Super Karate Kid
Released November 28, 2018
Super Karate Kid is a free fan-made remake of the 1987 game "The Karate Kid", which was developed by Atlus and published by LJN for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Updated graphics and sound
Background and foreground are easier to distinguish from each other.
Updated controls: designated buttons for jumping and special attacks. You won't enter bonus stages by accident anymore.
Short invincibility period after getting hit. No more getting sandwiched between two enemies.
New intro and ending sequences
Features appearance by arch nemesis Johnny Lawrence
Note: this game is available on PC only.
Inspiration and goal
I set out to update the 1987 game "The Karate Kid", developed by Atlus and published by LJN for the NES (pictured). This game was a bit ambitious for a movie tie-in platformer, and the developers did a commendable job in including references to the films and incorporating training sequences (very fitting, given that training and self-improvement is a vital part of the Karate Kid movie series).
Along with updating the game visuals and sound, I polished the game as much as I could to deliver an improved gaming experience.
Super Karate Kid was developed in only three weeks.
Every sprite and background was recolored and/or tweaked by yours truly. The intention was to add more colors to the game, as well as accentuate the distinction between platform and background elements, to make gameplay more intuitive.
Whenever possible, I would draw inspiration from the short-lived Karate Kid cartoon. This is mostly evident in the intro and ending animations of the game.
The music from the game comes from BenevolentDrums, who took the original NES OST and added a very energetic drum improvisation on top.
Developed by Merso X
Stage Music: “Karate Kid NES Drum Improv” by BenevolentDrums
Sinusoid motion and ammo counter scripts by O Ilusionista
Wind FX script by Bloodbane
Stage maps ripped by gRE3N744
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A selection of reviews from awesome gamers and journalists
Super Karate Kid was chosen as the best OpenBOR game of 2018 by this popular YT channel. Thanks! (video in Portuguese)
Super Karate Kid is a fan-made videogame and it's not associated with Overbrook Entertainment, Sony pictures, Columbia Pictures, Saban Entertainment, DC Comics, DIC Entertainment, DHX Media, Cookie Jar Entertainment, LJN, or Atlus.