Fighting Masters

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Fighting Masters
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Treco
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[2] T-24063
Sega Mega Drive
US
$44.9544.95[4] T-24056
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4026JT

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Fighting Masters (ファイティングマスターズ) is a Sega Mega Drive fighting game developed by Aicom and ALU, and published by Treco. First released in Japan in December 1991, it was soon localized and brought to the United States the following April, and was eventually published in South Korea later in 1992. Notable for predating the release of Capcom's highly-influential Street Fighter II, it generally received mixed reviews for its control style and limited gameplay, but has since been critically re-evaluated as an early and admirable attempt at the fighting game genre.

Gameplay

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.

Characters

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

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Larry/Dirk
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Elepha/Mastodon
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Flamer/Equus
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Morin
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Beowolf/Grinder
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Goldrock
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Tomahawk/Phoenix
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Zrygunte/Zygrunt
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Medusa/Rotundo
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Drason/Xenon
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D I O
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Eyesight/Uppercut

Development

Due to the small ROM size (4 megabits), usual for it's time, the game has limited animations, few backgrounds and no voice data.

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

Main article: Fighting Masters/Promotional material.

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)
30
[5]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
65
[6]
Consoles + (FR)
72
[7]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
60
[8]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[9]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
72
[10]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
65
[11]
GamesMaster (UK)
65
[12]
Games-X (UK)
50
[13]
Génération 4 (FR)
84
[14]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
70
[15]
Joystick (FR)
82
[16]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
44
[17]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
70
[18]
Mega (UK)
50
[19]
Mega (UK) NTSC
20
[20]
Mega Action (UK)
66
[21]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC
83
[22]
Mean Machines (UK)
81
[23]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
81
[24]
Power Play (DE)
17
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
66
[26]
Sega Pro (UK)
30
[27]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
70
[28]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
20
[29]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
80
[30]
Sega Mega Drive
61
Based on
26 reviews

Fighting Masters

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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PCB
FightingMasters MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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PCB
FightingMasters MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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Card (DIO)
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Card (Dirk)
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Card (Equus)
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Card (Goldrock)
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Card (Grinder)
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Card (Mastadon)
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Card (Morin)
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Card (Phoenix)
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Card (Rotundo)
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Card (Uppercut)
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Card (Xenon)
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Card (Zygrunt)
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart

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)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 14
  3. Sega Visions, "May/June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 58
  4. GamePro, "June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 30
  5. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 81
  6. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1992" (JP; 1991-12-07), page 79
  7. Consoles +, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 30
  8. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
  9. Computer & Video Games, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-15), page 86
  10. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 46
  11. Famitsu, "1991-12-13" (JP; 1991-11-29), page 40
  12. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 2, episode 4" (1992-10-22, 24:00) (+7:22)
  13. Games-X, "2nd-8th January 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 22
  14. Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 141
  15. Hippon Super, "January 1992" (JP; 1991-12-04), page 93
  16. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 133
  17. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 79
  18. Mega Drive Fan, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-08), page 89
  19. Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 33
  20. Mega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 77
  21. Mega Action, "Christmas 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 80
  22. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 54
  23. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 88
  24. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  25. Power Play, "5/92" (DE; 1992-04-15), page 148
  26. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 63
  27. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  28. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  29. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 75
  30. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "July 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 48


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