Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

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For the Sega Game Gear game, see Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S.

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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Publisher: Ma-Ba
Licensor: Kodansha, TV Asahi, Toei Animation
Publisher(s) of original games: Angel
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Super Famicom
Sound driver: SMPS 68k
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 T-16043

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 (A), three aerial attacks (neutral, moving forward/backward, downward) (B), and a special charge-up projectile (C).


The five heroines are:

BSSM MD JP UsagiTsukino Portrait.png Usagi Tsukino (Serena)
Sailor Moon alias Usagi Tsukino; her special attack is Moon Tiara Action.
BSSM MD JP AmiMizuno Portrait.png Ami Mizuno (Amy)
Sailor Mercury alias Ami Mizuno; her special attack is Shabon Spray. She is faster than the other Senshi but has a shorter attack. She has a move where she can slam enemies into the ground, making the level shake.
BSSM MD JP ReiHino Portrait.png Rei Hino (Raye)
Sailor Mars alias Rei Hino; her default attack is the kick, which is stronger than her punch. Her special attack is Fire Soul.
BSSM MD JP MakotoKino Portrait.png Makoto Kino (Lita)
Sailor Jupiter alias Makoto Kino; her special attack is Supreme Thunder. She is stronger than any other Senshi and is the only one who jabs enemies with a fist, she does not flip anytime she jumps, and is the second Senshi that can slam enemies on the ground making the level rumble rapidly.
BSSM MD JP MinakoAino Portrait.png Minako Aino (Mina)
Sailor Venus alias Minako Aino; the only Sailor Senshi who uses a weapon (a chain) in battle - her special attack is Crescent Beam. She is the most difficult Senshi to control, but her chain has a better reach than the other Senshi that are unarmed.


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):

{{{imagewidths}}} Akan (アカン)
{{{imagewidths}}} Garoben (ガロベン)
{{{imagewidths}}} Jiji (ジジ)
Known in North America as Pox
{{{imagewidths}}} Castor (カストル)
{{{imagewidths}}} Gorogoro (ゴロゴロ)
This is a character made exclusively for the game
{{{imagewidths}}} Yasha (ヤシャ)
{{{imagewidths}}} Gesen (ゲーセーン)
Known in North America as Game Machine Man
{{{imagewidths}}} Jumoh (ジュモー)
Known in North America as Jumeau


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:

BSSM MD Stage1A.png 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)
BSSM MD Stage2A.png 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)
BSSM MD Stage3A.png Stage 3 - Highway (高速道路)
Area A: Highway (高速道路)
Area B: Secret Factory (秘密工場)
Boss: Zoisite (ゾイサイト) (as False Sailor Moon (にせセーラームーン))
BSSM MD Stage4A.png 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)
Area B: Cavern (洞窟)
Boss: Kunzite (クンツァイト)
BSSM MD Stage5A.png 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)
BSSM MD Stage6.png 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.

Magazine articles

Main article: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №36, p158
53 №293, p37
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
2 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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BSSailorMoon MD JP CartTop.jpg
BSSM MD JP Cart Back.jpgBSSM MD JP Cart.jpg
BSSM MD JP Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5e246938
MD5 b5365025a46a2781c63e254345268bf1
SHA-1 7565b0b19fb830ded5e90399f552c14c2aacdeb8
2MB 1994-06 Cartridge (JP)

Sailor Moon franchise games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (1994)
Sega Pico
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (1994) | Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS (1995) | Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Tokimeki Party (1996)
Sega Game Gear
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (1995)
Sega Saturn
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS: Various Emotion (1996)