Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

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For the Sega System 18 arcade game, see Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (System 18).

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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS 68000
Genre: Action[1][2][3], Arcade[4]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
1-2
Sega Master System
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4028
Sega Mega Drive
US
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1013
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[7][8]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
US
$29.9529.95[10] 7052
Sega Master System
EU
7052
Sega Master System
BX
Sega Master System
PT
MSJ7052
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[7][12] 7052
Sega Master System
UK
(VHS bundle)
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
026070
Sega Master System
KR
GB2004JG
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?























Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (マイケルジャクソンズ ムーンウォーカー) is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by Sega CS and published by Sega. Based on the titular 1988 film Michael Jackson's Moonwalker and starring world-famous pop music artist Michael Jackson, it was first released in August 1990 as one of the system's earliest big-name titles, and later received a relatively-faithful Sega Master System port early the following year by developer Arc.

Moonwalker, alongside its arcade counterpart of the same name, is notable for being one of the earliest uses of direct celebrity endorsement in video game production, and marks the very beginning of Jackson's long and storied collaboration with Sega.[14][15]

Story

The game is based on the Smooth Criminal segment of the film Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, following Jackson in suit and fedora through stages based on his different music videos as he rescues children from the drug dealer Mr. Big.[16]

Gameplay

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Shooting star

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is an action platform game which emphasises exploration. It plays similarly to the developer's previous game Shinobi. Jackson has attacks based on his dance moves and a significant jumping ability. Each round contains three levels, the objective of which is to find and rescue all of the children. Upon doing so, Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles arrives and directs him to the boss area, where Mr. Big taunts Jackson and dispatches a wave of goons (which includes gangsters and animals) to battle him.

Jackson walks with Left and Right and crouches with Down. He can moonwalk by holding B and then Left or Right (though this has no gameplay benefit). He jumps with C and jumps off platforms with Down+C. He climbs stairs with Up-left or Up-right and descends them with Down-left or Down-right. While on a staircase, he can slide down the banister with A, which knocks out enemies in the way. He can look in doors, windows, car trunks, bushes, and other background elements with Up. These area often contain missing children or enemies. He can also enter elevators or caves or activate teleporters in some levels with Up.

Jackson has a Star Power bar that indicates his health and also the strength of his attacks. His Star Power is depleted as he is harmed by enemies; rescuing children restores a portion of his Star Power (and his Star Power is fully restored after rescuing the last child in a level). Jackson attacks by punching or kicking with B. He can attack while crouching with Down+B or attack upward with Up+B. He can also attack while jumping. His attacks are accompanied by magic sparkles that extend their range, and the power of his attacks and the size of the sparkles is dependent on his Star Power. When his Star Power is high, the bar is blue and his attacks are strongest. When it gets lower, the bar turns yellow and his attacks are weaker and his sparkles lose distance. When he is low on Star Power, the bar turns red and his attacks no longer have sparkles. Attacks can shove some objects, such as chairs and rocks, which hurt enemies in their way.

Jackson can use Star Magic by holding A, which performs special attacks but also drains Star Power (and therefore health). He initially spins, attacking nearby enemies. If the button is held for longer, Jackson also throws his fedora at enemies, which can be directed with Left and Right. If the button is held for even longer, Jackson performs the Dance Attack, a special ability where enemies are compelled to dance to short beats from Bad, Thriller, and Another Part of Me before being defeated as a result.[16] Star Magic can also interact with the environment in some ways, such as dropping a staircase in the first round or opening a manhole cover in the second round. If Jackson does not have enough Star Power to use Star Magic, pressing A causes him to grab his crotch but does not attack enemies.

In certain levels, rescuing a certain child first triggers a shooting star to fall from the sky that can be grabbed, briefly transforming Michael into the giant robot from the movie. In this form, he can fly with C, shoot eye lasers with B (which can be directed downward with Down), and shoot homing missiles with A (which cost Star Power). Jackson also automatically changes into this form for the penultimate showdown with Mr. Big's henchmen. In the Mega Drive version, Jackson additionally transforms into a spaceship for the final battle, which consists of a flight simulator-like minigame.[16]

Rounds

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Club 30
The music for this round is "Smooth Criminal."

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Street
The music for this round is "Beat It." Jackson can spray water from the fire hydrants by standing on them and pressing A. He can enter elevators with Up when standing in front of them.

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Woods
The music for this round is "Another Part of Me." The music was "Thriller" in the prototype version, but it was changed in the final version, likely because that song was written by Rod Temperton and not Michael Jackson.[17] Jackson can grab the tree branches in this round with Up+C when in front of them.

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Cavern
The music for this round is "Billie Jean." Jackson can enter the caverns in this round with Up when standing in front of them. Some of the caverns are behind spiders or, in the last level, a waterfall.

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The Enemy Hideout
The music for this round is "Bad." Jackson can activate the teleporters in this round with Up when standing on top of them.

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Michael's Battle Plane
Jackson's spaceship moves with the D-pad and attacks with A, B, or C (which can be held for rapid-fire). The radar in the bottom-right of the HUD shows the location of Mr. Big's spaceship as a blue dot.

Production credits

Main article: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker/Production credits.

Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits
Moonwalker MD credits.pdf
[18]

Master System version

Source:
In-game credits
Moonwalker SMS credits.pdf
[19]


Magazine articles

Main article: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker/Promotional material.

