Dynamite Duke

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Dynamite Duke
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Seibu Kaihatsu
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1][2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
Sega Mega Drive
  • English
  • Français
  • Español
  • Sega Master System
  • English
  • Français
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥6,0006,000 G-4038
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £34.9934.99[5][6]
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    Sega Master System
    EU
    7067
    Sega Master System
    BX
    Sega Master System
    PT
    Sega Master System
    UK
    £29.9929.99[8][9] 7067
    Sega Master System
    AU
    Sega Master System
    BR

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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.

    Gameplay

    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 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 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.

    In the Master System version, same Options screen can be activated by plugging a second controller and pressing any button.

    Items

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    Bullets
    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.
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    Full Auto
    Fully automatic machinegun fires continuously without using any bullets from Duke's ammo pool. It lasts about a minute.
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    Bullet Proof Vest
    Duke is unaffected by attacks. It lasts 16 shots. (Timed in the Master System version)
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    Magnum
    Powerful pistol causes much more damage than Duke's gun. (Absent from the Master System version)
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    Rocket Launcher
    Each shot causes massive damage. 10 bullets. (15 in the Mega Drive version)
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    Extra Dynamite Punch
    Increases Dynamite Punches by one.
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    First Aid Kit
    Recovers Duke's lifebar by three bars.
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    Life Up
    Increases Duke's maximum life. (Absent from the Master System version)
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    Gold-filled Briefcase
    100000 points. (Absent from the Master System version)

    Levels

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    Airfield
    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.

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    Occupied City
    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.

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    Woods
    Mid-Boss: Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Mega Drive), Tunnel Defense Platform (Master System)

    Boss:

    • Bridge Defence Platform (Mega Drive) A stationary enemy with rapid fire cannons on both sides. Various tanks and helicopters will also attack Duke during this fight. Rapidly evading by ducking and moving around and taking shots when the oppurtunity presents itself will be the only way to finish this boss.
    • General (Master System) A nasty opponent. Extremely fast, his attacks are very hard to dodge. His most dangerous attack is a "ballerina kick" which sucks Duke towards him. If Duke gets caught, General will rapidly drain his health bar with this nasty rolling kick attack.
    • In Master System version Mission 3 and 4 combined into one. General boss has been removed from the Mega Drive version.
    • In Mega Drive version, MLRS also fires regular bullets towards the player in addition to rockets. He only fires rockets in Master System version.
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    Tunnel
    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.

    • In Mega Drive version, Tunnel Defence Platform was removed and replaced with same IFV from the first level.
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    Factory
    Mid-Boss: Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Master System)

    Boss: Fireman.

    • In Master System version, Factory and Laboratory levels are combined into one.
    • In both versions, a mid-boss, a creature with tentacle arms has been removed.
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    Laboratory
    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.
    • In arcade version, players also had to face Fireman after disposing Puppet Master. He is removed from Mega Drive version.
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    Boss(es):
    • Dr. Ashe's Human Form: Rapidly moves around and fires his pistol. Not much of a threat.
    • Dr. Ashe's Second Form: Mutates into a muscular, cyborg-mutant hybrid. Close combat focused. He can elongate his arms to attack from afar.
    • Dr. Ashe's Final Form: Mutates into a giant, jellyfish like creature. Fires fireballs and uses his tentacle arms to attack if player moves either edge of the screen. Also regenerates health slowly. Keep firing to prevent him from regenerating.
    • In Master System version, first part of the level is a boss rush. Players must defeat Fatman, Fireman and General one by one. After defeating all three, players will face Ashe's final form.

    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
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    Mega Drive print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #16: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
    also published in:
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    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-11: "November 1990" (1990-10-XX)

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Ação Games (BR)
    75
    [13]
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    65
    [14]
    Console XS (UK) PAL
    77
    [15]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    53
    [4]
    Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
    73
    [16]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    55
    [17]
    Hobby Consolas (ES)
    73
    [18]
    Joystick (FR)
    77
    [19]
    Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
    42
    [20]
    Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
    65
    [21]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    77
    [22]
    MegaTech (UK)
    73
    [23]
    Mean Machines (UK)
    79
    [24]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK)
    73
    [25]
    Player One (FR)
    56
    [26]
    Power Play (DE)
    73
    [27]
    Raze (UK) NTSC
    78
    [28]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    72
    [6]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    50
    [29]
    Sega Pro (UK)
    79
    [30]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    73
    [31]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    67
    [32]
    Tilt (FR)
    65
    [33]
    User (GR) PAL
    71
    [34]
    Zero (UK) PAL
    88
    [35]
    Sega Mega Drive
    69
    Based on
    25 reviews

    Dynamite Duke

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

    Master System version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    78 [8]
    71 [36]
    30 №16
    63 [37]
    79 [38]
    60 №38
    55 [39]
    71 [40]
    60 [41]
    Sega Master System
    63
    Based on
    9 reviews
    Master System, EU
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, PT
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    Cover
    Master System, AU
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, AU (Not for rental/wide hotline stickers)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, AU (Red hot sticker)
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, BR
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Master System, BX
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    Cover
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    Cart

    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
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    1990-06-21 Page

    References

    1. File:DynamiteDuke MD JP Box.jpg
    2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
    3. File:DynamiteDuke SMS EU Box.jpg
    4. 4.0 4.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 20
    5. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
    6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 49
    7. Supergame, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 37
    8. 8.0 8.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-14), page 74
    9. Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 29
    10. GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 100
    11. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 8
    12. Sega Visions, "Winter 1990/1991" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 22
    13. Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 23
    14. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 26
    15. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 129
    16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 39
    17. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-10-26), page 1
    18. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 61
    19. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 140
    20. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
    21. Mega Drive Fan, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 87
    22. Mega, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 65
    23. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
    24. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 72
    25. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
    26. Player One, "Mai 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 37
    27. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 149
    28. Raze, "February 1991" (UK; 1990-12-20), page 73
    29. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
    30. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 47
    31. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
    32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
    33. Tilt, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 70
    34. User, "Ioúnios 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 84
    35. Zero, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 82
    36. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 133
    37. Joystick, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 141
    38. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 70/71 (70)
    39. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 56
    40. Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 28/29 (28)
    41. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56


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