Mallet Legend

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Mallet Legend/Whac-a-Critter
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Realtec
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
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Sega Mega Drive
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Mallet Legend is an unlicensed action game for the Sega Mega Drive developed by AV artisan and published by Realtec in 1993. In the US it is known as Whac-a-Critter or Mallet Legend's Whac-a-Critter depending on the source. It is one of the more interesting unlicensed titles for the system, as it relies on a similarly unlicensed accessory, the Smash Controller, released by Innovation in the US.

In Taiwan, both the Smash controller and game cartridge were bundled together, however in the US the two were sold separately.


The game is a Whac-A-Mole clone — simply hit the button on the controller corresponding to the hole where a critter pops up before it disappears.

Hitting the princess will lower the percentage score, and hitting the 3 bombs that appear in each round makes everything explode. After getting a good score at the end of the round (55% in the first round, 65% in the 2nd, 75% in the 3rd, 80% in the 4th), you get a much harder bonus round as a "boss battle" before moving on to the next round. The 5th and last round is won by getting an 80% score.

The game can be played with a normal joypad, using the arrows to select one of the 8 peripheral holes to whack, or letting it rest to target the centre hole, and using A to activate the mallet.

Magazine articles

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Mallet Legend

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, TW
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Technical information

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ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1bdd02b8
MD5 7d20d74e81524773409f4f89e944cfaa
SHA-1 4b45801b112a641fee936e41a31728ee7aa2f834
512kB 1993 Cartridge (US)


Mallet Legend

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