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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
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Original system(s): Super Famicom
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Genre: Action































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




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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.

Story

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


Gameplay

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).

Characters

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.

BSSM MD JP UsagiTsukino Portrait.png Sailor Moon Real Name: Usagi Tsukino (Serena)
Lazy, gluttonous and bit of an airhead but has a heart of gold. Not the best candidate for the leadership position for the girls but she is the reincarnation of the Moon Princess, so there she is.

Her special attack is Moon Tiara Action. Besides Mars, she is the only character who can hit enemies after grabbing.

BSSM MD JP AmiMizuno Portrait.png Sailor Mercury Real Name: Ami Mizuno (Amy)
School valedictorian and aspiring medical doctor. Genius level intelligence, polite and remains probably the sanest person during the girls' crazy adventures.

Her special attack is Shabon (Soap?) Spray. She is faster than the other Senshi but has a shorter and weaker attack. She has a move where she can slam enemies into the ground, making the level shake. She can also hit enemies with a sliding high kick at the end of the combo, hitting multiple enemies.

BSSM MD JP ReiHino Portrait.png Sailor Mars Real Name: Rei Hino (Raye)
Shrine maiden in her grandfather's shinto shrine. Lost her parents at a young age. Trained in Karate. Capable of banishing evil spirits and possibly a psychic. Great legs. Generally more mature than other girls but can occasionally be as thick as Usagi. Secretly a hardcore manga nerd. Used to be a Usagi's rival for Mamoru's (Tuxedo Mask/Tuxedo Kamen) affections. She and Usagi are very close friends despite the fact that neither of them would admit it.

Her default attack is the kick, which is stronger than her punch. Her special attack is Fire Soul. Besides Moon, she is the only character that can grab and strike enemies.

BSSM MD JP MakotoKino Portrait.png Sailor Jupiter Real Name: Makoto Kino (Lita)
School's resident amazonian. A tall (for Japanese standards, anyway) and muscular girl who has experience in martial arts. Suffers from permament "heart burn" after being dumped by her "senpai". Falls in love with any pretty much any male who looks like her senpai. (Read: EVERY SINGLE good looking male character) Suprisingly sensitive and gentle despite her somewhat frightening size and tomboyish manners.

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 Sailor Venus Real Name: Minako Aino (Mina)
Even though she looked more matured compared to the other girls when she first appeared, she is actually exact copy of Usagi personality-wise and can be as silly as her. Lived abroad for a number of years and has experience as a vigilante. Clumsy and accident-prone when not in battle. Keep her away from electronics devices, sharp objects and pretty much everthing else. NEVER employ her as a nurse or caretaker for patients. Has trouble with men, just like most of the girls.

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.

Enemies

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):

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

Stages

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:

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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)
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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)
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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))
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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)
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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)
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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)

Versions

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.

Promotional material

BeepMD JP 1994-06.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-06: "June 1994" (1994-05-07)

BeepMD JP 1994-07.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-07: "July 1994" (1994-06-08)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
53 More...[2]
65 More...[3]
60 №36, p158
53 №293, p37
Sega Mega Drive
58
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
BSSM MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual

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)

References


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)