Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! is a video game released for the Game Boy Advance. It is an Action game, developed by Treasure and published by ESP Software, which was released in Japan in December 13, 2002.

Introduction

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting is a boxing game based on the manga/anime Hajime no Ippo. Ippo is a shy guy who helps his mother run their fishing business. Since he is helping his mother, he hardly has any time to make friends that's why bullies always picks on poor Ippo but one day, while the bullies was beating the hell out of Ippo, a stranger named Takamura saved him. Ippo was then taken to a boxing gym and discovers his boxing potential.

Gameplay

The game has 5 modes; Story, Tournament, VS, Sparring, and Customize mode.

Controls

Operation is only cross, A, B, R button. Roughly speaking, the cross button corresponds to the movement of the character, the A button to the avoidance, the B button to the attack, and the R button to the special command.

For punches, combine the cross button and the B button. Common to all characters are five types: jab (B), straight (→ + B), left hook (← + B), left upper (↑ + B), and left body (↓ + B).

Common operations for defense are ducking (A), sweeback (↑ + A), right oblique ducking (→ + A), left oblique ducking (← + A). Depending on the character, diagonal ducking may be swaying.

Combination

In addition to these basic operations, a large number of "combination blows" are prepared for each character. This is that by pressing the button with good tempo, it is possible to play out the continuous attack with the hook and the upper mixed. First, let us describe an example of combination blow below.

  • B · B (Jab Jab)
  • B · → + B (jab · right straight)
  • B · + + B (jab · upper right)
  • B · + + B · + + B (jab · right hook · left upper)
  • B · + + B · B · + + B (jab · right hook · left hook · right upper)
  • ← + B · B · B · → B (left hook · right hook · left hook · straight)

Playable Characters

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting GBA
Character Name Specials Ability
Makunouchi Ippo
Miyata Ichirō
Alexander Volg Zangief
Hayami Ryūichi
Okita Keigo
Date Eiji
Mashiba Ryō
Saeki Takuma
Shigeta Akira
Sendō Takeshi


Story Mode

The Story Mode follows Makunouchi Ippo's journey from his spar with Miyata Ichirō to his second match against Sendō Takeshi for the JBC featherweight belt. It skips some of his fights from the series such as Oda Yūsuke, Fujiwara Yoshio, Jason Ozuma, Kobashi Kenta, and Ponchai Chuwatana. It also has Ippo fighting Shigeta Akira after losing to Date Eiji instead of fighting Ponchai.

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting GBA Story Mode
Match in Story Opponent Note
1. Kamogawa Boxing Gym Sparring Match 4 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Miyata Ichirō
2. East Japan Rookie King Tournament Semi-Finals 4 Rounds 2 KO Match vs. Hayami Ryūichi After winning, Ippo learns Liver Blow.
3. East Japan Rookie King Tournament Finals 6 Rounds 2 KO Match vs. Mashiba Ryō After winning, Ippo learns Smash.
4. All Japan Rookie King Tournament Championship 6 Rounds 2 KO Match vs. Sendō Takeshi
5. Japanese Featherweight Match 10 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Okita Keigo
6.Class A Tournament Round 1 Match 6 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Saeki Takuma After winning, Ippo learns Gazelle Punch
7.Class A Tournament Finals 8 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Alexander Volg Zangief
8 Japanese Featherweight Title Match 10 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Date Eiji If you win, you finish the story mode. If you lose, you learn the Dempsey Roll and continue the story.
9 Kamogawa Boxing Gym Sparring Match 3 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Shigeta Akira
10 Japanese Featherweight Title Match 10 Rounds 3 KO Match vs. Sendō Takeshi

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