Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (SMS)

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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
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Platform: Master System
Year: 1990
Developer: SEGA of America, Inc.
This page is for the Sega Master System version. For other games in the series, see Moonwalker.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is a Sega Master System action platformer developed by Arc. and published by Sega. Based on the titular 1988 film Michael Jackson's Moonwalker and starring world famous pop music artist Michael Jackson, it was first released in August 1990 as one of the first big name titles on the system.

Moonwalker, along with its eponymous arcade counterpart, is notable for being one of the first uses of direct celebrity endorsements in video game production, and marks the beginning of Jackson's long and storied collaboration with Sega.

It is a port with various sprites and movement cuts, but the only stages that were changed were Streets for a Parking Lot, Woods for Trees and The Enemy Hideout as a Red Stage due to the limitation of the Sega Master System.

The game is based on the Smooth Criminal segment of the film Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, following Jackson in suit and fedora through stages based on his different music videos as he rescues children from the drug dealer Mr. Big.

Screenshots

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Intro (Credits)

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Intro

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Title

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Club 30 - Gameplay 1

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Club 30 - Gameplay 2

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Club 30 - Gameplay 3

Music

The game's music was composed by Takayuki Nakamura, and was one of his first games. Most of the songs are 8-bit renditions of popular Jackson tunes including Smooth Criminal, Beat It, and Another Part of Me. While Nakamura's arrangements are pretty spot on, the limited audio hardware of the Master System makes them sound less-than-desirable. Fortunately, this would later be fixed in the Genesis version where Hiroshi Kubota would be able to take advantage of the much superior audio hardware. Nakamura's boss music was also used in the Genesis version.

Nakamura wrote the music in assembly macros. It is also likely that due to Kubota's situation with the Genesis version, Nakamura had to learn the music by ear.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Smooth Criminal Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 2:28
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02 Dancing to Smooth Criminal Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:07
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03 Taunt from Mr. Big Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:29
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04 Intermission Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:30
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05 Beat It Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 1:51
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06 Dancing to Beat It Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:07
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07 Another Part of Me Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 1:47
Download
08 Dancing to Another Part of Me Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:07
Download
09 Billie Jean Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 2:46
Download
10 Dancing to Billie Jean Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:07
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11 Bad Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 1:44
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12 Dancing to Bad Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 0:07
Download
13 Mr.Big Michael JacksonTakayuki Nakamura 1:42
Download

Credits

(Source)

The credits are displayed after the game has been beaten.

Albums

Game Rip

Format

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Download

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Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Platform: Master System
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: SEGA of America, Inc.
  Brazil.svg   Brazil
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Title: Moonwalker
Platform: Master System
Released: 1991-06-??
Publisher: Tec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A.
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Platform: Master System
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: SEGA Enterprises Ltd.
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: マイケル・ジャクソンズ モーンウォーカー (Michael Jackson: Moonwalker)
Platform: Master System
Released: 1990-08-25
Publisher: SEGA Enterprises Ltd.


Moonwalker
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Notable Personnel Tohru Nakabayashi • Takayuki Nakamura • Hiroshi Kubota
Notable Companies Sega • U.S. Gold


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