X-Men: Children of the Atom

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X-Men: Children of the Atom
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Capcom, Acclaim Entertainment (US/EU)
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

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 T-1203G
Sega Saturn
$59.99[1] T-8108H
Sega Saturn
£44.99[2] T-8108H-50
Sega Saturn
?F T-8108H-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? T-8108H-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas T-8108H-50
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
?PLN ?
Sega Saturn

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.



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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.


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.[4]


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.


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

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Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

EGM US 081.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #81: "April 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Next Generation (US) #18: "June 1996" (1996-05-21)[5]
  • GamePro (US)No results # ()No results[6]

SSM JP 19951001 1995-10.pdfSSM JP 19951001 1995-10.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP)No results # ()

SSM UK 07.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #7: "May 1996" (1996-04-24)

Hyper AU 031.pdf

Print advert in Hyper (AU) #31: "May 1996" (1996-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
97 №50, p90-92
95 [7]
60 [2]
80 [8]
63 №363, p31
91 №40, p40
100 [9]
94 [10]
94 [11]
90 №76, p24-26
92 №54, p50-53
94 [12]
80 [13]
81 [14]
90 №15, p72-73
Sega Saturn
Based on
15 reviews

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

Technical information

ROM dump status

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


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