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Dynamite Duke
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Developer(s) of original games: Seibu Kaihatsu
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4038
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[4] 7067
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7067
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7067
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7067
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Dynamite Duke (ダイナマイトデューク) is a 1989 arcade action game by Seibu Kaihatsu. Sega acquired a license to port it to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System, releasing them in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Game follows mercenary Duke "Dynamite" Fredericks as he attempts to bring down Dr. Neil Ashe, a mad scientist who is trying to take over the world by using robots. Duke's right arm is cybernetic and apparently (according to the manual anyway) ten times more powerful than a normal human.

The Japanese cover of the Mega Drive version features a character who resembles the actor Dolph Lundgren, who played Ivan Drago in the film Rocky IV.

During development the game was known as The Dynamite Duke, before the "The" was dropped.

Gameplay

The game plays like a lightgun game — you are Duke, positioned immediately in front of the screen, and your goal is to go around killing everything in sight. The D-pad moves your target crosshair (moving Duke in the process) and A/2 shoots (there is no rapidfire). You can also melee nearby enemies — B/1 punches and C (no Master System equivalent) kicks. Should a power-up appear, simply shoot at it to take it. Duke also has a special weapon called "Dynamite Punch" which is used by holding down the punch button and releasing it after Duke starts to glow. This causes massive damage to all enemies but can be used a few times in each level.

Each level has a boss fight in which the player must defeat a boss character in close combat.

The Master System version has less levels than its Arcade and Mega Drive counterparts.

There is a secret "Super Options" screen in the Mega Drive version, which can be activated by pressing C ten times, then Start, at the screen where "Start" and "Options" are seen. Various things can be changed from this screen, the starting level (mission) inclusive.

Items

  • Bullets: Increase the number of bullets Duke has.
  • Full Auto: Fully automatic machinegun fires continuously without using any bullets from Duke's ammo pool. It lasts about a minute.
  • Bullet Proof Vest: Duke is unaffected by attacks for a while.
  • Bazooka: Each shot causes massive damage. 10 bullets.
  • Extra Dynamite Punch: Increases Dynamite Punches by one.
  • First Aid Kit: Recovers Duke's lifebar.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Program: Y.Koba
  • Graphic Design: Kuronyan, B.T.S, Mahchan, Kennchan
  • Sound: Katochan
  • Special Thanks: Akkey, Gyofuku, Nino, Meiden, Yoshida

Master System version

  • Produced by: Seibu Kaihatsu Inc.
  • Chief Programmer: T.Hagiwara
  • Music Composer: Wada
  • Sound Effects: Wada
  • Art Director: H.Akimoto
  • The Original Story Written by: Takahide Mada
  • Thanks to: Waka, Hana, Many & You

Magazine articles

Main article: Dynamite Duke/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №5, p23[8]
73 №1, p39Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[9]
73 №1, p69[10]
77 №11, p140
42 №5, p91
77 №17, p65
73 №1, p77[11]
79 №6, p72/73[12]
56 №9, p37[13]
78 №4, p73[14]
72 №18, p49
60 №23, p53
79 №2, p45[15]
73 №18, p65
88 №18, p82
Sega Mega Drive
72
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
DynamiteDuke MD US Box.jpg
Cover
DynamiteDuke MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Dynamiteduke md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
DynamiteDuke MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
DynamiteDuke MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
DynamiteDuke MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
DynamiteDuke MD JP CartTop.jpg
DynamiteDuke MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU
DynamiteDuke MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
DynamiteDuke MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
DynamiteDuke MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Dynamite Duke MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №114, p74[4]
71 №1, p133Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[16]
30 №16
63 №17, p141[17]
79 №6, p70/71[18]
60 №2/38
55 №11, p56[19]
71 №19, p28/29
60 №23, p56
Sega Master System
63
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
DynamiteDuke SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
DynamiteDuke SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 246f0bda
MD5 a940f0dd681f23e7859fdcf4d4a7917c
SHA-1 965ec4e6a239a707160d0a67973bc6da8212b53d
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge "Rev A" in No-Intro
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 39d01c8c
MD5 f9fa610acdb525e08f73b160eb014557
SHA-1 1bd77ad31665f7bdda85d9dfb9f08c0338ec4da9
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge

References

  1. File:EGM US 017.pdf, page 20
  2. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 76
  3. File:Supergame BR 03.pdf, page 37
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:CVG UK 114.pdf, page 74
  5. File:GamePro US 016.pdf, page 100
  6. File:GPSG US 01.pdf, page 8
  7. File:SegaVisions US 03.pdf, page 22
  8. File:AcaoGames BR 005.pdf, page 23
  9. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 39
  10. File:HobbyConsolas ES 001.pdf, page 61
  11. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 77
  12. File:MeanMachines UK 06.pdf, page 72
  13. File:PlayerOne FR 009.pdf, page 37
  14. File:Raze UK 04.pdf, page 73
  15. File:SegaPro UK 02.pdf, page 47
  16. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 133
  17. File:Joystick FR 017.pdf, page 141
  18. File:MeanMachines UK 06.pdf, page 70
  19. File:PlayerOne FR 011.pdf, page 56