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World Heroes (c) 1992 Alpha Denshi.

8 heroes from different time periods compete to thwart Geegus, the evil alien end boss! Includes an extremely fun and unique death match mode!


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0053

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3

=> [A] Punch, [B] Kick, [C] Throw


Released in July 1992.

Hanzou Hattori is based on the real Hanzo Hattori Musashige (just like Hanzo in "Samurai Shodown").

Kotaeo Fuuma is based on the real Kotaro Fuuma Nobuyuki (1581-1603).

Kim Dragon is Alpha Denshi's homage to Bruce Lee (1940-1973).

Janne d'arc is based on the real Jeanne d'Arc who was burned in 1431.

Rasputin is based on the real Gregoriy Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1917).

Muscle Power is most likely based on the real Hulk Hogan (1953-20XX).

Jengis Carn is based on the real Genghis Khan (1162-1229).

The first World Heroes game is also the only game in the series where Kim Dragon is Chinese. He was then changed into a South Korean character for the rest of the World Heroes series.

Created during the years when Street Fighter II was at its peak in popularity, many dismissed World Heroes as another generic "SF clone." Though it has some unique concepts, the clunky controls and its "ripoff" reputation harmed sales. Due to this, the series was discontinued with World Heroes Perfect, although it has received a cult following, mainly around the Neo Geo fans.

The name of the Scientist who invents the time machine in the intro is Dr. Brown which might have been inspired by the character Dr. Emmett L. Brown (a.k.a. Doc) from the Back To The Future movies.


1. World Heroes (1992)

2. World Heroes 2 (1993)

3. World Heroes 2 Jet (1994)

4. World Heroes Perfect (1995)


Producer and director : Kenji Sawatari

Planners : Kenji Sawatari, Kimitoshi Yokoo

Main programmers : Tat&MST (Tat), Marbo (Toshi), Yuji Noguchi

System programmers : Eiji Fukatsu, Makio Chiba, E-Chan

Sound programmer : Makio Chiba

Character designers : Kazushige Hakamata, Takashi Hatono, Shinji Moriyama, Hideyuki Yamada, Sho No, Muneki Shiraishi, Kimitoshi Yokoo, Hajime Suzuki, Hiroyuki Toda, Akira Ushizawa, Hatsue Sakanishi, Katsue Matsuzaki, Rie Mori, Giga.S (R. Nakajima), Koji Fujita, Yasuyuki Sohara, Atsushi Kobayashi

Scroll designers : Kenichi Sakanishi, Takashi Egashira, Mitsunari Ishida

Music and sound effects composer : Hiroaki Shimizu, Hideki Yamamoto, Yuka Watanabe

Special Thanks : Yukio Gotoh, Tsutomu Maruyama, Shinichi Tamura, Mitsunari Ishida, Ryu Hiroyuki, Yuko Nishino, Masato Mitsuya, Hideki Miyakami (SNK), Koji Hamada (SNK), Hideki Fujii (SNK)


* Consoles :

Nintendo Super Famicom [JP] (1993, "World Heroes [Model SHVC-WZ]")

Sega Mega Drive (1994)

SNK Neo-Geo CD [JP] (1995, World Heroes [Model ADCD-005])

Nintendo Wii (2007, "Virtual Console")

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (2007, "World Heroes Gorgeous [Model SLPS-25782]")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2008, "World Heroes Anthology")

Sony PlayStation 2 [US] May 05, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model SLUS-21724]"

Sony PSP [US] May 05, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model ULUS-10338]"

Sony PlayStation 2 [KO] May 29, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model SLKA-25424]"

Nintendo Wii [US] July 29, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model RVL-P-RNCE]"

Sony PSP [EU] Oct. 17, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model ULES-01105]"

Nintendo Wii [EU] Oct. 31, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model RVL-P-RJZP]"

Sony PlayStation 2 [EU] Nov. 21, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model SLES-55232]"

Sony PSP [JP] May. 21, 2009 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model ULJS-193]"

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (2009, "World Heroes Gorgeous [NeoGeo Online Collection The Best] [Model SLPS-25933]")


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.120 [Johnboy]

0.34b2 [?]

Neo-Geo (Artwork available)


- 0.143u4: Changed description to 'World Heroes (ALM-005)' and clone to '(ALH-005)'.

