Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Japan) (FD1094/8751 317-0157)

Immagine gioco: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Japan) (FD1094/8751 317-0157)
Available images:

Romset name: mwalkj.zip
Production year: 1990
Manufacturer: Sega

Game genre: Maze
Category: Maze / Fighter

This machine is a clone of:
 • Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (World) (FD1094/8751 317-0159)

This machine works in MAME This machine works in MAME

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Not supported

In MAME since version: .088u1

The MAME driver of this machine is: segas18.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    FD1094 ("maincpu")cpu 10000000 Hz
    Z80 ("soundcpu")cpu 8000000 Hz
    I8751 ("mcu")cpu 8000000 Hz
    Speaker ("mono")audio
    YM3438 ("ym1")audio 8000000 Hz
    YM3438 ("ym2")audio 8000000 Hz
    RF5C68 ("rfsnd")audio 10000000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 320 x 224 @ 57.230000 Hz

  • Number of players: 3P Simultaneous
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 3

  • Dip-switches [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
    Coin A4 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit, 5/3, 6/4
     2 Coins/1 Credit, 4/3
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     1 Coin/1 Credit, 5/6
     1 Coin/1 Credit, 4/5
     1 Coin/1 Credit, 2/3
     2 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/5 Credits
     1 Coin/6 Credits
     Free Play (if Coin B too) or 1/1
    Coin B4 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit, 5/3, 6/4
     2 Coins/1 Credit, 4/3
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     1 Coin/1 Credit, 5/6
     1 Coin/1 Credit, 4/5
     1 Coin/1 Credit, 2/3
     2 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/5 Credits
     1 Coin/6 Credits
     Free Play (if Coin A too) or 1/1
    2 Credits to StartOff
    Demo SoundsOff
    Player VitalityLow
    Play Mode2 Players
     3 Players
    Coin ChuteCommon

  • ROMs (16 of the parent set, 3 of the clone set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    epr-13227.a62621446c0534b3 23f35d1a15275cbc4b6d2f81f5634abac3832282 good mwalkj
    epr-13226.a526214499765854 c00776c676b77fed4e94bb02f52f905c845ee73c good mwalkj
    317-0157.key8192324d6931 f8f4530a75aeeace1c8456da37118975c5c43316 good mwalkj
    mpr-13216.b1262144862d2c03 3c5446d702a639b62a602c6d687f9875d8450218 good mwalk
    mpr-13217.b22621447d1ac3ec 8495357304f1df135bba77ef3b96e79a883b8ff0 good mwalk
    mpr-13218.b326214456d3393c 50a2d065060692c9ecaa56046a781cb21d93e554 good mwalk
    mpr-13224.b11262144c59f107b 10fa60fca6e34eda277c483bb1c0e81bb88c8a47 good mwalk
    mpr-13231.a11262144a5e96346 a854f4dd5dc16975373255110fdb8ab3d121b1af good mwalk
    mpr-13223.b10262144364f60ff 9ac887ec0b2e32b504b7c6a5f3bb1ce3fe41a15a good mwalk
    mpr-13230.a102621449550091f bb6e898f7b540e130fd338c10f74609a7604cef4 good mwalk
    mpr-13222.b9262144523df3ed 2e496125e75decd674c3a08404fbdb53791a965d good mwalk
    mpr-13229.a9262144f40dc45d e9468cef428f52ecdf6837c6d9a9fea934e7676c good mwalk
    epr-13221.b82621449ae7546a 5413b0131881b0b32bac8de51da9a299835014bb good mwalk
    epr-13228.a8262144de3786be 2279bb390aa3efab9aeee0a643e5cb6a4f5933b6 good mwalk
    epr-13225.a413107256c2e82b d5755a1bb6e889d274dc60e883d4d65f12fdc877 good mwalk
    mpr-13219.b426214419e2061f 2dcf1718a43dab4da53b4f67722664e70ddd2169 good mwalk
    mpr-13220.b526214458d4d9ce 725e73a656845b02702ef131b4c0aa2a73cdd02e good mwalk
    mpr-13249.b6262144623edc5d c32d9f818d40f311877fbe6532d9e95b6045c3c4 good mwalk
    315-5437.ic440964bf63bc1 2766ab30b466b079febb30c488adad9ea56813f7 baddump mwalk

    :  PARENT Machine
    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Michael Jackson's MoonWalker (c) 1990 Sega.

