X-Men: Children of the Atom

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X-Men: Children of the Atom
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Capcom (Japan), Acclaim Entertainment (US, Europe)
Developer:
Distributor: Roadshow Interactive (AU)
Licensor: Marvel Characters
Original system(s): Capcom CPS-2
Developer(s) of original games: Capcom
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (28 tracks)
Genre: Fighting, Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 T-1203G
Sega Saturn
US
$59.9959.99[4] T-8108H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
T-8108H-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
T-8108H-50
USK: 12
Sega Saturn
PT
STJAK0136
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[6][7] T-8108H-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: M15

X-Men: Children of the Atom (エックス・メン チルドレン オブ ジ アトム) is an arcade fighting game developed by Capcom which makes use of Marvel's X-Men superhero/comic book franchise. It is unrelated to the later comic book series of the same name, apart from the fact the two use the same franchise.

Originally released for Capcom CPS-2 hardware in 1994, it was brought to the Sega Saturn in 1995, and is built similarly to the likes of Street Fighter II' and Darkstalkers. The game was widely praised as a result of this, in addition to its colorful graphics and use of voice actors from the then-current X-Men cartoon series.

Gameplay

Characters

Notavailable.svg Storm
Notavailable.svg Cyclops
Notavailable.svg Wolverine
Notavailable.svg Omega Red
Notavailable.svg Sentinel
Notavailable.svg Iceman
Notavailable.svg Colossus
Notavailable.svg Psylocke
Notavailable.svg Silver Samurai
Notavailable.svg Spiral
Notavailable.svg Juggernaut
Boss character. Juggernaut is unlockable in the Saturn version.
Notavailable.svg Magneto
Unplayable boss character.
Notavailable.svg Akuma
Secret character from Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

History

Akuma's inclusion in the game was the result of Marvel's contract with Capcom mandating that they include a character from Street Fighter. As the development team wanted to focus on the X-Men proper, they didn't want to use Ryu or Ken.[8]

Legacy

Much was recycled from X-Men: Children of the Atom in later Capcom fighting games, including Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.

Versions

Following its 1994 arcade release, X-Men: Children of the Atom came to the Saturn and remained the only home version of the game for two years. While most of the game remains in-tact, the Saturn is forced to drop many frames of animation (something (partially) rectified in later games with the introduction of the Extended RAM Cartridge). Differing screen resolutions also mean the character portraits are placed below the HUD in-game.

X-Men: Children of the Atom would come to the PlayStation in 1998 (after Marvel Super Heroes) and see more drastic cutbacks, swapping out its intro for a pre-rendered video and having both longer load times than the Saturn version and a lower average frame rate. It is also missing background animations present on the Saturn.

Production credits

  • Game Planners: Nin, Poo, Hiratou "X68K" K-Suke, Kiyo, Fuji, Otouto Tomita
  • Programmers: Aoi-Tokimeki, Tarabar - Black, K.nishi-Man, Sailor-Ponkichi, O.G.T.-Iron Liver, Mo.Suzuki-Memorial, MiN-T3, Hard.Yas -466P+K-, Kaw.Hiroshima
  • Object Designer: S.Yamashita, Ino, Kuriotoko, Yue, Minobe, M.Nakatani, Ari, Eripyon, Miwazo, M.Sato, Kamonohashi Sato, Kazuko Kawanaka Pyo!, Dway Nishimura, Igami, Youjirou, Sagat, Ta, Jun Matsumura 26, Nishio "VIP.T2", G.Kamina, Ushi, H.Yoshino, Eiji, N.Fukuda, H.S, Manish, Shinya Kitamura
  • Scroll Designer: Fukumoyan, Yamapuu, May, Devil Ohnishi, Kazu, Akiko.O, Hiroko.N, Iwai, Kisabon, RK
  • Music Composers: Anachey "Takapon", Syun Nishigaki, Hideki OK, Isao "oyaji" Abe
  • Sound Designers: Hiroaki "X68K" Kondo, Toshio Kajino
  • Voice Actor: Mr. George Buza, Ms. Catherine Disher, Mr. Cathal Dodd, Mr. Dan Hennessey, Mr. Norman Spencer, Ike-Bomb
  • Special Thanks:
    • Capcom USA: Mr. Alex Jimenez, Mr. Eric Luther, Mr. Phillip Reed
    • Marvel Entertainment: Mr. Mark Erickson, Mr. Dana Morshead, Mr. Mike Thomas, Mr. John Conroy
    • Marvel Japan: Mr. Paul T. Takaki, Ms. Kumino Asakura
    • Mr. Shiraiwa
  • Special Thanks to Acclaim Black Team
  • Travis Williams (PAX), Tyrone Miller, Douglas Yellin, Mike Archer, Michael Weiner, Carol Caracciolo, Harry Reimer, John F. Gonzales, Howard Perlman, Robert Coffey, Paui.S.Lindsay, Jim Dunn, John P. Cooper, Steven C. Mattocks, Peter Sanflippo
And All Capcom Staff

