It’s been almost forty years since the Karate Kid series began. Since the first Karate Kid, there were three more movies, including a remake and two television series. There will also be a broadway adaption to make The Karate Kid into a musical, so it only makes sense for there to be a video game (again, almost forty years later). It’s practically an entire cinematic universe. People who remember the original series are either over-the-hill or starting to get there, but the saga must continue.
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues brings back the side-scrolling beat-em-up-style genre that’s taken a back seat to other genres like first-person shooters or action-adventure games. Imagine a Double Dragon style of gameplay for the modern systems. You’ll play as different Karate Kid characters like Daniel and Johnny, voiced by the original actors as you fight your way across 28 story missions. The presence of story missions means there will be boss fights along the way. As you play through the story missions, you’ll be able to level up your character’s combos and other skills through a skill tree.
Not only will you play as Johnny or Daniel, but there is supposedly up to eight different characters from The Karate Kid cinematic universe who will fight alongside Johnny and Daniel. The story will have a definitive “ultimate” ending, but in order to unlock it, you would need to play through both story campaigns. One story campaign follows the Cobra Kai dojo, and the other story campaign follows the Miyagi-Do dojo. It will be interesting to see what creative moves and skills each character will unlock as gamers punch and kick their way through various goons and bosses.
The timing for the release of the Cobra Kai game trailer coincides with the release for season 3 of the Cobra Kai series on Netflix. Originally started as a YouTube series, Netflix ended up picking up the series to air its third season. Unfortunately, fans of The Karate Kid’s extended universe will have to wait until some time in 2021 to see the third season.
Fortunately, those who don’t want to wait to dive into The Karate Kid will be able to play Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues on October 27th for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.