Based on the movie of the same name, Moonwalker is a scrolling, isometric beat' em up in which Michael Jackson (1958-2009), along with his chimp Bubbles, attempts to save children and defeat the evil 'Mr. Big'. During each round, the player must defeat each and every one of Mr. Big's henchmen and the deadly enemy machines that patrol the levels. This is achieved either by shooting them with Michael Jackson's 'magical energy', or by using his Dance Magic - the game's equivalent of a smart bomb. Some enemies take only one shot to defeat whereas others take several shots before they are destroyed. The longer the player holds down on the fire button, the greater the amount of magical energy Michael can inflict. At the start of each round, the player is given 2 dance magic smart bombs. Towards the end of each round, Michael's pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, will be seen moving about. If Michael touches Bubbles, he will turn into a powerful robot (the 'Moonwalker' of the game's title). After Michael has become Moonwalker, he will be able to shoot lasers and fire missiles. Michael must defeat every boss enemy at the end of each round in order to proceed to the next.

Each player's Michael Jackson character looks identical but wears a different colour : white (left player), red (middle player), and black (right player).


Sega System 18 hardware

Game ID : 317-0157 / 317-0158 / 317-0159

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 10 Mhz), I8751 (@ 8 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 8 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) YM3438 (@ 8 Mhz), RF5C68 (@ 10 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 3

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


Released in July 1990.

Moonwalker is made up of 5 stages, each featuring a different Michael Jackson track for the instrumental background music. The stage music is as follows...

1. Cavern : 'Bad'

2. Amusement Quarter : 'Smooth Criminal'

3. Night Street : 'Beat It'

4. Graveyard : 'Another Part Of Me'

5. Evil Fortress : a reprise of 'Bad'

If you complete all 5 stages and finish the game, the song that will play for the ending will be 'Billie Jean'.


FD1094 317-0157

* Japanese version.

FD1094 317-0158

* US version.

* Additional "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

FD1094 317-0159

* World version.


* no I8751 @ 8 Mhz :-)


Game concept & Design by : Michael Jackson


A version of Moonwalker was released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega Master System. It retained most of the gameplay elements of the arcade game that inspired it, but the isometric viewpoint was dropped in favor of sideways scrolling. The end result had more in common with Namco's "Rolling Thunder" than with the arcade MoonWalker.

Versions of the game with completely different gameplay to both the arcade and console versions were released for the popular 8-bit and 16-bit home computers of the time : Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, MS-DOS, MSX and ZX Spectrum.


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on mwalk

0.36b2 [Andrew Prime]

0.36b1 [Andrew Prime]

Artwork available


- 0.147: Tafoid fixed problem with Moonwalker causing coin lockout for P1 and P2 coin.

- 0.144u4: Alex Jackson fixed graphics corruption after a few seconds of 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker' gameplay.

- 0.140u1: Tafoid fixed dipswitches in clone Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (bootleg).

- 0.138: Changed parent description 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (set 3, World, FD1094/8751 317-0159)' to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (World, FD1094/8751 317-0159)' and clones 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (set 2, US, FD1094/8751 317-0158)' to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (US, FD1094/8751 317-0158)' and 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (set 1, Japan, FD1094/8751 317-0157)' to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Japan, FD1094/8751 317-0157)'.

- 0.129: Aaron Giles fixed Moonwalker crashed when starting game.

- 0.125u5: Atari Ace fixed MAME crush after playing Moonwalker two times.

- 0.122u2: Couriersud fixed Moonwalker, which didn't starts.

- 29th April 2007: Mr. Do - Added the bezel for Moonwalker, thanks to Vintage Arcade Superstore.

- 0.112u2: Aaron Giles fixed bad bits in a couple of FD1094 keys. Added a small optimization to the FD1094 decoding step. Added new FD1094 317-0158 key to clone Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (set 2, US, FD1094/8751 317-0158).

