Deadly Moves

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


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


As Joe, A punches, B kicks, and C jumps. Pushing 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.

Both the Japanese and North American versions uses English text.

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.

Left, Right, A + B Inner-Strength Power Attack

Right, A + B Super Nova

(close) Right, A + B Seoi Nage

DM MD Warren Portrait.png Warren (ウォレン)
A Hawaiian grappler. Warren's technique names are patterned on surfing terms - "Big Wednesday", etc.

Left, Right, A + B Big Wednesday

A + B + C Rolling Drop Kick

(close) Right, A + B Overhead Toss

Reayon (レーヨン)
The only female fighter of the game.

Left, Right, A + B Dancing Crash

Up, A + B Shooting-down Kick

(close) Right, A + B Leg Grab

Vagnad (バグナド)
A huge Russian wrestler with onyx skin. The game manual for this version refers to Vagnad as a survivor of The Holocaust.

(close) Down, A + B Double-power Bomb

Right, A + B Double Arm

(close) Right, A + B Suplex

Nick (ニック)
An arrogant, lightning-quick Spanish matador. His fighting style uses a combination of break dancing moves and knife throwing

Left, Right, A + B Killer Nails

Down, A + B Dancing Storm

(close) Right, A + B Mountain Throw

Buoh (ブーオ)
A kabuki-style fighter who can teleport and attack with his hair.

Down, A + B Dancing Smoke

Right, A + B Rolling Hair Attack

(close) Right, A + B Tomoe Nage

Gaoluon (ガオルオン)
An acrobatic Chinese martial artist, wielding a pair of Deer Horn Knives

Right, A + B Twin Flying Dragon

Up, A + B Moonsault Kick

(close) Right, A + B Fling

Baraki (バラキ)
A tribal Kenyan warrior with a beastial appearance.

Left, Right, A + B Diving Roller

Right, A + B Fire Storm

(close) Right, A + B Uproot


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.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Deadly Moves/Magazine articles.

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
55 №?
35 №4, p81
81 №16
80 №35, p186
54 №7, p56
79 №16, p56/57
77 №6, p40-42[1]
54 №41, p34/35
71 №17, p60
71 №18, p64
71 №8, p28
57 №15, p72/73[2]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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DeadlyMoves MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
DeadlyMoves MD JP Box.jpg
PowerAthlete MD JP CartTop.jpg
DeadlyMoves MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, KR
PowerAthlete MD KR back.jpgPowerAthlete MD KR spine.jpgPowerAthlete MD KR Box.jpg
PowerAthlete MD KR carttop.jpg
PowerAthlete MD KR cartback.jpgPowerAthlete MD KR cart.jpg

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)


  1. File:MeanMachinesSega06UK.pdf, page 40
  2. File:SegaForce UK 15.pdf, page 72