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Black Belt

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Released: 1986

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: Sega Master System

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sega

Submitted by: Nick Moudios

Before purchasing Black Belt, the only games I had played were on the memorable Sega Cards. While I enjoyed Transbot and Hang on, there was no ending sequence and to me it was all about the story and ending. I remember my mum and I searching every shopping centre and store at the the time to find only more Hang on games and Transbot. It was early days for the Sega Master System in Australia back then and releases were limited.

Then one magical day, we found a store in the heart of the city. In the store window for the world to see was Black Belt on display and Riki was beating the crap out of his enemy Ryu. Not only did it have great music but I loved the graphics and the way you scrolled though the levels and beat up one enemy after another, like Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. You punch, kick, duck and punch or can sweep their feet. You could even fly high into the air and perform a flying kick, almost touching the top of the screen. The levels were vertical scrollers and once reaching the end it changed to a one on one fight, with big sprites like Street Fighter.

Some people might not like Black Belt and have a giggle because it was changed from another game, Fist of the North Star. But I don't care, it will always hold a special place in my heart. Maybe because of the journey my mum and I went through to find it.