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
[20]
ACE (UK)
62
[21]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
78
[22]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
88
[23]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
85
[24]
Console XS (UK) PAL
86
[25]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[26]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
88
[27]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[28]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
71
[29]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
65
[30]
The Games Machine (IT)
91
[31]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
78
[32]
Joystick (FR)
87
[33]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
64
[34]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
81
[35]
Mega (UK) PAL
78
[36]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
73
[37]
MegaTech (UK)
85
[38]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
72
[6]
Mean Machines (UK)
81
[39]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
85
[40]
Player One (FR)
96
[41]
Power Play (DE)
59
[42]
Raze (UK) NTSC
87
[43]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
90
[44]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[45]
Sega Pro (UK)
84
[46]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
84
[47]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
71
[48]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
68
[49]
Zero (UK)
91
[50]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
32 reviews

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Moonwalker md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Moonwalker md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (cart misprint)
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Cover
Moonwalker MD US Cart Misprint.jpg
Cart
Moonwalker md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Moonwalker MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR (cardboard)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker 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
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
80
[51]
Console XS (UK) PAL
85
[52]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
70
[53]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
71
[54]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
64
[55]
Joystick (FR) PAL
90
[56]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
68
[57]
Mean Machines (UK)
80
[39]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
80
[58]
Player One (FR)
91
[59]
Power Play (DE)
55
[60]
Score (CZ)
58
[61]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
83
[62]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[63]
Sega Pro (UK)
81
[46]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[64]
Tilt (FR)
40
[65]
Video Games (DE)
59
[66]
Sega Master System
72
Based on
18 reviews

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Master System, US
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Cover
Moonwalker sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU (6 languages)
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Cover
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Cart
MichaelJacksonsMoonwalkerSMSEUManual6L.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU (8 languages)
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Cover
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Cart
MichaelJacksonsMoonwalkerSMSEUManual6L.pdf
Manual
Master System, UK (VHS bundle)
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Cover
Master System, BX
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Cover
MichaelJacksonsMoonwalkerSMSEUManual6L.pdf
Manual
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Manual (BX)
Master System, PT
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Cover
Master System, AU (Horizontal manual; Hotline/NIAL stickers)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Vertical manual; NIAL sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Not for rental sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR (cardboard)
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Cover
Moonwalker SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
MJMoonwalker SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
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Cover
Master System, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, KR (Alt)
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Cover
Master System, KR (Alt B)
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Cover

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 6a70791b
MD5 7baf9fb775ee130bd7a4a779cb3bb612
SHA-1 8960bac2027cdeadb07e535a77597fb783e1433b
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge v00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 11ce1f9e
MD5 73b63cac3f15bfe4a7bad170654878a9
SHA-1 70d9b760c87196af364492512104fa18c9d69cce
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 dc7ed8c1
MD5 a72e7aa20c5f5ad49e8f51a79a7e9db6
SHA-1 6ce4ce7af4265d9be6bfe5021eb64839a73fdac6
512kB 1990-04-24 EPROM cartridge Page
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 56cc906b
MD5 aa3bc8467e80a6aaab02051818ecb035
SHA-1 939416cebb381458d28ff628afb3d1f80293afa9
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)

References

  1. File:Moonwalker md jp cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. File:Moonwalker SMS KR backcover.jpg
  4. File:Moonwalker SMS EU 6lang cover.jpg
  5. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/0_oOwBPdcV0/m/kL2cZZd6ZyUJ
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 MegaTech, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 93
  7. 7.0 7.1 Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
  8. Sega Power, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-07), page 11
  9. Mega Play, "March/April 1991" (US; 1991-04-xx), page 32
  10. GamePro, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 83
  11. 11.0 11.1 Mean Machines, "January 1991" (UK; 1991-01-03), page 35
  12. Computer & Video Games, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-01-16), page 80
  13. Ação Games, "Maio 1991" (BR; 1991-05-21), page 08
  14. File:BangorDailyNews US 1990-01-17; Page 19.png
  15. File:DetroitFreePress US 1990-12-13; Page 36 (3C).png
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/michael-jacksons-moonwalker-genesissms
  17. https://tcrf.net/Proto:Michael_Jackson%27s_Moonwalker_(Genesis)
  18. File:Moonwalker MD credits.pdf
  19. File:Moonwalker SMS credits.pdf
  20. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 134
  21. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-xx), page 89
  22. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1990" (JP; 1990-08-XX), page 25
  23. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 32
  24. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 48
  25. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 132
  26. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 127
  27. Computer & Video Games, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-16), page 80
  28. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 18
  29. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 72
  30. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-xx-xx), page 1
  31. The Games Machine, "Dicembre 1990" (IT; 1990-1x-xx), page 36
  32. Hobby Consolas, "Febrero 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 79
  33. Joystick, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 88
  34. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  35. Mega Drive Fan, "November 1990" (JP; 1990-10-08), page 63
  36. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 21
  37. Mega Play, "November/December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 29
  38. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  39. 39.0 39.1 Mean Machines, "January 1991" (UK; 1991-01-03), page 44
  40. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  41. Player One, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 24
  42. Power Play, "11/90" (DE; 1990-10-12), page 140
  43. Raze, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-10-25), page 42
  44. Sega Power, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-07), page 10
  45. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  46. 46.0 46.1 Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 19
  47. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  48. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  49. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 114
  50. Zero, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-1x-xx), page 130
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  52. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 142
  53. Computer & Video Games, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-16), page 94
  54. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 146
  55. GamePro, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 82
  56. Joystick, "Mai 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 146
  57. Mega Play, "March/April 1991" (US; 1991-04-xx), page 45
  58. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 135
  59. Player One, "Mai 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 20
  60. Power Play, "7/91" (DE; 1991-06-12), page 137
  61. Score, "Srpen 1994" (CZ; 1994-08-01), page 57
  62. Sega Power, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-07), page 18
  63. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
  64. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71
  65. Tilt, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 80
  66. Video Games, "2/91" (DE; 1991-06-07), page 78


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Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1990-04-24