Justice League Task Force

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Justice League Task Force
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Developer:
Distributor: Sega OziSoft (Australia)

Arcadia Software (Spain)

Licensor: DC Comics
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Fighting Action/Taisen Action (対戦アクション)[1], Action[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,8008,800 T-81213
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-81456
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81456-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ702XI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
T-81456-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FJUS01SMC
OFLC: G8
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$59.9959.99 048240
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

Justice League Task Force (ジャスティスリーグ) is a 1995 fighting game by Condor, Sunsoft, and Acclaim to tie into the Justice League Task Force comic books. The game was ported to the Super NES by Blizzard Entertainment.

Story

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Introduction

Darkseid attacks the planet Earth, destroying a military base in the process. The player takes control of a member of the Justice League of their choosing, and tracks down the other members for information, only to be attacked by them. As the hero defeats the other Justice League members, they discover that they are in fact android duplicates. Coming to this conclusion, the hero battles Cheetah and then Despero for more information.

They both lead the hero to Darkseid, who then forces the hero to fight their own duplicate. Upon defeating the clone, the hero must face Darkseid himself. After the hero defeats him, the other League members are freed, and the military base is restored.

Gameplay

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Character select

The game is a one-on-one fighting game closely inspired by Street Fighter II but starring superheroes and supervillains from the DC Comics universe. Two fighters square off in a small arena and compete to drain the other's health bar by landing attacks (or by having more health left than the opponent when the timer runs out). The first fighter to win two rounds is the victor.

Characters move with Left and Right, crouch with Down, and jump with Up. Characters can punch with X (light), Y (medium), and Z (hard) and kick with A (light), B (medium), and C (hard), with light attacks being faster and hard attacks dealing more damage. When playing with a standard three-button control pad,  START  toggles between punches and kicks.

Opponents can be grabbed or thrown by holding Left or Right while standing next to them, then pressing a medium or hard punch or kick button. Attacks, other than grapple moves, can be blocked by holding the D-Pad away from the opponent. Each character has a selection of special moves that can be performed by pairing specific directional combinations with an attack.

Modes

The game has a single-player story mode, called the Hero Mode, where the player can choose to play as any of the Justice League members as they fight robot clones of each other made by Darkseid, who has taken control of a military base. After fighting the other Justice League members, the hero fights Cheetah and Despero and then a clone of themselves before facing Darkseid.

There are two versus modes: a single-player mode where the player chooses a character to play and a computer-controlled character to fight and a two-player mode where both players can choose any character. Both fighters can be the same character in this mode, and the boss characters are also available to play. Players can choose any stage to play and can choose a strength level (between one and five), so players can be handicapped depending on their skill levels for more balanced matches.

There are three difficulty levels for the computer combatants (Easy, Normal, and Hard) and four game speeds (Slow, Normal, Fast, and Fastest). Players can also toggle the timer (which is 99 seconds per round).

Characters

Note: Move lists assume that the character is facing right. When facing left, Left and Right should be reversed.

P Any punch button
 LP  Light punch
 MP  Medium punch
 HP  Hard punch
K Any kick button
 LK  Light kick
 MK  Medium kick
 HK  Hard kick

Charged moves can be charged in diagonal directions. So, for example, holding Down-left is equivalent to holding Down or Left.

Heroes

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Real name:
Clark Kent
Height:
190 cm
Weight:
101 kg


Superman
Superman is the Man of Steel and the ultimate symbol of truth, justice, and hope. He possesses superhuman strength, speed, and stamina. All of his normal strikes are types of punches, even those assigned to the kick buttons.
Move list
Name Command Description
Heat Vision Down Down-right Right P Superman shoots heat beams from his eyes that travel the length of the screen.
Freeze Breath Right Down-right Down Down-left Left P Superman blows cold breath that freezes enemies a short distance in front of him.
Hover Down Down-left Left K Superman hovers in the air and can be moved around with the D-Pad. He hovers until he is hit or lands.
Flying Fist P/K when flying or Up-right P/K Superman dives downward with his fists out.
Forward Flying Thrust Punch Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Superman flies off-screen, then barrels forward with his fists held out.
Earthquake Slam Hold Down for 2 seconds, then Up+P Superman flies off-screen, then punches the ground as he lands, knocking down an opponent on the ground.
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Real name:
Bruce Wayne
Height:
188 cm
Weight:
95 kg


