Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin

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Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action[1][2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4058
Sega Mega Drive
US
1016
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1016
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.9929.99[6] 1016
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
BR
(Red)
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4018JG
Sega Mega-CD
US
4412
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega-CD
EU
4412
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM 99.9599.95[10] 4412
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£49.9949.99[9] 4412
Sega Mega-CD
AU
$109.95109.95[11]
Sega Mega-CD
BR
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

















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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Mega Drive print advert in (US) #1: "June/July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #12: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[12]
  • (US) #18: "July 1990" (1990-0x-xx)[13]
  • (US) #13: "August 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[14]

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Print advert in (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

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Mega-CD print advert in (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

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Mega Drive print advert in (UK) #118: "September 1991" (1991-08-15)
also published in:
  • (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)[15]

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Print advert in (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)

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

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 [16]
61 [17]
60 №149, [1]
100 [18]
80 №19
60 №1991-11, p91
92 [19]
86 №19, p170/171
64 №5, p94
89 №9, p22
92 №20, p65
91 [20]
88 №17, p95
90 [21]
86 [22]
63
70
78 [23]
85 №18, p67
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
19 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Spiderman md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md eu cover.jpg
Cover
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md eu cart.jpg
Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Horizontal manual)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Vertical manual)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR (red)
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Cover
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 [24]
54 №13, p109
82 [25]
68 [26]
71
39 №2, p86/87
85 №7, p56/57
84 №24, p56-58
87 [27]
45 [28]
69 №50, p68/69
37 №26, p46
Sega Mega-CD
68
Based on
12 reviews

Mega-CD, US
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Cover
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Disc
Amazingspiderman mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Mega-CD, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Mega-CD, BR
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
560,037,072 CD (EU) 4412
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
556,168,032 CD (US) 4412
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1993-06-02 Page

References

  1. File:AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin md jp cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. File:SpiderMan MD KR Box.jpg
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 112
  5. 5.0 5.1 MegaTech, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-23), page 95
  6. Sega Power, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-04), page 29
  7. Sega Visions, "June/July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 97
  8. GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 122
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 106
  10. 10.0 10.1 Video Games, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-25), page 43
  11. Megazone, "February 1994" (AU; 1994-01-26), page 37
  12. GamePro, "July 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 61
  13. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "July 1990" (US; 1990-0x-xx), page 59
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 7
  15. Computer & Video Games, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-15), page 93
  16. Beep! MegaDrive, "October 1991" (JP; 1991-09-07), page 33 (35)
  17. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85 (87)
  18. GamePro, "August 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 34/35 (36)
  19. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-17), page 48-50 (48)
  20. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 52
  21. Mean Machines, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 66-68 (66)
  22. Player One, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 32/33 (32)
  23. Sega Power, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-04), page 28/29 (28)
  24. GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 84 (88)
  25. Joypad, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 142
  26. Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 63
  27. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 106-108 (106)
  28. Player One, "Février 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 112


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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)