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Kaiser Knuckle (c) 1994 Taito.

A one-on-one fighting game featuring nine selectable characters and three end bosses, controlled with a single joystick and six buttons. In addition to the usual kicks and punches, each character also has a number of special moves, that can be utilized via complex joystick and button combinations. In the one player game, players can chose their first opponent, with subsequent opponents chosen randomly by the game.

Unusually for a game of this type, Kaiser Knuckle features blood; something that had hitherto only been associated with Midway's "Mortal Kombat" series. The blood option can be switched off in the game's dip settings.

Kaiser Knuckle was Taito's answer to the Capcom and SNK fighting games that were dominating the arcade scene in the early 90's, and while playable enough in its own right, and featuring, as it does, colourful graphics and highly animated backdrops, Taito's offering couldn't compete with the "Street Fighters" of the world, either on commercial or gameplay terms.


Taito F3 System hardware

Prom Stickers : D84

Main CPU : 68EC020 (@ 16 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 68000 (@ 16 Mhz)

Sound Chips : ES5505 (@ 15.23805 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : dial

Buttons : 6 (Weak Punch, Medium Punch, Strong Punch, Weak Kick, Medium Kick, Strong Kick)


Released in July 1994.

This game is known in US as "Global Champion".

An updated prototype of this game is known as "Dan-Ku-Ga".


The US version ("Global Champion") is slightly different, it has the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' screen.

On the Japanese version, there are some little features that have been removed in the World and US versions :

- After you've choose your character and your first opponent to begin your first fight, you can see a little sequence that shows the prologue of the story of the character you've chosen.

- Some vocals said by the characters Kazuya, Liza, Li-Huan and Jim McCoy (after they win a round, or before the fight begins) have been removed.

- The portraits of Kazuya, Liza and Li-Huan are different. Those were redrawn in the non-Japanese versions.

- In the Japanese version, there are Super moves.


Image Illustrator : Nobuteru Yuki

Project Leader : Takeshi Kobori

Planners : Takeshi Kobori, Hiromi Mikami, Yuji Sakamoto, Hiroshi Aoki

Main Character Designers : Yuji Sakamoto, Takeshi Kobori

Character Designers : Hiroto Nizato, Hiromi Mikami, Atsushi Iwata, Shinichi Arai, Makoto Fujita, Horitaka Kawamoto, Takayuki Isobe, Shin Tanaka, Shinjiro Sugitani, Seiji Kawakami, Kazuhiro Numata, Yukiwo Ishikawa (Yukio Abe), Nobuhiro Hiramatsu, Hiroyo Kujirai, Tomohisa Yamashita, Tsuyoshi Tanigawa, Hideyuki Kato, Keisuke Nishioka, Tatsuya Ushiroda, Hiroshi Nishida

Assistants : Peacock, Production IG, Vap

Main Programmer: Hiroshi Aoki

Programmers : Kosuke Usami, Kumi Tsuchiya, Tatsuo Nakamura, Isao Oyama

Music Composer : Yasuhisa Watanabe (Zuntata)

Sound Effect Designer : Katsuhisa Ishikawa (Zuntata)

Recording Engineer : Munehiro Nakanishi (Zuntata)

System Engineers : Katsumi Kaneoka, Hironobu Suzuki

Designers : Kumi Mizobe, Takeshi Kobori

Mechanic engineer : Koichi Otsu

* CAST :

Kazuya : Kazuki Yao

Barts : Ryutaro Okiayu

Lihua : Saeko Shimazu

Liza : Aya Hisakawa

Gekkou : Hideo Ishikawa

J-McCoy : Kazunari Tanaka

Wulong : Yasushi Horibata

Marco : Ichiro Otowa

Boggy : Andrew Holms

Gonzales : Hisao Egawa

Azteca : Ryu Kuzu

General : Steve Yamashita

Narrator : Randy Sexton

Special Thanks : Yoshihisa Nagata, Yuji Iwasaki, Minoru Masuyama, Yasuo Tsumori, Tsukasa Oshima, Akira Kurayabashi, Tatsuhiko Abe, Kenji Nakatsuka, Makoto Tanaka, Takao Kawashima, Koichi Morita, S.Yamakata, VG Kumagaya R&D, VG Tokyo R&D, VG Osaka R&D, Taito America, Taito Europe, Ebina Factory


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.37b11 [Bryan McPhail]

Artwork available


- When the "Best Players" list is displayed in attract mode, there is nothing listed. Firebrand (ID 00899)

- Clone gblchmp: Music dont play in battle. Other sets are OK. Tiago (ID 00897)

- [possible] The color of characters' shadows are wrong (they are green). Smitdogg (ID 01172)


- 0.133u1: Renamed (kaiserkj) to (kaiserknj).

