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Rent A Hero
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,700 G-5508



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?



Rent A Hero (レンタヒーロー) (also incorrectly named Rent-A-Hero; Sega has never used hyphens in the game's romanized name) is a Japan-exclusive action RPG developed by Sega AM2 for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 with a large emphasis on humour. It follows Taro Yamada (or "Rent A Hero"), a hero for hire that needs to complete various tasks to save the day.

The game borrows the engine used in Phantasy Star III, however instead of turn-based battles enemies are defeated through a versus-fighting system similar to Street Fighter II.

History

Legacy

Though mostly unknown to the western world, Rent A Hero has been referenced several times across Sega products, including Fighters Megamix in which Taro is an unlockable character.

The game was remade for the Sega Dreamcast as Rent A Hero No.1. It has also been re-released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service in Japan.

A preliminary fan translation was released in 1998 by the Eidolon Translation Group. In 2010, a romhacking.net user named Paul Jensen announced a full translation, which was finally released in 2015.

Production credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Rent A Hero/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №145, source
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
1 review

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Rentahero md jp manual.pdf
Manual

External links


Rent A Hero series of games
Rent A Hero (1991) | Rent A Hero No.1 (2000)
Rent A Hero related media
Music
Renta no Kyoku: Rent A Hero No.1 Original Soundtrack (2000) | Vermilion vs Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2009) | Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2014)
Book
Rent A Hero No.1 Kanzen Guide Book (2000) | Rent A Hero No.1 Perfect Guide (2000)