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Last Battle
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Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Commodore 64, Amiga
Release date(s) JP July, 1989
US August 14, 1989
EU 1990
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Side-Scrolling
Rating(s) Virtual Console
CERO: Ages 15 and over (C)
Media 4 Megabit
System requirements Game controller
Input methods 1 player

Last Battle is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1989 by Sega. The Japanese version, titled Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu (北斗の拳 新世紀末救世主伝説 ?), is based on the manga series Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star in English). Since the international version did not retain the Hokuto no Ken license, the graphics and characters' names were altered. It was the second Hokuto no Ken game released by Sega, following the Mark III original (released internationally as Black Belt). Versions for the Commodore 64 and Amiga based upon Last Battle were developed and released by Elite in Europe in 1991.



Due to the game being produced at the beginning of the Mega Drive's life its gameplay is highly simplistic and more akin to 8-bit games of the genre than other Mega Drive examples such as Streets of Rage. The featured levels are flat, two-dimensional and contain very little platform action, with combat restricted to the use of six basic attacks; A kick and a punch which can be performed while standing, crouching or jumping.

The game is known for its difficulty, primarily due to the character's limited offensive abilities, short range, lack of alternative strategies available to the player, highly skilled and far-reaching boss characters and the character's limited health. Also known for the huge 'wall of text' in the intro that's physically impossible to read in one run due to its speed and large phrases.


Because the English localization of the game did not retain the Fist of the North Star license, the developers changed the names of all characters, as well as their fighting styles, although the plot is relatively unchanged. The original Japanese version is specifically based on the second anime series, which spans Vol. 16-24 of the original manga. Kenshiro was renamed Aarzak (a name maybe ispired by the comic of Moebius) and his two sidekicks from the series, Bat and Lin, became Max and Alyssa. Duke, the initial antagonist is actually Falco, while the three Rashō were rewritten into rebel generals of the empire that after the defeat of Duke escaped and schemed a plot to exact their revenge on Aarzak.

Also, the blood and gore from the original game was edited out of the western localizations. In the original game, any of the normal enemies would have their heads explode, followed by their bodies in a bloody fashion as well as some boss characters having more of a gory finishes to their fights. Last Battle, however, edited down the gore so that the normal enemies would only fly offscreen when hit and many of the bloody animations for the bosses were removed or some of the bosses were recolored to look more like mutants than humans (for example, Bask got a green skin, Geira a pale green skin and Alf a purple skin).


Fighting styles

Last Battle Hokuto no Ken
Jet-Kwon-Do Hokuto Shinken
Tae-Kung-Fu Gento Koken
N/A Hokuto Ryuken


Last Battle Hokuto no Ken
Aarzak Kenshiro (ケンシロウ)
Alyssa Lin (リン)
Max Bat (バット)
Luisa Mamiya (マミヤ)
Gere Ein (アイン)
Anne Asuka (アスカ)
Zee-Bee Buzz and Gill Harn (ハーン兄弟)
Syd Solia (ソリア)
Duke Falco (ファルコ)
Sophia Lui (天帝ルイ)
Dare-Devil Akashachi (赤鯱)
Cynara Leia (レイア)
Rob Shachi (シャチ)
Gromm Han (ハン)
Gross Hyou (ヒョウ)
Garokk Kaioh (カイオウ)

Other characters from the series, namely Bask, Gayler, Shieno and Alf appear in the game, but are unnamed in the localized version.

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