List of Sailor Moon video games

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The Sailor Moon video game series is based on Naoko Takeuchi's manga and anime series of the same name. The series was released in Japan during the height of the media franchise's popularity. By 1998, twenty games were released.[1] As of 1995, the games released each had sales figures of about 200,000 to 300,000.[2] They have never been released in any other country,[citation needed] with the exception of the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon game developed by Angel, which was released in France in 1994.

Sailor Moon (Angel) 1993[edit]

Sailor Moon
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Publisher(s) Angel (Super Famicom in Japan)
Bandai (Super NES in France)
Ma-Ba (Mega Drive in Japan only)
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis
Release date(s) Super Famicom/Super NES
  • JP August 27, 1993
  • EU 1994
Mega Drive/Genesis
  • JP July 8, 1994
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) 1 Player or 2 Players (Mega Drive version is 1 Player only)

Sailor Moon (or Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon) is a beat 'em up video game developed by Angel in 1993, and ported to the Super Famicom. It was localized in the Europe exclusively in French in 1994. The Mega Drive version was developed and published by Ma-Ba, although certain elements were recycled from the Super Famicom version.

The game is set in the first series of Sailor Moon, and the player takes control of one or two of the five heroines. Each Sailor Soldier has some sequences of blows, three aerial attacks (neutral, moving forward/backward, downward) and a special charge-up projectile.

The enemies are mostly the youma of the Dark Kingdom that appeared in the anime, but if more than one of the same kind appears at once, the others are colored differently (a common device for this genre of games).

The Mega Drive version features most of the stages from the SNES version but a few were removed and replaced. Some of the boss battles are different as well, and a new hidden final boss, Queen Metallia is featured when playing on Hard Mode. The Mega Drive counterpart does not contain any of the music from the SNES game, with the exception of the main theme song at the title screen, bosses also has their own song rather than a generic theme for all of them. The game has different endings for each playable character.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R (Bandai) 1993[edit]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R
Developer(s) Bandai
Publisher(s) Bandai
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super NES
Release date(s)
  • JP December 29, 1993
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) 1 Player or 2 Players

Sailor Moon R is the sequel to the first Sailor Moon and introduced a new playable character, Chibiusa. Unlike other Sailor Moon games, it was developed and published by Bandai instead of Angel. The sprites from the previous game were redesigned with more detail and more animation frames for this game and the later games.

Like the Mega Drive version of the previous game, the bosses have their own theme music. By playing the game on hard mode, there is a minor change to the ending that involves Sailor Pluto. Monsters in this game were all droids. Like the previous game, there are several different shades of them. One of the other differences from the first game is the special attack that destroys all on-screen enemies.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Angel) 1994[edit]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen
Developer(s) Angel
Publisher(s) Angel
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super NES
Release date(s)
  • JP December 16, 1994
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) 1 Player or 2 Players

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen is a fighting game developed by and published by Angel and released on December 16, 1994.

The game features three game modes: A single-player plot-based Story mode, as well as a Tournament mode and 2-Player Versus mode where all the Sailor Soldiers are able to be selected including the Outer Soldiers. Sailor Saturn is the only Soldier not featured in the game.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Bandai) 1995[edit]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S
Sailor Moon 3DO.jpg
Developer(s) Bandai
Publisher(s) Bandai
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
Release date(s)
  • JP March 17, 1995
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) 1 Player or 2 Players

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S is a 2D fighting game for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, featuring nine Sailor Soldiers (Sailor Saturn is not present) and based on Sailor Moon S season. Each Soldier has a set of special attacks. Virtual camera is zooming during battle, approaching the fighters and retreating from them. Opening intro combines sprite and 3D animation.

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (Gazelle/Banpresto) 1995[edit]

Sailor Moon Arcade
Developer(s) Gazelle
Publisher(s) Banpresto
Distributor(s) Tecmo
Designer(s) Junya Inoue
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s)
  • INT March 22, 1995
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) 1 Player or 2 Players
Cabinet Upright

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (or Sailor Moon Arcade) is a 1995 beat 'em up video game developed by Gazelle (one of the offshoots of shooter developer Toaplan) and published by Banpresto in March 1995 and released only in Japan. The game has been described as a beat 'em up inspired by Capcom's Final Fight.[3]

The player controls one of the five original Soldiers. Each of them has some animated sequences of blows and have their own special attack that does damage to all on-screen enemies at once. The special attacks can only be used after collecting crystals from around the game. Mostly, the fighting is physical rather than magical.[3] Up to a dozen enemies can be fought at one time and are assorted villains from the series.[3]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Angel) 1995[edit]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story
Sailor Moon Another Story Cover.PNG
Box art to Another Story
Developer(s) Angel
Publisher(s) Angel
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super NES
Release date(s)
  • JP September 22, 1995[4]
Genre(s) RPG
Mode(s) 1 Player

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story is an RPG. In battle, compatible Sailor Soldiers (2 or 3) can use "Link Techniques", which are unique team up attacks with various effects, be they offensive, healing, or defensive.

EP (energy points) regenerate after each battle. The storyline of the RPG is fairly linear. All ten members of the Sailor Soldiers are playable. Only five members of the team can be in the player's party at one time. For a good part of the game, the storyline dictates which Soldiers are playable, however further into the game the player may choose which Soldiers are in the party (though certain Soldiers are still required to be in the party at certain points).

