Fighting Masters

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Fighting Masters
Publisher: Treco
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,800 T-24063
Sega Mega Drive
$44.95[1] T-24056
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM4026JT

Fighting Masters (ファイティングマスターズ) is a versus fighting game developed by Aicom and ALU and published by Treco for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. It was not released in Europe.

The game pre-dates the likes of Street Fighter II' and Mortal Kombat, and was the subject of mixed reviews by the press.

Due to the small ROM size, usual for it's time, the game has limited animations, few backgrounds and no voice data.


It utilizes a two button scheme, one for jumping and one for attacking. When close to an opponent, various throws can be performed by pushing attack and a direction. Pushing attack when further away is for punches or kicks. These cause little damage, but stun the opponent for a short period of time. In this timeframe, it's safe to move closer and throw. Throws do big damage, which can be further increased by throwing opponents onto the ground or against a wall.


When brought to North America, some character names were localised for unknown reasons.

Japanese Name North American Name
Larry Dirk
Elepha Mastodon
Flamer Equus
Morin Morin
Beowolf Grinder
Goldrock Goldrock
Tomahawk Phoenix
Zrygunte Zygrunt
Medusa Rotundo
Drason Xenon
Eyesight Uppercut

Production credits

  • CG Design: Masami Takizawa, Nao.Yuki, T Shigemura, Ashin
  • Back Design: Wakatuki, N e n k o
  • Title Design: Ujita, Wakatuki
  • Sound: Masapi, Shioya
  • Assistant Director: Ramou Kobayashi, Hajime Kusano
  • Test Play: Yasuhisa Kimura, Akahoushi
  • Game System: Y a z a w a, N e n k o
  • Program: Y a z a w a
  • Thanks: Okamura
  • U.S.A. Staff: K.Adachi, N.Evangelista, R.Bell, T.Kowalewski, L.Huffman
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Fighting Masters/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 032.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

EGM US 036.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[3]
  • GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[4]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
72 №5, p30/31
87 №123, p86[5]
65 №14
50 №36
84 №40, p141[6]
82 №23, p133[7]
44 №3, p79[8]
50 №10, p33
20 №15, p77
66 №8, p80
86 №2, p54/55[9]
80 №2, p53[10]
84 №17, p51
81 №17, p88-90[11]
66 №4, p63[12]
30 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
FightingMasters MD US Box.jpg
FightingMasters MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
FightingMasters MD JP Box.jpg
FightingMasters MD JP CartTop.jpg
Fightingmasters md jp cart.jpg
Mega Drive, KR
FightingMasters MD KR Box.jpg
FightingMasters MD KR cartback.jpgFightingMasters MD KR Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5f51983b
MD5 b6813ec7475012936d017c3c93412282
SHA-1 2a860f06473e436041c2017342deb9125c1c7af5
512kB 1991-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 39be80ec
MD5 baf3777249a1bbb03efb3dd419e4d589
SHA-1 f944a8314d615ef58f0207e5760767fb417cbeb9
512kB 1990-11 Cartridge (JP)