Tag Team Match: M.U.S.C.L.E.

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Tag Team Match: M.U.S.C.L.E., known in Japan as Kinnikuman: Muscle Tag Match,[a] is a fighting game developed by Tose and published by Bandai for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Japanese edition is based on Yudetamago's manga and anime series Kinnikuman, but the North American edition was not due to the source material being not well-known outside Japan.

Tag Team Match: M.U.S.C.L.E.
MUSCLE game.jpg
North American cover art
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
  • JP: November 8, 1985
  • NA: October 1986

It has eight playable characters, each with his own special move. The game was followed by a 1987 Japan-only sequel for the Famicom Disk System titled Kinnikuman: Kinniku-sei Ōi Sōdatsusen (キン肉マン キン肉星王位争奪戦, Kinnikuman: Scramble for the Throne).[1]


The game has two modes, one requiring the player to defeat a computer opponent while the other requires two players to fight against each other.

The A button jumps, and B punches or activates a special move after collecting an energy ball that is randomly thrown by the boy called "Meat".

Moves that can be done, punch, jump, drop kick, shove, shove into ropes, flying body attack (jump into ropes and rebound), lariat aka clothes line, shove enemy into ropes and then hit A, back drop aka suplex (press B close behind the enemy).

Although the game goes on endlessly, it officially has 255 rounds, after those rounds, the player enter round 0 (completing the 8 bit variable for rounds number), on which the speed level resets and the time per round returns to 30:00 (from round 100 reduced to 10:00).

It is believed that the maximum score one could get from this game is 99,999,999 points, but it is unknown what will happen afterwards, but it will probably return to 0 as well.


Kinnikuman (North American version – Muscleman)
Finisher: Kinniku Driver, carries opponent and jumps off screen straight up and comes down. One of the if not the most damage inducing moves in the game.
Finisher: Bull Dog Headlock, basically a speedy version of the lariat move in the game without having to rebound off the ropes and can be done repeatedly.
Finisher: Leg Lariat, basically a faster longer version of the regular drop kick move.
Robin Mask
Finisher: Tower Bridge, Argentine back breaker (Lex Luger's torture rack) from pro-wrestling
Buffaloman (North American version – Terri-bull)
Finisher: Hurricane Mixer, for a short distance he can burst charge you with his horned head.
Finisher: Bear Claw, covers longer distance than the hurricane mixer
Finisher: Ashura Buster
Brocken Jr. (Japanese version only)
Finisher: Nazi Gas Attack
Geronimo (North American version only)
Finisher: Apache War Cry

Note that Brocken Jr. and Geronimo are the same in this game, just slightly different graphics.


The game was released in Japan on November 8, 1985.[2] It was released in North America on October 1986.

The Gold Edition of the Japanese version of the game has been a sought-after collector's item, and is considered the "Holy Grail" of the Famicom collection. In 2017, the Gold Edition of the Famicom version has been valued at ¥2,000,000 ($18,200 USD).[3]


The game sold 1.05 million units in Japan.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Japanese: キン肉マン マッスルタッグマッチ, Hepburn: Kinnikuman: Massuru Taggu Matchi


  1. ^ Kinnikuman: Kinniku Ookurai Soudatsusen (FDS) Archived 2018-01-07 at the Wayback Machine VGChartz
  2. ^ "キン肉マン マッスルタッグマッチ [ファミコン]". Famitsu. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. ^ Schanen, Naomi (2017-08-18). "Blasts from the past: Japan's gaming classics get a retro revival". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Archived from the original on 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  4. ^ "Japan Platinum Chart Games". The Magic Box. Archived from the original on 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2 October 2021.