From Sega Retro


MUSHA MD TitleScreen.png
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Toaplan, Seismic (US)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,800 T-35013
Sega Mega Drive
$? 35046

Wii Virtual Console
¥600[1] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
$800[3] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
€900[4] pts ?

Musha Aleste: Full Metal 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).


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.


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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).


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

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

Musha MD US PrintAdvert.jpg

US print advert

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №1991-01, p34[5]
84 №, p83[6]
71 №4, p32[7]
90 №12, p62/63[8]
70 №111, p39[9]
68 №119, [1]
92 №20, p62[10]
92 №10
84 №30, p99[11]
90 №14, p128[12]
52 №5, p93
71 №1, p79[13]
80 №7, p66[14]
60 №23, p54
80 №1, p18[15]
80 №18, p64
70 №10, p68/69[16]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
17 reviews

Genesis, US
MUSHA MD US Cart.jpg
Musha md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
Musha MD JP CartTop.jpg
MUSHA MD JP Cart.jpg
Musha md jp manual.pdf

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


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)