Emulated in MAME ! [Console] Famicom Game
Space Harrier © 1989 Takara Company, Limited.
Space Harrier is a 3D/forward shooter by Takara and conversion of Sega's popular arcade game originally released in 1985. The game takes place in the fictional world of Dragon Land, where an evil force and his army have appeared and seek for the total annihilation of the land and its inhabitants. The player takes control of a warrior armed with a large laser-cannon, ready to take on the swarming invaders. The interesting device also doubles as a rocket-pack, giving the player the ability to float around the screen and to fly at blazing speeds through the different zones of the Dragon Land. Unlike most of the shooters released at the time, Space Harrier uses 3D effects based on sprite scaling, and the player constantly moves forward on a set track. Space Harrier features eighteen levels, all filled with all kind of flying enemies, from bug-like creatures to winged insects, robot-mechas, formations of flying jets and massive dragons. Finally, two bonus stages are also scattered throughout the game and give the player the ability to ride the dragon Uriah, and to destroy elements of the background for extra points.
Space Harrier for the Famicom was released on January 06, 1989 in Japan for 5500 Yen.
Takara is somewhat known for doing a lot SNK ports for the Super Famicom, Mega Drive, and a few other systems. The music is kind of cool because basically it's the Famicom version of Mark III music, meaning it sounds the same, yet different. The movement of everything in the game is really smooth, but the fire button doesn't always want to work for some reason. Basically it's a Famicom port of the Mark III version without the voices.
Continue: To continue from where you left off, press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, down, down, up, up on the Game Over screen.
Sound Test: At the title screen, press right, left, down, up.
Option Screen: In the sound test, play songs 7, 4, 3, 7, 4, 8, and then 1 to exit. This will take you to an option screen where you can change the difficulty of the game, reverse the controls, and turn Space Harrier into a jet.
See Goodies section.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com
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