From Sega Retro
- For the Japanese Sega Master System game, see Hokuto no Ken (Master System). For the "Black Belt" console, see History of the Sega Dreamcast/Development.
|System(s): Sega Master System|
|Developer: Sega R&D 2|
|Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)|
Black Belt is a beat-'em-up action game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Master System. It is a reworked version of Hokuto no Ken, with different graphics and audio, removing the Hokuto no Ken license in the process and turning it into a martial arts game similar to Irem's 1984 arcade game, Spartan X/Kung-Fu Master.
The martial artist Riki sets out to rescue his girlfriend Kyoko from his rival Wang.
The game is a single-plane beat-'em-up played on left-to-right side-scrolling stages. Riki faces numerous underlings and minibosses before fighting a boss. Boss fights take place in separate, closed arenas with no scrolling and use larger sprites.
Riki is moved with and and crouches with . He jumps with ; jumping from a crouch performs an extra high jump. Riki punches with and kicks with . Punches are faster but kicks have greater reach. Both can be done from a crouching position; kicks (but not punches) can be done from a jump.
Riki has a health bar that diminishes as he takes damage from foes. He loses a life if he loses all of his health. He also loses a life if he runs out of time. The game ends if he loses all of his lives. The player receives an extra life at 100,000 and 300,000 points. Health and time are replenished at the beginning of each stage. A small amount of health is replenished from defeating ten common enemies and a larger amount of health is replenished from defeating a miniboss.
Items occasionally pass overhead and can be collected by performing an extra high jump.
|Temporarily makes Riki invulnerable to damage.|
|Restores a portion of Riki's health.|
|The weak spot of the boss cycles between the head, chest, waist, and legs.|
|The final hit on the boss must be a punch.|
- Programmer: Yuji Naka
US hints (with Ghost House; colored)
- Main article: Black Belt/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Master System, IT|
ROM dump status
- File:BlackBelt US cover2.jpg
- Computer Entertainer, "December 1986" (US; 1986-12-xx), page 14
- Computer & Video Games, "November 1987" (UK; 1987-10-15), page 132
- The Mastertronic Catalogue (UK; 1988), page 2
- File:UltraGamePlayers US 103.pdf, page 36
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 49
- Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 92
- The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 53
- Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 138
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 132
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
- Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 39
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70