Dynamite Duke

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Dynamite Duke
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Seibu Kaihatsu
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,0006,000 G-4038
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
£29.99[5][6] 7067
Sega Master System
?F 7067
Sega Master System
DM ? 7067
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7067
Sega Master System
$? ?
Sega Master System
R$? ?

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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 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 A/2 shoots (there is no rapidfire). You can also melee nearby enemies — B/1 punches and C (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.

There is a secret "Super Options" screen in the Mega Drive version, which can be activated by pressing C ten times, then Select, at the screen where "Start" and "Options" are seen. Various things can be changed from this screen, the starting level (mission) inclusive.


  • Bullets: Increase the number of bullets Duke has.
  • Full Auto: 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 for a while.
  • Bazooka: Each shot causes massive damage. 10 bullets.
  • Extra Dynamite Punch: Increases Dynamite Punches by one.
  • First Aid Kit: Recovers Duke's lifebar.

Production credits

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

  • Produced by: Seibu Kaihatsu Inc.
  • Chief Programmer: T.Hagiwara
  • Music Composer: Wada
  • Sound Effects: Wada
  • Art Director: H.Akimoto
  • The Original Story Written by: Takahide Mada
  • Thanks to: Waka, Hana, Many & You

Magazine articles

Main article: Dynamite Duke/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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FI advert

EGM US 016.pdfEGM US 016.pdfEGM US 016.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #16: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1990-11.pdfBeepMD JP 1990-11.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-11: "November 1990" (1990-10-XX)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 [10]
65 [11]
67 [12]
73 [13]
55 №113, [1]
73 [14]
77 №11, p140
42 №5, p91
77 №17, p65
73 [15]
79 [16]
56 [17]
78 [18]
72 [2]
60 [19]
79 [20]
73 №18, p65
88 №18, p82
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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DynamiteDuke MD US Cart.jpg
Dynamiteduke md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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DynamiteDuke MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
DynamiteDuke MD JP Box.jpg
DynamiteDuke MD JP CartTop.jpg
DynamiteDuke MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
DynamiteDuke MD AU cover.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
DynamiteDuke MD BR cover.jpg
DynamiteDuke MD BR Cart.jpg
Dynamite Duke MD BR Manual.pdf

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 [5]
71 [21]
30 №16
63 [22]
79 [23]
60 №38
55 [24]
71 [25]
60 [26]
Sega Master System
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
DynamiteDuke SMS EU Box.jpg
DynamiteDuke SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, AU

DynamiteDuke SMS AU Cart.jpg
Master System, BR
DynamiteDuke SMS BR Box.jpg
DynamiteDuke SMS BR Cart.jpg
Master System, BX
DynamiteDuke SMS BX Box.jpg
DynamiteDuke SMS EU Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 246f0bda
MD5 a940f0dd681f23e7859fdcf4d4a7917c
SHA-1 965ec4e6a239a707160d0a67973bc6da8212b53d
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge "Rev A" in No-Intro
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 39d01c8c
MD5 f9fa610acdb525e08f73b160eb014557
SHA-1 1bd77ad31665f7bdda85d9dfb9f08c0338ec4da9
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge
Sega Master System
CRC32 07306947
MD5 31A7BE585288A8B77B7923A202752AB7
SHA-1 258901A74176FC78F9C669CD7D716DA0C872CA67
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
1990-06-21 Page


  1. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 49
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 20
  4. Supergame, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 37
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-14), page 74
  6. Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 29
  7. GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 100
  8. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 8
  9. Sega Visions, "Winter 1990/1991" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 22
  10. Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 23
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 24 (26)
  12. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  13. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 39
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 69 (61)
  15. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
  16. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 72/73 (72)
  17. Player One, "Mai 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 37
  18. Raze, "February 1991" (UK; 1990-12-20), page 73
  19. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  20. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 45 (47)
  21. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 133
  22. Joystick, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 141
  23. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 70/71 (70)
  24. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 56
  25. Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 28/29 (28)
  26. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56

Dynamite Duke
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