Midnight Resistance

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Midnight Resistance
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Data East
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 T-13043
Sega Mega Drive
$49.95[1] T-13016
Sega Mega Drive

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Midnight Resistance (ミッドナイトレジスタンス) is a run and gun action game developed and published by Data East for the arcade and later published by Sega for the Mega Drive. The Sega conversion was given a new soundtrack composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto.

The player assumes the role of Johnny Ford (Daichi Madoka in the Japanese version), a member of a resistance force whose family has been kidnapped by the evil King Crimson. The original arcade version allowed up to two players simultaneously, but the Mega Drive version is strictly single player.


As is usual for a run and gun game, the player controls a commando armed with an automatic weapon which can shoot in eight directions. There are two primary control schemes to choose from (the second scheme has three variants). "Control A" is a basic method of shooting the direction of the D-pad. "Control B" allows the player to continually shoot in a particular direction no matter what the D-pad is doing. This enables more efficient use of your weapon (e.g. shooting backwards while running forwards), however it is considerably trickier to control and requires more practice. The arcade game had a special rotating joystick for independent control of movement and firing, which the Mega Drive lacks. A switches between shooting and not shooting and C jumps.

There is a variety of extra weapons and power-ups which can be purchased at the end of each level with keys picked up from killed enemies. These weapons have limited ammo, though the default gun is unlimited.


The Mega Drive version of Midnight Resistance is a relaively close conversion of the arcade game, albeit one that lacks any two-player options. Backgrounds are less detailed on the Mega Drive, animations are sometimes simplified and much of the game adopts an entirely different (and much darker) colour palette for unknown reasons. Digitised speech is absent from the Sega version (although very little of it is heard in the arcade original), and while the level design is more-or-less the same, there are often fewer enemies on-screen presumably to help manage the frame rate. Special effects are also often simplified for similar reasons.

Despite this, both the arcade and Mega Drive versions exhibit slowdown in busy scenes, although unusually for the era, the Sega conversion often performs better than its arcade counterpart.

Production credits

  • Design: Koji Akibayashi
  • Software: Yuichi Nishimura, Naoya Hanada, Yuji Ohtomo, Tac.H
  • Hardware: Keiichi Yoshida, Hiroyuki Iwabe, Shingo Mitsui
  • Graphic: Tomoo Adachi, Kazumi Minagawa, Fujimi Oonishi, Yoshinari Kaihoh
  • Sound: Azusa Hara (Ahsa), Hiroaki Yoshida (Maro), Fuse, Tatsuya Kiuchi (Kiwchi), Hitomi Komatsu (Hitomi)
  • Thanks to: Shinji Noda, Masahiko Ujita, Nobuyuki Kawaguchi, Shinya Doi, Yoshiaki Honda, Shunichi E
Mega Drive Staff
  • Producer: Mizuho Yosida
  • Director: Yukihiro Kawai, Shigeki Saka
  • Planner: Takashi Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Satoru Miki
  • Sub Planner: Takehiko Ishiro
  • PR: Satoshi Takeuchi, Kouichi Saitoh
  • Sales: Kazushi Takekoshi
  • Sound: Hitoshi Sakimoto (YmoH.S), Shougo Sakai (Shyougo Sakai)
  • Thanks to: Makoto Watanabe, Mitsuo Iwao, Masahiko Nakamura

Magazine articles

Main article: Midnight Resistance/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 [3]
78 [4]
74 [5]
84 [6]
86 [7]
58 №129, [1]
92 [8]
96 №4
30 №1991-04, p42
92 [9]
60 №5, p93
85 [10]
84 [11]
80 [12]
60 [13]
47 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Midnight Resistance MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
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MidnightResistance MD JP Cart.jpg
MidnightResistance MD jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 187c6af6
MD5 809534b635e726f57bf1d95f3e6d7468
SHA-1 6cdd9083e2ff72cfb0099fd57a7f9eade9a74dda
1MB 1990-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8f3f6e4d
MD5 f02a5c603dd2f07864d5c85d21268d74
SHA-1 b11db9fde0955c8aa0ae2d1a234d3295eda75d12
1MB 1990-01 Cartridge (JP)