Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter

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Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), VIC Tokai (US)
Developer:
Licensor: Dynamic Planning
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 G-4078
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-23036
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1069
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[3][4] 1069
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM8078JG
Sega Mega Drive
AS
G-4078
Sega Mega Drive
ZA
Arcade (Mega Play)
JP
¥? ?
























Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter, called MazinSaga (マジンサーガ) in Japan and Mazin Wars in Europe, is a beat-'em-up developed by Sega in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive to tie into the MazinSaga manga series.

Story

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Mazinger-Z

In 1999, the Biobeast Force, led by Godkaiser Hell, swiftly and successfully destroys the Earth's current state of existence in a matter of months, driving the few survivors underground. One such survivor, Dr. Koji Kabuto, creates the Mazinger-Z, a suit of armor he wears to become capable of battling the Biobeasts to save what remains of Earth.

Gameplay

The game blends a side-scrolling beat-'em-up with a one-on-one fighting game. Players control Koji Kabuto in the Mazinger-Z armor through six stages, each set in a different location on the ruined Earth. The first three segments of each stage follow the conventional beat-'em-up format, and the fourth segment is a boss fight that more closely resembles a one-on-one fighting game. The Mazinger-Z can change size; the boss characters are much larger than it in the beat-'em-up segments but comparable size in the fighting segments.

In the beat-'em-up segments, the Mazinger-Z can walk with Left and Right and can move forward and backward in the plane with Up and Down. It can dash with LeftLeft and RightRight. It jumps with C and attacks with B. Depending on the distance to the opponent, the attack can be a throw, a kick, or a sword slash. Pressing B multiple times in sequence performs a combo; pressing B repeatedly quickly performs the "wall of steel," a rapid series of sword thrusts. The Mazinger-Z can also attack after jumping and do a diving stab with Down+B while in mid-air. It can do a wider cut by attacking after a dash or a spinning slash by attacking in the air while dashing. It also has a special attack executed with A that hits enemies around it at the cost of some health.

During the boss segment, gameplay changes to a fighting game format. In these fights, the Mazinger-Z moves with Left and Right and crouches with Down. It guards with A, attacks with B, and jumps with C. Blocked special attacks still inflict a small amount of damage. Pressing a direction while attacking changes the attack. For example, holding away from the opponent while attacking performs a wide slash, and pressing Up with attacking performs an upward slash.

The Mazinger-Z is defeated when it loses all of its health. If the player has extra lives remaining, it is revived. In the beat-'em-up sections, it is revived in place after a moment; in the fighting sections, the fight starts over. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends but can be continued from the beginning of the stage as long as the player has continues remaining. The player can choose the number of starting lives and continues as well as the difficulty level (Easy, Normal, or Hard) in the options. The player is awarded extra lives at 100,000, 300,000, and 700,000 points.

Items

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Life Chakra
Restores a portion of health.
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Invincible
Makes the Mazinger-Z invincible for a short duration.
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1-Up
Gives the player an extra life.
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Gold Dust
Gives the player 1,000 bonus points.
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Crystal
Gives the player 5,000 bonus points.

Stages

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Tokyo

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India

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Europe

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New York

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Egypt

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The Counterattack
This stage consists of fights against all of the bosses from the previous five stages.

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The Last Battle

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Mazin Wars Mazin Wars
English (US) Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter
Japanese マジンサーガ MazinSaga

Production credits

©Dynamic Planning, Inc. 1993
©Sega 1993


Magazine articles

Main article: Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-01: "January 1993" (1992-12-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-03: "March 1993" (1993-02-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №7, p46/47
73 №12, p42/43
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[6]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[7]
Consoles + (FR)
79
[8]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
63
[3]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
90
[9]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
72
[10]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
89
[11]
Game Power (IT)
91
[12]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
63
[13]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
75
[14]
Joypad (FR) PAL
85
[15]
Mega (UK) PAL
65
[16]
Mega Force (FR)
90
[17]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
74
[18]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
88
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-U
87
[20]
Player One (FR)
90
[21]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
76
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
59
[23]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
86
[24]
Sega Force (UK) NTSC
65
[25]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
70
[26]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
85
[27]
Supergame (BR)
87
[28]
Supersonic (FR)
91
[29]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
58
[30]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-J
62
[31]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
27 reviews

Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Mazin Wars MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

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Cart
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Asia
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, ZA
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Cover
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Cart

Mega Play version

Mega Play,
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1bd9fef1
MD5 f978463dca8bc6f44f28c665b59965f6
SHA-1 5cb87bb4efc8fa8754e687b62d0fd858e624997d
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4b07a105
MD5 f1b8477c6f20e4a4491f01dbc4d869ec
SHA-1 40e48ce531ed013d5a4a6f689e70781df3e0095c
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 45b3a34b
MD5 f3ae6147d9ad2d40e781a49c7263f746
SHA-1 bcaf2820f22d4a7bcf6324f288698192996875bd
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 36459b59
MD5 a9979ae2dd33c6db2c2bd87a28d5ebde
SHA-1 3509fdf8bd0a589c216a5032eef0c09a51c7a578
1MB 1992-12 Page

References

  1. File:MSMF 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Computer & Video Games, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 63
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 49
  5. Sega Visions, "October/November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 103
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 126
  7. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-08), page 23
  8. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 138
  9. Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 102
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 51
  11. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 68
  12. Game Power, "Maggio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 55
  13. GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 64
  14. Hippon Super, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-04), page 38
  15. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 86
  16. Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 48
  17. Mega Force, "Ete 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 112
  18. Mega Fun, "05/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 62
  19. MegaTech, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 32
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-25), page 70
  21. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 50
  22. Sega Power, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-03), page 56
  23. Sega Pro, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-08), page 62
  24. Sega Zone, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-xx), page 34
  25. Sega Force, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 64
  26. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  27. Sonic the Comic, "7th August 1993" (UK; 1993-08-07), page 10
  28. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 18
  29. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  30. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 112
  31. Video Games, "8/93" (DE; 1993-07-28), page 102
Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1992-12