"Hokuto de BON!!" FAQ
by Jeff Jacobson (e-mail: Kenshiroh@aol.com)
Created: 2000 January 23
Version: 2000 January 23
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"Hokuto de BON!!" game by Yamibugyou Company
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Taisen Kakutou Puzzle Game "HOKUTO DE BON!!"
System: PC running Windows 95/98
Yamibugyou Company, 2000 May 14
OS: Windows 95/98 *Installs on Japanese version only
CPU: Pentium 166MHz or higher (MMX 233MHz or higher recommended)
Memory: 32 MB or higher (64 MB or higher recommended)
Graphics: 640x480 (256 Colors), DirectX 7 or higher
Hard Disk: 600 MB to install (maybe only 300 MB, depending on where you look
in the instruction manual)
Sound Card: DirectX 3 compatible sound card
Game Pad: A windows compatible game pad.
What is "Hokuto de BON!"?
Based on "Hokuto no Ken", (which is known in the US as "Fist of the North
Star", [even though "Hokuto" actually means "Big Dipper" and NOT "North Star"!])
Hokuto de BON!! is a lot like an old game called "Breakout" (or another
similar old game called "Blockbuster" for the Commodore 64) combined with
Capcom's "Super Puzzle Fighter II X". In these games (Breakout and
Blockbuster) you hit a ball with a paddle. The ball bounces against
blocks at the top of the screen and breaks them. When the ball comes back
toward the paddle, the paddle must not let the ball get past it. The goal
of the game was to break all of the blocks at the top of the screen.
In HDB, the Ball is replaced with a fist, the paddle replaced with the top
view of a character, and the blocks are replaced with the heads of mohawked
punks. You are also now playing against an opponent. When you break the
blocks, they go to your opponent's side of the screen. You also have a life
meter. If the blocks go past the yellow line near the bottom of the screen,
your life meter is decreased. The game is over when either you or your
opponent's life meters reach 0% (or if the time runs out).
This game will not fully install on the US version of Windows 98. If you
try to install "Hokuto de BON!!" on the US version of Windows 98 the
install program will fail when it tries to copy a shortcut to their homepage.
(This is because the name of the file contains Japanese characters. The US
version of Windows 98 doesn't accept most Japanese characters in filenames.)
But the game can be made to run on the US version of windows if you have
access to another computer that is running the Japanese version of
Windows 95 or 98.
1) First, install the game on the computer running the Japanese version of
Windows. (The install program should have no problems on the Japanese
version of Windows.)
2) Next, run the install program on the US version of Windows. The program
will fail as described above.
3) Look in the directory C:\Program Files\YAMI\HDB\ on the computer running
the US version of windows. (Your HD might have a different letter than C.)
There should be three subdirectories called AVI, DAT, and WAV. The install
program installed all of the files contained in these subdirectories; the
only ones not installed are the files in the main directory.
4) Go to the same directory (C:\Program Files\YAMI\HDB\) of the computer
running the Japanese verison of Windows. Copy all of the files from this
directory (but not the subdirectories) onto some type of removeable media.
If the only option you have is floppy disks than you don't need to copy the
HDB_OP.avi file. On the removable media, rename any files containing Japanese
characters so that they no longer contain Japanese characters. (There should
only be one file that needs to be renamed.)
5) Copy the files from the disk into the C:\Program Files\YAMI\HDB\ folder
on the computer running the US version of Windows. If you were using a
floppy disk and couldn't copy the large HDB_OP.avi file from the Japanese
computer, copy another movie file into the C:\Program Files\YAMI\HDB\
directory and rename it to HDB_OP.avi.
To play the game, run HDB.exe (which is in C:\Program Files\YAMI\HDB\).
You can play the game using the keyboard or a gamepad. You don't use the
mouse. Unlike a lot of games, I find it is just as easy to use the keyboard
as it is to use a gamepad.
O = Decision, Fire fist, Invoke Hissatsu-Waza (Sure-Kill Technique)
X = Pause, Cancel, Skip Hissatsu-Waza movie
Directional Pad (Up, down, left, right) = Move cursor, Move Bar
O = Button 1
X = Button 2
Directional Pad = Up, Down, left right
F9 = Skip Story Mode story screens
ESC = End Game
O = Tab, Left Shift
X = Space Bar
Up = Q, W
Down = Z, X
Left = A
Right = S
O = Enter, Enter on Numpad
X = Backspace, 0 on numpad
Up, Down, Left, Right = Arrow Keys, numpad Arrow Keys
Story [written in English] (Kenshiro Story Mode)
Suto~ri~ [written in hiragana] (Miena Story Mode)*
A story with Ken and his "Friends".
Another story mode in which you play as Mi-na, the Yamibugyou Company
mascot. (* This mode only appears after you beat the regular story
mode on the second easiest (Ukiyo) difficulty level.)
Play as your favorite character fighting against the computer.
"VS Battle" mode
2 people play as their favorite characters against each other.
Play as your favorite character against multiple computer opponents. The
game keeps going until you are beaten. (No continues)
Configure the game the way you want it.
Exit the game and go back to windows.
* = Mode descriptions translated from instruction manual.
After beating the game on one of the story modes or finishing the game on
"Survival" mode, you will be given a password and an internet address. This
is for the internet ranking. Go to the internet address and enter the
password. You will then be able to enter your name and a comment. Your name
will be displayed along with the other people that entered their names.
Sometimes after you've entered your score, you will also get some artwork
by the Yamibugyou Company. (But sometimes you don't get artwork. I'm not
sure what the conditions are for this.)
Move the cursor to the character you want, then pick the color you want.
Depending on which mode you are in, you may also have to pick which level you
Degree of Difficulty (УпИ’Уx)
Time Limit (РІМјОЮК‘)
Sound Effects (МшЙ Йє)
Hissatsu-Waza Movie (ХKОEЛZГАБ[ГrБ[)
Frame Processing (ГtГМБ[ГАПИЧЭ)
Screen Drawing Amount (ЙжЦ Х`ЙжЧ )
Look at Battle Records (УђВҐВћЛLШ^ВрМ©Вй)
The options are described below.
Degree of Difficulty (УпИ’Уx)
You have 5 choices here.
БuВ ВйВ№УТБv Lukewarm water
This easy mode is recommended for people who just want to see the story.
This mode is for those that are not very good at the game, the play is
БuМїРҐБv Gense or Gensei
The "Shura" difficutly level is not available until you beat "Story
Mode" at the "Seikimatsu" level.
Time Limit (РІМјОЮК‘)
Choose whether you want to have a 30 second time limit.