Berlin no Kabe

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Berlin no Kabe
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Kaneko[1]
Genre: Action[2][3]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
¥3,800 (3,914)3,800e[4] T-33017

Berlin no Kabe (ベルリンの壁) is a Sega Game Gear puzzle action game developed by Inter State[1] and published by Kaneko.[1] A port of the publisher's 1991 arcade game The Berlin Wall, it was released exclusively in Japan in November 1991.

A United States release was once advertised, but ultimately cancelled for unknown reasons.[5]


A boy must rescue his mother, who has become trapped in Berlin World behind a wall. A mysterious old man gives the boy a magical hammer to use.


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The game is a puzzle platformer. Each stage is a single screen with no scrolling and consists of ladders and platforms. The player takes control of a young boy who must use his hammer to break the floors of the stages. These holes act as traps for the many patrolling, multi-colored monsters. Once one has fallen into a hole, the player has a limited time to use the hammer on the monster (or jump on it from a higher platform) to make it fall through the hole and down to the platform below, causing it to transform into items that can then be collected (and also restoring the platforms of any holes that they fall through). Monsters explode when they are defeated, which can defeat other nearby enemies. The behavior of enemies varies depending on their color, with blue and green enemies having simple movement patterns and yellow and red enemies being more aggressive. The stage ends when all of the monsters have been defeated.

The boy walks with Left and Right and climbs ladders with Up and Down. Falling through the bottom of the screen causes him to loop around and fall back through. He swings his hammer with 1. He can cover a hole when standing adjacent to it with 2, so he can walk over it again. Each world consists of five levels and a boss fight. Each world contains one stage in which, if certain conditions are met, a door appears that transports the boy to an area with a shop where the player can buy special items with points and play a quick bonus stage for more points:[6]

  • Stage 1-5: Defeat all enemies.
  • Stage 2-3: Defeat all enemies.
  • Stage 3-1: Make the thousands digit of the score even.
  • Stage 4-3: Fall off a platform at least 15 times before the last enemy is destroyed.
  • Stage 5-2: Dig exactly 7 holes by the end of the stage.

If the player finds all of the secret doors, the boy fights all five bosses again to receive the good ending (which includes pictures of the actual Berlin Wall, which had fallen two years prior).

The boy loses a life if he touches a monster but revives if the player has extra lives remaining. Stages are timed, and the boy loses a life and must restart the stage if time runs out. The game ends if the player runs out of lives, also losing any item effects, but it can be continued if the player has credits remaining. The player can set the starting lives and credits in the options before starting the game.

There is a two-player mode where two players cooperate and play simultaneously over a Gear-to-Gear Cable.



These items are dropped by defeated monsters in stages.

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プラスタイマー (Plus Timer)
Adds 30 seconds to the timer, up to a maximum of 150 seconds.
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ハンマー (Hammer)
Empowers the boy's hammer so it digs holes in a single blow. Lasts until the end of the stage.
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ドラゴンスーツ (Dragon Suit)
Makes the boy invulnerable for a duration. He cannot use his hammer or dig holes while wearing the Dragon Suit but can instead attack enemies directly by spitting fireballs with 1 or 2.
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全滅アイテム (Annihilation)
Destroys all monsters in the stage.
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ケーキ小 (Small Cake)
Awards 50 points.
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ケーキ中 (Middle Cake)
Awards 200 points.
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ケーキ大 (Large Cake)
Awards 1,000 points.


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These items can be bought in the shop in exchange for points. Item effects last until the player gets a game over.

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ゴールドハンマー (Gold Hammer)
Empowers the boy's hammer so it digs holes in a single blow. Costs 500 points.
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ジャンプシューズ (Jump Shoes)
Allows the boy to jump with 1+2. Costs 1,000 points.
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ワンアップ (1-Up)
Gives the player an extra life. Costs 5,000 points.
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バリア (Barrier)
Protects the boy with a barrier that absorbs 3 hits from enemies. Costs 3,500 points.
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ダブルアップ (Double Up)
Doubles the points awarded. Costs 2,000 points.


Main article: Berlin no Kabe/Maps.



The original arcade game was also ported to the Sega Mega Drive in January 1992 as Wani Wani World.

Production credits

This article needs a list of production credits, either from the game itself, a manual, or other reliable source.
Source: Berlin no Kabe GG credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Berlin no Kabe/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US flyer
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US print advert
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Print advert in Mega Drive Fan (JP) #18: "July 1991" (1991-06-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-12: "December 1991" (1991-11-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-01: "January 1992" (1991-12-07)

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Game Gear, JP
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 325b1797
MD5 b185db77aa6a448eb9b8c60f1cab8f27
SHA-1 1d58d3d8b957d33bab8b50ae60dc0c31eafc08af
256kB Cartridge (JP)

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