Heavyweight Champ (lost SEGA arcade boxing game; 1976)
Heavyweight Champ was an arcade game released in October of 1976 by Sega in Japan and the United States. This game was noteworthy for being regarded as the first game in the "fighting" genre. The arcade machine had one boxing glove for both players protruding from it that acted loosely like a joystick. The arcade game itself featured monochrome graphics with two similar-looking characters on opposite ends. The joystick-like controllers that would perform a different move depending on what direction the stick was moved.
The game was remade in 1987 which proved to be popular, thus overshadowing the original into obscurity. There is little footage of the game in action online, with the only known gameplay footage sourced from a news report from 1977. For a time, there was also no known instance of a surviving cabinet. However, a thread was started on the forums of K.L.O.V. (Killer List of Video Games) on February 13th, 2018 looking for information about the game, in which a photo of a cabinet (albeit with a smashed glass bezel) surfaced. This photo supposedly originated from a Yahoo Japan Auction page, but no source was given nor was any info was given on the cabinet's functional condition. Though it appears to have suffered some signs of exposure and possible weather damage and is thus likely not in working order. While the whereabouts of this particular machine is unknown, it does mean that there is potentially at least one cabinet still in existence.
- Technical information of the game. Retrieved 17 Jan '19
- A Brief History of Gaming article on Heavyweight Champ. Retrieved 17 Jan '19
- A Giantbomb article on the boxing game. Retrieved 17 Jan '19
- KLOV Forum post discussing the game. Retrieved 14 Feb '19
- Release date information. Retrieved 27 Jul '19