The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
From Sega Retro
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. In the game you control Spider-Man, who must defeat various enemies and famous villains in an attempt to stop a bomb and save New York. Mary Jane is also kidnapped by Venom.
The game was initially released on the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System in 1991, being the first the one that got more recognition. This version was later updated for the Mega CD release, with refined levels, graphics and a CD audio soundtrack. The game was very successful, so much so that some sources claim that two thirds of Mega Drive owners owned this game in some form or another. In Australia, the game was eventually bundled with The Incredible Hulk.
It is claimed that this game's success is what convinced Marvel Comics to continue the licensing deal they had with Sega.
Master System and Game Gear Gameplay
Master System version is a platforming game. Players can use Spider-Man's various powers to fight criminals and negotiate obstacles. Button 1 attacks while button 2 makes Spider-Man Jump. Pressing button 1 while holding left or right will make Spider-Man to fire his web shot to stun enemy for a while. Pressing button 1 while holding left or right while in mid-air will make Spider-Man use his webs to swing around. Pressing and holding button 2 while near a climbable wall will make Spider-Man crawl over the surfaces. Unlike Mega Drive version, Spider-Man can only crawl over background objects. Pressing button 1 and 2 at the same time will activate option mode. Here players can turn-on or off the music, sound effects, take photographs or return to Spider-Man's home to rest. Resting however will make players start the level from beginning.
Time is in short supply. Spider-Man must find all keys necessary to defuse the bomb in 24 hours. Resting will be avaiable after 2nd stage when Dr. Stange will give him a stone that will teleport him home. Resting will recover the lost health but will take precious time.
Another thing that is in short supply is the Spider-Man's web cartidges. Taking photographs of Super-Villans is the only way to replace the used cartidges. Spider-Man can take these pictures to Robbie Robertson (Daily Bugle's editor) to gain money. Robertson will only accept pictures of super villains though. He will not be interested in pictures of regular thugs. Also, he will only accept pictures of a Super-Villain only once. Meaning, if you fight a Super-Villain, take pictures and return home, give pictures to Robbie and fight that villain again and take pictures, he will not be interested.
In this version Mary Jane is not kidnapped but she will still show up at the end of the game if best ending obtained.
This version while having inferior in-game graphics to 16-bit version, has nicely drawn panel illustrations as cutscenes. In Mega Drive versioni story is narrated through simple text. (Possibly only part this version is superior to Mega Drive version)
Master System version is also infamous for its very high difficulty even in the easiest setting. Some players reported that they couldn't even pass stage 3, especially stage 3-2 (the key level).
Two secret easter-eggs are found in the game. One is a Pac-Man type mini-game with Spider-Man characters and a secret room which will allow Spider-Man dress like Venom. Both can only be acquired while playing Nightmare difficulty.
Master System version was one of the last Master Sytem games released in North American region.
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.
Mega Drive Version
Sega of America, Inc.
Mega CD Version
Producers: Steven Apour, Stewart Kosoy
Mega Drive Version
Mega CD Version
Game Gear Version
Master System Version