Space Harrier


The Arcade Video Game by Sega Enterprises, Ltd.

[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Space Harrier © 1985 Sega.

Space Harrier is a sprite-scaling 3D shoot-em-up set in the 'Fantasy Zone'; a surreal world composed of abstract structures and a checkerboard landscape. The game's enemies are as abstract as its setting; with creatures including prehistoric Mammoths, alien pods, giant mushrooms and, at the end of most stages, a huge, fireball-spitting Chinese Dragon.

The player's on-screen counterpart carries a portable jetpack under his arm which allows him to fly. The player can also run along the ground to avoid overhead structures and enemies.

In addition to its flight capability, the jetpack is also equipped with a laser, used to destroy both the game's many enemies as well as some (but not all) obstructions, such as the trees and floating rocks on the first stage.

Space Harrier has a total of 18 stages, each with a boss fight at the end. Three exceptions are the bonus stages (5th and 12th) and the 18th stage, which is a 'boss rush' featuring some of the bosses encountered up to that point.
Space Harrier machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
Space Harrier machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
Space Harrier machine
Click to enlarge (members only)



Players : 1
Control : stick
Buttons : 3 (FIRE, FIRE, FIRE)
Space Harrier was released in October 1985 in Japan.

The pioneer 3-D shooting game realized by a high speed 3-D processing. The first full-color CG graphics in Japan and a beautiful BGM supported by a FM sound system that gave a great impact to the arcade scene in 1985.

japan Dec. ??, 1987 - Sega Taikan Game Special [28XA-198]
japan Oct. 17, 1997 - Yu-Suzuki produce Hang-On / Space Harrier [MJCAX-00001]

japan Jan. 10, 1989 - Space Harrier - White Dragon no Yuusha [Bouken Game Book]
There's an Easter egg which causes a credit from Yu Suzuki, as well as a build date, to appear on the screen. To trigger this text, at the start of a stage (before the stage name disappears), press Shot-3 six times, Start eight times, then Shot-3 again. Note that any misstep in this sequence will reset the whole process.
1. Space Harrier (1985)
2. Space Harrier 3D [Model G-1349] (1988, Sega Mark III)
3. Space Harrier II [Model G-4002] (1988, Sega Mega Drive)
4. Space Harrier - Return to the Fantasy Zone (1989, Commodore Amiga)
5. Planet Harriers (2001)
Designed by: Yu Suzuki (YU.)
From highscore table: (KAN), (KAW), Satoshi Mifune (BIN), (TUD), (NAG), (ASO)
Music by: Hiroshi Miyauchi


Sega Mark III japan (December 21, 1986) "Space Harrier [Model G-1310]"
Sega Master System usa (1987) [Model 7001]
Sega Master System europe (1987) [Model 7080]
NEC PC-Engine japan (December 9, 1988) "Space Harrier [Model H67G-1002]"
NEC TurboGrafx-16 usa (December 9, 1988) [Model TGX040025]
Nintendo Famicom japan (January 6, 1989) "Space Harrier [Model TFC-SO]"
Sega Game Gear japan (December 28, 1991) "Space Harrier [Model G-3212]"
Sega Game Gear usa europe (1992)
Sega Super 32X japan (December 3, 1994) "Space Harrier [Model GM-4005]"
Sega Genesis 32X usa (1995) "Space Harrier [Model 84505]"
Sega Mega Drive 32X (1995) "Space Harrier [Model 84505-50]"
Sega Saturn japan (July 19, 1996) "Space Harrier [Model GS-9108]"
Sega Saturn japan (July 19, 1996) "Space Harrier [Limited Special Set] [Model GS-9111]"
Sega Dreamcast japan (December 20, 2001) "Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol.1 [Model ASP001]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (September 25, 2003) "Space Harrier [Sega Ages 2500 Vol.4] [Model SLPM-62384]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (October 27, 2005) "Space Harrier II - Space Harrier Complete Collection [Sega Ages 2500 Vol.20] [Model SLPM-62691]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] japan (July 23, 2008) [Mark III version]
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] europe (October 17, 2008) [Master System version]
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] usa (November 3, 2008) [Master System version]
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] japan [March 26, 2009)
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] europe (May 29, 2009)
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] usa (June 15, 2009)
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (February 10, 2009; "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection [Model BLUS-30259]")
Sony PlayStation 3 korea (February 10, 2009, "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (February 10, 2009; "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection")
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (February 20, 2009; "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection [Model BLES-00475]")
Sony PlayStation 3 [AU] (February 20, 2009; "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection [Model BLES-00475]")
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (February 20, 2009; "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection")
Microsoft XBOX 360 [AU] (February 26, 2009; "Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection")
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] (2013) "3D Space Harrier"


Amstrad CPC europe (1986) "Space Harrier [Disc]"
Amstrad CPC europe (1986) "Space Harrier [Cassette]"
Sharp X68000 japan (September 1987) "Space Harrier [Model DP-3205003]"
Commodore C64 usa europe (1987)
Fujitsu FM-7 japan (1987)
Fujitsu FM-77AV japan (1987)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1987)
Atari ST usa europe (1988)
Commodore Amiga usa europe (1989)
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25''] usa (1989)
NEC PC 8801 japan
Sharp X1 japan


Tiger Handheld LCD Game usa (19??)
Mobile phones usa (2002)
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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