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James Pond II: Codename RoboCod
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Millennium Interactive, Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP),
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1993-06-09 ¥6,900 EM20015
Sega Mega Drive
US
1991-08-18 $49.95 708701
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1991-12 [1] £34.99 [2] E199SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
EU (Classics)
1996-09[3] £? EAX02401041I
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1992-06 Media:Supergame BR 11.pdf[4] R$?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
1993 ₩? GM4104JT


Sega Master System
EU (Kixx)
€? 29013-50
Sega Master System
UK
£34.99Media:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf[5] 29013-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 29013-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 29013-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 29013-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? FROB00SEC
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028580



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-79068
Sega Game Gear
EU (Kixx)
€? 79068-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99 [6] 79068
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 79068
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 79068
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 79068




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James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (ジェームスポンドII コードネーム・ロボコッド) (also known as Super James Pond or Super James Pond II) is a platforming sequel to James Pond. It was released on a variety of platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 (and the only Mega Drive entry in the series released in Japan) and the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System in 1993. The game has numerous parodies to the film RoboCop, including a similar theme song.

Gameplay differs heavily from the original. This game is a conventional platformer, with James Pond moving on land and jumping without the aid or need for water. There are no missions; instead, Pond must find an exit sign in each level (accessible through doors into a building in the overworld). B jumps. Holding A or C causes Pond to stretch his body up until he is blocked by some overhead item; letting go lowers his body back to normal. Down crouches.

James Pond II was re-released in Europe as part of the EA Classics range, however curiously shipped with a redesigned cartridge label giving the game a North American ESRB rating (of Kids-to-Adults). This redesigned cartridge is not thought to have been officially released in North America, however.

Production credits

Original Game Design: Chris Sorrell
Graphics: Chris Sorrell
Coding: Chris Sorrell
Course Director: Steve Bak
Additional Graphics: Leavon Archer
Sega Programming: Simeon Pashley
Original Music and Sound Effects: Richard Joseph
Music and Sound Effects Translation: Rob Hubbard
Producer: Christopher Erhardt
Associate Producer: Roland Kippenhan III
Product Management: Lesley Mansford
Art Direction: Nancy L. Fong
Package Illustration: Mark Erickson
Documentation: Andrea Smith
Documentation Layout: Jennie Maruyama
Testing: Steve Matulac
Quality Assurance: Bill Romer

Magazine articles

Main article: James Pond II: Codename RoboCod/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 07.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in














Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)

Joypad FR 011.pdfJoypad FR 011.pdf

Print advert in














Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Gamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdf

Print advert in














Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №53, p78[2]Media:ACE UK 53.pdf
83 №3/92, p122[7]Media:ASM DE 1992-03.pdf
91 №123, p46/47[8]Media:CVG UK 123.pdf
80 №30, p61[9]Media:GamePro US 030.pdf
100 №36
92 №2, p22-24
95 №7, p34-37[10]Media:HobbyConsolas ES 007.pdf
91 №23, p130[11]Media:Joystick FR 023.pdf
87 №2, p78Media:MDAG UK 02.pdf[12]Media:MDAG UK 02.pdf
80 №6, p77[13]Media:Mega UK 06.pdf
92 №1, p65
83 №1, p46-48[14]Media:MegaTech UK 01.pdf
95 №15, p56-58Media:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf[15]Media:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf
89 №16, p52/53[16]Media:PlayerOne FR 016.pdf
73 №2/92, p168
90 №26, p26/27
95 №2, p28-30Media:SegaPro UK 02.pdf[17]Media:SegaPro UK 02.pdf
91 №15, p71
90 №18, p66
86 №1, p56/57[18]Media:SegaForce UK 01.pdf
85 №11, p21Media:Supergame BR 11.pdf[4]Media:Supergame BR 11.pdf
71 №1/92, p29[19]Media:VideoGames DE 1992-01.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
JP2 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
James Pond 2 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
James Pond 2 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (EA Classics)
James Pond 2 MD EU Classic.jpg
Cover
JamesPondII MD EU Cart EAClassics.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
James Pond 2 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
JamesPond2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
JamesPond2 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
JamesPond2 MD JP Cover2.jpg
Spinecard
Mega Drive, BR
JamesPondII MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, KR
James Pond 2 MD KR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №25, p170[20]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 025.pdf
92 №24, p78[21]Media:Joypad FR 024.pdf
89 №22, p149[22]Media:MegaForce FR 22.pdf
89 №36, p140[23]Media:PlayerOne FR 036.pdf
83 №47, p64/65
92 №23, p76/77
93 №7, p62/63Media:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf[24]Media:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf
93 №7/93, p23[25]Media:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf
93 №4, p18-21Media:SegaMasterForce UK 04.pdf[26]Media:SegaMasterForce UK 04.pdf
Sega Master System
91
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
James Pond 2 SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU (Kixx)
James Pond 2 SMS EU Box Kixx.jpg
Cover
RoboCod SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
JamesPondII SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, BR
James Pond 2 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
JamesPondIISMSBrManual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №143 (Go!), p6/7[6]Media:Go UK 24.pdf
75 №52, p190[27]Media:GamePro US 052.pdf
45 №5/94, p122[28]Media:GamePlayers US 0705.pdf
90 №25, p88[29]Media:Joypad FR 025.pdf
89 №22, p144[30]Media:MegaForce FR 22.pdf
90 №24, p61
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
6 reviews

Game Gear, US
JamesPond2 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngJamesPond2 GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
James Pond 2 GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
JamesPondII gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
JamesPond2 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngJamesPond2 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
James Pond 2 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU (Kixx)
JamesPond2 GG EU Box Back Kixx.jpgNospine.pngJamesPond2 GG EU Box Front Kixx.jpg
Cover
James Pond 2 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. File:CVG UK 121.pdf, page 126
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:ACE UK 53.pdf, page 78
  3. File:GamesMaster UK 047.pdf, page 11
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:Supergame BR 11.pdf, page 21
  5. File:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf, page 63
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:Go UK 24.pdf, page 6
  7. File:ASM DE 1992-03.pdf, page 120
  8. File:CVG UK 123.pdf, page 46
  9. File:GamePro US 030.pdf, page 65
  10. File:HobbyConsolas ES 007.pdf, page 34
  11. File:Joystick FR 023.pdf, page 130
  12. File:MDAG UK 02.pdf, page 78
  13. File:Mega UK 06.pdf, page 77
  14. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 46
  15. File:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf, page 58
  16. File:PlayerOne FR 016.pdf, page 52
  17. File:SegaPro UK 02.pdf, page 30
  18. File:SegaForce UK 01.pdf, page 56
  19. File:VideoGames DE 1992-01.pdf, page 29
  20. File:ConsolesPlus FR 025.pdf, page 170
  21. File:Joypad FR 024.pdf, page 78
  22. File:MegaForce FR 22.pdf, page 149
  23. File:PlayerOne FR 036.pdf, page 140
  24. File:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf, page 62
  25. File:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf, page 23
  26. File:SegaMasterForce UK 04.pdf, page 18
  27. File:GamePro US 052.pdf, page 194
  28. File:GamePlayers US 0705.pdf, page 124
  29. File:Joypad FR 025.pdf, page 88
  30. File:MegaForce FR 22.pdf, page 144