Batman Returns (Mega-CD)

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Batman Returns
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: DC Comics
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.9949.99[4] 4401
Sega Mega-CD
EU
4401
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM 119.95119.95[9] 4401
Sega Mega-CD
FR
4401
Sega Mega-CD
PT
CDJ4401
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£44.9944.99[7] 4401
Sega Mega-CD
AU
$119.95119.95[11]
OFLC: G8
Sega Mega-CD
BR

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Batman Returns is a Sega Mega-CD action platform and driving game developed by Malibu Interactive and published by Sega. Based on the 1992 film Batman Returns, the game is an enhanced port of the earlier Batman Returns (Mega Drive) and was released in early 1993 to more positive reception, particularly in regards to the newly-added driving stages.

Gameplay

Batman Returns contains both the original action platforming game and a new pseudo-3D arcade driving game on the same disk. As both games follow the same plot, their stage order was interwoven to best match the movie and deemed the “full” game, although each can also be played individually. Smaller changes were made to accompany the move to CD, such as reducing the cartidge soundtrack, increasing PCM sample quality, and replacing the playable fight from the staff roll with a non-interactive sequence.

Reception

The game was released to mixed reception. Reviewers were immediately enthralled with the new driving sections, but were still unimpressed with the previously-released action platform stages.

The scaling and rotation effects displayed in the driving sections were very well-received, and the game was resultingly considered a showcase of the Sega Mega-CD hardware. Spencer Nilsen’s soundtrack was also well-received[3], with the track City Limits frequently being used in Sega of America promotional videos.

Production credits

Game Developed by: Malibu Interactive
  • Driving Game Designers: Jeff Godfrey, James Maxwell, John O'Brien
  • Platform Game Designers: James Maxwell, Bert Schroeder
  • Additional Platform Design: Nancy Nakamoto, Bernie Wang
  • Driving Game Backgrounds Lead Artist: Stephen Thomson
  • Driving Game Vehicles Lead Artist: Jeff Godfrey
  • Additional Driving Game Artists: Tom Applegate, Jeremy Cantor, Russel Comte, Damon DuBois, Robert Hemphill, Ray Huerta, Jayne Shrigley
  • Platform Game Artwork: Tom Applegate, Todd Tomlinson
  • Additional Platform Game Artists: Robert Hemphill, Ray Huerta, Stephen Thomson
  • Driving Game Programmer: John O'Brien
  • Platform Game Programmer: Andrew Green
  • Game Shell Programmer: Chris Shrigley
  • Sound Programmer: Brian Howarth
  • Testers: Darin Johnson, Justin Monast
  • Game Directors: James Maxwell, John O'Brien
Source:
In-game credits


Source:
US manual[13]

Magazine articles

Main article: Batman Returns (Mega-CD)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #13: "June/July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Supergame (BR) #28: "Novembro 1993" (1993-11-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 [14]
84 [15]
53 [16]
93 [17]
68 [4]
85 №12, p48-51
81 №11, p42-44
90 №3, p28-29
89 [18]
73 [19]
94 №19, p68-70
90 [20]
85 №45, p42-44
86 №22, p42-43
55 №10, p38-39
83 [21]
73 [22]
85 №2, p11
80 [23]
78 [24]
Sega Mega-CD
81
Based on
20 reviews
Mega-CD, US
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Cover
BatmanReturns MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Batmanreturns mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
BatmanReturns MCD US RegCard.pdf
Reg Card
Mega-CD, EU
BatmanReturns MCD EU Box Back.jpgBatmanReturns MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
BatmanReturns MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Mega-CD, PT

Mega-CD, BR

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
527,137,296 CD (EU) 4401
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
527,137,296 CD (US) 4401
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1993-04-23 Page

References

  1. https://www.ign.com/games/batman-returns-sega-cd (Wayback Machine: 2021-04-14 07:13)
  2. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/qhF7ZofJ3Iw/m/R_RHh1BrpmIJ
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/g9Zfwyh7s2o/m/ls3pC3fjCqsJ
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "June 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 66
  5. Computer & Video Games, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-15), page 100
  6. MegaTech, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-19), page 68
  7. Computer & Video Games, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-15), page 40
  8. Megablast, "4/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 34
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 11
  10. Select Round, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 2
  11. Megazone, "October 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 33
  12. Video Game, "Outubro 1993" (BR; 1993-xx-xx), page 6
  13. File:Batmanreturns mcd us manual.pdf, page 33
  14. Computer & Video Games, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-15), page 40-41 (40)
  15. Computer & Video Games, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-15), page 108
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 34/160-161 (34)
  17. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 119
  18. Mega Force, "Mega-CD Force: Le Supplément Spécial Mega-CD" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 28-29 (28)
  19. Mega Fun, "09/93" (DE; 1993-08-18), page 33
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-30), page 68-71 (68)
  21. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 36-38 (36)
  22. Sega Force, "5/94" (SE; 1994-08-10), page 33
  23. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 20
  24. Video Games, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-25), page 38 (36)


Batman games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Batman (1990) | Batman: Revenge of The Joker (1992) | Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Justice League Task Force (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Game Gear
Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Master System
Batman Returns (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
Pinball
Batman Forever (1995)
Arcade
Sega Saturn
Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)