Night Striker

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Taito Corp. [Japan]

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Night Striker © 1989 Taito.


Night Striker is a 3-D shoot-em-up rendered with fast moving, sprite-scaled graphics. Players must guide an armoured hover car through a number of scrolling levels - destroying waves of enemies in the process - in an attempt to rescue a scientist who has been kidnapped by a terrorist organization. A large guardian awaits players at the end of each level, with each one taking several hits to destroy.

Instead of having a set number of lives, the player's vehicle is equipped with a shield that depletes whenever the player is hit by enemy fire or has collisions with either enemies or scenery. The player's shields are recharged at the end of every level.

Night Striker takes its influences from many landmark games of the sprite scaling genre, all of which are Sega releases. The basic shoot-em-up gameplay is similar in style to both 1985's "Space Harrier" and 1987's "Thunder Blade". Some of the game's levels resemble those of 1988's "Galaxy Force II" as well as "Thunder Blade", while the game's level structure - a 'pyramid' of levels that allows players to chose their own route through the game with the use of end-of-level forked roads - is borrowed from the 1986 classic, "Out Run".
TECHNICAL
 
PICTURE :
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Night Striker machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
Taito Z System hardware
Prom Stickers : B91

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2610

Players : 1
Control : stick
Buttons : 2
TRIVIA
 
Night Striker was released in October 1989.

Only 303 Japanese versions were produced.

The eerie and ambient game soundtrack is by Zuntata, an internal team of composers within Taito responsible for other great soundtracks including Darius Gaiden, Gun-Lock, G-Darius.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Darius II : G.S.M. Taito 4 - PCCB-00010-12) on November 11, 1989.

A new version of the soundtrack was released in 1998 and is sprinkled with anecdotes (spoken in Japanese) about the game (Z-Replica Vol. 2 - Urban Trail Night Striker - ZTTL-0025).

Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Zuntata History L'ab-normal 1st - ZTTL-0038) on April 1, 1999.
UPDATES
 
The US version has the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' screen.
TIPS AND TRICKS
 
If you become 'out of control', you can shoot enemies until the continue screen appears.

When you are on the roads, you will get a 8X bonus score (this don't work on Sky, Rivers and Sea).
PORTS
 

Consoles:


Sega Mega CD japan (May 29, 1993) [Model T-11014]
Sony PlayStation japan (July 28, 1995) [Model SLPS-00050]
Sega Saturn japan (June 14, 1996; "Night Striker S [Model T-19901G]")
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (March 29, 2007; "Taito Memories II Gekan [Model SLPM-66713 (TCPS-10183)]")
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

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