- 0.125u5: Johnboy renamed p-roms in World Heroes (set 1) and (set 1), added comment.

- 0.120: Johnboy added World Heroes (set 1). Fully redumped World Heroes (set 2), is verified AES version. Renamed (wh1h) to (wh1ha) and (wh1) to (wh1h).

- 0.69u3: Renamed (wh1a) to (wh1h).

- 0.68: Razoola added clone World Heroes (set 2). Changed parent description to 'World Heroes (set 1)'.

- 0.35: Replaced MGD2 dump with a MVS dump.

- 0.35b3: Renamed (wheroes) to (wh1).

- 0.34b2: Added World Heroes (Alpha Denshi 1992).


Other Emulators:

* Calice

* FB Alpha

* Kawaks

* Nebula

Recommended Games (Fighter):

Street Smart

Violence Fight

Solitary Fighter

Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting 2

Art of Fighting 3

Fit of Fighting

Burning Rival

World Heroes

World Heroes 2

World Heroes 2 Jet

World Heroes Perfect

The History of Martial Arts

Fighter's History

Karnov's Revenge / Fighter's History Dynamite

Martial Champion

Power Instinct / Gouketsuji Ichizoku

Power Instinct 2

Groove on Fight - Gouketsuji Ichizoku 3

Gogetsuji Legends

Tao Taido

Aggressors of Dark Kombat

Alien Challenge

Best Of Best

Kaiser Knuckle

Dragoon Might

Savage Reign


Breakers Revenge

Kizuna Encounter

SD Fighters

Touki Denshou -Angel Eyes-

JoJo's Venture

JoJo no Kimyouna Bouken: Miraie no Isan



Rage of the Dragons

Fist Of The North Star

Melty Blood Act Cadenza

Melty Blood Actress Again

Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf Achse

Romset: 10496 kb / 10 files / 4.47 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="wh1" sourcefile="neodrvr.c" romof="neogeo">
              <description>World Heroes (ALM-005)</description>
              <manufacturer>Alpha Denshi Co.</manufacturer>
              <biosset name="euro" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 2)" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="euro-s1" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="us" description="US MVS (Ver. 2?)"/>
              <biosset name="us-e" description="US MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="asia" description="Asia MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s2" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 2)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s1" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="mv1c" description="NEO-MVH MV1C"/>
              <biosset name="japan-j3" description="Japan MVS (J3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-hotel" description="Custom Japanese Hotel"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3, older?)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.0)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2, older)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.0)"/>
              <rom name="sp-s2.sp1" merge="sp-s2.sp1" bios="euro" size="131072" crc="9036d879" sha1="4f5ed7105b7128794654ce82b51723e16e389543" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-s.sp1" merge="sp-s.sp1" bios="euro-s1" size="131072" crc="c7f2fa45" sha1="09576ff20b4d6b365e78e6a5698ea450262697cd" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="usa_2slt.bin" merge="usa_2slt.bin" bios="us" size="131072" crc="e72943de" sha1="5c6bba07d2ec8ac95776aa3511109f5e1e2e92eb" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-e.sp1" merge="sp-e.sp1" bios="us-e" size="131072" crc="2723a5b5" sha1="5dbff7531cf04886cde3ef022fb5ca687573dcb8" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="asia-s3.rom" merge="asia-s3.rom" bios="asia" size="131072" crc="91b64be3" sha1="720a3e20d26818632aedf2c2fd16c54f213543e1" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="vs-bios.rom" merge="vs-bios.rom" bios="japan" size="131072" crc="f0e8f27d" sha1="ecf01eda815909f1facec62abf3594eaa8d11075" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-j2.sp1" merge="sp-j2.sp1" bios="japan-s2" size="131072" crc="acede59c" sha1="b6f97acd282fd7e94d9426078a90f059b5e9dd91" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp1.jipan.1024" merge="sp1.jipan.1024" bios="japan-s1" size="131072" crc="9fb0abe4" sha1="18a987ce2229df79a8cf6a84f968f0e42ce4e59d" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-45.sp1" merge="sp-45.sp1" bios="mv1c" size="524288" crc="03cc9f6a" sha1="cdf1f49e3ff2bac528c21ed28449cf35b7957dc1" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="japan-j3.bin" merge="japan-j3.bin" bios="japan-j3" size="131072" crc="dff6d41f" sha1="e92910e20092577a4523a6b39d578a71d4de7085" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