El Viento

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El Viento
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Wolf Team (JP), Renovation Products (US)
Sound driver: Wolf Team sound driver
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,5008,500 T-32063
Sega Mega Drive
$69.9969.99[2] 49136
Sega Mega Drive
?? 49136

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El Viento (エル・ヴィエント) is a 1991 action platformer developed by Wolf Team for the Sega Mega Drive and published exclusively in the US and Japan by Renovation Products. It is the first game to be released in the trilogy followed by Earnest Evans and Anetto Futatabi.

A UK release, set to be distributed by Ubisoft for £44.99 in November 1991, was planned[3] but cancelled for unknown reasons. However, the Genesis version was officially distributed in France with a translated notice.[4]


In 1928, Henry, a mad religious leader, attempts to awaken the terrible god Hastur using sorceress Restiana as willing sacrifice. Realizing the destruction this would cause, Annet Myer, Earnest Evans's companion in the first game, goes out to stop Henry and his cult followers.


Annet can throw boomerangs with A and jump with B. She also can use one of a variety of magic spells which are all thrown with C; she has limited magic power and can refill her magic power with power-ups. Unlike Earnest Evans, she can only crouch and stand still while crouching, though she can still fire while crouching. Each level is split up into multiple parts, and there is no prerequisite for leaving a part of a level, but she must still find the boss chamber.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: El Viento/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 030.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1991-07.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-07.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-07: "July 1991" (1991-06-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-08.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-08.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-08: "August 1991" (1991-07-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-09.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-09.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-09: "September 1991" (1991-08-08)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
51 [6]
65 [7]
74 [8]
82 [9]
55 №145, [1]
92 [10]
60 №23
60 №1991-10, p90
93 [11]
80 [12]
89 [13]
88 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
ElViento MD US Box.jpg
Elviento md us cart.jpg
Elviento md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
ElViento MD JP Box.jpg
ElViento MD JP CartTop.jpg
ElViento MD JP Cart.jpg
Elviento md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 070a1ceb
MD5 6ddf640c2c5f91f12487d813b6257114
SHA-1 b53e901725fd6220d8e6d19ef8df42e89e0874db
1MB 1991-09 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 6091c36e
MD5 150e774ff1c31a76095a8bddf9975456
SHA-1 564ffd2a40b9bebe30587182a644050de474aa5a
1MB 1991-09 Cartridge (JP)


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