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Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4058
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 1016
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99 1016
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1016
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1016
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1016
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4018JG



Sega Mega-CD
US
$? 4412
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£49.99[4] 4412
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F 4412
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? 4412
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas 4412
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? ?



Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (スパイダーマン), commonly referred to as just Spider-Man and also referred in the Mega-CD as The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, is a platform video game based on the Spider-Man Marvel comic book series. It was originally released in 1991 for the Sega Mega Drive (alongside a differing Master System version).

Plot

Spider-Man must defeat various enemies and famous villains from the series in an attempt to stop a bomb and save New York. Love interest Mary Jane is also kidnapped by Venom.

Gameplay

Stages

In most stages all lesser thugs (Humanoid enemies only. Bat, rats or other animals do not count) must be defeated for boss to appear. Spider-Man's spider senses will alert you to bosses.

In front of Daily Bugle Police is hot on your tail. Enter Daily Bugle building from top floor and, as Peter Parker, find out why everyone is after you. Single level. No bosses. No Keys.

Warehouse Time to find a way to prove your innocence. Investigate nearby warehouse and search for clues. One mid-boss, a guy driving a forklift and main boss : Dr. Octopus. Single level. Key is automatically acquired after boss fight.

Sewers Your old friend Dr. Connors has transformed to The Lizard and fled to the sewers. Navigate deadly traps and pitfalls and acquire Lizard's key. Two levels. Key is in the second level.

Power Station Confront Electro in his domain. Evade lightning bolts and gun-toting thugs as your look for his key. Two levels. Key is in the second level.

Central Park Defeat muggers and look for Sandman who can only be defeated by luring him to the fire hydrants. He drops the key after he is defeated. Single level.

Streets of New York Criminals are wreaking havoc in the streets. Spider-Man has to face two of his sworn enemies: Hobgoblin and Venom. Two levels. Boss fight in each. Venom shows up without need to defeat lesser thugs. Keys are acquired automatically.

Underground Time to stop Kingpin from finalizing his ultimate plan. Defeat both Dr. Octopus and The Lizard who returned for a rematch. Stop the bomb by punching the keys in order and finally capture Kingpin. Two levels. If you run away during battle with Kingpin, he will run away and you won't get the best ending.

History

Legacy

Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin was the first of several Mega Drive games to be released on the system with a Marvel Comics license (although curiously it is not the first Mega Drive appearance of Spider-Man - he was a boss in 1989's The Revenge of Shinobi without Marvel's consent). It was a successful game for Sega, with sources claiming that two thirds of Mega Drive owners owned a copy of this game in some form or another at the time.

The success lead to Marvel Comics continuing their licensing deal they had with Sega of America (mostly in the form of X-Men games), with Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin being updated for the Sega Mega-CD release, with refined levels, graphics and a CD audio soundtrack in 1993.

Production credits

Mega Drive version


Mega-CD version


Magazine articles

Main article: Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SegaVisions US 01.pdfSegaVisions US 01.pdfSegaVisions US 01.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #1: "June/July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #12: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[5]
  • VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #18: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[6]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #13: "August 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[7]
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GamePro US 029.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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SegaVisions US 15.pdf

PDF
Mega-CD print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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CVG UK 118.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #118: "September 1991" (1991-08-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)[8]
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MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdfMeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)
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HobbyConsolas ES 002.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #2: "Noviembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №25, p34/35[9]
80 №19
92 №1, p48-50[10]
86 №19, p170/171
64 №5, p94
89 №9, p22
92 №20, p65
91 №1, p52[11]
88 №17, p95
90 №12, p66-68[12]
86 №12, p32/33
63
70
78 №24, p28/29
85 №18, p67
Sega Mega Drive
84
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md us cover.jpg
Cover
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md us cart.jpg
Cart
Spiderman md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md eu cover.jpg
Cover
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md eu cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md jp cover.jpg
Cover
SpiderManvTK MD JP CartTop.jpg
SpiderManvTK MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, AU (alt)

Mega Drive, BR
Amazingspiderman md br cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR (red)

Mega Drive, CA
SpiderMan MD CA cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, KR
SpiderMan MD KR back.jpgSpiderMan MD KR spine.jpgSpiderMan MD KR Box.jpg
Cover
SpiderMan MD KR carttop.jpg
SpiderMan MD KR cartback.jpgSpiderMan MD KR Cart.jpg
Cart

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №51, p84[13]
54 №13, p109
82 №25, p142
68 №16, p63
71
39 №2, p86/87
85 №7, p56/57
84 №24, p56/57/58
87 №14, p106-108[4]
45 №39, p112
69 №50, p68/69
37 №26, p46
Sega Mega-CD
68
Based on
12 reviews

Mega-CD, US
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Cover
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin scd us disc.png
Disc
Amazingspiderman mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
TASMvstKP MCD EU Box Back.jpgAmazingSpidermanVSKingpin scd eu cover.jpg
Cover
AmazingSpiderMan MCD EU spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
Spidermanvskingpin mcd eu disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, BR
SpiderMan MCD BR front.jpg
Cover

References

  1. File:EGM US 024.pdf, page 112
  2. File:SegaVisions US 13.pdf, page 97
  3. File:GamePro US 045.pdf, page 122
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 File:MeanMachinesSega14UK.pdf, page 106
  5. File:GamePro US 012.pdf, page 61
  6. File:VG&CE US 18.pdf, page 59
  7. File:EGM US 013.pdf, page 7
  8. File:CVG UK 119.pdf, page 93
  9. File:GamePro US 025.pdf, page 36
  10. File:Joypad FR 001.pdf, page 48
  11. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 52
  12. File:MeanMachines UK 12.pdf, page 66
  13. File:GamePro US 051.pdf, page 88


Spider-Man games for Sega systems
Arcade
Spider-Man: The Videogame (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1991) | Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1993) | Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994) | Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995) | Venom - Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995)
Sega Master System
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1991) | Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1992) | Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1993) | Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1993)
Sega 32X
Spider-Man: Web of Fire (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
Spider-Man (2000)