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Bonanza Bros.
System(s): Sega System 24, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Super CD-ROM², X68000, ZX Spectrum, Virtual Console, Steam
Publisher:
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80 (banked)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2,
Sega Master System
1
Release Date RRP Code
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
JP
1992-07-31 ¥? NAPR-2028
Arcade (System 24)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 24)
US
$? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

















Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4046
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 1124
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2][3]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4045JG



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[4][5] 7073
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7073
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7073
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7073
Sega Master System
PT
?PTE$ MSJ7073
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB2007JG



Commodore Amiga
UK
£? ?
Atari ST
UK
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£11.99[7] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£15.99[7] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£? ?
ZX Spectrum
ES
(Cassette)
?PtasPtas ?
X68000
JP
¥? ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts
PEGI: 3+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
800pts
USK: 6
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts
OFLC: G
Steam
US
$2.99 34284
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.49 34284
PEGI: 7+
Steam
DE
€2.49 34284
USK: 6
Steam
UK
£1.99 34284
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.49 34284
OFLC: G
Steam Linux
US
$0.99 34284
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.99 34284
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.99 34284
USK: 6
Steam Linux
UK
£0.79 34284
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.35 34284
OFLC: G
Steam OS X
US
$0.99 34284
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.99 34284
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.99 34284
USK: 6
Steam OS X
UK
£0.79 34284
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.35 34284
OFLC: G

Bonanza Bros. (ボナンザブラザーズ) is a 1990 arcade game developed by Sega for the Sega System 24 arcade platform.

Gameplay

In the game the player either controls Robo (red) or Mobo (blue), two thieves (or, in the case of the Western console versions, security testers) who must retrieve several objects scattered around levels while avoiding guards in a stealth-like fashion. Each player is armed with a firearm which can stun the guards for a short period of time, but it is also possible to hinder the guards' progress by using various parts of the scenery. It is a two-player game, and the screen is always split horizontally.

Stages

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Training Stage
The training stage offers a brief introduction to gameplay, guiding the player through a couple of short floors with no impact to the player's score. This stage is optional in the arcade version and missing in many of the home ports.
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Stage 1: Bank
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Stage 2: Millionaire's Mansion
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Bonus Stage
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Stage 3: Casino
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Stage 4: Mint
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Stage 5: Department Store
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Stage 6: Underground Gold Bars
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Bonus Stage
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Stage 7: Jewelry Store
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Stage 8: Laboratory
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Stage 9: Deluxe Liner
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Stage 10: Antique Shop
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Bonus Stage
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Stage 11: Art Museum
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Stage 12: Pyramid

History

Legacy

Bonanza Bros. was ported to the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive in the coming years. PC Engine Super CD-ROM² and X68000 ports also existed exclusively in Japan, and Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum ports were released in Europe. Some westernised versions of the game call Robo and Mobo "Mike" and "Spike" respectively. Likewise North American and Brazilian copies of the game refer to the game as Bonanza Brothers rather than Bonanza Bros..

More recently, Bonanza Bros. was made available through the Wii's Virtual Console service, as well as being made part of the Sega Classics Collection and Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection compilations. As well as this, the game was unlockable within the Japanese version of Sonic Gems Collection, but was strangely removed from western releases of the game. It has also been ported to various mobile phones by SoftBank Mobile.

The arcade version of Bonanza Bros. was also included in volume 6 of the Sega Ages 2500 PlayStation 2 series. It is bundled with Puzzle & Action: Tant-R and its sequel, Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R, both of which use a similar graphical style (as does Puzzle & Action: Treasure Hunt, which was not included).

A slot machine based on the game was released in 2010. The Bonanza Bros. (Robo and Mobo) are playable characters in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

Versions

Master System version

On the Master System, Bonanza Bros. lacks the two player co-operative mode, and so the game is always presented in full screen. Some minor elements are missing and the stage layout is slightly different in places. The difficulty is also dialed back - for example, there are no enemies with shields on the first stage.

Mega Drive version

Regional differences

In North American versions the plot was changed. Robo and Mobo became Mike and Spike. They are now famous investigators and were hired to test the security forces of the mysterious businessman's properties that have been targets for robbery recently. Both manual, box description and in-game intro text (scene which shows Bonanza Bros wanted poster was removed) were changed to reflect this.

Screenshot

Main article: Bonanza Bros./Comparisons.

Production credits

Master System version

Source: In-game credits


PC Engine version

  • Chief Programer: Masaaki Kudo
  • Programer: Hiroji Sawai, Shu Hashimoto, You Ukita
  • Graphics: Kenichi Nakada, Kenichi Tsubokura, Tomohiro Eguchi, Bird, Hakase, Kart, Naoto, Studio Crips
  • Music: T's Music, S.S
  • Support: Rei Nirezaki, Masami Takeda
  • Special Thanks: Kani Moriya, Sister Miyuki, Hisako Oonari
  • Director: Seiya Kari
  • Producer: Toshio Tabeta
  • Presented by: NEC Avenue
Source: In-game credits [22]

Amiga version

  • Produced by: Twilight
  • Written by: Andy Severn
  • Music by: Mark Wilson
  • Grafix by: Jabba
Source: In-game credits


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Bonanza Bros./Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Bonanza Bros./Promotional material.