The game is set between the third and fourth story arcs and combines original elements with elements from both the anime and manga.[citation needed] Throughout the game, the player can also collect puzzle pieces which make an image of the Soldiers and Tuxedo Mask. If the puzzle is completed, there is a reward at the end.

In Another Story, a sorceress named Apsu arrives from the 30th century. She has formed a group of girls from Crystal Tokyo known as the Opposito Soldiers and ordered them to alter the past in order to change the future to her liking, with the ultimate goal of attaining the Silver Crystal. Apsu and her followers succeed in changing the fates of the defeated villains from the first three story arcs, bringing deceased villains back to life and turning reformed and healed individuals back to the darkness.

With the advice of the ghosts of the Four Kings of Heaven, the Soldiers set out to regain the Barazuishou (Rose Crystal), Tuxedo Mask's stone (which replaces the Golden Crystal in the game) in order to change Sailor Moon's destiny back and to save Crystal Tokyo.

The game has two endings. If the player loses to the final boss, Chibiusa and the remaining Soldiers will fight a slightly easier form of it and the player will receive the "bad" ending.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Super Famicom) 1996[edit]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen
Developer(s) Angel
Publisher(s) Angel
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Super Famicom/Super NES
Release date(s)
  • JP March 29, 1996
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) 1-2 players

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen is a 2D fighting game for the Super Famicom based upon the Sailor Moon Super S season. In story mode five Guardian Soldiers and Chibimoon are available. In two players mode (versus other player or versus computer) all ten Soldiers could be selected. Tournament and training modes are also present.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen (PlayStation/Sega Saturn) 1996[edit]

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen
Developer(s) Angel
Publisher(s) Angel
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • JP March 8, 1996
Sega Saturn
  • JP November 29, 1996
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) 1-2 players

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen (or Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Various Emotion) is a 2D fighting game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn

All ten Soldiers are playable in two player mode. However, in story mode, players can only choose from the six main Soldiers. All six major Soldiers now have four specials techniques, three power attacks, and their new power from the show. The four other Soldiers only have three powers available to them.

Players can also customize characters, by assigning up to 20 points to increase the attributes of each of the characters. The game offers four levels of difficulty, ranging from Easy to Hardest.

Quiz Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Chiryoku Tairyoku Toki no Un (Gazelle/Banpresto) 1997[edit]

Quiz Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Chiryoku Tairyoku Toki no Un
Developer(s) Gazelle
Publisher(s) Banpresto
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Arcade game
Release date(s) 1997
Genre(s) Quiz game
Mode(s) 1-2 Players

Quiz Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Chiryoku Tairyoku Toki no Un is a quiz game developed by Gazelle (one of the offshoots of shooter developer Toaplan) and released by Banpresto in 1997. It is based on the Sailor Moon S arc.

List of all games[edit]

Arcade[edit]

  • Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
  • Quiz Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Chiryoku Tairyoku Toki no Un

Nintendo systems[edit]

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Game Boy)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R (Game Boy)
  • Sailor Moon (Super Nintendo)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S Kurukkurin (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kondo wa Puzzle de Oshiokiyo! (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Fuwa Fuwa Panic (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Super Famicom)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Fuwa Fuwa Panic 2 (Super Famicom)
  • Sailor Moon La Luna Splende (Nintendo DS)

Sega systems[edit]

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Pico)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S (Pico)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (Pico)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Mega Drive)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Game Gear)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Various Emotion (Sega Saturn)

PlayStation[edit]

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen
  • Sailor Moon: Happy Chibiusa World

PC Engine[edit]

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Collection

Playdia[edit]

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Quiz Taiketsu! Sailor Power Ketsushuu
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Sailor Moon to Hajimete no Eigo
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Sailor Moon to Hiragana Lesson!
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Youkoso! Sailor Youchien

PC[edit]

  • The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon
  • Sailor Moon and Her Sailor Scouts Computer Fun Set
  • Sailor Moon Horoskop and Games

Other systems[edit]

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (3DO)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Sailor Drops (iPhone, Android) (Japanese Release)
  • Sailor Moon Drops (iPhone, Android) (Western Release)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Dash (iPhone, Android) (Unofficial)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story Sailor Moon Super S (Design Master)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kotaete Moon Call (Terebikko)
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Kessen Dark Kingdom (Sharp X68000)

Other games featuring Sailor Moon characters[edit]

  • Panic in Nakayoshi World (Super Famicom)
  • Street Warrior Natsume: Farukon no kogeki (Family Computer)
  • Street Wings (Mega Drive)
  • Nakayoshi to Issho (Family Computer)
  • Welcome Nakayoshi Park (Game Boy)
  • Tanoshiku Asonde Nouryoku Up! Tanoshii Youchien '95-nendoban (Pico)
  • Silver Crystal for Sailor V (Featuring Sailor Venus) (Android)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grigsby, Mary (1998). "Sailormoon: Manga (Comics) and Anime (Cartoon) Superheroine Meets Barbie: Global Entertainment Commodity Comes to the United States" The Journal of Popular Culture 32 (1) 59-80 doi:10.1111/j.0022-3840.1998.3201_59.x
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1999). Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (2nd. print. ed.). Berkeley, Calif: Stone Bridge Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-880656-23-5. 
  3. ^ a b c "Paint a Vulgar Picture - The X Button". Anime News Network. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Sailor Moon: Another". au.gamespot.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 

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