The Punisher

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The Punisher
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Capcom
Developer:
Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-12026
ESRB: Teen
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-12026-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$89.9589.95[2] FPUN00SMC

The Punisher is a beat-'em-up game for the Sega Mega Drive, based on the comic book series with the same name. It is a port of the 1993 arcade game of the same title by Capcom, and stars the Punisher and Nick Fury attempting to defeat the Kingpin (also the antagonist of Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin).

Story

U.S. Marine Captain Frank Castle enjoys a picnic with his family in Central Park. The Castle family accidentally discovered a mob killing. Fearing any witnesses, the killers gunned down the family. To avenge them and all others like them, Frank becomes the vigilante the Punisher.

The game begins in an illegal casino and the streets of the New York City, with the Punisher (optionally partnered with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury) in pursuit of the Mafia enforcer Bruno Costa, who ordered the killing of Castle's family. The chase eventually leads the Punisher on a mission to kill the crime lord the Kingpin and bring down his organization.

Gameplay

The game is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up similar to Final Fight. The game can be played as either the Punisher or Nick Fury and with one or two players. Characters walk with Left or Right and move backwards or forwards in the plane with Up or Down. They can roll by pressing any direction twice. They punch and kick enemies with A, which can be chained into combos. They jump with B. They can attack while in the air. They can grab opponents by holding A while in close range and throw them by pressing A again. Opponents can be thrown in the air after jumping, and characters can perform a piledriver after grabbing an opponent by jumping then pressing Down+A. Characters can perform a special attack with A+B that attacks multiple enemies around the character at the cost of a small amount of health, which is useful when surrounded. Characters are also equipped with a limited supply of grenades, which can be dropped with Down+A+B while in the air to damage all the enemies on the ground.

Various weapons can be picked up during regular combat by standing over them and pressing A, including firearms, baseball bats, swords, lead pipes, and a crude flamethrower. Weapons can be dropped by defeated enemies or obtained from smashing various containers throughout the stages. When the player is armed with a weapon, its durability is displayed at the bottom of the screen, showing how much it can be used until it breaks apart or runs out of ammunition.

Characters have a health bar that shows their vitality, which is diminished by enemy attacks. The character is defeated when he runs out of life, but the game can be continued as long as the player has credits remaining. Health can be replenished by picking up food, which can also give bonus points.

Stages

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Back to the War

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Raid on Pantaberde

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Waterfront Warfare

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Bonus Stage
Shoot all of the barrels that fall to earn an extra life.

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Death on Rails

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Kingpin's Wrath

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Final Punishment

History

The Punisher was the fourth game published by Capcom on the Mega Drive (following Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition, Super Street Fighter II and Mega Man: The Wily Wars) after a history of licensing porting rights to Sega themselves, although the actual development of this game was outsourced to Sculptured Software. Several heavy cuts had to be made to fit the game onto the (still generous) 16 Megabit cartridge, with most sprites and background redrawn to fit a smaller scale.

This was notably the only home conversion of The Punisher arcade game ever produced as despite Capcom's prominent support for Nintendo platforms at the time, no Super NES version was made.

Production credits

Uncredited

  • Cover artwork: Lou Harrison

Magazine articles

Main article: The Punisher/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #70: "May 1995" (1995-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #60 (2002-09-05)
also published in:
  • Velikiy Drakon (RU) #61 (2003-02-07)[3]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 [4]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[5]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[6]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
60
[7]
FLUX (US) NTSC-U
25
[8]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
53
[9]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-U
58
[10]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
58
[11]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
61
[12]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
69
[13]
Player One (FR)
60
[14]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
60
[15]
Todo Sega (ES)
84
[16]
Top Consoles (FR)
65
[17]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
70
[18]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
69
[19]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
70
[20]
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
16 reviews

The Punisher

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 695cd8b8
MD5 0711541847d139a7dae88958b68f92ee
SHA-1 4ef2675e728903925a7b865daa75ed66bbe24829
2MB 1994-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 729edd17
MD5 e4361688368d9da9550b7e2443377232
SHA-1 d11ec72726498e4608eefc1ef2b8a3cadb025394
2MB 1994-12 Cartridge (EU)

References


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