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A giant red sun is about to go supernova in a few hours and the blast will affect many star systems in the galaxy. An omnipotent race known as Primaries offers to save the inhabitants of one of the twelve star systems. Each star system sends a warrior to compete in a tournament to preserve their star system.

Fighting Masters is an early one-on-one fighter with limited controls. Three buttons are available in the game: block, attack and jump. The D-pad cannot be used to jump directly. Instead, the player has to walk in a certain direction and then press the jump key to perform it. Although there are no combos available, the attack key offers different moves and a few special moves are available as well. Most of the fighting leads to holds from which massive damage can be inflicted by dropping the opponent or throwing him against the wall. Twelve different fighters have available. Aside from the moves, some are also faster or come with more powerful attacks. The game modes include matches for one or two players and a watch mode to view a computer-computer fight.


Fighting Masters Genesis Xenon breathes fire.
Fighting Masters Genesis Rotundo's choke hold
Fighting Masters Genesis Head butt
Fighting Masters Genesis Mastodon is no match for this air attack.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ファイティング マスターズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Jun 12, 1992 B+ 83
Mean Machines Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81 Feb 22, 2007 4 out of 10 40
Defunct Games May 10, 2012 D 25
Power Play May, 1992 17 out of 100 17
The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2010 F 0


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Version differences

The Mega Drive version of this game features different character names than the Genesis version. Here's a mapping with the original Mega Drive names at the left:

Larry -> Dirk
Elepha -> Mastodon
Flamer -> Equus
Morin -> Morin
Beowolf -> Grinder
Goldrock -> Goldrock
Tomahawk -> Phoenix
Zrygunte -> Zygrunt
Medusa -> Rotundo
Drason -> Xenon
D I O -> D I O
Eyesight -> Uppercut

Some of them remained unchanged, for unknown reasons.

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Sciere (539495) added Fighting Masters (Genesis) on Dec 24, 2007