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Lethal Enforcers
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher:
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Peripherals supported: Konami Justifier
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥9,800 T-95073
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99More...[1] T-95096
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£54.99 T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-95096-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥9,800 T-95014
Sega Mega-CD
JP
(Famitsu Ban)
¥? ?
Sega Mega-CD
US
$? T-95015
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£64.99More...[4] T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-95015-50



Lethal Enforcers (リーサルエンフォーサーズ) is a 2-player light-gun shooting game originally released for the arcades by Konami in 1992. It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD in 1993, as well as the Super NES (with censorship) at around the same time.

Gameplay

In order to make an accurate conversion of the arcade game, Konami opted to produce their own light gun for the console ports Lethal Enforcers known as The Justifier, rather than using the existing first party light guns for their 16-bit consoles (the Menacer in the case of the Mega Drive). Both, the Mega Drive and Mega-CD version of Lethal Enforcers were packaged with a light blue Justifier for the Mega Drive and no stand-alone version of the game without the gun were sold. Because of this, consumers who would purchase both, the cartridge and CD-ROM versions of Lethal Enforcers would be left with a spare Justifier light gun that they would likely never use, since in order for two players to use their guns, a separately-sold pink Justifier is required that daisy-chains into the blue Justifier.

The premise of the game is simple: you're a police officer and you shoot the criminals before they shoot you while leaving the civilians unharmed. When using the standard controller, A/B shoot and C reloads; when using the Justifier, pulling the trigger when aimed at any area of the screen shoots, and pulling the trigger when aimed away from the screen reloads. You can also use weapons some enemies drop, by shooting at the weapon icons which appear on the screen after killing the relevant enemy.

History

Release

At least ten special copies of the Mega-CD version were known to be given away in a contest by the Japanese magazine Famitsu.[6][7] [More information on this is needed.]

The Mega-CD version of Lethal Enforcers was the second game to be given an MA-17 rating by Sega's Videogame Rating CouncilMore...[8], following Night Trap. The game was banned in GermanyMore...[9].

Legacy

Lethal Enforcers was followed by Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters, which was also ported to both the Mega Drive and Mega-CD.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Arcade Game Staff
  • Programmer: Y.Hatano
  • Game Graphics: S.Johnson
  • Photographers: J.Narita
  • Sound Effects: H.Maezawa
  • Music Composer: K.Fukui
  • Hardware Design: H.Matsuura, H.Ueno
  • Cabinet Graphics: K.Hale, D.Marshall
  • Director: Y.Hatano
Genesis Staff
  • Programmers: M.Ueno, Y.Matsuhana, Moai Sasaki, K.Hashimoto
  • Game Graphics: N.Takemoto, N.Sasaki
  • Sound Effects: Devi Kobayashi, Como Soeda, Ikejirioduchi, Otsumami Matsuo
  • Sound Programmers: A.Fujio, O.Kasai
  • The Justifier Design: M.Okada, T.Ohishi
  • Package Design: Yoshihashi
  • Director: M.Ueno
  • Producer: Tomikazu Kirita
Copyright 1993 Konami
All Rights Reserved.
Source: In-game credits


Mega-CD version

Arcade Game Staff
  • Programmer: Y.Hatano
  • Game Graphics: S.Johnson
  • Photographers: J.Narita
  • Sound Effects: H.Maezawa
  • Music Composer: K.Fukui
  • Hardware Design: H.Matsuura, H.Ueno
  • Cabinet Graphics: K.Hale
  • Director: Y.Hatano
Sega-CD Staff
  • Programmers: Y.Matsuhana, Moai Sasaki, M.Ueno, K.Hashimoto
  • Game Graphics: N.Takemoto, N.Sasaki
  • Sound Effects: K.Muraoka, A.Fujio, K.Imai
  • Music Arrange: Tappi
  • Guitar Player: Motoaki Furukawa (Kukeiha Club)
  • The Justifier Design: M.Okada, T.Ohishi
  • Package Design: Yoshihashi
  • Director: Sasaki & Ueno
  • Producer: Tomikazu Kirita
Copyright 1993 Konami
All Rights Reserved.
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Lethal Enforcers/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 052.pdfEGM US 052.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)More...[10]
  • Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) #16: "January 1994" (1993-12-21)More...[11]
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)More...[12]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #53: "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)More...[13]

