Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

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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[9] 7052
Sega Master System
EU
7052
Sega Master System
BX
Sega Master System
PT
MSJ7052
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[7][11] 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
£? ?























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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 AM7 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.[13][14]

Plot

The game is based on the Smooth Criminal segment of 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.[15]

Gameplay

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is an action platform game which emphasises exploration, and plays similiarly to the developer’s previous game Shinobi. Jackson has attacks based on his dance moves, such as throwing his fedora, and a significant jumping ability. Jackson also has the ability to both crotch grab and moonwalk, although neither have any ability on gameplay and exist for purely aesthetic reasons.

In certain levels, rescuing a certain child first triggers a comet to fall from the sky that can be grabbed, briefly transforming Michael into the giant robot from the movie and giving him the abilities of flight, eye lasers, and homing missiles. Jackson also automatically changes into this form for the penultimate showdown with Mr. Big's henchmen. In the Sega Mega Drive version, Jackson additionally transforms into a spaceship for the final battle, which consists of a flight simulator-like minigame.[15]

All incarnations of the game feature Dance Magic, 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.[15]

Rounds

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Club 30

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Street

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Woods

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Cavern

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The Enemy Hideout

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Master System version


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

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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cart
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Mega Drive, US (cart misprint)
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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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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Manual
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Master System version

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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
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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
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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
MD5
SHA-1
1990-04-24 Page
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 56cc906b
MD5 aa3bc8467e80a6aaab02051818ecb035
SHA-1 939416cebb381458d28ff628afb3d1f80293afa9
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)

References


Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1990-04-24