The game received some notoriety as an Internet meme. The final sequence where the hero approaches Mariko was rotoscoped and replaced with the hero performing MC Hammer's dance from his single "U Can't Touch This." A cropped version appears on YTMND as "Ninja Works It"
Typical of games from this era, and because the game was so short, Karateka did not have a "save game" feature.
players: single player
distribution: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
graphics: CGA, Hercules
sound: PC speaker
Abandonware DOS popularity: low