Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt!

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Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt!
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 T-48153
Sega Mega Drive
$69.95[1] T-48226

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Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt! (オーサムポッサム) is a platform game released by Tengen in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive video game console. Inspired heavily by Sonic the Hedgehog and possibly Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, it features a possum named Awesome who must defeat the evil Dr. Machino and his army of robots.

The game has a strong environmental message, involving the destruction of rainforests and pollution. At the end of each stage the user is asked questions relating to the environment or the animal kingdom.


Controls are identical to Sonic the Hedgehog: A, B, and C jump and pressing Down while running rolls. After finishing a level (except the last one), the player must answer environment/ecology related questions by using the A, B or C buttons.

Production credits

  • Design and Programming: Richard L. Seaborne
  • Associate Programming: May Yam
  • Art and Animation: Jose Erazo, Doug Gray, Manuel Laguatan, Jules Marino
  • Map Creation: Jose Erazo, Manuel Laguatan, Paul Lidberg
  • Concepts: Richard L. Seaborne, Earl Vickers
  • Music and Sound: Earl Vickers, Doug Brandon, Nu Romantic
  • Voices: Walter Fields, Laura Amat, Douglas Lawrence
  • Producers: Steve Calfee, Bill Hindorff


Critical reception

Awesome Possum was not released outside of Japan and North America, and was heavily criticized upon release for having poor physics and controls. The character of Awesome also also provides a running commentary while playing, which was often cited as being annoying.

Magazine articles

Main article: Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt!/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 15.pdf

Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[2]

BeepMD JP 1993-11.pdfBeepMD JP 1993-11.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-11: "November 1993" (1993-10-08)

BeepMD JP 1993-12.pdfBeepMD JP 1993-12.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-12: "December 1993" (1993-11-08)

BeepMD JP 1994-01.pdfBeepMD JP 1994-01.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-01: "January 1994" (1993-12-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 №1994-01, p24[3]
35 №, p85[4]
80 №53, p78[1]
57 №14, p52/53
50 №1994-01, p43
48 №17, p46
49 №26
39 №16, p54/55[5]
51 №53, p58/59
25 №31, p70
76 №15, p56/57
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
AP MD US Box.jpg
AP MD US Cart.jpg
Awesome Possum MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
Ap md jp cover.jpg
AwesomePossum MD JP CartTop.jpg
AwesomePossum MD JP Cart.jpg
Awesomepossum md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1f07577f
MD5 3ad4ffc5046a21b6a7d7f5589c39dd76
SHA-1 a0fe802de7874c95c355ec12b29136651fe0af28
2MB 1993-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8c64445e
MD5 34c5206f16d805873cea0907cd1d5913
SHA-1 a34a81e8601d18781b352c1febf9ded6a1c398db
2MB 1993-12 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0158dc53
MD5 3d2e30dc3065ac1f2c7fcb3f03440091
SHA-1 8728f7d18c75e132b98917b96ade5d42c0d4a0cb
2MB 1993 Prototype