Mag Max [Model NBF-MM]

The Famicom Game by Nichibutsu


Emulated in MAME ! [Console] Famicom Game

Mag Max © 1986 Nichibutsu [Nihon Bussan Company, Limited.].

Mag Max is a side-scrolling shooter by Nichibutsu and conversion of an arcade game of the same name originally released in 1985. In a far distant future, a group of highly advanced aliens has enslaved humanity and imposed a rigid order with the help of a super computer named Babylon. In a last effort of resistance, a group of humans develops a robot named Mag Max in an attempt to stop the aliens and their formidable war machines. Interestingly, the MagMax robot comes in four different parts that must be assembled as the game progresses - the player starts with a simple tank-like ship (the robot's core), and other components such as Legs, Torso/Head and a Wave Beam Cannon must be collected. They attach to the ship and eventually form a powerful humanoid robot with tremendous firepower. These components also give the player weapon upgrades, as well as some measure of protection (they receive damage and eventually get destroyed instead of the entire ship). Finally, although the game starts above ground and uses an isometric view, special tunnels (called Warp Halls) give access to underground sections which use a more traditional side scrolling formula. There, enemies are a lot more aggressive and MagMax's cannon shoots fireballs instead of beams. Magmax consists of four looping stages (some guarded by the monstrous three-headed Babylon Dragon) and a two player alternating mode is available.


Cartridge ID: NBF-MM


Mag Max was released on March 19, 1986 in Japan for 4900 Yen.

This game is the first game made by Nichibutsu on the Famicom.

The original Mag Max arcade game was released by Nichibutsu in 1985. Unlike the Famicom version, the arcade game featured a horizontal parallax scrolling effect which added an incredible depth to the above ground sections (which was definitely an unique feature, especially for a shooter released in 1985).

Export releases:
usa "Mag Max [Model NES-MM-USA]"

Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel;

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