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Urban Champion was an NES fighting game released in 1984 in Japan and 1986 elsewhere. The concept of the game was to beat the opponent in a street brawl three times before knocking him into a sewer manhole. It was later re-released on the e-Reader and the Wii Virtual Console.

A 3D remake for the game is available for the Nintendo 3DS. There were some improvements, such as a 3D camera option, as well as listing the player's current rank and a save option.


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This video game provides examples of:

  • Combat Pragmatist: You can lure players to underneath a flower pot dropped by an irate neighbor above, or you can hit any of them in the groin.
  • Confetti Drop: Whoever wins by knocking the opponent (or the player, should the opponent be the winner) will have a woman dropping confetti on the winner, while the winner also poses.
  • Endless Game: You just keep advancing through the street, punching bullies into manholes, until you finally succumb, yourself.
  • Excuse Plot: The closest thing to a plot that's currently been given was Nintendo Power's coverage on the e-Reader NES series and the ticket review for the Virtual Console version on the main Web site, where it states that the player has to fend off an urban bully.
  • Flower-Pot Drop: Some neighbors are less than friendly, often trying to drop flower pots on the fighters. Be careful that you don't get hit by it on the head. However, you can lure an opponent into getting hit by one and score a free punch.
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  • Groin Attack: If the player gives a low punch and it connects without a block from the opponent, it will result in the opponent wincing as he is knocked back.
  • No Name Given: None of the characters are named, although the two brawlers are called Mike and Mark outside of the game proper.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: The fighters will go to the corner and start whistling when the cops pass by (if the timer hadn't ran out of time, that is, otherwise, whoever is closest to losing will be booked by the police).
  • Police are Useless: Thanks to the timer, often the police will pass by a fight when the players are acting suspicious, and intervene only when time runs out (and even then, they don't arrest both characters)
  • Railing Kill: The only way to win is by punching the opponent into a sewer manhole. It's also the only way for you to lose.
  • Rank Inflation: In the 3DS remake, the player can increase in rank, with it being saved so the player can continue to improve. It starts at "Lonely Champion," but increases as the game progresses to "Street Champion," "Block Champion," "Downtown Champion," "Village Champion," "Town Champion," "Area Champion," "Country Champion," and "Urban Champion."
  • Title Drop: In the 3DS version. See Rank Inflation above.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Your attack options are really limited, just being a quick-but-light punch or a slow-but-strong punch, both being aimed at either the face or the stomach.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Player 1 has blue hair, while Player 2 has green hair.

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