Marking the third Hokuto no Ken game released in a single year's time, Hokuto no Ken 2 is a followup to the first Shouei System developed game on the Famicom
. Not only did the inferior of the two Hokuto no Ken games get the sequel in this case (the more deserving one being the Master System/Mark II game
), but this one is also based on the second half of the series (taking place several years after Raoh's defeat). Popular opinion is that the second half was a mere shadow of the first, with weaker supporting characters and a far less engaging story. It also bears the same subtitle that the anime adaptation of Hokuto no Ken did from the beginning: "seikimatsu kyuuseishu densetsu" ("Legend of the Century's End Savior"). On top of getting a raw deal in terms of the source material, Hokuto no Ken 2 also had the misfortune of being released on the exact same day as the Famicom port of a genre-evolving beat-em-up: Nekketsu Kouha Kunio kun (Renegade). It's no wonder that these early Hokuto no Ken games have been largely forgotten.