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James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing (Genesis)

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Title Screen

James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing

Also known as: Final Blow (JP)
Developer: Taito
Publishers: Taito (JP), Sega (US/EU)
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: March 23, 1990
Released in US: June 1, 1990
Released in EU: 1991


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing is a port of the arcade game Final Blow, except reskinned to star Buster Douglas because he knocked out Mike Tyson and Genesis does what Nintendon't.

Unused Graphics

FinalBlow-Taito.png

An older version of the Taito logo, along with the newer one, is loaded with the title screen graphics in the Japanese version.

Sound Test

Jamesdouglas soundtest.png

On the menu showing what mode to play on, select an option and press C + Start on Controller 2.

Regional Differences

What started out as a normal boxing game in Japan was repackaged as a licensed boxing game as part of Sega of America's "let's put real sports stars on our sports games!" strategy.

Title Screen

Japan US/Europe
Gotta love Taito. Oh, cool! Punch-Out on the Genesi- no.

The title screen was changed accordingly. Of note is that the Final Blow title graphic has an animation, while the James "Buster" Douglas graphic does not.

Options

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The international releases add a menu with some options once a mode is chosen, allowing the player to change the difficulty and the number of rounds.

Characters

Japan US/Europe
I must break you. (fist pound)
Is that Kid Quick from Punch-Out?
Remember me?
Totally not Mike Tyson.

A different character order, and an alternate character, are in the Japanese version; Dynamite Joe, Detroit Kid, King Jason, Fernando Gomez, and Kim Nang. The international versions replace Detroit Kid with "Buster" Douglas, makes him the first boxer, and switches the order around, with Dynamite Joe being the last on the list.

In addition, a few changes were made to the stats; the line showing the boxers' arm reach was removed; and the KO record time had its prime marks replaced with a colon.