Rent A Hero
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|Rent A Hero|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Sega R&D 8 M2|
|Number of players: 1|
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Rent A Hero (レンタヒーロー) is a Sega Mega Drive role-playing fighting game developed by Sega R&D 8 and published by Sega. Released exclusively in Japan in September 1991, the game is notable for its comical tone and self-aware humor, and has gained a modern reputation as one of Sega's more fondly-remembered original titles.
The game follows Taro Yamada (the titular "Rent A Hero"), a hero for hire that needs to complete various tasks to save the day.
Rent A Hero is often incorrectly hyphenated by both fans and the gaming press, despite Sega never using hyphens in the game's romanized name.
Though mostly unknown to the western world, Rent A Hero has been referenced several times across Sega products, including Fighters Megamix in which Taro is an unlockable character.
The game was remade for the Sega Dreamcast as Rent A Hero No.1. It has also been re-released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service in Japan, and as one of the 42 pre-installed games on the Mega Drive Mini in Japan.
The game borrows much of its engine from the one used in Phantasy Star III.
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|Japanese||レンタヒーロー||Rent A Hero|
- Main article: Rent A Hero/Magazine articles.
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ROM dump status
- Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
- File:RentAHero MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
- https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/03.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-06 00:26)
- http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_rentahero/ (Wayback Machine: 2007-05-18 19:20)
- Beep! MegaDrive, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-07), page 35
- Famitsu, "1991-09-27" (JP; 1991-09-13), page 38
- Hippon Super, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-04), page 90
- Mega Drive Fan, "December 1991" (JP; 1991-11-08), page 91
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
- Super Gaming, "Winter 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 6
|Rent A Hero|
Music: Vermilion vs Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2009)
|Rent A Hero series of games|
|Rent A Hero (1991) | Rent A Hero No.1 (2000)|
|Rent A Hero related media|
|Renta no Kyoku: Rent A Hero No.1 Original Soundtrack (2000) | Vermilion vs Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2009) | Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2014)|
|Rent A Hero No.1 Kanzen Guide Book (2000) | Rent A Hero No.1 Perfect Guide (2000)|