Kung Fu (NES) Playthrough – NintendoComplete

A playthrough of Nintendo’s 1985 game for the NES, Kung Fu.

For the full review, compete with screenshot gallery and soundtrack, check out my write-up at http://www.nintendocomplete.com/kung-fu

Played through one loop each of the 1-player Type A and Type B game modes.

Kung Fu, Irem’s classic 1984 arcade title, arrived for the NES launch (alongside Irem’s 1983 coin-op 10 Yard Fight) courtesy of Nintendo, compete with black box plastered with pixel art. It’s an extremely simplistic, incredibly addictive beat ’em up based on the old Jackie Chan flick (Meals on Wheels) that, despite looking significantly worse in the downgrade to the NES, retains every ounce of its playability in the conversion.

It was followed up by a couple of games – Vigilante (1988 – arcade, SMS, TG16) was a direct sequel, and the Japanese Famicom received its own exclusive sequel (1991- Spartan X 2). There was also a Game Boy exclusive entry in Irem’s 1990 Kung Fu Master. There was a sequel developed before Vigilante, but it was shelved. A prototype of it has been found and dumped, but the dumps were never given to the MAME team for incorporation for whatever reason.

Kung Fu, Kung Fu Master, Spartan X – whatever you want to call it, is a great game, and though badly dated now, was a revolutionary step forward for its time.

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50 Comments

  1. •ᴛʜᴇʟɪoɴᴀʀᴍoʀ• on December 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    😥😥😥😥😥

  2. Damion Birge on December 13, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    This game was so hard. Just like ghost n goblins.

  3. Brad Hedgehog on December 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I hope it comes into NES online

  4. Rich Lummy on December 13, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Used to love this

  5. siegfried 2686 on December 13, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Memorias de mi niñez :’c

  6. Thaís Domenegheti on December 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    – The correct game name is Spartan’ !!

  7. Charles M. Roberts on December 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    It’s nice when you can both enjoy fireboy and watergirl on hudgames and have a cup of coffee in the morning.

  8. James Doyle on December 13, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    This and vigilante were my favorite irem titles

  9. reallife828 on December 13, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Games back then taught alot of things. Patience, problem solving,a sence of acomplishment.

  10. sailorcarr on December 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Uff. XD

  11. Muahmmet Ş. on December 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Yorumlarda ki ilk ve Türk benim 💪😎😎

  12. Yoel Rosales on December 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Ver ese final casi a mis 40 años de vida no tiene precio.

  13. Lil bat Ashlyn on December 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    The graphics and sound effects😁😅Oh I miss those days

  14. Kevin Sheets on December 13, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    "Their happiness doesn’t last long". Sylvia divorces him after he kicked ass to save her.

  15. rohandante on December 13, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Spartan X

  16. Ken Hollis on December 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I used to love this game as a kid. It took a lot of practice to get this good at it, but I never did figure out that you could kill the dragons with upright kicks. I tried ducking and punching, which did nothing, so I assumed they were invincible.

  17. Ahmed Nayyer on December 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    This game had the most annoying sound effects.

  18. Marvy MillzTM on December 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Why did he hit the little green kid 🧒 like that😶………😄

  19. TRYPLE OG on December 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Awwwwww man.. clllaaaaassiiiiccc

  20. Darrel McNeal on December 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Man….I remember going to Kohl’s Department store to buy this game.

  21. NaCHO TA on December 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    0:29
    AUCH!

  22. Ken Masters on December 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    The game should’ve been called "Taekwando Tower"

  23. Jack Knife on December 13, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Thomas voice when punch and kicks and bosses voices when they die are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better in the original version on those old large boxes with levers from the arcade game centres

  24. nitesh nitz on December 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I saved sylvia and made love with her 😂😂😂😂

  25. Stosh on December 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    *2:52** lmao*

  26. Watta Tank on December 13, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I used to play this on my cousin’s desktop.

  27. DARKKLESS09 on December 13, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Siempre quise ver en que terminaba este juego xD

  28. C.S.R on December 13, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    The girl band in Kill Bill play this song!

  29. Smoking Joe on December 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Game of Dead..lol

  30. John Smith on December 13, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    What if those little dudes were kids that needed rescued and you’ve just punched them in the face?

  31. Zodac on December 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    At 14 it took me weeks of crying and raging to beat this. But once I beat it, I realized how how easy it is to beat.

  32. Nauman Saeed qazi on December 13, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Kya waqat tha

  33. mark bryan zafe on December 13, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    can anyone tell me, what was the dragon head with 0 number is about for ? beside of the players life?

  34. Freddy Freddy on December 13, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Lol so there’s no difference between a and b?? I always thought one was harder than the other…

  35. Guillermo Martinez on December 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    That music I can recognize it miles away.
    Old times. 👍
    R.I.P DANNY.
    MINE LOVE BEST BROTHER, I’M STILL HOLLOW IN MY SOUL
    ONE DAY WE WILL PLAY AGAIN ON GODS HOUSE AND MAKE A LOT OF NOISE. 🥀😘❤🙏🕹🎮

  36. URLGAMEPLAY on December 13, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Ja joguei essa bosta em um master system

  37. Fur Babies on December 13, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    SAALE KHOON CHOOS LETE THE ISME CHOTE BACCHE

  38. Its Hardcore on December 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    When the girl hugs the boy, the seat disappears 🤣 I don’t know who made this game, but WTF Ubisoft?! 😂

  39. James Rijiju on December 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hahhaa

  40. OutcastSoldier on December 13, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I remember playing this game, i could never finish it, it was hard.

  41. donald reed on December 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I said I was only going to watch this for a moment then found it impossible to stop.

  42. Valentino Falcon on December 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Forgot about the midgets. Knife hits boss on 3rd floor didnt do anything

  43. JOSEF FRIZLBLIZL }:j on December 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    When you realise that Ryu’s Theme a sample is of this music! LOL

  44. harley quinn on December 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    he went thru that shit twice and their happiness didnt continue long both times

  45. Jason Helem on December 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Who remember guerilla warfare?

  46. flavio on December 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Hah, hah, hah, hah

  47. Luis Maria Giles on December 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    John Wick’s movies!!!

  48. Damian Jones on December 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I like martial arts video games and martial arts movies and TV shows.

  49. Mohammed Ahmed on December 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Better than LJN karate kid

  50. M.K.D. on December 13, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thomas and Sylvia is better love story than ________ !?

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