Ring King

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Ring King is a boxing-themed video game developed by Wood Place and published by Data East in the arcade in 1985. It was later ported to the NES and the MSX2.

I first played Ring King on the NES at my brother's friend's house. We all thought the game was really funny when we first saw a boxer getting punched across the ring.

Status

I do not own this game, and I have not beaten it.

Review

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Good

  • The super punches that send your opponent flying around the ring are hilarious.
  • The NES and MSX2 ports add a nice career system where you get bonus stats which you can apply to your character after successfully defeating opponents.

Bad

  • The game doesn't have any decent music. The soundtrack is short and almost entirely fanfares and jingles.
  • There is only a single boxer sprite. The game uses palette swaps to give the illusion of different boxers, but, it's not a very convincing illusion. The MSX2 port at least attempts to add variety with unique character portraits , but the boxers still look the same.

Ugly

  • The NES port uses a terrible dynamic difficulty system where challenger boxers are always considerably more powerful than you are. So, no matter how much you train, you will always face someone who outclasses you.
  • The MSX2 port suffers terrible sprite flickering.
  • The character portraits of the MSX2 port are racist caricatures.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English (North America) Ring King
English (UK) King of Boxers
Japanese (Arcade) キングオブボクサー Kingu obu Bokusa King of Boxer
Japanese (Home Consoles) ファミリーボクシング Famiri Bokushingu Family Boxing

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