Michael Jackson's Moonwalker - Console Versions

Console Versions

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Front cover of the Japanese Mega Drive version.
Developer(s) Sega (AM7)
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Mega Drive/Genesis
Master System
Game Gear
Release date(s)
  • August 24, 1990
  • September 29, 1990
  • January 25, 1991
  • February 1991
Genre(s) Beat 'em up/Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Media/distribution Cartridge

Home versions of the game were released for Sega's Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System home video game systems, as well as the Sega Game Gear handheld system, though the gameplay was completely different from the arcade version. A version has also been rated by PEGI for an upcoming release on Virtual Console., but no confirmation of which version. The home console versions of the game were actually based on an evolved version of the home computer version of the game (with gameplay somewhat similar to the Shinobi series), in contrast to the arcade version which was a three-quarters view shooter/fighter type game. The game involved the player controlling the pop star in a quest to save all the kids that had been kidnapped by Mr. Big. In the arcade version, Katie was one of three types of children who could be rescued, in the home version, all of the captive children are young blond girls termed "Katies", although Zeke appears in the end sequence.

The game's levels and music were borrowed from the film (though many of the music tracks were taken from Jackson's Thriller album as well) and the player had the ability to destroy enemies by making them dance. In the console game Michael could become a robot by rescuing a certain child first, and then grabbing a comet that fell from the sky. In the arcade version, Michael became a robot by rescuing his chimp pal Bubbles. The arcade version also had the novel feature of three simultaneous players (each controlling Jackson's character in a different-colored "Smooth Criminal" outfit).

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