- 0.111u1: Alex Jackson fixed a miscompilation issue with GCC4 that was first noticed in Altered Beast but also affected Moonwalker, Galaxy Force 2 and probably many other games.

- 0.105u4: Fixed rom length of 315-5437.ic4 (protection MCU rom - deleted last byte).

- 0.95u6: Changed 'Number of Players' dipswitches to 'Lives'. Added 3rd coin slot.

- 0.92: Changed description to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (set 3, World, FD1094/8751 317-0159)' and clones '(US, FD1094/8751 317-0158)' to '(set 2, US, FD1094/8751 317-0158)', '(Japan, FD1094/8751 317-0157)' to '(set 1, Japan, FD1094/8751 317-0157)'. Renamed (mwalka) to (mwalku) and (mwalkb) to (mwalkj).

- 0.89u1: Aaron Giles hooked up the 8751 in mwalk, mwalka and mwalkb - Games now playable. Added I8751 (8MHz) CPU3. Fixed sound rom loading. Added dipswitches 'Number of Players', 'Player Vitality' and 'Play Mode'. Changed description to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (World, FD1094/8751 317-0159)' and clones '(Set 2, US, 317-0158)' to '(US, FD1094/8751 317-0158)' and '(Set 3, Japan, 317-0157)' to '(Japan, FD1094/8751 317-0157)'.

- 25th November 2004: R. Belmont - Converted Steve Ellenoff's i8031/8051/8052/8731/8751/8752 core to the latest MAME core and submitted it so Aaron can emulate the protection in Sega's "Moonwalker" properly.

- 0.88u7: Many improvements to the Sega System 18 driver [Aaron Giles]. Moonwalker requires improvements to the MCU emulation. Changed description of clone '(Set 2, 317-0158)' to '(Set 2, US, 317-0158)'.

- 0.88u5: Added 317-0158.key to clone Moonwalker (Set 2, 317-0158).

- 0.88u4: Chris Hardy added 317-0159.key and cpu3 rom 315-5437 to (Set 1) and 317-0157.key to clone (Set 3). Note: Moonwalker needs a CPU core for the MCU (i8051 core?) before it will work. Changed description of clone '(Set 3, 317-0157)' to '(Set 3, Japan, 317-0157)'. Renamed (moonwalk) to (mwalk), (moonwlka) to (mwalka), (moonwlkc) to (mwalkb) and (moonwlkb) to (mwalkbl).

- 9th November 2004: Chris Hardy - Good news on the FD1094 front, got the equipment up and running and managed to read the Moonwalker CPU, it boots (although still doesn't work properly due to the extra protection).

- 0.88u1: Added clone Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Set 3, 317-0157). Changed parent description to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Set 1, 317-0159)' and clone '(Set 2)' to '(Set 2, 317-0158)'.

- 18th March 2004: Charles MacDonald fixed Z80 clock (8.192 Mhz -> 8.00 MHz).

- 15th March 2004: Charles MacDonald added I/O chip and partial VDP emulation for shdancer, shdancrj, shdancbl, shdancrb, moonwlkb and astormbl.

- 0.67: Changed parent and clone descriptions to 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker'.

- 0.36b15: Added clone Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (Set 2). Changed parent description to 'Moon Walker (Set 1)'.

- 0.36b4: Changed the 2x YM-3438 clock speeds to 8MHz.

- 10th August 1999: Andrew Prime fixed Moonwalker sound in 8-bit mode.

- 0.36b2: Andrew Prime added Moon Walker (Sega 1990).

- 0.36b1: Andrew Prime added Moon Walker (bootleg) (bootleg 1990).


Other Emulators:

* Calice

* FB Alpha

* System 16

Movie: Moon Walker - A Movie Like No Other

Genre: Music

Year: USA 1988

Director: Jerry Kramer

Studio: ?

Cast: Michael Jackson, Kallie Parker, Brendon Adams, Sean Lennon, Jeffrey Adkins, Patrick Allen

Romset: 4236 kb / 19 files / 1.74 zip

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