Best of the Best Championship Karate



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“To make it worse, half the menu options are remarkably misleading.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

People love intimidating menu screens, right?

People love intimidating menu screens, right?

Maybe it was the popularity of Karate Kid, or the prime of Jean-Claude Van Damme.

While I can enjoy Bloodsport thoroughly, the same cannot be said of many of the martial arts knock-offs of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. One of these was actually a movie, Best of the Best, which ended up as an 8-bit video game on the NES, too.

But you should avoid this one if you are a fan of things like “having fun” or “participating in a control scheme that makes sense” or “being able to press a button and immediately see the on-screen result of pressing that button.”

Playing Best of the Best Championship Karate is an exercise in chaos theory. This is a dumb, frustrating game. I bet there are people who are very good at it, who even enjoy it – and I don’t care. I do not like it.

A tip for would-be fighting game developers: In order to enhance the fun of your title, you should pay attention to crafting a compelling pace and flow for your gameplay. This is a lesson that the makers of Best of the Best never learned.

It is tough to find a worse blend of play control and hit detection. If you want to scape the very bottom of the barrel, you will have to look at Karate Champ. I am still not sure which I would rather play, honestly. At least Karate Champ is so ludicrous as to be amusing. This? Best of the Best?

Hm. What is the opposite of a self-fulfilling prophecy?

It gave this hit to the CPU. Of course it did.

It gave this hit to the CPU. Of course it did.

Read The Full Review For: A fleeting discussion of the Hollywood source material, something about silky-smooth sprite animations, and generally just some more details as to why playing this video game amounts to a big floppy disappointment.

NES Gameplay Tips For Best of the Best Championship Karate: Play with a friend who will be just as amused by the game’s incompetency as you.

Do not waste your time here. None of this makes any difference.

Do not waste your time here. None of this makes any difference.

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