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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System|
|Developer: Hertz Sega|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Developer(s) of original games: Seibu Kaihatsu|
|Sound driver: SMPS Z80|
|Number of players: 1|
|Official in-game languages: |
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Dynamite Duke (ダイナマイトデューク) is a 1989 arcade action game by Seibu Kaihatsu. Sega acquired a license to port it to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System, releasing them in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Game follows mercenary Duke "Dynamite" Fredericks (renamed Colonel Duke Rippem in the Mega Drive manual)as he attempts to bring down Dr. Neil Ashe, a mad scientist who is trying to take over the world by using robots. Duke's right arm is cybernetic and apparently (according to the manual anyway) ten times more powerful than a normal human.
The Japanese cover of the Mega Drive version features a character who resembles the actor Dolph Lundgren, who played Ivan Drago in the film Rocky IV.
During development the game was known as The Dynamite Duke, before the "The" was dropped.
The game plays like a lightgun game — you are Duke, positioned immediately in front of the screen, and your goal is to go around killing everything in sight. The D-pad moves your target crosshair (moving Duke in the process) and / shoots (there is no rapidfire). You can also melee nearby enemies — / punches and (no Master System equivalent) kicks. Should a power-up appear, simply shoot at it to take it. Duke also has a special weapon called "Dynamite Punch" which is used by holding down the punch button and releasing it after Duke starts to glow. This causes massive damage to all enemies but can be used a few times in each level.
Each level has a boss fight in which the player must defeat a boss character in close combat.
The Master System version has less levels than its Arcade and Mega Drive counterparts by combining several levels into one. It also has less enemy types and bosses have less attack patterns, making the game much easier.
"Entrance" and "Incubator", (levels 5 and 7 respectively) two levels from the original game are absent from either port.
"Robot Ninja" enemy is also removed from both ports.
There is a secret "Super Options" screen in the Mega Drive version, which can be activated by pressing ten times, then , at the screen where "Start" and "Options" are seen. Various things can be changed from this screen, the starting level (mission) inclusive.
In the Master System version, same Options screen can be activated by plugging a second controller and pressing any button.
|Increases the number of bullets Duke has. Master System version has only one variant of this power-up, while Mega Drive version has 50 and 100 variants.|
|Fully automatic machinegun fires continuously without using any bullets from Duke's ammo pool. It lasts about a minute.|
|Bullet Proof Vest|
|Duke is unaffected by attacks. It lasts 16 shots. (Timed in the Master System version)|
|Powerful pistol causes much more damage than Duke's gun. (Absent from the Master System version)|
|Each shot causes massive damage. 10 bullets. (15 in the Mega Drive version)|
|Extra Dynamite Punch|
|Increases Dynamite Punches by one.|
|First Aid Kit|
|Recovers Duke's lifebar by three bars.|
|Increases Duke's maximum life. (Absent from the Master System version)|
|100000 points. (Absent from the Master System version)|
|Mid-Boss: Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
Boss: Fatman. No ranged attacks. When he extends his arm, time your movements carefully and try to duck when his arm is above his head.
|Mid-Boss: Attack Helicopter
Boss: Fire-Man. Has ranged attacks. Can occasionally fly backwards and fire his flamethrowers towards you. Be careful about his special attack. Just like Fatman's special move, it can be dodged if timed right.
|Mid-Boss: Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Mega Drive), Tunnel Defense Platform (Master System)
|Mid-Boss: Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Mega Drive)
Boss: Fatman. Not much different from his previous appearance, except he has also brought a arm mounted laser sword with him.
|Mid-Boss: Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Master System)
|Boss: Puppet Master. A stationary cyborg protected by a shield. He commands 4 androids (two on each side) to fire upon Duke with pistols. His shield can only be deactivated by firing to a small light under him. Androids will come back to life after destroyed. He doesn't have a shield in the Master System version.
Mega Drive version
- Program: Y.Koba
- Graphic Design: Kuronyan, B.T.S, Mahchan, Kennchan
- Sound: Katochan
- Special Thanks: Akkey, Gyofuku, Nino, Meiden, Yoshida
Master System version
- Main article: Dynamite Duke/Magazine articles.
Mega Drive version
|Sega Retro Average|
Master System version
|Sega Retro Average|
|Master System, BX†|
ROM dump status
|512kB||1990-09||Cartridge||"Rev A" in No-Intro|
- File:DynamiteDuke MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
- File:DynamiteDuke SMS EU Box.jpg
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 20
- Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
- Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 49
- Supergame, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 37
- Computer & Video Games, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-14), page 74
- Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 29
- GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 100
- Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 8
- Sega Visions, "Winter 1990/1991" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 22
- Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 23
- Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 26
- Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 129
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 39
- Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-10-26), page 1
- Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 61
- Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 140
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
- Mega Drive Fan, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 87
- Mega, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 65
- MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
- Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 72
- Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
- Player One, "Mai 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 37
- Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 149
- Raze, "February 1991" (UK; 1990-12-20), page 73
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
- Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 47
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
- Tilt, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 70
- User, "Ioúnios 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 84
- Zero, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 82
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 133
- Joystick, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 141
- Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 70/71 (70)
- Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 56
- Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 28/29 (28)
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56