Batman Returns (Mega-CD)

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Batman Returns
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
$49.99[1] 4401
Sega Mega-CD
£44.99[3] 4401
Sega Mega-CD
?F 4401
Sega Mega-CD
DM 119,95[7] 4401
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas 4401
Sega Mega-CD
$? ?
Sega Mega-CD
R$? ?

Batman Returns for the Sega Mega-CD is an action game developed by Malibu Interactive and published by Sega. It is based on the movie with the same name, and it is an upgraded edition to the previously released Mega Drive version.


It contains the same 2D platform stages from the cartridge game together with all new pseudo-3D driving stages and a rearranged music score by Spencer Nilsen, although the total amount of songs has been reduced as more stages now share the same background music. PCM samples are now of higher quality and the opening sequence and game over/continue screens have been reworked. The fight during staff roll has been replaced by a new, non-interactive sequence.

The player can choose to play the full game, only the driving sections or only the platform stages.

At the time, Batman Returns was considered an impressive title for its heavy use of the Mega-CD's scaling abilities.

Production credits

Game Developed by: Malibu Interactive
  • Driving Game Designers: Jeff Godfrey, James Maxwell, John O'Brien
  • Platform Game Designers: James Maxwell, Bert Schroeder
  • Additional Platform Design: Nancy Nakamoto, Bernie Wang
  • Driving Game Backgrounds Lead Artist: Stephen Thomson
  • Driving Game Vehicles Lead Artist: Jeff Godfrey
  • Additional Driving Game Artists: Tom Applegate, Jeremy Cantor, Russel Comte, Damon DuBois, Robert Hemphill, Ray Huerta, Jayne Shrigley
  • Platform Game Artwork: Tom Applegate, Todd Tomlinson
  • Additional Platform Game Artists: Robert Hemphill, Ray Huerta, Stephen Thomson
  • Driving Game Programmer: John O'Brien
  • Platform Game Programmer: Andrew Green
  • Game Shell Programmer: Chris Shrigley
  • Sound Programmer: Brian Howarth
  • Testers: Darin Johnson, Justin Monast
  • Game Directors: James Maxwell, John O'Brien
Source: In-game credits

Bert SchroederSpencer NilsenGreg StrongBrad KaiserTerry Banks, Greg Becksted, Joe Cain, Harry Chavez, K. Higashihara, Vy Nong, Bill Person, Chris Sinclair, S.StangenbergJeff Godfrey, James Maxwell, John O'BrienJames Maxwell, Bert SchroederNancy Nakamoto, Bernie WangStephen ThomsonJeff GodfreyTom Applegate, Jeremy Cantor, Russel Comte, Damon DuBois, Robert Hemphill, Ray Huerta, Jayne ShrigleyTom Applegate, Todd TomlinsonRobert Hemphill, Ray Huerta, Stephen ThomsonJohn O'BrienAndrew GreenChris ShrigleyBrian HowarthDarin Johnson, Justin MonastJames Maxwell, John O'Brien

Source: US manual creditsMedia:Batmanreturns mcd us manual.pdf[9]

Vy NongGreg SuarezCarol Ann Hanshaw, Paula Polley


Magazine articles

Main article: Batman Returns (Mega-CD)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 041.pdfEGM US 041.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

SegaVisions US 14.pdfSegaVisions US 14.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Supergame BR 28.pdfSupergame BR 28.pdf

Print advert in
Supergame (BR) #28: "Novembro 1993" (1993-11-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №140, p40-41[3]
84 №140, p108[10]
53 №47, p34/160-161[11]
93 №1, p119Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[12]
68 №47, p66[1]
85 №12, p48-51
81 №11, p42-44
90 №3, p28-29
89 №20 (Supp.), p28-29[13]
73 №9/93, p33[14]
94 №19, p68-70
90 №10, p68-71[15]
85 №45, p42-44
86 №22, p42-43
55 №10, p38-39
83 №1, p36-38[16]
73 №5/94, p33[17]
85 №2, p11
80 №23, p20[18]
78 №9/93, p38[19]
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
20 reviews

Mega-CD, US
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Batmanreturns mcd us manual.pdf
BatmanReturns MCD US RegCard.pdf
Reg Card
Mega-CD, EU
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Mega-CD, BR


Batman games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Batman (1990) | Batman: Revenge of The Joker (1992) | Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Justice League Task Force (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Game Gear
Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Master System
Batman Returns (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Saturn
Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)