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Marvel Super Heroes [Green Board]

Capcom CPS-II cart. published 29 years ago by Capcom Co., Ltd.

Listed in MAME

Marvel Super Heroes [Green Board] screenshot

Marvel Super Heroes © 1995 Capcom Company, Limited.

Ten characters straight out of Marvel Comics prove their worthiness to meet Dr. Doom and Thanos. Includes special power-up gems that can be used and acquired during a match.


Runs on the "CP System II" hardware.
Green Board [Japan]

Players: Up to 2.
Control: 8-way joystick per player.
Buttons: 6 per player.
=> [1] LP (Jab), [2] MP (Short), [3] HP (Fierce)
=> [4] LK (Strong), [5] MK (Forward), [6] HK(Roundhouse)


Marvel Super Heroes was released in October 1995 in the Japanese arcades. It was known as the 12th video game released for the CPS-II hardware.

Known export releases:
"Marvel Super Heroes [Blue Board]"
"Marvel Super Heroes [Grey Board]"
"Marvel Super Heroes [Orange Board]"
"Marvel Super Heroes [Pink Board]"

The game background is mainly inspired by the famous comic saga called the Infinity Gauntlet, published in 1991. This gauntlet is wielded by Thanos and allows him to use all the Infinity gems simultaneously.

There are 10 characters available plus the 2 bosses which appears in different Marvel comic books :
Black Heart - Daredevil #270
Captain America (aka Steve Rogers) - Captain America Comics #1
Doctor Doom (aka Victor Von Doom) - Fantastic Four #5
Hulk (aka Robert Bruce Banner) - Incredible Hulk #1
Iron Man (aka Anthony 'Tony' Stark) - Tales of Suspense #39
Juggernaut (aka Cain Marko) - X-Men #12
Magneto (aka Erik 'Magnus' Lehnsherr) - X-Men #1
Psylocke (aka Elizabeth 'Betsy' Braddock) - New Mutants Annual #2
Shuma-Gorath - Marvel Premiere #6
Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker) - Amazing Fantasy #15
Thanos - Iron Man #55
Wolverine (aka James 'Logan' Howlett) - Incredible Hulk #180

Marvel Super Heroes was released by Capcom in memory of 'Jack Kirby' (aka 'The King of the Comics') [1917 / 1994] who was the most influential and respected illustrator and creator of comic books, at least of the super-hero/adventure variety. He was so important that, with that field now in recession, some are saying that when Jack Kirby died, he took the industry with him.

Soundtrack releases:
Marvel Super Heroes / Sony Records - SRCL-3448 - December 1, 1995


Green Board revisions :

Build date: 951024

Build date: 951117


* Play as the bosses:
This only works on the Japanese version of the game, and you need the assistance of an arcade operator if using a real Arcade machine. First, enter the Service Menu by pressing the Service Switch (F2 in MAME). The menu will be in Japanese, but go to option #7, then #1, and in the first entry, press the Low Punch button until you get to a phrase that has no numbers. That should be the Free Play option. Then select the bottom entry, then option #4, then option #9 to exit the Service Menu. The game will restart and it should be in Free Play mode. Now, on the "Virtual Audio" screen, hold the Credit Switch (the 1-Player Coin Button, usually the #5 key on MAME), and press the Start button to go to the character selection screen. While still holding the Credit Switch, press the following button combinations at a normal/medium speed.

-If you do the button combination too fast or too slow, it will not work.
-Also, when you enter the Dr. Doom or Anita code, you'll automatically pick Spiderman, but as long as you finish entering the code, he will turn into the character you want.

Dr. Doom:
Medium Kick, Low Punch, Down, Low Kick, Medium Punch

Up, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Left, Right, Medium Punch

Medium Punch, Low Punch, Left, Low Kick, Medium Kick

* Double Power : Select a fighter at the character selection screen, then press Player One Start + Player Two Start.

* Continue Fighting : Press Start immediately after winning a round to continue hitting the defeated character.

* Disable Gems : To disable Gems in two player mode both players must press and hold Start after choosing their character until the round starts.

* Change Character Color : At the character select screen move to the desired character then hold Up (if on top row) or Down (if on bottom row). After 3 seconds press any punch or kick button to select character.

