Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
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|Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Arc System Works, TNS|
|Licensor: Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha, TV Asahi, Toei Douga|
|Original system(s): Super Famicom|
|Publisher(s) of original games: Angel|
|Sound driver: SMPS 68000|
|Number of players: 1|
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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン) is a beat 'em up arcade game based on the Sailor Moon anime and manga series for the Sega Mega Drive, developed by Arc System Works and TNS, and published by Ma-Ba. It was originally released in 1993 by Angel for the Super Famicom.
The game was released during the series' third metaseries ("Sailor Moon S"), which in a year later, the Sailor Moon series would reach North America. Despite this, only a Japanese version exists with only Japanese text.
My name is Usagi Tsukino. But in reality, I am Sailor Moon, one of the five Sailor Guardians fighting to protect the moon's kingdom Silver Millennium. Suddenly, one day I saw a dream that the defeated Dark Kingdom was resurrected. In Rei's fortune, the energy of hatred restored them, I can't believe this. Once again, please forgive me Dark Kingdom! We must fight once more, Guardians. Make-up! In the name of the moon, I'll punish you!
— Game manual and box back description, translated 
The game is set in the first series of Sailor Moon, and the player takes control of one of the five heroines (Guardian Senshi). Each Senshi has some sequences of blows (), three aerial attacks (neutral, moving forward/backward, downward) (), and a special charge-up projectile ().
Game follows the first season of the anime series, depicting the girls' battle against the Dark Kingdom, led by Queen Beryl, therefore only the orginal five sailor soldiers (Inner Senshi) are avaiable. Names in brackets are the names used by the original 1995 English localization by DIC Entertainment.
The enemies are mostly the youma of the Dark Kingdom that appeared in the anime, but if more than one of the same kind appears at once, the others are coloured differently (a common device for this genre of games):
The game is divided into five main stages, which are subdivided into two areas (three for stage 5); with a sixth being present only in hard mode:
|Stage 1 - Juban Shopping Street (十番 商店 街)|
|Area A: Shopping District of Juban Town (十番町 商店 街)|
Area B: Department Store's Elevator (デパート の エレベーター)
Boss: Manegin (マネギン)
|Stage 2 - Dream Land (夢ランド)|
|Area A: Amusement Park (遊園地)|
Area B: Candy House (おかし の 家)
Boss: Jadeite (ジェダイト)
|Stage 3 - Highway (高速道路)|
|Area A: Highway (高速道路)|
Area B: Secret Factory (秘密工場)
Boss: Nephrite (ネフライト)
|Stage 4 - Starlight Tower (スターライト タワー)|
|Area A: Starlight Tower (スターライト タワー)|
Sub-boss: Zoisite (ゾイサイト) (as False Sailor Moon (にせセーラームーン))
Area B: Cavern (洞窟)
Boss: Kunzite (クンツァイト)
|Stage 5 - D Point (Dポイント)|
|Area A: North Pole (北極)|
Area B: Beryl's Fortress (ベリル の 要塞)
Area C: Queen Beryl's Castle (クインベリル の 城)
Sub-boss: Endymion (エンディミオン)
Boss: Queen Beryl (クイン ベリル)
|Stage 6 - Dark Kingdom (ダーク キングダム)|
|Stage 6 is just an extra fight against Queen Metallia (クイン メタリア)|
The Mega Drive version has certain elements recycled from the Super Famicom game. It contains most of the original stages, though some were removed or replaced. Some of the boss battles are different as well, and a new hidden final boss, Queen Metallia is featured when playing on Hard Mode.
It does not contain any of the music from the original game either, with the exception of the main theme song (Moonlight Densetsu) at the title screen, bosses also have their own songs rather than a generic theme for all of them. The game has different endings for each playable character.
- Main article: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
ROM dump status
- File:BSSM MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (archived: 2020-07-02 23:21)
- Beep! MegaDrive, "June 1994" (JP; 1994-05-07), page 9
- Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1994" (JP; 1994-07-08), page 16
- Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1994" (JP; 1994-06-08), page 18
- Consoles +, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 158
- Famitsu, "1994-07-29" (JP; 1994-07-15), page 1
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
|Sailor Moon franchise games for Sega systems|
|Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1994)|
|Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (1994) | Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS (1995) | Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Tokimeki Party (1996)|
|Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (1995)|
|Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS: Various Emotion (1996)|