M.U.S.H.A.

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M.U.S.H.A.
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Toaplan (Japan), Seismic Software (US)
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
XE-1 AP
Genre: Shooting[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 T-35013
Sega Mega Drive
US
35046
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[6]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[2]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
900pts900[3]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
900pts900[7]
OFLC: G

Musha Aleste: Fullmetal Fighter Ellinor (武者アレスタ), known in the US as M.U.S.H.A.: Metallic Uniframe Super Hybrid Armor, is a 1990 shoot-'em-up developed by Compile for the Sega Mega Drive, published in Japan by Toaplan and in the US by Seismic (there was no European release).

Story

Dire51, a supercomputer crafted to control a space colony, goes rogue and sends its attack robots, led by mech Big Asia., to destroy mankind. A team of fighters in giant mechs try to stop it, but all but one, Ellinor (Terri in the US version), are killed, leaving Ellinor to save humanity from destruction on his own.

Gameplay

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C shoots; there is rapidfire, but there will be a gap every few shots. There are two means of powering up. First, scattered throughout the levels are pods containing small vertical bars that flash red, green, and blue. Shooting at the pods will have them spit out the vertical bars, which will power up your main weapon. Second, some enemies produce larger, colored powerup balls called "P-chips." P-chips cause the mech to change color and adapt a subweapon which is fired with B. P-chip abilities can be upgraded with further P-chips of the same color; taking a different color P-chip will replace whatever P-chip power the player already has. If the player gets hit, he will first lose his subweapon, then one life.

With enough of either chip, you get subships whose firing direction can be controlled with the A button (see the HUD to see the current firing direction).

History

Sequels and re-releases

It is the first game in Compile's Aleste series of shoot-'em-ups to be released on the Mega Drive, followed almost two years later by Robo Aleste on its CD add-on, the Sega Mega-CD, and it's the first released-overseas game in the series to not use the Power Strike name.

It has since been released on at least the Japanese Virtual Console; according to Sega of Japan the game is licensed from naxat soft, who are thus presumed to have bought the rights from either Compile or D4Entertainment after Compile's bankruptcy.

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: M.U.S.H.A./Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US print advert

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
78
[8]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
71
[9]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
71
[10]
Console Mania (IT)
90
[11]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
80
[12]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
70
[13]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[14]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
92
[15]
Games-X (UK)
92
[16]
Génération 4 (FR)
84
[17]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
90
[18]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-J
52
[19]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
84
[20]
MegaTech (UK)
71
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
71
[22]
Power Play (DE)
84
[23]
Raze (UK) NTSC-J
80
[24]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
50
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
83
[26]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
80
[27]
Sega Force (UK) NTSC-U
70
[28]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
84
[29]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US)
70
[30]
Video Games (DE)
85
[31]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
24 reviews

M.U.S.H.A.

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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MUSHA MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Musha md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Genesis, US
MUSHA MD US Box.jpg
Cover
MUSHA MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Musha md us manual.pdf
Manual
MUSHA MD US pcb.jpg
PCB

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 58a7f7b4
MD5 d5ced66ba18ec2b8eb69b8b1a6baf0d0
SHA-1 821eea5d357f26710a4e2430a2f349a80df5f2f6
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8fde18ab
MD5 8e147874de78d95634a807f917b270c5
SHA-1 71d363186b9ee023fd2ae1fb9f518c59bf7b8bee
512kB 1990-09 Cartridge (JP)

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
  • Nintendo catalogue pages: US, AU

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/jgNPR-FcauHSwnwqrrmVgRKVuuB-s_K3 (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-22 22:50)
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/musha (Wayback Machine: 2017-07-05 00:23)
  4. https://www.nintendo.fr/Jeux/Console-virtuelle-Wii-/MUSHA--278249.html (archive.today)
  5. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/07.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:01)
  6. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_musha/ (Wayback Machine: 2008-04-01 23:40)
  7. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19755&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 01:44)
  8. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 36
  9. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 32
  10. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 48
  11. Console Mania, "Ottobre 1992" (IT; 1992-xx-xx), page 62
  12. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 126
  13. Computer & Video Games, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-01-16), page 39
  14. Famitsu, "" (JP; 199x-xx-xx), page 1
  15. GamePro, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 78
  16. Games-X, "27th June-3rd July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-27), page 39
  17. Génération 4, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 99
  18. Joystick, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 128
  19. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  20. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1991" (JP; 1991-02-08), page 99
  21. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  23. Power Play, "4/91" (DE; 1991-03-15), page 129
  24. Raze, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-03-28), page 66
  25. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  26. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
  27. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  28. Sega Force, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-10), page 68
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  30. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "March 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 42
  31. Video Games, "1/91" (DE; 1991-03-27), page 80


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Aleste/Power Strike games for Sega systems/published by Sega
Sega Master System
Power Strike (1988) | Power Strike II (1993)
Sega Mega Drive
M.U.S.H.A. (1990)
Sega Game Gear
GG Aleste (1991) | Power Strike II (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Robo Aleste (1992)
Wii Virtual Console
M.U.S.H.A. (2008)
Sony PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch
Aleste Collection (2020)