Veteran games publisher Studio 3 has pushed back the barriers of Game Boy Advance development to create an update of International Karate that befits its addition to the IK family. While the basic fighting elements remain intact,
Studio 3 has added a cast of 28 combatants and 12 international settings to bring it bang up to date.
Cast as a would-be master of the ancient fighting art, International Karate pits players against a series of increasingly skilled opponents. Starting as a white belt novice, players must progress through the Dans by defeating a succession of opponents The esteemed black belt is the ultimate prize, but only those fleet of foot and swift of fist will attain it.
The Game Boy Advance version of International Karate 2000 is a feat in itself. Each fighter is imbued with an incredible level of AI wherein they react to different moves and circumstances. You will see opponents’ arrogance if things are going very well for them, or watch them get scared if they are on the receiving end of a number of hits – they can even play dirty with below-the-belt moves.
Studio 3 has managed to cram more frames of stunning, full colour animation onto Nintendo’s hand held than previously achieved in a fighting game. Couple this with a wide selection of game modes – some of which will be instantly recognisable to fans of the original – and International Karate Advance has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.
Like a vintage wine, International Karate has improved with age. Fans old enough to remember the original will love it – whilst a whole new legion of Game Boy Advance owners will be introduced to a slice of true gaming history.