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Kinnikuman: Muscle Tag Match
Muscle Tag Match
Developer(s) TOSE
Publisher(s) Bandai
Platform(s) Famicom/NES
Release date(s)
  • JP November 8, 1985
  • NA October 1986
Genre(s) Action
Wrestling
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (up to two players)
Media 320 KB cartridge

Kinnikuman: Muscle Tag Match (キン肉マン マッスルタッグマッチ), known in the United States as M.U.S.C.L.E.: Tag Team Match is a Nintendo Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System) wrestling game based on characters from Kinnikuman. It has eight playable characters, each with his own special move.

An exceedingly rare Gold Cartridge Edition was produced with a somewhat different character roster. Only eight cartridges were produced and none of the ROMs have been dumped for emulation. One cartrtidge sold in 2009 for US$10,023.[1]

A ROM hack called Muscle Hack Match was created in 2002 that better reflected the roster of the Dream Chojin Tag Arc.

Another hack of unknown origin called Team Aho vs Generation EX replaces the entire roster with that of the HF First Year Replacement Tournament.

Gameplay

  • Singles mode (one on one bout)
  • Two-on-Two tag team wrestling match.
  • One Player or Two Player Versus.

Control

Movement
D-Pad
Jump
B Button
Punch
A Button
Kick
Press B Button and then A Button
Back Body Drop
Press A Button from behind opponent
Throw to the Ropes
Press Right + A Button
Near the Ropes
Press B Button to bounce off them
Lariat
Press A Button after sending opponent to the ropes
Flying Body Attack
Bounce off the ropes and press A Button
Tag Partner In
Retreat to your corner and press A Button
  • You can activate a special move after collecting an energy ball that is randomly thrown by Meat.

Characters

Kinnikuman
Kinniku Driver: Press A Button when you're behind your opponent.
Terryman
Bulldogging Headlock: Press Right + A Button when your opponent is facing you or looking away.
Ramenman
Killer Karate: Press B Button and then A Button when facing the opponent.
Robin Mask
Tower Bridge: Press A Button when you're behind your opponent.
Buffaloman
Hurricane Mixer: Press B Button and then A Button when facing the opponent.
Warsman
Bear Claw: Press B Button when your opponent is facing you or looking away.
Asuraman
Asura Buster: Press A Button when you're behind your opponent.
Brocken Jr. (Japanese version only)
Nazi Gas Attack: Press A Button.
Geronimo (U.S. version only)
Tomahawk Throw: Press A Button.

Gold Cartridge Version

Mongolman (replaces Ramenman)
Leg Lariat: Press B Button and then A Button when facing the opponent.
Pentagon (replaces Asuraman)
Finisher: Press A Button when you're behind your opponent.
Black Hole (replaces Terryman)
Finisher: Press Right + A Button when your opponent is facing you or looking away.
The Ninja (replaces Brocken Jr.)
Shuriken: Press A Button.

Muscle Hack Match version

Muscle Hack Match
Kinnikuman
Finisher: Kinniku Driver
Kinnikuman Great
Finisher: Kinniku Buster
Neptuneman
Finisher: Quarrel Bomber
Big the Budo
Finisher: Magnet Power
Buffaloman
Finisher: Hurricane Mixer
Mongolman (replaces Ramenman)
Finisher: Leg Lariat
Robin Mask
Finisher: Tower Bridge
Warsman
Finisher: Screwdriver

Rings

  • Normal Ring
  • Ice-Top Ring
  • Electric Rope Ring

Controversy

The American version of the game removed Brocken Jr. in favor of Geronimo due to either censorship or not being included within the M.U.S.C.L.E. toyline.

Other variations

References

  1. Kotaku

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