Magazine articles

Main article: X-Men: Children of the Atom/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #81: "April 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1995-10: "October 1995" (1995-09-08)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #7: "May 1996" (1996-04-24)
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Print advert in Hyper (AU) #31: "May 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 [11]
Sega Saturn
91
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 KByte (HU)
91
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
97
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-J
95
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[6]
Edge (UK)
80
[15]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
63
[16]
Fun Generation (DE)
70
[17]
GameFan (US)
81
[18]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
72
[4]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
95
[19]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
89
[20]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-J
82
[21]
Maximum (UK)
100
[22]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
90
[23]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
84
[24]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
94
[25]
Player One (FR)
94
[26]
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
89
[27]
Sega Magazin (DE)
83
[28]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
90
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
92
[30]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
94
[7]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
80
[31]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
81
[32]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
85
[33]
Ultimate Future Games (UK) NTSC-J
90
[34]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
83
[35]
Sega Saturn
85
Based on
27 reviews

X-Men: Children of the Atom

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
X-Men Children of the Atom JP 取扱説明書.pdf
Manual
Saturn, US
XmenCotA Saturn US Box Back.jpgXmenCotA Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
XMenCotA Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Xmen sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
XmenCotA Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
XMCotA Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, PT
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Cover
XMCotA Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, AU
XmenCotA Saturn AU Box.jpg
Cover
XMCotA Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
610,327,536 CD-ROM (EU) T-8108H-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
594,305,712 1995-10-17 CD-ROM (JP) T-1203G V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
610,703,856 CD-ROM (US) T-8108H V1.000

References

  1. File:XmenCotA Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee1.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:04)
  3. http://www.sega-saturn.com/saturn/other/april-n.htm (Wayback Machine: 1997-06-06 05:51)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Game Players, "Vol. 9 No. 3 March 1996" (US; 1996-0x-xx), page 57
  5. Computer & Video Games, "May 1996" (UK; 1996-04-12), page 65
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-09), page 88
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Saturn Magazine, "March 1996" (UK; 1996-02-24), page 70
  8. Maximum, "January 1996" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 71
  9. Next Generation, "June 1996" (US; 1996-05-21), page 151
  10. GamePro, "June 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 7
  11. GamesMaster, "March 1996" (UK; 1996-02-15), page 40
  12. 576 KByte, "Május 1996" (HU; 1996-xx-xx), page 43
  13. Consoles +, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  14. Computer & Video Games, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-12), page 54
  15. Edge, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-12), page 84
  16. Famitsu, "1995-12-01" (JP; 1995-11-17), page 31
  17. Fun Generation, "01/96" (DE; 1995-xx-xx), page 65
  18. GameFan, "Volume 4, Issue 3: March 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 13
  19. GamePro, "March 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 56
  20. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 5, episode 18" (1996-01-18, 24:00) (+13:05)
  21. MAN!AC, "02/96" (DE; 1996-01-10), page 37
  22. Maximum, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-xx-xx), page 138
  23. Mega Force, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  24. Mega Fun, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-20), page 30
  25. Mean Machines Sega, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-xx), page 50
  26. Player One, "Février 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 66
  27. Saturn+, "Easter/April 1996" (UK; 1996-03-07), page 46
  28. Sega Magazin, "Mai 1996" (DE; 1996-04-10), page 81
  29. Sega Power, "March 1996" (UK; 1996-01-18), page 24
  30. Sega Pro, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-28), page 50
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1995-13 (1995-12-08)" (JP; 1995-11-24), page 193
  32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13
  33. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 69
  34. Ultimate Future Games, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-03), page 72
  35. Video Games, "2/96" (DE; 1996-01-24), page 80


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