Ashita no Joe

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Arcade Video game published 30 years ago:

あしたのジョー © 1990 Taito Corp.
(Ashita no Joe)

A boxing game.

Main CPU: Motorola 68000 (@ 8 Mhz)
Sound CPU: Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips: YM2203 (@ 3 Mhz), OKI MSM5205 (@ 384 Khz)

Players: 2
Control: 4-way joystick
Buttons: 2

Developed by Wave Corp.

Extremely rare, this game is based on the classic manga/anime series Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow’s Joe). The manga ran from 1968 to 1973 in Shonen Magazine. There were also 2 TV series that ran from 1970 to 1971 and 1980 to 1981 and a movie was released in 1980.

When one of Joe’s old rivals, Rikishi, died in the ring in 1970, Kodansha publishing actually held a funeral service for him. Over 700 people attended from all over Japan. An actual Buddhist priest presided over the funeral, held in a full-sized boxing ring.

Known outside Japan as “Success Joe”.

Ashita no Joe (1990)
Ashita no Joe Densetsu (1991)

Original Story: A. Takamori
Original Character: T. Chiba
Programmer: H. Sakaue, T. Iehaka
Designer: K. Tomoto, K. Mathumoto, F. Mathuda
Total Produced by: T. Ohira

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