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