Mercs

From Sega Retro

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  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U/PAL
  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-J
  • Master System

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Mercs
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Virtual Console
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Master System
Halifax (Italy)
Licensor: Capcom
Original system(s): Capcom CPS-1
Developer(s) of original games: Capcom
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Shooting[1][2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,000 (7,210)7,000e[4] G-4051
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[5] 1119
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1119
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9534.95[7] 1119
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
EU
9007
Sega Master System
UK
£24.9924.99[9] 9007
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
MX
Sega Master System
BR
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[11]
CERO: B
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[14]
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[12]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[15]
OFLC: PG
Non-Sega versions

Mercs, called Senjou no Ookami II (戦場の狼II) in Japan, is a top-down arcade shoot-'em-up developed by Capcom, which was ported to a variety of home consoles and computers including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System. It is a sequel to the arcade game Commando (Senjou no Ookami in Japan) and was followed by Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 in 2008.

The Mega Drive version of Mercs was banned from sale in Germany[16].

Story

The unnamed former President of the United States has been kidnapped by revolutionaries from the fictional country of Zutura. For diplomatic reasons, instead of sending the military, the United States government decides to send an elite group of mercenaries to stop the rebels and rescue the President.

In an additional scenario presented in the game's Original Mode, the White House calls upon the Mercs again to prevent the fictional country of Quira from launching its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Gameplay

Mercs is a top-down run-and-gun game. The player's Merc can move in eight directions around the screen with the D-pad. The screen does not autoscroll but follows the Merc as he moves; however, the screen does not scroll back down, limiting the player's ability to backtrack. The Merc must fight through each stage and face a boss at the end. The Merc shoots his primary weapon with A or C. He can also use Mega Crash Bombs with B, which attack everything on the screen at once but are limited in supply.

The player can occasionally enter vehicles, including trucks, boats, and turrets, by moving onto them after defeating their occupants. Vehicles have their own health bars, and the player is ejected from them after they run out of health.

The game has two modes: Arcade Mode, which is faithful to the arcade version, and Original Mode, an extended mode with new levels that adds new mechanics.

Arcade Mode

In the Arcade Mode, the player controls a lone Merc through seven stages to rescue the former President. The Merc is initially equipped with an assault rifle but can switch weapons by finding weapon pick-ups. He also starts with three Mega Crash Bombs but can find more in the stages. The Merc has a life gauge that goes down as he takes damage from enemies and hazards but can find healing items throughout the stages. When the Merc runs out of life, the game ends, but it can be continued as long as the player has credits remaining.

Items

Items are found in crates.

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Crate
Destroy to release an item.
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Food
Restores 3 units of the life gauge.
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Medal
Restores part of the life gauge.
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First Aid Box
Restores 16 units of the life gauge.
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Life-Up
Permanently adds 4 units to capacity of the life gauge.
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Power
Upgrades the weapon power level.
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Mega Crash Bomb
Gives the player another Mega Crash Bomb to use.
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Assault Rifle
Switches the Merc's weapon to the assault rifle, which shoots bullets in the direction that the Merc is facing. This is the starting weapon.
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Flamethrower
Switches the Merc's weapon to the flamethrower, which sprays a long flame that does continuous damage and can hit multiple targets.
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Shotgun
Switches the Merc's weapon to the shotgun, which shoots multiple shots in a conical shape.
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Grenade Launcher
Switches the Merc's weapon to the grenade launcher, which fires high-powered grenades a short distance.

Missions

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Mission 1

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Mission 2

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Mission 3

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Mission 4

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Mission 5

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Mission 6

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Mission 7

Original Mode

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Merc selection and friendly hideout

The Original Mode is significantly longer than the Arcade Mode and adds new mechanics. The player starts the game as Rifle, who is armed with an assault rifle and one Mega Crash Bomb. Starting with the second stage, the player starts finding friendly hideouts and recruiting new Mercs. Friendly hideouts act as item shops where players can exchange medals, which are found throughout the stages, for items such as health kits, Mega Crash Bombs, and upgrades for their Mercs. Friendly hideouts are found in all subsequent stages and usually look like tents or storage sheds.

Each Merc has his own unique weapon (in contrast to the Arcade Mode, where the main Merc can equip multiple weapons), his own life gauge, and his own statistics such as weapon power and movement speed. Mercs can be switched by pausing the game with  START . Whenever the player finds a healing or an upgrade item, it is given to the active Merc, and whenever an item is purchased, the player can choose which Merc receives the item, letting the player choose which Mercs to prioritize.

When a Merc runs out of life, he dies but can be revived by purchasing an Elixir item from the hideout. If all of the Mercs die, the game ends. There are no continues in this mode, with the Mercs themselves acting as a sort of life system.

Characters

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Rifle
Rifle is the starting Merc. He is armed with an assault rifle, a versatile weapon that fires bullets forwards. Power upgrades widen the area of his shots. Rifle has the greatest speed potential of all the Mercs, allowing him to run through enemy lines and evade hostile fire. Along with Laser, he has the longest potential life gauge.
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Burner
Burner is armed with a flamethrower, which sprays a long flame that does area damage and can easily incinerate mobs of enemies. However, his life gauge and movement speed potential are less than those of Rifle. He is recruited in Stage 2.
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Launcher
Launcher has a grenade launcher, which shoots powerful grenades a short distance in front of him. He has a high potential life gauge but the lowest movement speed cap of all the Mercs. He can do heavy damage to stationary targets but has difficulty avoiding enemy fire. He is recruited in Stage 3.
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Laser
Laser is equipped with a gun that shoots long lasers long distances. His weapon is very strong but fires slowly, making him ideal for large foes such as bosses but difficult to use against smaller targets. He has the second best movement speed potential, after Rifle, allowing him to deftly dodge enemy fire. He is recruited in Stage 4.
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Homing
Homing shoots homing missiles that do area damage. He is recruited in Stage 8.

