Confirmed: the re-imagining of Karateka is coming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this month, according to a press release. That settles the issue of if it's coming, at least.

When specifically is another matter. The press materials don't pack in a solid date for the iOS release, but it's probably safe to assume that this version will hit after the XBLA version's release this coming November 7. No price for iOS has been announced. The Steam, XBLA, and PSN versions will be going for $10.

Billed as a "rhythm-based story fighter," this new Karateka will tasks users with doing a familiar thing: fighting dudes in order to save "the lovely Mariko" from "the evil warlord Akuma." We've got some screens above.

  • DotComCTO

    This was a favorite on my Atari 400 way back in the day. I wonder whether the new version can retain that same magic from the "old days"?

  • Artfoundry

    Rhythm based?? Please don't tell me Mechner turned it into a DDR style game. The original required some timing yes, but not "rhythm". The more I hear and see about this remake, the less excited I am (and I've been wanting this on iOS for so long). I hope at least the original is included...

    • DotComCTO

      The original had a sort of rhythm to the attack and defense movement; it's not that it is/was a rhythm game. It's just that you had to master the timing of when to attack and when to step back to avoid getting it. Make sense?

  • JesusBro

    will this game have gamecenter?
    i hope it does so i can challenge my friends to beat my acheivements and scores

  • renneth

    I love that  back in the day, there's an option to show respect by bowing before each fight. I hope that they retain that aspect of the game.

  • Gamer_Kev

    The pictures look more like a one on one fighter arcade game than Karatika. Hopefully the look of the pictures are deceiving and it retains the feel of the original game. I can still remember how amazed I was when I first saw Karatika on my Atari 800xl back in the eighties. Got a few chuckles out of it too, anyone else remember what happened if you made the princess mad? 😀

  • JoseO42

    Yeah I remember the game on my Atari 800XL. I do remember that the princess would kick you in a delicate area and thus you would get killed.

  • chrberni

    Such amazing memories playing this on my Apple //e back in the day. 🙂

  • BeyondtheTech

    "This month" has come and gone. Where is it?