Metal Head

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Metal Head
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega 32X
ROM size: 3MB
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X JP 1995-02-24 ¥7,800 GM-4008
Sega 32X US 1995 $? 84511
Sega 32X EU 1995 £? 84511-50
Sega 32X BR 1995 $? 152060
Sega 32X AS 1995 $? 84511

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Metal Head (メタルヘッド) is a Sega 32X action game developed and published by Sega.


Metal Head is an early first-person shooter, in which the player controls a bipedal mech tasked with destroying enemies on the map. It is one of the few 32X games to take place in a full 3D environment (with textured polygons), though comes at the expense of relatively low draw distances and frame rates. There is also a large amount of digitized speech.



Metal Head was first announced in mid-1994, although at the time the game was in a very early state of production, with the only available footage being pre-rendered scenes and technical demos. It was originally planned to be a launch title for the 32X, however a series of troubles put the game back a few months until early 1995.

Production Credits

Producer: Koichi Nagata
Director: Masahide Kobayashi
Metal Head Team Leader: Masahiro Wakayama
Chief Graphic Designer: Koichi Sasaki
Graphics Designer: Tsuyoshi Tsunoi, Tsutomu Nakatsugawa, Kazuki Aizawa, Maiko Kitagawa
Chief Programmer: Masahiro Wakayama
Programmer: Naoki Kobayashi, Akio Setsumasa, Takeshi Sakakibara, Nobuyuki Tanioka
Main Planner: Ryutaro Nonaka
Planner: Katsunori Yamaji, Hideki Anbo
Additional Graphics: Akio Setsumasa, Norihiro Sekine
Sound Designer: Jun Senoue, Atsumu Miyazawa, Yoshiaki Kashima, Teruhiko Nakagawa, Tatsuya Kouzaki
Text Coordinator: Ryoichi Hasegawa
Character Voices: David Leytze, Steve Ray Burton, Henry Giesen, James Spahn, Scott Alexander
Special Thanks: Tatsutoshi Narita, Shinji Kawahira, Naoyuki Machida, Norihiro Sekine, Koji Umeda, and All Testers
Presented by: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Sega 32X 74 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 15 reviews
Publication Score Source
CD Consoles ­† 56 №7, p126/127/128/129
Computer & Video Games 87 №160
GamesMaster 78 №27, p68
Games World 80 №10, p14
Mega 87 №29, p30/31/32
Mega Fun 75 №1995/04, p76-78Media:MegaFun DE 1995-04.pdf
Mean Machines Sega 87 №29, p66-68Media:MeanMachinesSega29UK.pdf
NEXT Generation 40 №4, p90
Player One 72 №53, p103
Sega Magazine (UK) 87 №14, p80/81
Sega Power 76 №65, p57
Sega Pro 80 №43, p48/49
Ultimate Future Games 71 №5, p79
Video Games (DE) 69
32X, US
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Metalhead 32x us manual.pdf
32X, EU
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32X, JP
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MetalHead 32X JP manual.pdf
32X, BR
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Metalhead 32x br manual.pdf
32X, Asia
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