Batman
Batman is the Dark Knight, a vigilante with no superpowers who instead relies on his intellect, fighting skills, and wealth.
Move list
Name Command Description
Batarang Throw Down Down-right Right P Batman throws a bat-shaped projectile across the screen.
Cape Swipe Down Down-left Left P Batman twirls around and uses his cape to attack, moving slightly forward with each spin. He spins around one time with light punch (X), two times with medium punch (Y), and three times with hard punch (Z).
Slide Kick Down Down-right Right K Batman slides forward with a leg sweep.
Homing Punch Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Batman jumps off-screen, then lands with a diagonal knifehand strike.
Glide Kick Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+K Batman jumps off-screen, then lands with a diagonal dropkick.
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Real name:
Princess Diana
Height:
180 cm
Weight:
61 kg


Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is an immortal Amazon warrior who was gifted extraordinary strength, speed, and agility by the gods. She wears indestructible bracelets.
Move list
Name Command Description
Tiara Toss Down Down-right Right P Wonder Woman throws her tiara across the screen.
Wrist Guard Reflector Down Down-left Left P Wonder Woman guards using her bracelets, which can deflect projectiles back at her opponent.
Hover Down Down-left Left K Wonder Woman hovers in the air and can be moved around with the D-Pad. She hovers until she is hit or lands.
Amazon Fist P while flying Wonder Woman dives downward with her fist out.
Flying Heel K while flying Wonder Woman dives downward while kicking.
Slide Kick Down Down-right Right K Wonder Woman slides forward with a leg sweep.
Jumping Heel Stomp Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+K Wonder Woman jumps off-screen, then stomps on her opponent's head with her heel.
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Real name:
Wally West
Height:
183 cm
Weight:
79 kg


The Flash
The Flash possesses "superspeed", which includes the ability to run, move, and think extremely fast.
Move list
Name Command Description
Tornado Blast Down Down-right Right P Flash throws a tornado across the screen.
Tornado Spin Down Down-left Left P Flash spins his body on its vertical axis with his fists held out. He can move Left and Right during the duration of this move.
Speed Punches PPPPP Flash throws lightning-fast punches.
Flash Dash Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Flash dashes across the screen to the other side of his opponent. This move does no damage but can be used to reposition or set up for an ambush.
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Real name:
Arthur Curry
Height:
185 cm
Weight:
80 kg


Aquaman
Aquaman is a half-human, half-Atlantean adventurer who lives both in the sea and on land. He carries the magical Trident of Neptune.
Move list
Name Command Description
Trident Toss Down Down-right Right P Aquaman throws his trident across the screen like a javelin.
Trident Vault Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Aquaman uses his trident to vault himself across the screen.
Trident Kick Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+K Aquaman uses his trident as a stand and kicks off of it.
Trident Spin Down Down-left Left P Aquaman twirls his trident in front of him like a baton.
Diving Trident Attack Hold Down for 2 seconds, then Up+P Aquaman jumps off-screen, then dives diagonally with his trident.
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Real name:
Oliver Queen
Height:
180 cm
Weight:
80 kg


Green Arrow
Green Arrow is the world's greatest archer, inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, who fights crime and injustice with his bow and assortment of specialty arrows.
Move list
Name Command Description
Regular Arrow Down Down-right Right P Green Arrow stands and fires an arrow across the screen. This move can also be done in midair.
Jumping Arrow Up Up-right Right P Green Arrow shoots an arrow in midair. This can also be done by performing the Regular Arrow motion in the air.
Crouch Arrow Down Down-right Right K Green Arrow kneels and fires an arrow across the screen.
Flame Arrow Right Down-right Down Down-left Left P Green Arrow jumps into the air and shoots an arrow diagonally toward the ground that burns his opponent.
Freeze Arrow Right Down-right Down Down-left Left K Green Arrow stands and fires an arrow across the screen that freezes his opponent.
Spring Attack Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Green Arrow leaps across the screen, landing with a kick.

Villains

Cheetah, Despero, and Darkseid are playable in the versus modes but not in the Hero Mode, where they appear as boss characters.

