Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter
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|Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), VIC Tokai (US)|
|Developer: Almanic, Team "Saga", ALU|
|Licensor: Dynamic Planning|
|Sound driver: SMPS Z80|
|Number of players: 1|
In 1999, the Biobeast Force, led by Godkaiser Hell, swiftly and successfully destroys the Earth's current state of existence in a matter of months, driving the few survivors underground. One such survivor, Dr. Koji Kabuto, creates the Mazinger-Z, a suit of armor he wears to become capable of battling the Biobeasts to save what remains of Earth.
The game blends a side-scrolling beat-'em-up with a one-on-one fighting game. Players control Koji Kabuto in the Mazinger-Z armor through six stages, each set in a different location on the ruined Earth. The first three segments of each stage follow the conventional beat-'em-up format, and the fourth segment is a boss fight that more closely resembles a one-on-one fighting game. The Mazinger-Z can change size; the boss characters are much larger than it in the beat-'em-up segments but comparable size in the fighting segments.
In the beat-'em-up segments, the Mazinger-Z can walk with and and can move forward and backward in the plane with and . It can dash with and . It jumps with and attacks with . Depending on the distance to the opponent, the attack can be a throw, a kick, or a sword slash. Pressing multiple times in sequence performs a combo; pressing repeatedly quickly performs the "wall of steel," a rapid series of sword thrusts. The Mazinger-Z can also attack after jumping and do a diving stab with + while in mid-air. It can do a wider cut by attacking after a dash or a spinning slash by attacking in the air while dashing. It also has a special attack executed with that hits enemies around it at the cost of some health.
During the boss segment, gameplay changes to a fighting game format. In these fights, the Mazinger-Z moves with and and crouches with . It guards with , attacks with , and jumps with . Blocked special attacks still inflict a small amount of damage. Pressing a direction while attacking changes the attack. For example, holding away from the opponent while attacking performs a wide slash, and pressing with attacking performs an upward slash.
The Mazinger-Z is defeated when it loses all of its health. If the player has extra lives remaining, it is revived. In the beat-'em-up sections, it is revived in place after a moment; in the fighting sections, the fight starts over. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends but can be continued from the beginning of the stage as long as the player has continues remaining. The player can choose the number of starting lives and continues as well as the difficulty level (Easy, Normal, or Hard) in the options. The player is awarded extra lives at 100,000, 300,000, and 700,000 points.
|Restores a portion of health.|
|Makes the Mazinger-Z invincible for a short duration.|
|Gives the player an extra life.|
|Gives the player 1,000 bonus points.|
|Gives the player 5,000 bonus points.|
|This stage consists of fights against all of the bosses from the previous five stages.|
|The Last Battle|
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English||Mazin Wars||Mazin Wars|
|English (US)||Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter||Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter|
- Original Author: Go Nagai
- Planner: Takashi Nagai
- Chief Programmer: Yozi Iwashita
- Programmer: Hiromitsu Shioya
- Game Designed by: Team "Saga"
- Object Graphic Designer: Naoyuki Hayakawa
- BG Graphic Designer: Yasuo Wakatsuki
- Assistant Graphic Designer: Hidetoshi Fujioka, Takehito Suzuki
- Music Composer and Sound Creator: Kazuo Sawa
- Sound Support: Hiromitsu Shioya
- Special Thanks: Tadashi Makimura, Nanako Geya, Masaru Miyashita, Masumi Goto
- Directors: Takashi Yoneda, Tommy Bon Bon, Satsuki Mizuno
- Producer: Kenzi Nagai
- Program and Graphic: Almanic Corp.
- Planning and Production: Dynamic Planning, Inc.
- ©Dynamic Planning, Inc. 1993
- ©Sega 1993
- Presented by: Sega
- Main article: Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter/Magazine articles.
Mega Drive version
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Mega Play version
- Main article: Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter/Technical information.
- File:MSMF MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
- Computer & Video Games, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 63
- Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 49
- File:Mazin Saga MD credits.pdf
- Sega Visions, "October/November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 103
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 126
- Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-08), page 23
- Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 138
- Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 102
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 51
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 68
- Game Power, "Maggio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 55
- GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 64
- Hippon Super, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-04), page 38
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- Mega Fun, "05/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 62
- MegaTech, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 32
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- Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 50
- Sega Power, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-03), page 56
- Sega Pro, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-08), page 62
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- Sega Force, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 64
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
- Sonic the Comic, "7th August 1993" (UK; 1993-08-07), page 10
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- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 112
- Video Games, "8/93" (DE; 1993-07-28), page 102
|Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter|