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Gain Ground
Publisher: Sega,
Sega Mega Drive
Sega (JP/EU), Renovation (US),
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
NEC Avenue
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 24, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Super CD-ROM², Virtual Console, Steam
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up (box)/Action (official master list)






























Number of players:
Arcade
1-3,
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
1-2,
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1988-11[1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1988 $?  ?
Arcade
EU
1988 £?  ?
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
JP
1992-12-25 ¥? NAPR-1032


Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4036
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 49056
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
PT
? ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[2][3] 7045
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7045
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7045
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7045
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Gain Ground (ゲイングランド) is a 1988 arcade game released for the Sega System 24 arcade platform. It is a top-down gun game with strategy elements, in which the player controls one of twenty playable characters who must defeat all the enemies on screen or bring every character that player currently has to the exit. It appears that two different arcade versions exist, one allowing up to 3 players while another supports only 2 players.

Gain Ground was ported to the Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive in 1990 and 1991 respectively. Mega Drive version got exclusive 4th round called "Present Age". In meanwhile Master System version recieved it's own exclusive last round "The Final Era". The game was also brought to the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² in the form of Gain Ground SX. Both The Master System and Mega Drive versions allow up to 2 players cooperative gameplay; the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² version is 1 player only.

More recently the Mega Drive version was brought to the Wii's Virtual Console service, and the game was re-made for the Sega Ages 2500 series in Japan. It was also included in Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection.

Production credits

System 24 version

Mega Drive version

Programmer: N.Okabe
Planner: T.Katoh
Designer: Kanchan
Sound: SZK

Master System version

Original Planner: Mac Aostin, Yang Watt
Planner: Kou
Design: Kou
Program: Yone, O.B, Kou
Sound: Tarnya
Special Thanks: T.Katoh, Miya, T.Asano, Nonchan, T.Hagiwara
Presented by: Sega

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Gain Ground/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

MegaPlay US 04.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in














Mega Play (US) #4: "May/June 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

CVG UK 111.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)

MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdfMeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)

Physical scans

System 24 version

System 24, JP
System 24, US
GainGround System24 US Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
49 №112, p72[5]
49 №4, p88[6]
66 №1, p81[7]
65 №10, p131[8]
75 №5, p92
77 №9, p20
43 №1, p78[9]
65 №10, p32[10]
92 №7, p64[11]
91 №8, p34/35[12]
71 №21, p12
60 №23, p53
89 №3, p18[13]
88 №18, p65
61 №2/91, p88[14]
Sega Mega Drive
69
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
GainGround MD US Box.jpg
Cover
GainGround MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Gain Ground MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
GainGround MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
GainGround MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Gain Ground MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
GainGround MD JP CartTop.jpg
GainGround MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
GainGround MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, FR

Gain Ground MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 №1990-11
32 №112, p78[15]
32 №4, p94[16]
76 №29, p87
60 №13, p119
62 №4, p40/41[17]
62 №1, p133[18]
61 №4, p56[19]
35 №12/90, p164[20]
71 №8, p34/35[12]
70 №16, p42/43
60 №23, p56
81 №3, p18[13]
76
76 №54, p26/27[21]
Sega Master System
61
Based on
15 reviews

Master System, EU
Gain Ground SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
GainGround SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

GainGround SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
GainGround SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
GainGround SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Super CD-ROM² version

Super CD-ROM², JP
GainGroundSX SuperCDROM2 JP Box Back.jpgGainGroundSX SuperCDROM2 JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Gain Ground SX PCE SCD-ROM2 JP Disc.png
Disc
Gain Ground SX PCE SCD-ROM2 JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 83e7b8ae
MD5 fa43881a792fadf1ab737294fff1bcc3
SHA-1 3cc501086f794ac663aad14d5c5a75b648041151
512kB 1990-12 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 aee20a64
MD5 250033f6c91fbb7714782cd66fcece82
SHA-1 148d166d594535c6526cb450c461cfb003b59f93
512kB 1990-12 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8641a2ab
MD5 3b0ad9167e152ed3719ae0d45e50db6a
SHA-1 a5017e44b5f470e0499f4a9b494385c567632864
512kB 1990-12 Cartridge (JP)

External links

References

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