Rent A Hero

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Rent A Hero
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Genre: RPG

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,700 G-5508

Wii Virtual Console

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Rent A Hero (レンタヒーロー) (also incorrectly named Rent-A-Hero; Sega has never used hyphens in the game's romanized name) is a Japan-exclusive action RPG developed by Sega R&D 8 for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 with a large emphasis on humour. It follows Taro Yamada (or "Rent A Hero"), a hero for hire that needs to complete various tasks to save the day.

The game borrows the engine used in Phantasy Star III, however instead of turn-based battles enemies are defeated through a versus-fighting system similar to Street Fighter II.



Though mostly unknown to the western world, Rent A Hero has been referenced several times across Sega products, including Fighters Megamix in which Taro is an unlockable character.

The game was remade for the Sega Dreamcast as Rent A Hero No.1. It has also been re-released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service in Japan, and as one of the 42 pre-installed games on the Mega Drive Mini in Japan.

A preliminary fan translation was released in 1998 by the Eidolon Translation Group. In 2010, a user named Paul Jensen announced a full translation, which was finally released in 2015.

Production credits

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Rent A Hero/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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JP print advert
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-10: "October 1991" (1991-09-07)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 [3]
84 [4]
73 №145, [1]
60 №1991-10, p90
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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RentAHero MD JP CartTop.jpg
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Rentahero md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2e515f82
MD5 baa47b5e85264ac958072ed0f0037525
SHA-1 a07e4d56c9842e1177df9016fb9478060dc4c1c6
1MB 1991-06 Cartridge (JP)

External links


Rent A Hero
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Main page | Maps | Magazine articles | Region coding

Rent A Hero series of games
Rent A Hero (1991) | Rent A Hero No.1 (2000)
Rent A Hero related media
Renta no Kyoku: Rent A Hero No.1 Original Soundtrack (2000) | Vermilion vs Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2009) | Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack (2014)
Rent A Hero No.1 Kanzen Guide Book (2000) | Rent A Hero No.1 Perfect Guide (2000)