtual Console in Japan.

Sprites and background were shrunk, while the background became a still image instead of an animated one and the foreground objects and people on each stage were removed. The title opening is different compared to the arcade version's, which shows Jin and Goldor battling each other, with instrumental background music. In the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² version, the intro starts with the game's logo and a vocal song, then shows Jin putting on his headband and looks ahead of himself with birds flying by him, while Rachael and Goldor battle against each other. At the end, Goldor casts his Gol Wave toward the pitch-black darkness, while the final boss, Salamander, fades in.

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