" merge="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" bios="japan-hotel" size="131072" crc="162f0ebe" sha1="fe1c6dd3dfcf97d960065b1bb46c1e11cb7bf271" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3" size="131072" crc="27664eb5" sha1="5b02900a3ccf3df168bdcfc98458136fd2b92ac0" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3o" size="131072" crc="601720ae" sha1="1b8a72c720cdb5ee3f1d735bbcf447b09204b8d9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_2" size="131072" crc="2d50996a" sha1="5241a4fb0c63b1a23fd1da8efa9c9a9bd3b4279c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_1" size="131072" crc="8dabf76b" sha1="c23732c4491d966cf0373c65c83c7a4e88f0082c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_0" size="131072" crc="0c12c2ad" sha1="37bcd4d30f3892078b46841d895a6eff16dc921e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_3" size="131072" crc="b24b44a0" sha1="eca8851d30557b97c309a0d9f4a9d20e5b14af4e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2" size="131072" crc="4fa698e9" sha1="682e13ec1c42beaa2d04473967840c88fd52c75a" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2o" size="131072" crc="e19d3ce9" sha1="af88ef837f44a3af2d7144bb46a37c8512b67770" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_1" size="131072" crc="5dda0d84" sha1="4153d533c02926a2577e49c32657214781ff29b7" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_0" size="131072" crc="0ce453a0" sha1="3b4c0cd26c176fc6b26c3a2f95143dd478f6abf9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="053-epr.p1" size="524288" crc="d42e1e9a" sha1="9d1911fe4bf6202466ec45557dd008cbf01ca9c6" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="053-epr.p2" size="524288" crc="0e33e8a3" sha1="4b7086edb504f3c30529d51ba8f453d48eba5164" region="maincpu" offset="80000"/>
              <rom name="053-s1.s1" size="131072" crc="8c2c2d6b" sha1="87fa79611c6f8886dcc8766814829c669c65b40f" region="fixed" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sfix.sfix" merge="sfix.sfix" size="131072" crc="c2ea0cfd" sha1="fd4a618cdcdbf849374f0a50dd8efe9dbab706c3" region="fixedbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="000-lo.lo" merge="000-lo.lo" size="131072" crc="5a86cff2" sha1="5992277debadeb64d1c1c64b0a92d9293eaf7e4a" region="zoomy" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sm1.sm1" merge="sm1.sm1" size="131072" crc="94416d67" sha1="42f9d7ddd6c0931fd64226a60dc73602b2819dcf" region="audiobios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="053-m1.m1" size="131072" crc="1bd9d04b" sha1="65cd7b002123ed1a3111e3d942608d0082799ff3" region="audiocpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="053-v2.v2" size="2097152" crc="a68df485" sha1="007fa715423fba72c899cd3db3f4bec13281cf7a" region="ymsnd" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="053-v4.v4" size="1048576" crc="7bea8f66" sha1="428e8721bd87f7faa756adb1e12672219be46c1d" region="ymsnd" offset="200000"/>
              <rom name="053-c1.c1" size="2097152" crc="85eb5bce" sha1="3d03d29296ca6e6b5106aac4aaeec9d4b4ed1313" region="sprites" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="053-c2.c2" size="2097152" crc="ec93b048" sha1="d4159210df94e259f874a4671d271ec27be13451" region="sprites" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="053-c3.c3" size="1048576" crc="0dd64965" sha1="e97b3b8a461da5e8861b3dfdacb25e007ced37a1" region="sprites" offset="200000"/>
              <rom name="053-c4.c4" size="1048576" crc="9270d954" sha1="a2ef909868f6b06cdcc22a63ddf6c96be12b999c" region="sprites" offset="200001"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="224" refresh="59.185606" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="30" hbstart="350" vtotal="264" vbend="16" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Test Switch" tag="IN0" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin Chutes?" tag="IN0" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="1?" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2?" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Autofire (in some games)" tag="IN0" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Cabinet No.)" tag="IN0" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="24" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Link Enable)" tag="IN0" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="IN0" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="IN0" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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