X-Men

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X-Men
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9954.99[1] 1057
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1057
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[3][2] 1057
Sega Mega Drive
GR
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
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.

Story

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

Gameplay

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.

Characters

  • 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

Source:
In-game credits
Source:
US manual[4]

Uncredited

  • Cover artwork: Phil Winslade

Magazine articles

Main article: X-Men/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mega Sega (ES) #1: "xxxx 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[7]
Æskan (IS)
92
[8]
Consoles + (FR)
78
[9]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
72
[3]
Digitiser (UK) PAL
70
[11]
Electric Brain (UK)
65
[12]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
68
[13]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[14]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU)
80
[15]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
88
[16]
Freak (IL)
84
[17]
GameFan (US)
86
[18]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
95
[19]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
73
[20]
Joypad (FR) PAL
85
[21]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
91
[22]
Mega (UK) PAL
85
[23]
Mega Action (UK) NTSC-U
80
[24]
Mega Force (FR)
92
[25]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
60
[26]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
82
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
88
[28]
Player One (FR)
80
[29]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
81
[30]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
78
[31]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
87
[32]
Sega Force Mega (UK) NTSC-U
82
[33]
Sega Force (SE)
78
[34]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
70
[35]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
77
[36]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
70
[37]
Video Games (DE) PAL
42
[38]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
33 reviews

X-Men

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Xmen md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Special Edition)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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Poster
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, GR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AU

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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1MB 1993-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1MB 1993-01 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 53
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 41
  3. 3.0 3.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 42
  4. File:Xmen md us manual.pdf, page 26
  5. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "June 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 24
  6. Sega Visions, "October/November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  7. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 271
  8. Æskan, "" (IS; 1993-10-01), page 1
  9. Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 120
  10. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 241
  11. Digitiser (UK) (1993-04-08)
  12. Electric Brain, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-26), page 24
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 368
  15. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 296
  16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 117
  17. Freak, "3/93" (IL; 1993-xx-xx), page 1
  18. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 5: April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 14
  19. GamePro, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 52
  20. GamesMaster, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 64
  21. Joypad, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 120
  22. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 28
  23. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 40
  24. Mega Action, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 16
  25. Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 88
  26. Mega Fun, "06/93" (DE; 1993-05-19), page 38
  27. MegaTech, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-23), page 42
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-24), page 40
  29. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 82
  30. Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 52
  31. Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 38
  32. Sega Zone, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 18
  33. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 48
  34. Sega Force, "5/93" (SE; 1993-08-26), page 10
  35. Sonic the Comic, "29th May 1993" (UK; 1993-05-29), page 12
  36. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 12
  37. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 230
  38. Video Games, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-27), page 128


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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
Music
Sega Tunes: X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1996)