Global Champion (known outside of North America as Kaiser Knuckle) is a 2D fighting game developed and released by Taito for arcades (running Taito F3 System hardware) in July 1994.
A traditional fighting game similar to Street Fighter II, Global Champion is known for its destructible environments (including battle-damaged floors, breakable walls, and backgrounds that become destroyed with special Power moves). It's also known for its multiple button layouts (configured by the arcade operator), switching between the standard 6-button setup and a Mortal Kombat-style setup for 5-button cabinets (with 2 punch/kick buttons and a dedicated block button).
A prototype version of an unreleased update to the game, titled Dan-Ku-Ga, was found and dumped to the internet. This version changes some graphics and movesets while adding selectable difficulty levels for one-player mode and making the two sub-bosses playable.
The game includes nine playable characters and three unplayable bosses.
- J. McCoy
- Gonzales (boss)
- Azteca (boss)
- General (final boss)