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Black Belt (Sega Master System)

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Title Screen

Black Belt

Also known as: Hokuto no Ken (JP)
Developer: Sega
Publishers: Sega (US/EU/JP), Tec Toy (BR)
Platform: Sega Master System
Released in JP: July 20, 1986
Released in US: 1986
Released in EU: 1986
Released in BR: 1986

LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

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Due to Hokuto no Ken being relatively unknown outside of Japan during this era, Sega decided for the West to alter the main character of their game as a generic martial artist with superpowers.

Level Select

Black Belt SMS Level Select.png

At the title screen, press Up, Down, Left, Right, Up+Left, Up+Right, Down+Right, Down+Left, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down, Up, Up+Right, Up+Right on controller 2. The level select will appear to the right of the title. Note that the code is quite difficult to enter, since the diagonals must be pressed very precisely, and there's only a small window of time to enter the code.

Alternately, use Pro Action Replay (PAR) code 00DB6B12.

List of values and their corresponding levels:

Value Level
0 Chapter 1
1 Chapter 1 Boss
2 Chapter 2
3 Chapter 2 Boss
4 Chapter 3
5 Chapter 3 Boss
6 Chapter 4
7 Chapter 4 Boss
8 Chapter 5
9 Chapter 5 Boss
A Chapter 6
(Source: SMS Power!)

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Both title screens are animated, but the title screen for Hokuto no Ken has lightning flashing in the background, while the title screen for Black Belt just color-cycles the logo.

Japan US/EU
Hokuto no Ken SMS Title.png Black Belt SMS Title.png


Additionally, both games also have different music for some scenes as well. Namely, the BGM used for the title screen, main BGM, and boss battle BGM.

Track Hokuto no Ken Black Belt
Stage BGM