Pepenga Pengo

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Pepenga Pengo
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Sega
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Team Player
Genre: Action[1][2]

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥4,9804,980 G-4133
Sega Rating: All Ages
Wii Virtual Console

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Pepenga Pengo (ぺぺんがPENGO or ぺぺんがペンゴ), sometimes just known as Pengo, is a sequel to the 1982 arcade game, Pengo. It was released for the Sega Mega Drive exclusively in Japan in 1995, and was the last first-party Sega Mega Drive game to be released in that region.


Pepenga Pengo differs significantly from the original Pengo and is now structured even more like a Bomberman game than its predecessor. The goal is the same as before - to defeat all enemies on screen, however the major difference is that Pengo can now create ice blocks to kick (with B). The rules have also changed regarding how blocks react with each other - pushing block A against block B will cause A to stop after impact, and B to continue the momentum. Placing three diamond blocks in a row will also destroy all enemies on screen, as opposed to just rewarding the player with a bonus.

Pengo can no longer smash ice blocks, however there are blocks that can be destroyed by kicking ice blocks into them. There is also an items system similar to Bomberman, affecting Pengo's speed and the amount of ice blocks he can create at one time. There is even a "battle mode" in which you can take on three other players. This idea would later be recycled with the 2010 arcade sequel, Pengo!.

Pepenga Pengo contains a port of the original game, though the music has been changed in this port to avoid potential legal issues (and is different to other ports of Pengo in this regard).



The cover art has Sonic the Hedgehog hidden amongst the crowd of penguins. This idea was suggested Osamu Muto to Yoshihiro Sakuta, because both Sonic and the penguins are blue[5].


Pepenga Pengo has never seen an international release, however was brought to the Japanese Wii Virtual Console service in 2009. This version was once rated by the ESRB for North America, suggesting the game was due to international markets, but western versions never materialised.

Production credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Pepenga Pengo/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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Pepenga Pengo

Mega Drive, JP
PepengaPengo MD JP Box.jpg
PepengaPengo MD JP CartTop 600.jpg
PepengaPengo MD JP Cart Back.jpgPepengaPengo MD JP Cart.jpg
Pengo md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d1e2324b
MD5 6f8cddb3775b588b49d13e7c62d08e86
SHA-1 c88c30d9e1fb6fb3a8aadde047158a3683bb6b1a
1MB 1995-09 Cartridge (JP)

External links


  1. File:PepengaPengo MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:33)
  4. (Wayback Machine: 2009-08-04 05:29)
  5. 5.0 5.1 @VGDensetsu on Twitter (Wayback Machine: 2022-09-05 04:23)
  6. Famitsu, "1995-12-29" (JP; 1995-12-15), page 33
  7. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-0x-xx), page 84
  8. Saturn Fan, "1996 No. 5" (JP; 1996-02-16), page 77

Pepenga Pengo

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Pengo (1982) | Pepenga Pengo (1995) | Ge-Sen Love: Plus Pengo! (2014)
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