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Title Screen

Fighting Masters

Developers: Aicom, ALU
Publishers: Treco (JP/US), Samsung (KR)
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: December 6, 1991
Released in US: August 17, 1992
Released in KR: 1992


DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


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"Moniter Mode"

FightingMasters-MoniterMode.png

A debug screen is still present, but only partially working. To access it, hold A + B on the second controller while the title screen turns into the character select screen after pressing Start to begin. You will be greeted with a menu instead. The only options that actually do anything are:

  • ASCII - shows the top of VRAM (likely for testing character mapping); press Start to exit.
  • SOUND - an alternate sound test; controls on screen.
  • GAME SET - return to the game (apparently).

Press Start to select an option. All other options will merely return you to this menu.

ASCII SOUND

Regional Differences

Several of the characters were renamed.

Japan/Korea USA
LARRY
ELEPHA
FLAMER
MORIN
BEOWOLF
GOLDROCK
TOMAHAWK
ZRYGUNTE
MEDUSA
DRASON
D I O
EYESIGHT
DIRK
MASTODON
EQUUS
MORIN
GRINDER
GOLDROCK
PHOENIX
ZYGRUNT
ROTUNDO
XENON
D I O
UPPERCUT

The backstory was completely redone for the US version. Note that the lowercase text is flashing uppercase text in the Japanese version.

Japan/Korea USA
IN THE DISTANT FUTURE.
THE GALAXY WAS DOMINATED BY
12 STAR SYSTEMS.
BUT...

A DARK LORD,ONCE RULER OF
UNDERGROUND DOMINION,
PLOTTED TO SURFACE
AND
DOMINATE THE GALAXY.

lord valgasu,
PREPARING HIS OVERTHROW,
REALIZED THAT THE 12 MIGHTY
RULERS OF THE GALAXY STOOD
IN HIS WAY.

HE CHALLENGED THESE MASTER,
DEFEATING AND ENSLAVING ALL
BUT ONE.

REALIZING THE RISE OF THE
DARK THREAT,
the last fighting master
CHALLENGED valgasu,
AND MUST DEFEAT THE
ENSLAVED,DEINWASHED MASTER
TO GET TO HIM.

NOW,
THE FATE OF A GALAXY HANGS
IN THEN BALANCE...

MAY THE JUSTICE BE WITH YOU.
A GIANT RED SUN WILL GO NOVA
WITHIN HOURS...

INHABITED BY SENTIENT BEINGS
WILL BE DESTROYED.

AN OMNIPOTENT RACE,
KNOWN ONLY AS PRIMARIES,
DECLARE THEIR
POWER TO SAVE ONE
CIVILIZATION FROM EXTINCTION.

TO WIN
THE RIGHT TO SURVIVE,
EACH RACE MUST CHOOSE
A CHAMPION STRONG ENOUGH
TO COMPETE IN A TOURNAMENT
TO THE DEATH.

ONLY ONE WARRIOR
CAN EMERGE TRIUMPHANT... 

This also affects the ending.

Japan/Korea USA
a battle is over
THE DARKNESS WHICH DISTURBED
HARMONY THROUGHOUT THE GALAXY
CRUMBLES AND DRIFTS BACK TO
THE EDGE TO THE UNIVRESE.

THE BRILLIANCE OF PEACE
RADIATES UPON THE GALAXY,
AND
UPON THEN FIGHITING MASTER
BUT AN END IS A BEGINNING...

AND SOMEDAY,
EVIL MAY AGAIN RIP THROUGHT
THE UNIVERSE.

CAN THE FIGHTING MASTER RISE
TO VICTORY AGAIN?

FIGHTING MASTER...

REST UNTIL THAT FEAR RISES UP
...AGAIN
THE ARENA IS SILENT.
THE CONTEST IS OVER.
THE BATTLEGROUNDS LIE EMPTY,
AND ONE WARRIOR
STANDS ALONE...VICTORIOUS.

THE GALAXY IS IN CHAOS,
AWAITING ITS IMMINENT
DEVASTATION.

TRUE TO THEIR WORD,
THE PRIMARIES CALL UPON
FORCES TO TAKE YOUR PEOPLE
AWAY TO SAFETY.

ALL THAT IS LEFT OF YOUR
WORLD IS A FADING,
WHITE GLARE IN THE DISTANCE.

YOUR CIVILIZATION
HAS BEEN ENSURED
FOR ANOTHER GENERATION,
WHILE OTHERS HAVE PERISHED
IN THE GALACTIC DESTRUCTION
WROUGHT
BY NOVA OF THE RED SUN.

ALL IS QUIET NOW,
BUT
HOW LONG
WILL IT REMAIN SO...  

At the end, it says "congratulations BATTLE IS COMPLETED" in the Japanese version, while the US version just has "YOU ARE VICTORIOUS."

Naturally, the credits also include those who worked on the localization.