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Fast facts on the Menacer
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
1992 $59.99[1]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
US (T2: The Arcade Game)
1993[2] $89.99[2]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
1992 £59.99[3]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
199x R$?  ?

The Menacer is a wireless lightgun created by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive video game console in 1992, as a response to the Super Scope by Nintendo. The Menacer is made up of three interconnected sections. The main section alone can be used as a pistol. A skeletonized shoulder stock can be added for extra support. The third removable section are twin sights that are clipped on to the top of the barrel. The twin sights are often seen as impractical, as one can not effectively see what one was shooting at.

The Menacer is powered by 6 AAA batteries and is not connected by a wire to the console but by an infrared beam that relays signals to a receiver box that would ideally sit on top of the television. The receiver box has to be plugged into the console in the second controller port. Advertised as "the most accurate light gun ever," the Menacer retailed for $100 in North America.

Since the Menacer uses scan lines to determine where the user is aiming, it will only work with CRT-based television sets. It also won't work with frame grabber cards or TV tuners that redirect the output to a computer screen. The Menacer is not compatible with all lightgun games - most notably Lethal Enforcers, which requires Konami's own Justifier gun.

Compatible Games

Magazine articles

Main article: Menacer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 041.pdfEGM US 041.pdf

Print advert in

Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Game Informer (US) #8: "January/February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

  • Sega Visions (US) #11: "February/March 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[5]

OKConsolas ES 14.pdfOKConsolas ES 14.pdf

Print advert in

OK Consolas (ES) #14: "xxxx 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

MegaForce PT 01.pdf

Print advert in Mega Force (PT) #1: "Junho 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
Menacer MD US Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngMenacer MD US Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, US (with T2: The Arcade Game)
Menacer MD US Box Back T2.jpgNospine-small.pngMenacer MD US Box Front T2.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Menacer MD EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngMenacer EU Box Front.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
Menacer MD BR Box Front.jpg


  1. File:GamePro US 037.pdf, page 104
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:GamePro US 042.pdf, page 216
  3. File:CVG UK 136.pdf, page 15
  4. File:GameInformer US 008.pdf, page 32
  5. File:SegaVisions US 11.pdf, page 8
  6. File:MegaForce PT 03.pdf, page 67
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