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Stormlord
Publisher: RazorSoft, Micro World (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800[1] T-49113
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.95[2] 56026




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Stormlord (ストームロード) is a sidescrolling action game developed for the Sega Mega Drive by RazorSoft. The Mega Drive version was only released in North America and Japan.

Gameplay

Cheat codes

When paused:

  • More lives: AAAACCBBBCA
  • More Time: BAAACUpUpUpAAA
  • Skip current level: CBBBAAAACCAAAA

History

Lawsuit

Video game controversy, circa 1991.

Stormlord was controversial due to the inclusion of naked fairy statues. Sega refused to manufacture the cartridges until the graphics were censored and revoked RazorSoft's developer license in June 1991. RazorSoft then sued for breach of the Sherman Antitrust Act on the 22nd of July, as Sega refused to publish any of RazorSoft's titles. Sega then counter-sued both RazorSoft and Punk Development in August for copyright infringement and breach of contract, demanding the US courts issue a restraining order against RazorSoft[3][4].

The restraining order motion was denied by the courts, however Sega won the battle after RazorSoft admitted it had infringed its copyrights[5]. In the end, the game was censored and released with a license, and the North American cover art even proudly puts the censored graphic front and centre of one of its screenshots.

Uncensored versions made it to Winter CES 1991, and were reported by the gaming press prior to release (with Electronic Gaming Monthly apologising for the naked faries in its May 1991 issue[6]).

Curiously, Keeper of the Gates, the sequel to Stormlord was planned for release on the Sega Mega Drive, with Sega reportedly set to publish it.

Magazine articles

Main article: Stormlord/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 019.pdfEGM US 019.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #19: "February 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
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GamePro US 025.pdfGamePro US 025.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #25: "August 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Famitsu JP 0170.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Weekly Famitsu (JP) #170: "1992-03-20" (1992-03-06)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 №49, p72[9]
67 №1, p45[10]
92 №21, p40[11]
70 №17
80 №1, p42/43[12]
82 №19, p166
75 №5, p94
45 №19, p62/63
57 №1, p80[13]
80 №23, p54
79 №24, p27
77 №18, p67
Sega Mega Drive
72
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Stormlord MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Stormlord md us cart.jpg
Cart
StormLord MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
Stormlord MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Stormlord MD JP CartTop.jpg
Stormlord MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Stormlord MD JP manual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/md/soft_licensee.html
  2. File:VG&CE US 30.pdf, page 39
  3. File:PhoenixtheFallandRiseofVideoGames Book US 3rd.pdf, page 153
  4. File:GamePro US 028.pdf, page 142
  5. File:PhoenixtheFallandRiseofVideoGames Book US 3rd.pdf, page 162
  6. File:EGM US 022.pdf, page 12
  7. File:SegaVisions US 04.pdf, page 8
  8. File:SegaVisions US 05.pdf, page 36
  9. File:ACE UK 49.pdf, page 72
  10. File:AcaoGames BR 001.pdf, page 45
  11. File:GamePro US 021.pdf, page 42
  12. File:Joypad FR 001.pdf, page 42
  13. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 80