Physical scans

System 24 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 [23]
Arcade
83
Based on
1 review

System 24, US
System 24, JP
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Instuction card(s)

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 [24]
43 [25]
73 [26]
66 [27]
65 [28]
65 [29]
82 [30]
63 №132, [1]
80 №6
70 №1991-06, p41
89 [31]
76 [32]
65 №5, p90
71 №9, p19
73 [33]
82 [34]
40 [35]
80 [36]
80 [37]
59 №27, p46-47
58 №18, p64
64 [38]
66 [39]
90 [40]
Sega Mega Drive
70
Based on
24 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
BonanzaBros MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
BonanzaBros md eu cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros md eu cart.jpg
Cart
BonanzaBros MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
BonanzaBros md jp cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros MD JP CartTop.jpg
BonanzaBros MD JP Cart Back.jpgBonanzaBros MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
BonanzaBros MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, KR
BonanzaBros MD KR cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros MD KR cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 [41]
57 [42]
50 [43]
85 [44]
57 [45]
75 №46, p32
65 [46]
77 [47]
52 [48]
75 [49]
87
80 [38]
62 [50]
Sega Master System
70
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, EU
BonanzaBros sms eu cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros sms eu cart.jpg
Cart
Bonanza Bros. SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
BonanzaBros sms sa cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR
BonanzaBros SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros SMS KR carttop.jpg
BonanzaBros SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
BonanzaBros MegaTech Box.jpg
Cover

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 [51]
82 [52]
Commodore Amiga
82
Based on
2 reviews

Amiga, UK
BonanzaBros Amiga UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBonanzaBros Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Disk

Amstrad CPC version

Amstrad CPC, UK

Amstrad CPC, ES
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Cover

Atari ST version

Atari ST, UK

BonanzaBros AtariST EU Disk.jpg
Disk

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
32 [53]
85 [54]
Commodore 64
59
Based on
2 reviews

Commodore 64, UK

BonanzaBros C64 UK Cassette.jpg
Cassette

Super CD-ROM² version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 [55]
73 [56]
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
78
Based on
2 reviews

Super CD-ROM², JP
Bonanza Bros PCE SCD-ROM2 JP Back.jpgBonanza Bros PCE SCD-ROM2 JP Front.jpg
Cover
BonanzaBros SuperCDROM2 JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
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Disc
Bonanza Bros PCE SCD-ROM2 JP Manual.PDF
Manual
BonanzaBros SuperCDROM2 JP RegCard.pdf
Reg Card

X68000 version

X68000, JP
BonanzaBros X68000 JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 [57]
ZX Spectrum
86
Based on
1 review

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, ES
BonanzaBros Spectrum ES Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 20d1ad4c
MD5 dc3847b07cd94a15b1b9e0fb2ff5db11
SHA-1 31c589bc0d1605502cdd04069dc4877811e84e58
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 adf6476c
MD5 9c6b56e9916aadee638f93c7f4bb1e20
SHA-1 ce46f2b53988f06e0bdfaad1b0dc3e9ca936e1e8
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (JP/EU) v00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c6aac589
MD5 acf4aa6aea84be72afaa1a86954b85cb
SHA-1 f7313ecaf7143873597e3a6ebf58d542d06c3ef3
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (JP/EU) v01
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 CAEA8002
MD5 E58F6F374B3405FD2A5E5B80E639A980
SHA-1 BBAEDEFA0BB489ECE4BBD965F09A417BE4B76CC7
256kB Cartridge (EU)

External links

References

  1. File:Sega Arcade History JP EnterBrain Book-1.pdf, page 103
  2. ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 118
  3. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 47
  4. Computer & Video Games, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-15), page 83
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 11
  6. Supergame, "Fevereiro 1992" (BR; 1992-02-xx), page 30
  7. 7.0 7.1 Zzap!64, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-30), page 54
  8. 8.0 8.1 Commodore Format, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 65
  9. Crash, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-xx), page 12
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 http://www.nintendolife.com:80/games/megadrive/bonanza_bros (archived: 2017-07-20 15:52)
  11. https://archive.is/Uuj27
  12. https://archive.is/pkXvW
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/YbxVPfQmP6YCTe06j2aI2mdALNRB9Pz0 (archived: 2010-11-22 23:50)
  14. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/02.html (archived: 2018-03-05 23:11)
  15. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_bonanza/ (archived: 2007-02-02 02:37)
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 https://steamdb.info/app/34284/ (archived: 2016-07-30 05:11)
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  21. http://mamedb.com/game/bnzabros
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gueGCAPlxSw
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  24. ACE, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 72-73 (72)
  25. Aktueller Software Markt, "August/September 1991" (DE; 1991-07-26), page 116 (118)
  26. Beep! MegaDrive, "June 1991" (JP; 1991-05-08), page 28 (30)
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  49. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 40-41 (40)
  50. Video Games, "1/92" (DE; 1992-02-03), page 38
  51. Amiga Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-19), page 38-40 (38)
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  57. Sinclair User, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-18), page 36-37 (36)
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