CVG UK 145.pdfCVG UK 145.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #145: "December 1993" (1993-11-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #146: "January 1994" (1993-12-15)More...[14]
  • Mega (UK) #16: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)More...[15]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #149: "April 1994" (1994-03-15)More...[16]

MegaForce ES 21.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #21: "Enero 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1993-09.pdfBeepMD JP 1993-09.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-09: "September 1993" (1993-08-07)

BeepMD JP 1993-11.pdfBeepMD JP 1993-11.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-11: "November 1993" (1993-10-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 More...[17]
78 More...[18]
79 More...[19]
80 More...[20]
95 More...[21]
100 More...[22]
70 №1994-01, p43
89 №15, p38-40
91 №2, p34-37
74 More...[23]
75 More...[24]
78 №51, p48
89 №15, p60-61
63 More...[25]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
LethalEnforcers MD US Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
LethalEnforcers MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
LethalEnforcers MD US Poster Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MD US Poster Front.jpg
Poster
Mega Drive, EU
LethalEnforcers MD EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngLethalEnforcers MD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, JP
LethalEnforcers1 MD JP Box Top.jpg
LethalEnforcers1 MD JP Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers1 MD JP Box Spine.jpgLethalEnforcers MD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 More...[26]
78 More...[18]
82 More...[5]
65 More...[27]
82 More...Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[28]
70 №255, p40
95 More...[29]
93 №11, p44-46
63 №47
70 №1993-11, p41
78 №17, p50-51
89 №15, p38-40
85 №8, p50-51
92 №2, p34-37
80 №22, p58-60
50 №37, p144
78 More...[30]
89 №49, p48-49
88 №27, p52-53
63 More...[31]
Sega Mega-CD
78
Based on
20 reviews

Mega-CD, US
LethalEnforcers MCD US Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
LethalEnforcers MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Lethalenforcers mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
LethalEnforcers MCD EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngLethalEnforcers MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, JP
LethalEnforcers1CD MCD JP Box Top.jpg
LethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Back Justifer.jpgLethalEnforcers1CD MCD JP Box Spine.jpgLethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Front Justifer.jpg
Cover
LethalEnforcers MCD JP Disc.jpg
Disc
LethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Back.jpgLethalEnforcers MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
Mega-CD, JP (Famitsu Ban)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 51d9a84a
MD5 849d73aedfd102fae1adc762bfbb6dcd
SHA-1 309b41c6d4159f4f07fe9a76aca4fc4ddf45de63
2MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ca2bf99d
MD5 b837e85dc4a002a511ca4f2a33f4e1be
SHA-1 b9cc7ff3c6a50b2624358785bcadd1451e23993e
2MB 1993-11 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f25f1e49
MD5 63038691ac82a02290404745bce53b13
SHA-1 14245fccf4d7e5d1dd4ad5f426507516e71e3a06
2MB 1993-12 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1993-08-13 Page
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
604,285,248 CD (EU) T-95015-50
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
604,285,248 CD (JP) T-95014
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
604,285,248 CD (US) T-95015

References

  1. GamePro, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 69
  2. Edge, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 23
  3. GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 78
  4. Computer & Video Games, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 89
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-15), page 72
  6. http://www.sakekan.com/gamecollector06-2.html
  7. http://murakun5555.at.webry.info/201011/article_44.html
  8. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "December 1993" (US; 1993-11-23), page 46
  9. MAN!AC, "11/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 50
  10. Game Players, "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 94
  11. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "January 1994" (US; 1993-12-21), page 30
  12. GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 166
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 3
  14. Computer & Video Games, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-15), page 38
  15. Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 28
  16. Computer & Video Games, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-15), page 2
  17. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1993" (JP; 1993-11-08), page 24 (26)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
  19. Consoles +, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 134-135 (115)
  20. Computer & Video Games, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-15), page 70-71 (70)
  21. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "December 1993" (US; 1993-11-23), page 120
  22. GamePro, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 68 (69)
  23. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 94-96 (94)
  24. Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 104-105 (104)
  25. Video Games, "2/94" (DE; 1994-01-26), page 79 (77)
  26. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1993" (JP; 1993-10-08), page 26 (28)
  27. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 50 (51)
  28. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 122
  29. GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 74-75 (78)
  30. Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 108
  31. Video Games, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-19), page 52 (50)


Lethal Enforcers games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
Lethal Enforcers (1993) | Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters (1994)
Sega Saturn
Lethal Enforcers I & II (Cancelled)