Items

Items are found in crates or sometimes other destructible objects such as trees. Items can also be bought at friendly hideouts with medals; prices vary depending on the hideout.

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Crate
Destroy to release an item.
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Food
Restores part of the life gauge: the Hamburger restores 2 units, the Spinach restores 3 units, the Roast Chicken restores 4 units, and the Leg of Lamb restores 6 units.
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First Aid Box
Restores 16 units of the life gauge.
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Special First Aid Box
Completely restores the life gauge.
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Life-Up
Permanently adds 4 units to capacity of the life gauge.
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Power
Upgrades the weapon power level.
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Mega Crash Bomb
Gives the player another Mega Crash Bomb to use.
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Medal
Gives the player medals that can be traded for items at friendly hideouts. The single medal gives 1 medal, the stacked medals gives 3 medals, and the big medal gives 5 medals.
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Elixir
Revives a fallen Merc.
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Top Secret Information
Gives the player a gameplay hint.
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Boots
Increases the Merc's movement speed.
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Bulletproof Vest
Reduces damage taken by the Merc.
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Gas Mask
Renders the Merc immune to poison gas.
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Dynamite
Explodes and harms the Merc if he is too close.

Stages

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Coast

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Forest

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Cliff

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Lakes and Bogs

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Desert

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Streets

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Port

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Enemy Hideout

History

Legacy

The original arcade game was re-released on the Sega Saturn in Japan in 1998 as part of Capcom Generation: Dai 4 Shuu Kokou no Eiyuu.

The Mega Drive version of the game was released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service, with the official title of Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS to properly tie in with Commando 3.

Versions

The original arcade game uses a vertical aspect ratio, which was adapted to the Mega Drive port by adding a status area to the side of the screen. The arcade version supports three-player simultaneous play. The Mega Drive version is only single-player but adds the Original Mode, which expands the game with new levels and mechanics.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Mercs Mercs
English (US) Mercs Mercs
Japanese 戦場の狼II Senjou no Ookami II

Production credits

Mega Drive version


Magazine articles

Main article: Mercs/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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JP print advert
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Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-09: "September 1991" (1991-08-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[17]
ACE (UK)
25
[18]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
73
[19]
Consoles + (FR)
93
[20]
Console XS (UK) PAL
75
[21]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[22]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
92
[7]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
90
[23]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
88
[24]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
60
[25]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
88
[26]
Games-X (UK)
90
[27]
Game Informer (US) NTSC-U
85
[28]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
78
[29]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
40
[30]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[31]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
90
[32]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
90
[33]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
13
[34]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
72
[35]
Mega (UK) PAL
72
[36]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
80
[37]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
90
[38]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
90
[6]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
67
[39]
Mean Machines (UK)
88
[40]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
88
[41]
Player One (FR)
80
[42]
Play Time (DE)
57
[43]
Power Play (DE)
70
[44]
Score (CZ)
45
[45]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
45
[46]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
75
[47]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
74
[48]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
89
[49]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
80
[50]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
80
[51]
Top Secret (PL)
100
[52]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
68
[53]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
70
[5]
Video Games (DE)
70
[54]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
41 reviews

Mercs

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Mercs MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Mercs MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mercs MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Mercs MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Mercs MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mercs MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mercs MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
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MERCS Megadrive AU Cart.jpg
Cart
MERCS Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Mercs MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Console XS (UK) PAL
73
[55]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK) PAL
81
[56]
Games-X (UK) PAL
90
[57]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
90
[31]
Joypad (FR)
74
[58]
Joystick (FR) PAL
85
[59]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
80
[60]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
67
[61]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
81
[62]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
81
[63]
Player One (FR) PAL
70
[64]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
70
[65]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
68
[66]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
73
[67]
Sega Master System
77
Based on
14 reviews

Mercs

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mercs SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, IT
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Cover
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Mercs SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, MX
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Cover
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Cart
Mercs SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 16113a72
MD5 4643f5da530463356ce56fae5c346ddc
SHA-1 ab633913147325190ef13bd10f3ef5b06d3a9e28
1MB 1991-08 Cartridge
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 d7416b83
MD5 7d5696c3da0dbed04b35543f7bdbef40
SHA-1 f2cfad96a116bde9a91240eb1ad520dc448fa20f
512kB Cartridge (EU)

External links

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

References

  1. File:Mercs 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. File:Mercs SMS EU Box.jpg
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  5. 5.0 5.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "December 1991" (US; 1991-1x-xx), page 75
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  19. Beep! MegaDrive, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-07), page 35
  20. Consoles +, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-11-07), page 56
  21. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 132
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  23. Computer + Video Giochi, "Gennaio 1992" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 82
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  25. Famitsu, "1991-10-04" (JP; 1991-09-20), page 39
  26. GamePro, "November 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 54
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  30. Hippon Super, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-04), page 90
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  33. Joystick, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 142
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  35. Mega Drive Fan, "December 1991" (JP; 1991-11-08), page 91
  36. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 21
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  67. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71


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