* Here are the different gem effects (which acts during a short time) and when you can get them :
Time gem (Red) : You are much more faster than usual.
Space gem (Purple) : Your character get unstoppable with this super armor power.
Soul gem (Green) : Your fighter slowly recovers life.
Power gem (Pink) : Your attacks are more powerful.
Reality gem (Orange, on the fifth opponent) : Your attacks have additional effects which makes them more powerful.
Mind gem (Blue, owned by Thanos) : The character can recover about 2 energy levels in a few seconds.

The gems are owned by different opponents: we have one at the beginning, then the first opponent have the following one then the second, then the third and finally the fifth (the last one is on Thanos). Characters have some special effects using some gems (for instance Magneto got an energy field around him with the Space gem, Spiderman divides himself in two similar being for symmetrical attacks using the Power gem).

Notice that we can only use the first gem in our gem stack. If you press the Start button during the fight, you will change the gem order in your stack, allowing for you to use any desired gem at any time.

When we reach the final fight against Thanos, he steal all the gems and collects them in his gauntlet. He uses them his way (for instance : space gem creates a warp which attracts and throws rocks on his enemy).

* If you can get a win streak of 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 & 108 and finish your opponent with a super in those rounds, you get secret appearances from Anita, Gouki and Lin Lin on the victory screen.


Planners : Takeshi Tezuka, Tetsuya Iijima, Tomichi, Kiyoshi Nishikawa, Kei Hiratou, Satoru Kimura
Programmers : Tarabar Hori (Tarabar-Black), Aoi-Peach, Kaw-K. Marichan, Silver-Kadontz, Nobu-Sasami, Knishi- (MadDogMc), Pon, Dna, Frk, Yama, Tomohiro Ueno, Youji
Scroll Designers : Konomi (Powerful Konomi), Buppo, Shibata Kayoko, Daisuke Nakagawa, Yumiko, Takapon, Akiko Matsunaga, Satomi Ishii, R.K, Yoichi Tanoue, M
Music Composers : Takayuki Iwai (Anarchy Takapon), Yuki Satomura (Wewe), Tatsuro Zuzuki
Sound Designers : Picard Mij, Satoshi Ise (Ayano), Ryoji Yamamoto (Ryoji)
Sound Producer : Arcade Sound Team
Voice Designers : Hiroaki Kondo (New-X?)

* Object Designers :
Thanos : Shinji Sakashita (Sakashita Thing), D-Kurita, Takayuki Kosaka, Masako. Satoh
Dr. Doom : Satoru Yamashita, Ino, Seigo Kawakami
Wolverine : Akira Yasuda (Akiman)
Spider-man : Arahijuf, Rumi Yamaguchi, Tsunenori Shirahama
Captain America : Masaaki Tanaka, Chimorin Shogun, Misako Yamamoto
Psylocke : Eripyon. N
Hulk : Makoto Ishi, K. Takechan, Miwa, Kanako Takami
Iron Man : Yoshino Hiroaki, Kiai Ryuken, Yukikaze, You-Ten Nakano, Yutaka Maruno, Cepezou, Mimura Kenji, K. Tokunaga, Eizi Murabayashi, Naoki Fukuda, Takep, Henoheno, Yuki
Magneto : A. Iwasaki
Shuma-Gorath : Masayo Tsujimoto, Jun Matsumura (27), Shinya Miyamoto, Kako, Masanori Kondo
Blackheart : Alien. Pole, Fnyaco. F. Fnyao, Dway Nishimura, Oyabin
Juggernaut : Minobe Hiroaki, R. Sato, Kazuko Kawanaka
Effect : Ntengm Nakatani, Sagata, Tanuki, Kimo Kimo

* Voice Actors :
Captain America : Cathal J. Dodd
Wolverine : Cathal J. Dodd
Black Heart : Jaimz Woolvett
Psylocke : Catherine Disher
Shuma-Gorath : Franck Perry
Spider-Man : Patrick Chilvers
Hulk : Andrew Jackson
Thanos : Andrew Jackson
Juggernaut : Rick Bennett
Iron Man : Christopher Britton
Doctor Doom : Lorne Kennedy
Magneto : Lorne Kennedy
Anounncer : Lorne Kennedy

Special Thanks : Takuya Shiraiwa (Mr. Shiraiwa), Alex Jimenez, Eric Luther (Eric Luthr), Phillp Reed (Phil Reed)


Notes: Anita is now hidden character and only playable in Japanese console version.

japan Sega Saturn (aug.8, 1997) "Marvel Super Heroes [Model T-1215G]"
japan Sony PlayStation (sept.25, 1997) "Marvel Super Heroes [Model SLPS-00763]"


Game's ROM.
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