Batman Returns (Mega Drive)

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Batman Returns
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: DC Comics
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 G-4092
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.9939.99[4] 1045
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1045
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Classic)
1045-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1045
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[6][7] 1045
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
AS
1045-40

Batman Returns (バットマン・リターンズ) is a Sega Mega Drive action platformer developed by Malibu Interactive and published by Sega. Based on the June 1992 film Batman Returns, the game was released four months later to mixed reviews.

Story

The game loosely follows the plot of the film. The grotesque Penguin and his Red Triangle Gang are terrorizing Gotham City. They abduct and murder Gotham's Ice Princess and frame Batman for it. The Penguin is also running for Mayor of Gotham as part of millionaire businessman Max Shreck's schemes for consolidating control over the city. Meanwhile, Shreck's former employee Selina Kyle takes up the mantle of Catwoman after he attempts to kill her for uncovering his plans. She becomes entangled with Batman as she vows revenge.

Gameplay

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Utility belt

The game is an action platformer. Batman moves with Left and Right and crouches with Down. He jumps with C and jumps off ledges with Down+C. He can punch enemies at close range with B, which can be done while jumping or crouching. Batman can glide with his cape by holding A while in the air. Gliding expends flight power, which is limited and indicated by two gauges. Batman has a grappling gun that he can attach to platforms with Up+C; then he can pull himself up to the platform with C.

Batman has a number of ranged special weapons, including Batarangs, which can be thrown with B. These weapons can be used while crouching with Down+B; the Batarangs and Super-Seeking Batarangs can be aimed upwards with Up+B. Special weapons cannot be used while jumping. The player can switch the current special weapon through Batman's utility belt with  START . Special weapons have limited ammunition, which can be replenished by finding items.

Batman has a health bar that goes down as he takes damage from enemies. When he runs out of health or falls down a bottomless pit, he loses a life. Poor collision detection and enemy placement can sometimes result in situations that are impossible to overcome without taking damage. Batman respawns near the spot where he died if the player has lives remaining. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends, but it can be continued from the beginning of the current stage.

When the game is completed, Batman fights Catwoman again as the end credits play.

Items

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Flight Power
Restores part of Batman's flight power.
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Regular Batarangs
Increases Batman's supply of Regular Batarangs, which are a basic ranged attack.
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Smoke Bombs
Increases Batman's supply of Smoke Bombs, which stun enemies that they hit.
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Deadly Swarms of Bats
Increases Batman's supply of Deadly Swarms of Bats, which do heavy damage to enemies caught in them.
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Grappling Gun
Increases Batman's supply of Grappling Guns, which are a powerful ranged attack.
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Super-Seeking Batarang
Increases Batman's supply of Super-Seeking Batarangs, which home in on enemies.
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Regular Heart
Restores 4 units of Batman's health bar.
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Pulsing Heart
Fully restores Batman's health bar.
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Batman Mask
Gives the player an extra life.

Stages

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Gotham City

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Schreck's Wonderland

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The Red Triangle Circus

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Into the Sewers

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The Penguin's Lair

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits
Batman Returns MD credits.pdf
[8]


Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in OK Consolas (ES) #11: "xxxx 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #9: "Enero 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Supergame (BR) #19: "Fevereiro 1993" (1993-02-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-03: "March 1993" (1993-02-08)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[10]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
50
[11]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
45
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
64
[13]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
76
[15]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
76
[16]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 5 (RU)
60
[17]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
77
[18]
Game Power (IT)
40
[19]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[20]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
40
[21]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[22]
Igry Sega Luchshiye iz luchshikh. Vypusk 2 (RU)
50
[23]
Joker (SI)
83
[24]
Joypad (FR)
87
[25]
Joystick (FR) PAL
89
[26]
Mega (UK) PAL
40
[27]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
78
[28]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
76
[7]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
77
[6]
Player One (FR)
45
[29]
Play Time (DE)
76
[30]
Power Play (DE)
50
[31]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
52
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
53
[33]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
43
[34]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
82
[35]
Sega Force (SE)
88
[36]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
69
[37]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
72
[38]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
58
[39]
Supergame (BR)
88
[40]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
42
[41]
Video Games (DE)
62
[42]
Sega Mega Drive
64
Based on
35 reviews

Batman Returns (Mega Drive)

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Mega Drive, US (alt)

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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)
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Manual
Mega Drive, UK
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Manual
Mega Drive, FR
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Cover
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Manual
Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Mega Drive, AU

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Mega Drive, Asia
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Manual
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Chinese Manual
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Mega Drive, CA
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4a3225c0
MD5 ae267331cfe46a61f65f3cbd5abcbe72
SHA-1 b173d388485461b9f8b27d299a014d226aef7aa1
1MB 1992-10 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)

References

  1. File:BatmanReturns MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 27
  4. GamePro, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 43
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-17), page 25
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 106
  7. 7.0 7.1 MegaTech, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-20), page 34
  8. File:Batman Returns MD credits.pdf
  9. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1993" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 24
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 28
  11. Aktueller Software Markt, "Avril 1993" (DE; 1993-03-08), page 19
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-08), page 23
  13. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 102
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 28
  15. Computer & Video Games, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-15), page 90
  16. Computer + Video Giochi, "Gennaio 1993" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 100
  17. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 5, "" (RU; 200x-xx-xx), page 106
  18. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 25
  19. Game Power, "Marzo 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 72
  20. GamePro, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 42
  21. Hippon Super, "April 1993" (JP; 1993-03-04), page 45
  22. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 80
  23. Igry Sega Luchshiye iz luchshikh. Vypusk 2, "" (RU; 2001-08-27), page 47
  24. Joker, "Oktober 1993" (SI; 1993-xx-xx), page 22
  25. Joypad, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 70
  26. Joystick, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 201
  27. Mega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-19), page 42
  28. Mega Action, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 80
  29. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 138
  30. Play Time, "4/93" (DE; 1993-03-10), page 104
  31. Power Play, "3/93" (DE; 1993-02-10), page 106
  32. Sega Power, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-03), page 58
  33. Sega Pro, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 57
  34. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  35. Sega Zone, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-20), page 48
  36. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 8
  37. Sega Force, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-05), page 34
  38. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 16
  39. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  40. Supergame, "Abril 1993" (BR; 1993-04-xx), page 34
  41. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 21
  42. Video Games, "12/92" (DE; 1992-11-23), page 102


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Batman games for Sega systems
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