King of the Monsters

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King of the Monsters
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), Takara (US)
Developer:
Licensor: SNK
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Publisher(s) of original games: SNK
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 G-4104
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-103026
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1086-50
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Classic)
1086-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][6] 1086-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FKIN14SMC
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM93024JT
Sega Mega Drive
AS
1086-40
Non-Sega versions

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King of the Monsters (キング・オブ・ザ・モンスターズ) is a fighting game developed by SNK for their Neo Geo MVS arcade and AES home console platforms. It was subsequently ported to rival systems including the Sega Mega Drive in 1993. The game has the player battle with giant monsters across various cities.

Bizarrely it also includes another version of the TradeMark Security System screen built into the game.

The game's sequel King of the Monsters 2 also made it to the Sega Mega Drive in 1994.

Gameplay

The game does not work with six button control pads, forcing the user to use the older three button pad.

A is for punches, B is for kicks, C or double tapping a direction is for running. Holding down A+B charges a projectile attack. Holding A close to the enemy initiates a grappling maneuver, following this with A performs a simple throw, A + Up/ Down or A+B leads to stronger throws and player reveices a P-item. Collecting enough of these increase the strength of the projectile attack.

Pushing A or B while running performs a character specific move, all of them resulting in a knock down. A downed opponent can be further attacked or pinned. Getting a threecount on a downed opponent wins the match. Player controlled characters will always lose after the third pin.

CPU controlled characters are constantly reading inputs and later fights require the player to avoid grappling manouvers whenever possible as there is no reliable way to avoid being thrown by the CPU.

There is no name entry screen after beating the game and the score counter is reset. However, losing a match lets the player enter his initials (this is likely a design oversight). The ending can only be seen when beating the game on the highest difficulty level.

Playable characters

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Geon
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Beetle Mania
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Rocky
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Astro Guy

Powered up, recolored versions appear later in single player mode. Each Monster has to be defeated twice to clear the game.

Versions

  • Like all Neo Geo to Mega Drive ports, the Mega Drive version of King of the Monsters takes a huge hit in the graphic and sound departments. Two characters were removed for the Mega Drive version: Poison Ghost and Woo. Much bigger ROMs were released in 1993, so reasons for the removal remain unclear.
  • The Japanese version features more options, like an easy difficulty level and the ability to increase continues.
  • Compared to other Takara releases, gameplay remained mainly intact.

Magazine articles

Main article: King of the Monsters/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-11: "November 1993" (1993-10-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 [7]
Sega Mega Drive
48
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[8]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
60
[9]
Consoles + (FR)
89
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
53
[4]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
55
[11]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
50
[12]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
40
[13]
Joypad (FR)
41
[14]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
68
[15]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
61
[16]
Mega (UK) PAL
10
[17]
Mega Action (UK) NTSC-U
40
[18]
Mega Force (FR)
65
[19]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
39
[20]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
40
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
55
[22]
Player One (FR)
80
[23]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
44
[6]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
57
[24]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
45
[25]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
65
[26]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
58
[27]
Supersonic (FR)
67
[28]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
50
[29]
Video Games (DE) PAL
63
[30]
Sega Mega Drive
53
Based on
25 reviews

King of the Monsters

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
KotM MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
KotM MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Mega Drive)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, AU
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Cart
Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, Asia
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f390d406
MD5 f3bc95d05f6290a3dceea499b3bba094
SHA-1 b88555b50b12f7d9470e5a9870882ca38100342c
1MB 1993-03 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7a94fd49
MD5 11e05717321fa42f7c66d20613c1d51d
SHA-1 46dc75f1e4d79fd159fcb4a256881375b63d9a2b
1MB 1993-03 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 3af7e74e
MD5 69f1b273f695032f0b542421928e8e9a
SHA-1 119557b565e1246ce68c2e6bc18074ae9b69874d
1MB 1993-07 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. File:KotM 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. Sega Visions, "February/March 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 100
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Computer & Video Games, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 74
  5. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 69
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 46
  7. GamesMaster, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 81
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 156
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1993" (JP; 1993-11-08), page 25
  10. Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 132
  11. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 64
  12. Game Players, "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (US; 1993-1x-xx), page 186
  13. Hippon Super, "November 1993" (JP; 1993-10-02), page 42
  14. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 145
  15. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 68
  16. Mega Drive Fan, "February 1994" (JP; 1994-01-XX), page 67
  17. Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 61
  18. Mega Action, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 25
  19. Mega Force, "Ete 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 116
  20. Mega Fun, "07/93" (DE; 1993-06-23), page 80
  21. MegaTech, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-23), page 50
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-24), page 60
  23. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 64
  24. Sega Pro, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-13), page 63
  25. Sega Zone, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-xx), page 62
  26. Sega Force, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 62
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  28. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  29. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 17
  30. Video Games, "10/93" (DE; 1993-09-29), page 98
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