Deadly Moves

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Power Athlete/Deadly Moves
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Kaneko (US/JP), Samsung (KR)
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,500 T-33033
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-33046
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM8072JT

Power Athlete (パワーアスリート) is a 1992 fighting game for the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo Entertainment System developed by System Vision and published by Kaneko. In the US, the Mega Drive version was renamed Deadly Moves, with the Super Famicom/SNES version becoming Power Moves. Both the Japanese and US versions uses English text.


The protagonist Joe aims to become the world’s strongest fighter by challenging Ranker, the game’s final boss.


  • A Punch
  • B Kick
  • C Jump
  • (close)Right, A + B Throw

Up and Down moves the character to a higher or lower plane, similar to side-scrolling beat-'em-up games like Streets of Rage. Ranker can be unlocked using cheat codes.

Power Athlete was released before numerous fighting game "standards" were set by Street Fighter II, and thus there are no Street Fighter II-style combos to perform.

In RPG fashion, enemies can be challenged multiple times to level your character up (and exploit the score system). Special moves don’t cause any block damage unless your character is highly leveled up.

There are two long bonus stages that can be used to collect extra points. Progress is recorded through a password system.

The final boss can be easily defeated by fully leveling up your character and throwing projectiles from the other side of the screen. Ranker will block all of them, slowly succumbing to the block damage taken.

Playable Characters

Joe (ジョー)
It's an American fighter that looks like Ryu from Street Fighter. He's the only playable character from the single-player mode.
Move list
Name Command
Kikou-ken Left, Right, A + B
Super Nova Right, A + B
DM MD Warren Portrait.png Warren (ウォーレン)
A Hawaiian grappler. Warren's technique names are patterned on surfing terms - "Big Wednesday", etc.
Move list
Name Command
Big Wednesday Left, Right, A + B
Rolling Drop Kick A + B + C
Vagnad (バグナド・ロフノスキー)
A huge Russian wrestler with onyx skin. The game manual for this version refers to Vagnad as a survivor of The Holocaust.
Move list
Name Command
Double Arm Right, A + B
Double-power Bomb (close) Right, A + B
Buoh (舞王)
A kabuki-style fighter who can teleport and attack with his hair.
Move list
Name Command
Dancing Smoke Down, A + B
Rolling Hair Attack Right, A + B
Gaoluon (百竜(ガオロン))
An acrobatic Chinese martial artist, wielding a pair of Deer Horn Knives
Move list
Name Command
Twin Flying Dragon Right, A + B
Moonsault Kick Down, A + B
Reayon (麗栄(リーヨン))
The only female fighter of the game.
Move list
Name Command
Dancing Crash Left, Right, A + B
Shooting-down Kick Down, A + B
Baraki (バラキ・キメラ)
A tribal Kenyan warrior with a beastial appearance.
Move list
Name Command
Diving Roller Left, Right, A + B
Fire Storm Right, A + B
Nick (ニック)
An arrogant, lightning-quick Spanish matador. His fighting style uses a combination of break dancing moves and knife throwing
Move list
Name Command
Killer Nails Left, Right, A + B
Dancing Storm Right, A + B


The Mega Drive and Super NES versions of Power Athlete are virtually the same game, save for a few minor graphical differences. For example, Joe uses blue "bracelets" in the Mega Drive version, while on Nintendo's console they are red. Shadows are also semi-transparent on the Super NES, as opposed to the solid black seen on the Mega Drive. There are other minor palette changes, witnessed in areas such as the upgrade screen.

Beating an opponent in the Mega Drive version also leads to a longer victory sequence, in which rather than calculating a score and fading straight to black, the background fades and then the score is calculated.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Deadly Moves Deadly Moves
Japanese パワーアスリート Power Athlete

Production credits

  • Producer: Akihiko Uto
  • Director: Takahiro Shima
  • Programmer: Hisato Shirochika, Hideki Suzuki
  • Charactor Design: Kuzira.MK2
  • Designer: Kuzira.MK2, T.K, Shikanosuke, Dogrou, Aki.Misuzu, Betty.Black, Dember Sato
  • Voice: Kuzira.MK2, Misako.S
  • Sound: Hideki Suzuki
  • Special Thanks: Kato Dappe, Rika Shima, Takayuki Shoji, Koji Naya, Inter State Co., Ltd., System Vision
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Deadly Moves/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

BeepMD JP 1992-08.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-08: "August 1992" (1992-07-08)

BeepMD JP 1992-12.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-12: "December 1992" (1992-11-07)

Promotional material

GameInformer US 008.pdf

Print advert in Game Informer (US) #8: "January/February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №1992-12, p28[1]
50 №, p85[2]
55 №206
35 №4, p81
40 №1993-01, p84
81 №16
80 №35, p186
54 №7, p56
79 №16, p56/57
77 №6, p40-42[3]
54 №41, p34/35
71 №17, p60
71 №18, p64
71 №8, p28
57 №15, p72/73[4]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, KR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 35cbd237
MD5 208652cf1e1f77405cf3e854f009d2b8
SHA-1 8733d179292d4dc5c3513459539d96484b6d018f
1MB 1992 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b41b77cf
MD5 2391922125eed997b77a015135454ebb
SHA-1 d371e339c5d85b69c34007dc514c1adb524dac2a
1MB 1992 Cartridge (JP/KR)