In a not so distant future, traditional sports were in decline and the general audiences want a new, much exciting sport. Meanwhile, in a small town of the good ol' U.S.A. a young martial artist named Joe was training for years in martial arts, until one day, an old fighter went to his house and he tells him he should travel to all over the world to meet other masters and to learn from them. So, with that goal in mind, Joe went overseas in order to be the best.
The game is notorious for some reasons: Unlike other fighting games of that era, you fight in a pseudo-3D arena, so you can move in diagonally. Due to that, rather than jumping by pulling the control pad up, you must press a button for that, at the expense that the special moves are more difficult to pull off.
Power Athlete wasn't particularly successful in its time, though the game had many novel ideas for its time, including the concept of increasing Joe's status every time he fights an opponent, although it's worth mentioning that these statuses rise randomly, which forces you to try to fight with all the characters if you want to increase all of Joe's statuses to the limit.
Not to be confused (in the English version at least) with the famous dancing contest, not it's about an athlete juicing him/herself.
- All There in the Manual: All the backstory of all the characters is more or less explained in the game manual, since the game itself doesn't have any, outside Joe's.
- Anime Chinese Girl: A very odd case with Reayon, as she fits with this trope, clothes and even name included, despite being Thai.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Vagnad's skin is purple, very likely after living for years in the colder Siberian weather.
- Excuse Plot: You're an American fighter named Joe. Your mission is to travel across the globe and kick some ass, so you can learn something from your opponents. This is all what you need to know about the plot.
- I am a Humanitarian: According with the backstory in the Japanese version, Baraki not only is a assassin, but also a cannibal.
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: Buoh is a rather ludicrous example: According with his backstory in the manual, he is a ninja assassin and a kabuki dancer, likely in his free time.
- The Smurfette Principle: Reayon is the only female fighter in the game.