- 0.126u1: Nicola Salmoria fixed P1/2 button 4 mapped twice and character gets all messed up when thrown by Azteca's medium punch throw the palette of the thrown.

- 0.105u1: Changed description of 'Kaiser Knuckle (World)' to 'Kaiser Knuckle (Ver 2.1O 1994/07/29)' and clones 'Kaiser Knuckle (Japan)' to 'Kaiser Knuckle (Ver 2.1J 1994/07/29)', 'Global Champion (US)' to 'Global Champion (Ver 2.1A 1994/07/29)' and 'Dan-Ku-Ga (Prototype)' to 'Dan-Ku-Ga (Ver 0.0J 1994/12/13) (Prototype)'.

- 0.61: Fixed sound1 roms addresses.

- 0.57: Added gfx1 roms ($c00000, c00001, 1980000) and sound1 rom ($e00000). Changed description of clone 'Dan-Ku-Ga (Japan)' to '(Prototype)'.

- 0.37b16: Changed input to 2 players.

- 0.37b12: Added 3rd and 4th player.

- 0.37b11: Bryan McPhail added Kaiser Knuckle (World) (Taito 1994) and clones (Japan), Global Champion (US) and Dan-Ku-Ga (Japan).

- 16th January 2001: Bryan McPhail fixed some memory corrupting bugs in the Taito F3 driver and added clone Dan-Ku-Ga.

- 15th January 2001: Bryan McPhail finally submitted his Taito F3 driver, which is not graphically perfect and crashes hard sometimes but has complete ES5505 sound emulation thanks to Aaron Giles, Ian Schmidt and R. Belmont. Not all games are working due to 68020 core bugs, but these are: Ring Rage, Arabian Magic, Riding Fight, Grid Seeker: Project Stormhammer, Gunlock / Rayforce, Super Cup Finals / Hat Trick Hero '93, Top Ranking Stars, Light Bringer, Kaiser Knuckle / Global Champion, Bubble Bobble 2 / Bubble Symphony, Space Invaders DX, Taito Power Goal / Hat Trick Hero '95, Quiz Theater - 3tsu no Monogatari, Akkanvader, Moriguchi Hiroko no Quiz de Hyuu!Hyuu!, Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again, Puzzle Bobble 2X, Kyukyoku Tiger 2, Bubble Memories, Cleopatra Fortune, Puzzle Bobble 3, Arkanoid Returns, Kirameki Star Road, Puchi Carat and Pop 'N Pop.


