Yakuman (video game)

Yakuman (役満) is a 1989 mahjong video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for its handheld Game Boy as one of the Japanese launch titles. It is the first entry in a series of first-party Japanese mahjong games on Nintendo systems, with sequels on the Famicom,[1] Game Boy Advance,[2] DS,[3] Wii,[4] Wii U,[5] and 3DS.[6]

Cover art
Developer(s)Intelligent Systems
Composer(s)Hirokazu Tanaka
Platform(s)Game Boy
  • JP: April 21, 1989
Genre(s)Board game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


A sample game of Yakuman being played

As one of the four original Game Boy games available for the Japanese launch of that system on April 21, 1989, Yakuman was released alongside Alleyway, Super Mario Land, and Baseball. It is the only game of the four that was never released outside Japan. It has both a single player mode and a two player versus mode.[7]

Japanese mahjong is a four player tile-based game where the goal is to take points from other players by drawing and discarding tiles until a winning hand is made. A "Yakuman" is a class of rare and valuable winning hands that can be composed of different combinations of tiles than normal hands.[8] The mahjong in Yakuman is a two player variation of this game.[9]


The Yakuman Player as seen on the cover art appears as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He appears again, this time as a spirit, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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  2. ^ "どこでも対局 役満アドバンス". www.nintendo.co.jp.
  3. ^ "役満DS". www.nintendo.co.jp.
  4. ^ "役満Wii 井出洋介の健康麻将". www.nintendo.co.jp.
  5. ^ "役満 鳳凰 | Wii U | 任天堂". 任天堂ホームページ.
  6. ^ "役満 鳳凰". www.nintendo.co.jp.
  7. ^ Yakuman at MobyGames
  8. ^ "Japanese Mahjong Scoring". August 16, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-16.
  9. ^ 役満. www.nintendo.co.jp (in Japanese).

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