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[2][3][4]

















Number of players: 1
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[6][7]
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[9][10] 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 Start, 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
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[14]
Ação Games (BR)
75
[15]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
65
[16]
Console XS (UK) PAL
77
[17]
Cool Gamer (RU)
30
[18]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
53
[5]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
40
[19]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
73
[20]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[21]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
73
[22]
Joystick (FR)
77
[23]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
42
[24]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
65
[25]
Mega (UK) PAL
77
[26]
MegaTech (UK)
73
[27]
Mean Machines (UK)
79
[28]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
73
[29]
Player One (FR)
56
[30]
Power Play (DE)
73
[31]
Raze (UK) NTSC
78
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
72
[7]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[33]
Sega Pro (UK)
79
[34]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
73
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
67
[36]
Tilt (FR)
65
[37]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
63
[38]
User (GR) PAL
71
[39]
Zero (UK) PAL
88
[40]
Sega Mega Drive
66
Based on
29 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
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Cart
Dynamite Duke MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
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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
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
42
[41]
Console XS (UK) PAL
72
[42]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
78
[9]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
71
[43]
Games-X (UK)
30
[44]
Joystick (FR)
63
[45]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
60
[46]
Mean Machines (UK)
79
[47]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
79
[48]
Player One (FR)
55
[49]
Power Play (DE)
53
[50]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
71
[51]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[52]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
72
[53]
Video Games (DE)
55
[54]
Sega Master System
62
Based on
15 reviews

Dynamite Duke

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. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Sanritsu
  2. File:DynamiteDuke MD JP Box.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  4. File:DynamiteDuke SMS EU Box.jpg
  5. 5.0 5.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 20
  6. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 49
  8. Supergame, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 37
  9. 9.0 9.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-14), page 74
  10. Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 29
  11. GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 100
  12. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 8
  13. Sega Visions, "Winter 1990/1991" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 22
  14. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 65
  15. Ação Games, "Setembro 1991" (BR; 1991-09-xx), page 23
  16. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 26
  17. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 129
  18. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 70
  19. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 308
  20. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 39
  21. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-10-26), page 1
  22. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 69
  23. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 140
  24. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
  25. Mega Drive Fan, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 87
  26. Mega, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 65
  27. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
  28. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 72
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  30. Player One, "Mai 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 37
  31. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 149
  32. Raze, "February 1991" (UK; 1990-12-20), page 73
  33. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  34. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 47
  35. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  37. Tilt, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 70
  38. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 60
  39. User, "Ioúnios 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 84
  40. Zero, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 82
  41. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-11), page 154
  42. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 140
  43. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 133
  44. Games-X, "8th-14th August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-08), page 22
  45. Joystick, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 141
  46. Micromanía (segunda época), "Julio 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 33
  47. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 70
  48. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 133
  49. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 56
  50. Power Play, "8/91" (DE; 1991-07-1x), page 128
  51. Sega Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-02), page 28
  52. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56
  53. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  54. Video Games, "3/91" (DE; 1991-09-06), page 79


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