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#1 opcode OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:23 PM

Yie Ar Kung-Fu down to around 20 copies. The CV version of YAKF was released in 2005 and to date it has sold approximately 180 copies. The game is a port of the MSX version, but with many improvements, like the 2 players versus mode, improved graphics and AI. Things you may not know about the CV version:

- Lang, the shuriken throwing female fighter, got a complete graphic makeover, based on the improved Famicom version. In fact many other graphics improvements were added to make the CV version closer to the Famicom version. AI was also tuned to make the game harder.
- The 2 players versus mode is exclusive to the CV version, not available either from the MSX or Famicom versions.
- The original MSX version is hidden inside the CV cartridge. Can you find it?

In early 1985 (probably January), Konami released both the arcade and MSX versions of the game. They are mostly unrelated, except for the fact both are kung-fu games and a couple of fighters look similar. A few months later (in April I believe) the Famicom version was released, based on the MSX version with a few improvements. Interestingly YAKF was the very first game Konami released for the Famicom. Due to the success of the original game (YAKF was a major hit in Japan), Konami released a much improved sequel in December 1985 exclusively for the MSX, though it was later ported for the C64 and Spectrum in Europe. The sequel included 8 new fighters (3 more than the original), and many different and more varied scenarios. Years later YAKF was the inspiration for another very successful series, Street Fighter.

BTW, did you know that the title "Yie Ar Kung-Fu" is actually a pun to 1-2-3-4 in Chinese: Yi Er San Si.

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:02 PM

down to 19 now... got all the ones I didn't have except Space Invaders :'(

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:07 PM

down to 19 now... got all the ones I didn't have except Space Invaders :'(


First of all, thanks for placing the order. About SIC, don't you worry as next year is the game 10th anniversary. ;)

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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:39 AM

I think I may place an order too. I used to play Yie Ar Kung Fu in the arcade when it was released in 85' well before Street Fighter. I could never get passed tonfun or sword (cant remember). I did beat it on the C64.
This version isn't too bad and I had fun playing it on the NES.

I traded my SIC to a guy years ago to get a small collection of CV titles. I now regret it.
:(

I cant wait for another SIC re-release to re-buy it. I will look forward to that!

Edited by cimerians, Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:40 AM.


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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:25 PM

Only 5 copies left. No plans to republish this one...

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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:48 PM

What does it come in? Disk or Cart? NTSC or PAL? 64k or 256k+ ??

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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:51 PM

What does it come in? Disk or Cart? NTSC or PAL? 64k or 256k+ ??


This is the ColecoVision version, so cartridge.

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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:35 PM

Only 5 copies left. No plans to republish this one...

I want one... I'll send you soon an email so please save one for me.

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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:28 AM

I ordered Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Magical Tree and Road Fighter on 2-21-13 but they haven't arrived yet....really looking forward to getting my hands on em! Posted Image

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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:51 AM

I ordered Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Magical Tree and Road Fighter on 2-21-13 but they haven't arrived yet....really looking forward to getting my hands on em! Posted Image


Jay, your order was shipped yesterday. :)

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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:41 PM

Thanks for the Update! Posted Image

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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PM

Press and hold the * key during boot up until you see the Konami logo screen. Then you should be able to play the MSX version of YAKF.

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 7:01 AM

I ordered just in time. By the way, Yie-Ar Kung Fu has been sold out?

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 8:57 AM

I ordered just in time. By the way, Yie-Ar Kung Fu has been sold out?


Yes, it is sold out now. :)

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 8:58 AM

And here is the ROM....

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 9:52 AM

You're the best Eduardo!!!

I've downloaded it, but I'll expect for my cartridge to play for the first time :)

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 10:23 AM

very cool of you to do this Eduardo!

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 11:02 AM

I posted in the Marketplace thread earlier about Yie-Ar, saying it showed as sold out.. once I finally saw it was near-gone, I went to order one. No suck luck. I will download the rom when I get home, thank you very much for posting it.

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 3:06 PM

Guess I snuck my order in this morning just in time!

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013 3:44 PM

Is it possible to get these ordered a la carte, similar to what Albert does? Or maybe there's a way to make a cartridge for my own personal use?

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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:55 AM

I posted in the Marketplace thread earlier about Yie-Ar, saying it showed as sold out.. once I finally saw it was near-gone, I went to order one. No suck luck. I will download the rom when I get home, thank you very much for posting it.


No SUCK luck? Geez, I hate dumb misssspelllllings.

Nateo, I don't THINK so, but hopefully that will be answered soon.




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