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Prince of Persia creator making new Karateka

Prince of Persia creator making new Karateka

Karateka - they really don't make box art like this anymore.

At Comic-Con 2008 in San Diego, the creator of the original Prince of Persia games has said that he will is currently working on reviving another of his classic games - Karateka.

Questioned about whether he plans to revisit some of his older games, such as The Last Express, Jordan Mechner confirmed that he is currently working on a remake of his first commercial game; 2D fighter Katateka.

"I can safely say it's not going to be the way that you expect," teased Mechner according to Kotaku. Mechner said that he would be directly involved in the creation of the game too - something he can't say about the new Prince of Persia game.

Mechner was also questioned about a few of the quirks in Karateka - namely that the screen of would flip upside down and back to front if the floppy disk was inserted the wrong way, an idea which Mechner intended to be a simple example of copy protection as it would make the game playable, but monstrously difficult.

Mechner said he envisioned that someone, somewhere would fall for the elaborate prank, calling tech support to get the explanation "Well, sir, you put the disk in upside-down."

"That person would think, for the rest of their life, that that's how software works."

Are you a fan of the old Karateka, or were you more about International Karate +, as we were? Let us know in the forums.

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azrael- 28th July 2008, 11:57 Quote
Karateka or International Karate, or even Way of the Exploding Fist, or even... Too many to choose from. There were some seriously classic games made for the Commodore 64. I still have a huge stack of them lying about, for sentimental reasons. :)
ComputerKing 28th July 2008, 12:23 Quote
he will screw him self with that new game, This sux. he must focus on the successful Game and make the new one and make the movie.
Timmy_the_tortoise 28th July 2008, 12:40 Quote
Kara...what?
CardJoe 28th July 2008, 12:55 Quote
Karateka - it means: One who practices Karate.
Timmy_the_tortoise 28th July 2008, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Karateka - it means: One who practices Karate.

Right...

I'm interested..

Any ROMs?
CardJoe 28th July 2008, 13:26 Quote
ROMS are illegal, but you can find more information here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karateka_%28video_game%29
Timmy_the_tortoise 28th July 2008, 13:37 Quote
Okay, fair enough.
TGImages 28th July 2008, 15:11 Quote
Karateka! Wow... that takes me back. It's one of the few games I ever played to completion. Old Apple IIe version for me.
Cthippo 28th July 2008, 23:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by ComputerKing
he will screw him self with that new game, This sux. he must focus on the successful Game and make the new one and make the movie.

CK is channeling the collective wisdom of the games industry
Redbeaver 29th July 2008, 02:16 Quote
oh shiiit !! the ole-school karateka?? lol that brings back memory...
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