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Encyclopedia > Space Harrier
Space Harrier
Developer(s) Sega-AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yu Suzuki
Release date(s) October 1985, 1986
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player
Platform(s) Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, Nintendo Famicom, PlayStation 2, Sega 32X, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Master System, Sega Saturn, TurboGrafx-16, Virtual Console, Xbox, ZX Spectrum
Input Joystick, 1 button
Arcade cabinet Standard and sit-down
Arcade system(s) Unique
Arcade display Raster, standard resolution
horizontal orientation

Space Harrier is a forward scrolling shooter game, released by Sega in 1985. It was produced by Yu Suzuki, the man responsible for many popular Sega games. It spawned two sequels: Space Harrier 3D (1988), Space Harrier II (1988), and the spin-off Planet Harriers (2001). Space Harrier, arcade version, taken via MAME This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Sega Amusement Machine Research and Development Department 2 (popularly known as Sega AM2 or simply AM2) is a research and development team for the video game company Sega. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... 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Space Harrier was originally made for the arcades, and later saw ports to many home game systems (see below). Space Harrier's release on the Sega Master System is notable: there were two versions. One was just like the arcade, while the other, entitled Space Harrier 3D, supported 3D glasses. A video arcade (known as an amusement arcade in the United Kingdom) is a place where people play arcade video games. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... Stereoscopy, stereoscopic imaging or 3-D (three-dimensional) imaging is a technique to create the illusion of depth in a photograph, movie, or other two-dimensional image, by presenting a slightly different image to each eye. ...


Space Harrier is set in "the Fantasy Zone", a surreal world composed of bright colors and a checkerboard-styled ground. The enemies are also unique, featuring prehistoric animals, Chinese dragons, and alien pods. The player is forced along the levels, running or flying (via jetpack) around enemy fire, while shooting back with fireballs. The character graphics are sprite-based, though the level backgrounds are faux 3D. The 3-D Battles of World Runner by Square bears more than a slight resemblance to the game. Screenshot from the game Fantasy Zone. ... Yves Tanguy Indefinite Divisibility 1942 Surrealism[1] is a cultural movement that began in the mid-1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members. ... The Chinese dragon (spelled Long, Loong or Lung in transliteration), is a mythical Chinese creature that also appears in other East Asian cultures, and is also sometimes called the Oriental (or Eastern) dragon. ... In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, episode, round, world, map, wave, board, phase, or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ... Graphics are visual presentations on some surface such as a wall, canvas, computer screen, paper, or stone to brand, inform, illustrate, or entertain. ... In computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names; see Synonyms below) is a two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ... // Story Solar System #517 is being overrun by a race of Serpentbeasts led by the evil Grax. ... Square Co. ...


The arcade version of Space Harrier used digitized voices. When starting the first level, for example, you would be greeted with "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone!; get ready!".


Like After Burner, Space Harrier was among the first (perhaps the very first) arcade game to feature a console in which the player sits, and which moves according to the joystick movement. There is also a non-moving sit-down version and a standard upright version. After Burner is a 1987 Japanese arcade game by Sega. ...


The arcade version has a total of 18 levels, each containing a boss at the end. Three exceptions are the bonus levels (5th and 12th), and the 18th level, where you have to defeat a collection of the previous bosses.


Ports

The game was ported to various home computer systems and consoles. For many years, the most faithful port to exist was for the TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine). Ported to this system in 1989, the home version features near-arcade-quality graphics. Colors are just as vibrant as in the arcade and graphics are just as detailed, though the sprites are slightly smaller. The port was near-perfect, with fantastic scaling (for the time) in a venerable reproduction of Sega's 3D technology. The biggest downfalls of this version were digital voice clips which were unintelligible ("Get Ready!") and the lack of the popular checkerboard floor, replaced by a striped one. It's worth noting that the sequel, Space Harrier II, released exclusively for Sega's own Mega Drive/Genesis console, featured graphics and scaling inferior to the TurboGrafx port of the original - it was the third title to be released, and the Mega Drive's power had not been fully tapped. Some years later, the Sega Saturn port of Space Harrier took the crown as the most "arcade perfect" port available, as it remains to this day. Children playing on a Amstrad CPC 464 in the 1980s. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... The PC Engine was a video game console released by NEC, a Japanese company, in 1987. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ...


The game is also playable on the Sega Dreamcast (within Shenmue, Shenmue II and Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol. 1) and Microsoft Xbox (within Shenmue II). It is included in Sega Arcade Gallery for the Game Boy Advance and the Sega Classics Collection (a compilation DVD including other games from the same era that were remade for modern audiences to negligible success in the US and big success in Japan) for the PlayStation 2. The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Shenmue ) (IPA: ) (2000) is an Adventure game for the Sega Dreamcast, produced and directed by Yu Suzuki of Sega-AM2. ... Shenmue II is the sequel to the Sega Dreamcast Modern Action Adventure, RPG, Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment (FREE) game Shenmue, written and directed by Yu Suzuki. ... Xbox and a Controller S The Xbox is Microsofts game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... Shenmue II is the sequel to the Sega Dreamcast Modern Action Adventure, RPG, Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment (FREE) game Shenmue, written and directed by Yu Suzuki. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ...


Space Harrier II was released for Nintendo's Virtual Console on December 18, 2006. Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... A logo from Nintendos Virtual Console website Virtual Console ), sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a specialized section of the Wii Shop, a video game download service that is currently offered by Nintendo for its Wii gaming console. ...


Notable ports

  • Space Harrier Complete Collection. This collection offers the arcade version of Space Harrier, Space Harrier II, the Sega Master System version of Space Harrier and Space Harrier 3D. Also included as an easter egg was the Game Gear version of the game. It was released for the PlayStation 2.

Complete series

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External links

  • The Space Harrier Absymbel
  • Killer List of Video Games
  • Arcade hardware
  • Sega-16's retrospective on the series
  • Space Harrier at MobyGames
  • Space Harrier at World of Spectrum

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