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XMen MD title.png
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$54.99[1] 1057
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[2] 1057
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1057
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1057
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1057
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 044210

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X-Men is a sidescrolling action game for the Sega Mega Drive. It was followed by X-Men 2: Clone Wars.


Series staple antagonist Magneto infects the X-Men's training facility with a virus and must be stopped.


A is a character specific mutant power that can only be used as long as special power is available, B is for attacking, C is for jumping. Quickly double tapping it results in a high jump. Stages must be cleared by reaching the exit, fighting bosses and collecting keys/solving puzzles. Characters can be switched 2-3 times during stages. If a character loses all health, he'll be gone permanently.

The game can't be completed on the lowest difficulty level as it stops after stage 3.

X-Men is one of the few video games in history which requires the use of the Mega Drive's reset button in order to progress through a certain point in the game. This means the game is impossible to beat when played on systems (or emulators) which lack a soft reset feature of some description.

This game became infamous for it's high difficulty level, which stems from the game's awkward hit detection, lack of continues and difficult to grasp boss battles and stage layouts. While plenty of shortcuts (mainly through Nightcralwer) and failsafe boss strategies (e.g. a full health Wolverine can take every hit from the lighthouse boss and still win) exist, these were made difficult to explore by the way the game was designed.


  • Playable
    • Cyclops
    • Wolverine
    • Nightcrawler
    • Gambit
  • Assist
    • Storm: 1x full screen attack
    • Rouge: 1x aimed attack
    • Archangle: 3x spreadshot
    • Iceman: builds a bridge that lasts for a limited amount of time

Production credits

Western Technologies IncE. Ettore AnnunziataBruce Straley, Steven RossMira Ross, Eric IwasakiFletcher BeasleyJeff FortJohn Bojorquez, Ray Frericks, Alan WiseScott SteinbergJay Smith, JFD , EWFSam Kjellman, RKVy NongSteve Patterson, Joe Cain, Tony Lynch, Jason Kuo, Eric Rawlins, Jeff Todd, Siegie Stangenberg, Dermot Lyons, Bill Person, Casey Grimm, Vince Nason



  • Cover artwork: Phil Winslade

Magazine articles

Main article: X-Men/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


GamePro US 046.pdfGamePro US 046.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #53: "June 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[3]
  • Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[4]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №21, p120/121/122
72 №139, p42/43[2]
65 №35, p24[5]
95 №46, p52/53[6]
73 №6, p64/65
91 №10, p28/29
85 №9, p40/41
80 №5, p16
82 №17, p42/43/44/45
88 №8, p40-43[7]
80 №33, p82/83
81 №43, p52/53
78 №19, p38
87 №7, p18/19/20
82 №1, p48-50[8]
70 №1, p12
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
XMen MD US Box.jpg
Xmen MD US Cart.jpg
Xmen md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US (Special Edition)
XMen MD US Box SE.jpg
Xmen MD US Cart.jpg
Xmen md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
XMen MD EU Box.jpg
XMen MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Xmen md br cover.jpg


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 046.pdf, page 53
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:CVG UK 139.pdf, page 42
  3. File:VG&CE US 53.pdf, page 24
  4. File:SegaVisions US 15.pdf, page 28
  5. File:ElectricBrain_UK_35.pdf, page 24
  6. File:GamePro US 046.pdf, page 52
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega08UK.pdf, page 40
  8. File:SegaForceMega UK 01.pdf, page 48

X-Men games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1993) | X-Men (1993) | Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994) | X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995) | X-Women: The Sinister Virus (unreleased)
Sega Game Gear
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1994) | X-Men (1994) | X-Men: GamesMaster's Legacy (1994) | X-Men: Mojo World (1996)
Sega Saturn
X-Men: Children of the Atom (1995) | X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1997)
Sega Master System
X-Men: Mojo World (1996)
Sega 32X
X-Men: Mind Games (Unreleased)
X-Men related media
Sega Tunes: X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1996)