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Kung Fu is a Nintendo published remake of the phenomenal arcade video game Kung-Fu Master. It was released in 1985, whereas the original was released in 1984. It was developed by Irem and the original is credited as being the first beat-em up video game, a genre that while in recent years has died down in popularity featured some of the noteworthy titles during the 80's and 90's with games such as Double Dragon, Final Fight and Bad Dudes.
Players go through a sidescrolling level and can traverse upwards and downwards at the same time. Punches are the most powerful type of attack, though kicks have much better range. If the player character, Thomas, is attacked by an opponent, his health will subsequently start to decrease. Attacking them with your variety of attacks will cause them to eventually be defeated. At the end of each stage is a boss in which the player most defeat in order to progress. In all there are five bosses. Once all of the bosses have been defeated, the player will then start the game over, though it'll be more challenging the second time around.
One day, a kung-fu master, Thomas, and his girlfriend, Silvia, are attacked by a gang of mysteriously men. While Thomas is trying to fight off the people in front of him, more come from the back, capture Silvia and then all of them take off. Thomas finds a letter left behind from a man named Mr. X that reads:
Your love Silvia
Thomas follows X's instructions and immediately shows up at the temple. There he must fight through 5 floors, each with an array of enemies, obstacles, and a boss at the end, until he reaches the 6th floor, in which he must fight Mr. X himself to free Silvia.
Kick, jump and punch your way to victory in KUNG FU!
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