Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (スパイダーマン), commonly referred to as just Spider-Man and also referred in the Mega-CD as The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, is a platform video game based on the Spider-Man Marvel comic book series. It was originally released in 1991 for the Sega Mega Drive (alongside a differing Master System version).
Spider-Man must defeat various enemies and famous villains from the series in an attempt to stop a bomb and save New York. Love interest Mary Jane is also kidnapped by Venom.
In most stages all lesser thugs (Humanoid enemies only. Bat, rats or other animals do not count) must be defeated for boss to appear. Spider-Man's spider senses will alert you to bosses.
In front of Daily Bugle Police is hot on your tail. Enter Daily Bugle building from top floor and, as Peter Parker, find out why everyone is after you. Single level. No bosses. No Keys.
Warehouse Time to find a way to prove your innocence. Investigate nearby warehouse and search for clues. One mid-boss, a guy driving a forklift and main boss : Dr. Octopus. Single level. Key is automatically acquired after boss fight.
Sewers Your old friend Dr. Connors has transformed to The Lizard and fled to the sewers. Navigate deadly traps and pitfalls and acquire Lizard's key. Two levels. Key is in the second level.
Power Station Confront Electro in his domain. Evade lightning bolts and gun-toting thugs as your look for his key. Two levels. Key is in the second level.
Central Park Defeat muggers and look for Sandman who can only be defeated by luring him to the fire hydrants. He drops the key after he is defeated. Single level.
Streets of New York Criminals are wreaking havoc in the streets. Spider-Man has to face two of his sworn enemies: Hobgoblin and Venom. Two levels. Boss fight in each. Venom shows up without need to defeat lesser thugs. Keys are acquired automatically.
Underground Time to stop Kingpin from finalizing his ultimate plan. Defeat both Dr. Octopus and The Lizard who returned for a rematch. Stop the bomb by punching the keys in order and finally capture Kingpin. Two levels. If you run away during battle with Kingpin, he will run away and you won't get the best ending.
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin was the first of several Mega Drive games to be released on the system with a Marvel Comics license (although curiously it is not the first Mega Drive appearance of Spider-Man - he was a boss in 1989's The Revenge of Shinobi without Marvel's consent). It was a successful game for Sega, with sources claiming that two thirds of Mega Drive owners owned a copy of this game in some form or another at the time.
The success lead to Marvel Comics continuing their licensing deal they had with Sega of America (mostly in the form of X-Men games), with Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin being updated for the Sega Mega-CD release, with refined levels, graphics and a CD audio soundtrack in 1993.
Testers: Rey Alferez, Richard Gangwish, Dante Anderson, Wesley Gittens, Greg Becksted, Casey Grimm, Srini Chandra, Richie Hideshima, Ken Chao, Keith Higashihara, Glen Cureton, Jason Kuo, Atom Ellis, Simon Lu, Alex Fairchild, Juklio Martinez, David Forster, Pete McNab, Heather Meigs, Tim Spengler, Vince Nason, Siegie Stangenberg, Vy Nong, Conan Tigard, Mike Palser, Kurt Tindle, Mark Paniagua, Jeff Todd, Andrew Podesta, Maria Tuzzo, Isaac Ramey, Erik Wahlberg, Kirk Rogers, Paul Walker, Jon Russel, Katy Weathers, Chris Sinclair
Special Thanks: Dominique Adevereaux, Lisa Best, Trish Dunne, Clint Dyer, Alan Gordon, Frank McGinn, Justin McCormick, Dana Moreshead, Steve Patterson, Steve Payne, Mike Thomas, Katy Weathers
This game is dedicated to the memory of: Patrick Lippert