Midnight Resistance

The Arcade PCB by Data East Corp.

Midnight Resistance screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



Midnight Resistance © 1989 Data East.

One or two players take on the role of two commando brothers whose entire family has been kidnapped and must be rescued. The game's eight large, eight-way scrolling levels are made up of platforms, ledges and ladders; each populated both with enemy soldiers and with intricate, imaginatively designed enemy machinery.

In a gameplay mechanic first introduced in SNK's 'Ikari Warriors', players can rotate their guns through 360 degrees, allowing them to target and fire in all directions.

Some enemies, when killed, will drop a red key; collecting these keys allows players to upgrade their weapons at the shop that awaits at the end of each level. A maximum of six keys can be carried at any one time.


Midnight Resistance the  Arcade PCB
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Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Hudson Soft HuC6280 (@ 3 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM2203 (@ 1.5 Mhz), YM3812 (@ 3 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 7.757 Khz)

Players : 2
Control : Spinner
Buttons : 2


Midnight Resistance was released in October 1989.

The game's ending changes slightly depending how many family members are rescued before the final battle! Save them all!

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Crude Buster, Midnight Resistance - PCCB-00039) on August 21, 1990.

A Midnight Resistance unit appears in the 1990 movie 'Robocop 2'.


The US version has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


The game's ending changes slightly depending how many family members are rescued before the final battle. For the ''proper'' ending, all family members must be saved. The players must have the full count of six red keys in order to release all of the prisoners.


1. Heavy Barrel (1987)
2. Midnight Resistance (1989)



japan Sega Mega Drive (mar.29, 1990) "Midnight Resistance [Model T-13043]"
usa Sega Genesis (1991)


europe Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990)
europe Commodore C64 (1990)
europe Amstrad CPC (1990)
spain Amstrad CPC (1990) "Midnight Resistance [Model AM 614]"
europe Commodore Amiga (1990)
europe Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991) "Midnight Resistance [Model AC42]"
spain Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991) "Midnight Resistance [Model SE614]"
europe Atari ST (1992)
europe Atari ST (1993) Budget edition

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