Deadly Moves

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Power Athlete/Deadly Moves
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Kaneko[1] (JP) Kaneko USA (US), Samsung (South Korea)
Genre: Action[2][3]

Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    ¥8,500 (8,755)8,500e[2] T-33033
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    Non-Sega versions

    Power Athlete (パワーアスリート) is a 1992 fighting game for the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo Entertainment System developed by System Vision and published by Kaneko. In the US, the Mega Drive version was renamed Deadly Moves, with the Super Famicom/SNES version becoming Power Moves. Both the Japanese and US versions uses English text.


    The protagonist Joe aims to become the world’s strongest fighter by challenging Ranker, the game’s final boss.


    • A Punch
    • B Kick
    • C Jump
    • (close)Right, A + B Throw

    Up and Down moves the character to a higher or lower plane, similar to side-scrolling beat-'em-up games like Streets of Rage. Ranker can be unlocked using cheat codes.

    Power Athlete was released before numerous fighting game "standards" were set by Street Fighter II, and thus there are no Street Fighter II-style combos to perform.

    In RPG fashion, enemies can be challenged multiple times to level your character up (and exploit the score system). Special moves don’t cause any block damage unless your character is highly leveled up.

    There are two long bonus stages that can be used to collect extra points. Progress is recorded through a password system.

    The final boss can be easily defeated by fully leveling up your character and throwing projectiles from the other side of the screen. Ranker will block all of them, slowly succumbing to the block damage taken.

    Playable characters

    Joe (ジョー)
    An American fighter. The single-player mode follows Joe's journey to become the champion of champions.
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Kikou-ken Left, Right, A + B
    Super Nova Right, A + B
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    Warren (ウォーレン)
    A Hawaiian fighter. Warren uses his large size and powerful strikes to compensate for his cowardice.
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Big Wednesday Left, Right, A + B
    Rolling Drop Kick A + B + C
    Vagnad (バグナド・ロフノスキー)
    A huge Russian wrestler with onyx skin. Vagnad learned to fight while held in a concentration camp.
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Double Arm Right, A + B
    Double-power Bomb (close) Right, A + B
    Buoh (舞王)
    A Japanese kabuki performer. Buoh is a master of ninjutsu, kung fu, karate, aikido, and kobudo.
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Dancing Smoke Down, A + B
    Rolling Hair Attack Right, A + B
    Gaoluon (百竜(ガオロン))
    A Chinese martial artist. Gaoluon has mastered the hard-fist method of the northern Chinese fighting style.
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Twin Flying Dragon Right, A + B
    Moonsault Kick Down, A + B
    Reayon (麗栄(リーヨン))
    A Thai martial artist born in China and the only female fighter. Reayon has mastered the flexible-fist method of the northern Chinese fighting style.
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Dancing Crash Left, Right, A + B
    Shooting-down Kick Down, A + B
    Baraki (バラキ・キメラ)
    The head of Kenya's Opa Opa Tribe. He is also a member of the secret organization "Junk".
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Diving Roller Left, Right, A + B
    Fire Storm Right, A + B
    Nick (ニック)
    A Spanish matador. Nick prefers to use knives when fighting, and is a member of the secret organization "Junk".
    Move list
    Name Command Description
    Killer Nails Left, Right, A + B
    Dancing Storm Right, A + B


    The Mega Drive and Super NES versions of Power Athlete are virtually the same game, save for a few minor graphical differences. For example, Joe uses blue "bracelets" in the Mega Drive version, while on Nintendo's console they are red. Shadows are also semi-transparent on the Super NES, as opposed to the solid black seen on the Mega Drive. There are other minor palette changes, witnessed in areas such as the upgrade screen.

    Beating an opponent in the Mega Drive version also leads to a longer victory sequence, in which rather than calculating a score and fading straight to black, the background fades and then the score is calculated.

    The Character Select/Bonus Stage theme from the SNES version adds voices samples.

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English (US) Deadly Moves Deadly Moves
    Japanese パワーアスリート Power Athlete

    Production credits

    In-game credits
    Power Athlete MD credits.pdf

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Deadly Moves/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-08: "August 1992" (1992-07-08)
    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-12: "December 1992" (1992-11-07)
    Print advert in Game Informer (US) #8: "January/February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    Game Power (IT)
    GamesMaster (UK) NTSC
    Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
    Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
    Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
    Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
    Mega (UK) NTSC-J
    Mega (UK)
    MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-U
    Play Time (DE)
    Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
    Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
    Sega Pro (UK)
    Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-U
    Sega Force (UK) NTSC
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    Sega Mega Drive
    Based on
    24 reviews

    Deadly Moves

    Mega Drive, JP
    DeadlyMoves MD JP Box.jpg
    PowerAthlete MD JP CartTop.jpg
    DeadlyMoves MD JP Cart.jpg
    DeadlyMoves MD JP Manual.pdf
    Mega Drive, US
    DeadlyMoves MD US Box.jpg
    DeadlyMoves MD US Cart.jpg
    DeadlyMoves MD US Manual.pdf
    DeadlyMoves MD US pcb.jpg
    Mega Drive, KR
    PowerAthlete MD KR Box.jpg
    PowerAthlete MD KR carttop.jpg
    PowerAthlete MD KR cartback.jpgPowerAthlete MD KR cart.jpg

    Technical information

    Main article: Deadly Moves/Technical information.


    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2
    2. 2.0 2.1 File:DeadlyMoves MD JP Box.jpg
    3. 3.0 3.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
    4. File:Power Athlete MD credits.pdf
    5. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 22
    6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 56
    7. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1992" (JP; 1992-11-07), page 30
    8. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 291
    9. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 305
    10. Famitsu, "1992-11-27" (JP; 1992-11-13), page 43
    11. Game Power, "Febbraio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 45
    12. GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 81
    13. Hippon Super, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-04), page 84
    14. Joypad, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 82
    15. Joystick, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 186
    16. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-xx), page 59
    17. Mega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 56
    18. Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 35
    19. MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 56
    20. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-28), page 40
    21. Play Time, "5/93" (DE; 1993-04-07), page 106
    22. Sega Power, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 34
    23. Sega Pro, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 60
    24. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
    25. Sega Zone, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-xx), page 28
    26. Sega Force, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 72
    27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
    28. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 48

    Deadly Moves

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