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] The games released as of 1995, each had sales figures of about 200,000 to 300,000.[2] They have never been released in any other country, with the single exception of the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon game developed by Angel, which was released in France in 1994.[3]

Bandai produced a small number of Sailor Moon games, but the majority were handled by a Japanese game company called Angel. Early games were side-scrolling fighters, whereas later games were unique puzzle games, and even later titles were versus fighting game. Another Story was a role-playing video game. Panic in Nakayoshi World was also released, an overhead puzzle game featuring characters from various Nakayoshi-printed manga. Sailor Moon and Chibi Moon are playable characters.

The games mainly saw release on the Super Famicom, with the first side-scroller being ported to the Mega Drive. A separate arcade side-scrolling fighter was also released. In addition, two side-scrolling adventure games were produced for the Game Boy (Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R), and a side-scrolling game was also produced for the Game Gear (Sailor Moon S).

The first versus fighting game from the series was released for the 3DO. However, as the 3DO did not sell well outside of Japan, this game has gone largely unnoticed. Produced by Bandai themselves as opposed to Angel for the other two, this game is considerably different. A final versus fighting game was released for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation.

The last Sailor Moon-related game to date was released in November 2001 - Happy Chibiusa World.

A game was released in the U.S. for the PC. It was a minigame compilation titled The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon. Aside from the theme, the games did nothing to tie in to the series.

On July 15, 2010, Bandai Namco Games Europe announced development of a new Sailor Moon video game for Nintendo DS, Sailor Moon: La Luna Splende, an adventure game featuring environmental puzzles that takes place in Molly/Naru's dreams.

Sailor Moon (Angel) 1993[edit]

Sailor Moon
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Publisher(s) Angel (Super Famicom in Japan)
Bandai (SNES in France)
Ma-Ba (Sega Mega Drive in Japan only)
Series Sailor Moon Games
Platform(s) Arcade,[citation needed] Super Famicom/SNES, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Release date(s) Super Famicom/SNES
  • 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 (Sega Mega Drive Version is 1 Player only)

Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon) is a beat 'em up video game developed by Angel in 1993, and ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was translated into French in 1994. The Sega 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 Senshi 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 coloured 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.

Sailor Moon R (Bandai) 1993[edit]

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

A sequel was produced to the first Sailor Moon game which introduced a new playable character, Chibiusa. Unlike other Sailor Moon games, Sailor Moon R 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. Other differences from the first game include a special attack which allows the player to perform a special attack that destroys all on-screen enemies.

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

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

Pretty Soldier 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 Senshi are selectable including the Outer Senshi. Sailor Saturn is the only senshi not featured in the game.

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

Pretty Soldier 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

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S is a 2D fighting game for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, featuring nine Sailor senshi (Sailor Saturn is not present) and based on Sailor Moon S season. Each Senshi 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.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls one of the five original Senshi. Each of them has some animated sequences of blows and has 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.[4]

The player fight up to one dozen enemies at one time, and the enemies are assorted villains from the series.[4]


Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story (Angel) 1995[edit]

Pretty Soldier 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/SNES
Release date(s)
  • JP September 22, 1995 [5]
Genre(s) RPG
Mode(s) 1 Player

Another Story is an RPG. In battle, compatible Sailor Senshi (2 or 3) can use "Link Techniques",[6] which are unique team up attacks with various effects, be they offensive, healing, or defensive.

EP (energy points) regenerate after each battle.[7] The storyline of the RPG is fairly linear. All ten members of the Sailor Senshi 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 Senshi are playable, however further into the game the player may choose which Senshi are in the party (though certain Senshi are sill required to be in the party at certain points).

The game appears is set between the third and fourth story arcs. The story combines original elements with elements from both the anime and manga. Throughout the game, the player can also collect puzzle pieces which make an image of the Senshi 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 Opppsito Senshi and ordered them to affect 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 Shitennou, the Senshi 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 Senshi will fight a slightly easier form of it and the player will receive the "bad" ending.

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

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

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS - Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen is a 2D fighting game for the Super Famicom based upon the Sailormoon SuperS season. In story mode five inner senshi and Chibimoon are available. In two players mode (versus other player or versus computer) all ten senshi are selectable. Tournament and training modes are also present.

Sailor Moon SuperS Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen (PlayStation/Sega Saturn) 1996[edit]

Sailor Moon SuperS Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen
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

Sailor Moon SuperS Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen is a 2D fighting game for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn

All ten senshi are playable in two player mode. However, in story mode, players can only choose from the six main senshi. All six major senshi now have four specials techniques, three power attacks, and their new power from the show. The four other senshi 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.[8]

Quiz Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Gazelle/Banpresto) 1997[edit]

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
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 Sailor Moon - Chiryoku Tairyoku Toki no Un

Nintendo systems[edit]

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

Sega systems[edit]

  • Sailor Moon S (Sega Pico)
  • Sailor Moon SuperS (Sega Pico)
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (Sega Pico)
  • Sailor Moon (Mega Drive)
  • Sailor Moon S (Game Gear)
  • Sailor Moon SuperS - Various Emotion (Sega Saturn)

PlayStation[edit]

  • Sailor Moon SuperS: Shin Shuyaku Soudatsusen
  • Sailor Moon: Happy Chibiusa World

PC-Engine[edit]

  • Sailor Moon
  • Sailor Moon Collection

Playdia[edit]

  • Sailor Moon S: Quiz Taiketsu! Sailor Power Ketsushuu
  • Sailor Moon SuperS: Sailor Moon to Hajimete no Eigo
  • Sailor Moon SuperS: Sailor Moon to Hiragana Lesson!
  • Sailor Moon SuperS: 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 Dash (iPhone, Android)
  • Sailor Moon SuperS (Design Master)
  • Sailor Moon S (3DO)
  • Sailor Moon S - Kotaete Moon Call (Telebikko)

Non-Sailor Moon games featuring Sailor Moon characters[edit]

  • Panic in Nakayoshi World (Nintendo Super Famicom)
  • Nakayoshi to Issho (Nintendo Famicom)
  • Welcome Nakayoshi Park (Nintendo Game Boy)
  • Tanoshiku Asonde Nouryoku Up! Tanoshii Youchien '95-nendoban (Sega Pico)

References[edit]

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