Lost In Translation/World Heroes

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World Heroes
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer Alpha Denshi Co.
Released 1992
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 21 ROMs
12,124,160 bytes (11.56 MiB)
MAME ID wh1 · wh1h

About The Game

World Heroes is a one-on-one fighting arcade video game featuring 8 heroes from different time periods compete to thwart Geegus, the evil alien end boss! Includes an extremely fun and unique death match mode!

Additional Technical Information

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 Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1917).

Muscle Power is most likely based on the real Hulk Hogan (b. 1953).

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 "rip-off" 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 films.


  1. World Heroes (1992)
  2. World Heroes 2 (1993)
  3. World Heroes 2 Jet (1994)
  4. World Heroes Perfect (1995)


Producer & Director
Kenji Sawatari
Kenji Sawatari
Kimitoshi Yokoo
Main Programmers
Marbo (Toshi)
Yuji Noguchi
System Programmers
Eiji Fukatu
Makio Chiba
Sound Programmer
Makio Chiba
Character Designers
K. 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 & 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)

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Super Famicom (1993)
Sega Mega Drive (1994)
SNK Neo-Geo CD (1995)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
World Heroes PCCB-00106[1] 1993-01-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
NEO SELECTION - NEO-GEO Fighting Tournament Best / SNK.ADK PCCB-00141[2] 1993-12-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Samurai Spirits Drama CD PCCB-00300[3] 1998-03-04 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Gaesen Oh - Scitron Game Music Mega Mix Vol.1 KGCD-0001[4] 1994-01-01 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.