Captain America and the Avengers

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Captain America and the Avengers
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Sega Mega Drive
Data East,
Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
Genre: Action

Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-13056
Sega Mega Drive
€? 1031-50
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[2][3] 1031-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1031-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1031-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1031-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 044560

Sega Game Gear
$? T-87028

Captain America and the Avengers is a beat-'em-up developed by Data East. Ports were made to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear, as well as the competing Super NES.

Despite being developed by a Japanese team, it never saw a release in Japan. The music was arranged by Hitoshi Sakimoto, who is well regarded among Sega Mega Drive composers. Interestingly, the PAL version appears to have been optimized in both music speed and gameplay.


The game employs a 2 button setup, which defaults to A for jumping and B for attacking, although the controls can be redefined. By holding down the attack button, it's possible to guard attacks. Pushing jump and attack simultaneously fires a projectile attack. By attacking late or early during a jump either a dive attack or an aerial shot can be performed. Stages are littered with rocks, tires, scrap etc. These can be picked up and thrown, as well as downed opponents. Two stages feature auto scrolling sections that play like a shooting game.

Playable characters

  • Vision
  • Iron Man
  • Captain America
  • Hawkeye

Vision and Iron Man have an aerial downward aimed projectile, while the other two characters propel themselves downwards.


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For unknown reasons the game uses an unoptimized color palette, with lots of details getting lost due to neighboring colors having a too similar shade.


The SNES version has more detailed graphics, but has control issues and lacks voice data. It was not ported by Data East but instead by Mindscape. The Sega Mega Drive version is also closer to the arcade version's stage layout.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Producer: Mentaiko
  • Planner: E.Nishiyama, H.Iwano
  • Graphics: T.Ishiro, T.Sawajiri, Yorokin, H.Sasaki
  • Software: S.Miki, H.Fujiwara, Y.Mizutani
  • Sound: S.Shougo, Tom.Satoh, Ymoh.S
  • Marketing: K.Nakamura, S.Miller
  • P.R.: S.Takeuchi, D.Saitoh
  • Arcade Staff: H.Itoh, K.Miyazawa, H.Ohnuki, T.Haga, M.Tokoro
  • Special Thanks: M.Nakamura, K.Yokoyama, H.Yamaguchi
  • Director: E.Nishiyama, T.Ishiro
© 1992 Data East Corporation

Game Gear version

  • Programming: Steve Ettinger
  • Backgrounds: Phil Knowles
  • Animations: Lance Hutto
  • Assistant Programmer: Cheryl Harada
  • Map Layouts: Alan Hickey
  • Music and Sounds: Eric Swanson
  • Producer for Realtime Associates: Dave Warhol
  • Producer for Software Toolworks: Steve Hutchins
  • Associate Producer for Realtime Associates: Ann Lediaev
  • Testing: Robert Arellano, Marty Lafleur, Wikian Tang, Rob Vance

Magazine articles

Main article: Captain America and the Avengers/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 041.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Informer (US) #8: "January/February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[4]
  • Sega Visions (US) #11: "February/March 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[5]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
31 №138, p72[6]
67 №1, p29Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[7]
83 №43, p40-41[8]
46 №4, p81[9]
72 №16, p68-69[10]
50 №34, p238[11]
35 №6, p65
62 №2, p46-48[12]
57 №14, p38-40
67 №5, p52-54[13]
25 №33, p92
61 №41, p44
41 №19, p63
37 №18, p64
52 №4, p56
82 №14, p72-74[14]
78 №12, p32[15]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Captain America MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)
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CaptainAmerica MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
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Captainamerica md br manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR

Game Gear version

Game Gear, US
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CAatA GG US Cart.jpg
Captain America and The Avengers GG US Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e0639ca2
MD5 1dc96693afd74e7b0623a6e06fbdcf87
SHA-1 ae71b5744de7ca6aa00d72ccd7713146d87ca002
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 43225612
MD5 60f06161f62e0c11d2de317ceed3c24e
SHA-1 66ec647175251d8c109c6c21440d415e13e14001
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 baac59c0
MD5 39b52537d5e9ee1420b299930168af52
SHA-1 af8271c0c99637413006bdd8c66a7b5412e0ebd7
1MB 1992-12
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 5675DFDD
MD5 DFB20211EF127B605849ABFD85300AFC
SHA-1 4B859174D57CC4A5A575F8AA9547A83D08E6C117
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)