The Arcade Video Game by NAMCO, Ltd.

Starblade screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Starblade © 1991 Namco.

A 3-D space shoot'em up featuring 2 separate missions; the first is to destroy the planet 'Red Eye' while the second is to wipe out the enemy fleet and their leader. The game's sit-down cabinet featured a seat that vibrated whenever the player was hit, either by incoming fire or by enemy objects such as ships, asteroids etc. The yoke joystick - which had a fire button situated at the top of the stick, underneath where the player's thumb sits - was very similar in appearance and feel to that used in Atari's 1983 wireframe classic, "Star Wars (Atari)".


Starblade the  Arcade Video Game
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Starblade the  Arcade Video Game
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Namco System 21 hardware
Game ID : ST

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 12.288 Mhz), M6809 (@ 3.072 Mhz), HD63705 (@ 2.048 Mhz), (2x) TMS32025 (@ 24 Mhz)
Sound Chips : C140 (@ 32 Khz), YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz)

Players : 1
Control : stick
Buttons : 4


Starblade was released in September 1991 in Japan.

Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Starblade & Galaxian3 - Project Dragon : Namco Game Sound Express Vol.06 - VICL-15009) on 21/03/1992.


Chief director : H. Nakatani
Assistant director : K. Kobayashi
Programmers : Norimasa Matsuura, Y. Saitoh, Y. Ohmori
Music and sound effects : Shinji Hosoe
Visual director : W. Yanagawa
Visual designers : N. Kumagai, M. Tejima, M. Kimura
Industrial designer : N. Yoshimatsu
Mechanical designers : S. Kanebako, H. Igarashi, T. Wakayama, J. Uchida
Electrical designers : M. Yamada, O. Morita, M. Ito
Producers : K. Sawano, M. Yamada



Sega Mega-CD (1994)
Panasonic 3DO japan (Dec. 16, 1994; "Starblade [Model FZ-SJ5351]")
Sony PlayStation (1995, "Starblade Alpha")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, as a bonus game in "Tekken 5")

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