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* Raine

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Romset: 36864 kb / 27 files / 12.0 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="kaiserkn" sourcefile="taito_f3.c">
              <description>Kaiser Knuckle (Ver 2.1O 1994/07/29)</description>
              <manufacturer>Taito Corporation Japan</manufacturer>
              <rom name="d84-25.20" size="524288" crc="2840893f" sha1="079dece4667b029189622476cc618b88e57243a6" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="d84-24.19" size="524288" crc="bf20c755" sha1="9f6edfe9bb40051e8a93d06a391c993ed7288db6" region="maincpu" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="d84-23.18" size="524288" crc="39f12a9b" sha1="4b3fe9b8b0abb46feacd11ffb6b505568f892483" region="maincpu" offset="2"/>
              <rom name="d84-29.17" size="524288" crc="9821f17a" sha1="4a2c1ebeb1a1d3d756957956c883f8374aaf4f8d" region="maincpu" offset="3"/>
              <rom name="d84-03.rom" size="2097152" crc="d786f552" sha1="f73146892f714b5706d568fc8a135fddaa656570" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="d84-04.rom" size="2097152" crc="d1f32b5d" sha1="35289cce64fdbb8d966dd1d5307b5393be5e7799" region="gfx1" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="d84-06.rom" size="2097152" crc="fa924dab" sha1="28a8c3cd701f8df0c53069bb576bb2a820f3a331" region="gfx1" offset="400000"/>
              <rom name="d84-07.rom" size="2097152" crc="54517a6b" sha1="6e2c213c7ec1a3b78ad7e71db2326602557fd0f8" region="gfx1" offset="400001"/>
              <rom name="d84-09.rom" size="2097152" crc="faa78d98" sha1="da3a2c5a45dd169743f113aa08e574f732e1f0fd" region="gfx1" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="d84-10.rom" size="2097152" crc="b84b7320" sha1="f5de0d6da50d8ed753607b51e46bc9a4572ef431" region="gfx1" offset="800001"/>
              <rom name="d84-19.rom" size="524288" crc="6ddf77e5" sha1="a1323acaed37fce62a19e63a0800d9d1dc2cfff7" region="gfx1" offset="c00000"/>
              <rom name="d84-20.rom" size="524288" crc="f85041e5" sha1="6b2814514338f550d6aa14dbe39e848e8e64edee" region="gfx1" offset="c00001"/>
              <rom name="d84-05.rom" size="2097152" crc="31a3c75d" sha1="1a16ccb6a0a03ab715e5b016ab3b1b2cd0f1ae41" region="gfx1" offset="1380000"/>
              <rom name="d84-08.rom" size="2097152" crc="07347bf1" sha1="34bd359933acdec7fd1ce047092a30d1177afc2c" region="gfx1" offset="1580000"/>
              <rom name="d84-11.rom" size="2097152" crc="a062c1d4" sha1="158912aa3dd75c3961bf738f9ac9034f0b005b60" region="gfx1" offset="1780000"/>
              <rom name="d84-21.rom" size="524288" crc="89f68b66" sha1="95916f02f71357324effe59da4f847f2f30ea34a" region="gfx1" offset="1980000"/>
              <rom name="d84-12.rom" size="2097152" crc="66a7a9aa" sha1="a7d21f8b6370d16de3c1569019f2ad71d36e7a61" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="d84-13.rom" size="2097152" crc="ae125516" sha1="d54e76e398ab0b0fb82f3154ba54fc823ff49a1a" region="gfx2" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="d84-16.rom" size="1048576" crc="bcff9b2d" sha1="0ca50ec809564eddf0ba7448a8fae9087d3b600b" region="gfx2" offset="400000"/>
              <rom name="d84-17.rom" size="1048576" crc="0be37cc3" sha1="b10c10b93858cad0c962ef614cfd6daea712ef6b" region="gfx2" offset="400001"/>
              <rom name="d84-14.rom" size="2097152" crc="2b2e693e" sha1="03eb37fa7dc68d54bf0f1800b8c0b581c344a40f" region="gfx2" offset="900000"/>
              <rom name="d84-18.rom" size="1048576" crc="e812bcc5" sha1="3574e4a99232d9fc7989ec5d1e8fe76b4b30784a" region="gfx2" offset="b00000"/>
              <rom name="d84-26.32" size="262144" crc="4f5b8563" sha1="1d4e06cbea7bc73a99d6e30be714fff420151bbc" region="audiocpu" offset="100000"/>
              <rom name="d84-27.33" size="262144" crc="fb0cb1ba" sha1="16a79b53651a6131f7636db19738b456b7c28bff" region="audiocpu" offset="100001"/>
              <rom name="d84-01.rom" size="2097152" crc="9ad22149" sha1="48055822e0cea228cdecf3d05ac24e50979b6f4d" region="ensoniq.0" offset="400000"/>
              <rom name="d84-02.rom" size="2097152" crc="9e1827e4" sha1="1840881b0f8f7b6225e6ffa12a8d4b463554988e" region="ensoniq.0" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="d84-15.rom" size="1048576" crc="31ceb152" sha1="d9d0bc631a6a726376f566a49605b50485ac7bf4" region="ensoniq.0" offset="e00000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68EC020" clock="16000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="68000" clock="16000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ensoniq" name="ES5505" clock="15238050"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="224" refresh="58.970000" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="6" coins="4" service="yes" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
                     <control type="dial" minimum="0" maximum="4095" sensitivity="25" keydelta="25"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="8192"/>

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