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Real name:
Barbara Ann Minerva
Height:
175 cm
Weight:
54 kg


Cheetah
Cheetah is the archnemesis of Wonder Woman. She is a skilled martial artist and gymnast with heightened senses and retractable claws.
Move list
Name Command Description
Dagger Toss Down Down-right Right P Cheetah throws a knife across the screen.
Spinning Lunge Down Down-left Left P Cheetah hurls herself across the screen like a cannonball.
Arcing Spinning Lunge Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Cheetah hurls herself across the screen in an arc.
Leaping Head Pounce Down Down-right Right K Cheetah jumps off-screen, then stomps on her opponent's head with her heel.
Clawing Uppercut Right Down Down-right P Cheetah flies into the air with an uppercut.
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Height:
265.5 cm
Weight:
202.5 kg



Despero
Despero is a pink-skinned humanoid extraterrestrial with three eyes and psychic powers.
Move list
Name Command Description
Eye Blast Down Down-right Right P Despero shoots a laser from his third eye that travels the length of the screen.
Thrust Shove Down Down-left Left P Despero shoves his opponent. This move cannot be blocked.
Forward Head Fin Lunge Hold Left for 2 seconds, then Right+P Despero dashes forward with a headbutt.
Head Fin Thrust Right Right P Despero hits his opponent with the fin on his head, hitting twice.
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Height:
228.5 cm
Weight:
232 kg



Darkseid
Darkseid is a New God, a powerful tyrant with immense strength and intelligence. He can shoot disintegrating beams from his eyes and has the powers of teleportation and telepathy.
Move list
Name Command Description
Omega Beam Down Down-right Right P Darkseid fires energy beams from his eyes that travel the length of the screen.
Super Omega Beam Right Down-right Down Down-left Left P Darkseid shoots a special beam that confuses his opponent on impact, inverting the other player's directional controls for a time.
Teleport Right Right P Darkseid teleports to the other side of his opponent.
Teleport Punch Down Down-right Right P Darkseid disappears, then dives diagonally with his fist out.

Stages

Each character has his or her own stage where fights take place in Hero Mode. In the versus modes, players can choose any stage for each fight.

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Superman
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Batman
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Wonder Woman
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The Flash
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Aquaman
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Green Arrow
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Cheetah
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Despero
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Darkseid
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Versions

Justice League Task Force was released around the same period for both the Mega Drive and Super NES, but while the cast of characters, story and main modes of the game are the same, the graphics and audio are unique to each platform, meaning enemies are often fought in entirely different settings. Gameplay differs between the two versions also, with the Mega Drive geared more towards close-combat fighting as opposed to the projectile attacks witnessed more often on the Super NES.

Production credits

  • Developed by: Condor, Inc
  • Programmed by: Rick Seis, David Brevik, Robin van der Wel
  • Art by: Erich Schaefer, Max Schaefer, Michio Okamura, H Tom Byrne, Kelly Johnson
  • Music and Sound by: Matt Uelmen
  • Game Design by: Dan MacArthur, Condor, Inc
  • Acclaim Development: The Grey Team
  • Producer: Rob Leingang
  • Associate Producers: Ken Kajikawa, Gregg Giles, James Johnson
  • Analysts: Steffan Levine, Mark Mermelstein
  • Administrative Asst: Diane Cambria
  • Quality Assurance: Mike Hong, Jim Dunn, Carol Caracciolo, Adam Ingberman
  • Special Thanks to: Dan MacArthur, Sam Patel, Wendy Brevik, Anna Okamura, Jennifer Seis, Ken Williams, Sharon Williams, Peter Brevik
Source:
In-game credits
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Magazine articles

Main article: Justice League Task Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in (US) #77: "June 1995" (1995-0x-xx)
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Print advert in (US) #0807: "Vol. 8 No. 7 July 1995" (1995-0x-xx)
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Print advert in (YU) #15: "Novembar 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(RU)
50
[7]
(US) NTSC-U
59
[8]
(JP) NTSC-J
48
[9]
(IL)
72
[10]
(US) NTSC-U
63
[11]
(US) NTSC-U
70
[12]
(DE) PAL
53
[13]
(FR) PAL
78
[14]
(DE) PAL
40
[15]
(DE)
40
[16]
(UK) PAL
46
[17]
(UK) PAL
61
[18]
(YU)
81
[19]
(ES)
79
[20]
(RU)
79
[21]
(DE) PAL
65
[22]
(US) NTSC-U
50
[23]
Sega Mega Drive
61
Based on
17 reviews

Justice League Task Force

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Technical information

Main article: Justice League Task Force/Technical information.

References


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