X-Men was released in April 1992.
X-Men is based upon the comic book series of the same name (most of the game's plot is loosely based on the 1989 X-Men cartoon called 'Pryde Of The X-Men'). Here are the debut comics for all Marvel characters from this game including non-playable characters :
Cyclops (aka Scott Summers) - X-Men #1
Colossus (aka Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin) - Giant-Size X-Men #1
Wolverine (aka James 'Logan' Howlett) - Incredible Hulk #180
Storm (aka Ororo Munroe) - Giant Size X-Men #1
Nightcrawler (aka Kurt Wagner) - Giant Size X-Men #1
Dazzler (aka Alison Blaire) - X-Men #130
Professor X (aka Charles Francis Xavier) - X-Men #1
Shadowcat (aka Katherine 'Kitty' Pryde) - X-Men #129
The Sentinels - X-Men #14
Bonebreaker - Uncanny X-Men #229
Pyro (aka St. John Allerdyce - Level 1 boss) - Uncanny X-Men 141
The Blob (aka Fred J. Dukes - Level 2 boss) - X-Men #3
Wendigo (Level 3 boss) - Incredible Hulk #162
Master Mold (Level 4 boss) - X-Men #15
The White Queen (aka Emma Grace Frost - Level 5 Mid-Boss) - Uncanny X-Men #129
Juggernaut (aka Cain Marko - Level 5 boss) - X-Men #12
Mystique (aka Raven Darkholme - Level 7 boss) - Ms. Marvel #16
Magneto (aka Erik 'Magnus' Lehnsherr - Final boss) - X-Men #1
In Nightcrawler's ranking screen, his name is misspelled as 'Nightcrowler'.
Although "Final Fight
" set the standard for scrolling fighters. Konami's X-Men created several innovations for the genre, including the ability to hit fallen opponents to prevent them from getting back up, as well as a character-specialized 'mutant power', which could clear the screen of enemies, but also reduced the player's health. The game is fondly remembered by those who played it for its fun, addicting game-play and colorful graphics. However, it is also sometimes criticized for its wooden voice acting and often ungrammatical script ('I am Magneto, Master of Magnet').
Bill Toups holds the official official record for this game with 830 points on June 11, 2004.
King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami All Stars 1993 - KICA-9016, 9018) on December 21, 1992.
A X-Men unit appears in the 1998 movie 'The Replacement Killers'.