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Finest Hour

Arcade Video game published 35 years ago by NAMCO, Ltd.

Listed in MAME

Finest Hour screenshot

Finest Hour © 1989 Namco.

Stomp through the enemy opposition in your very own assault mech! Equipped with a laser beam, Vernier jump-jets, auto-targeting, and automatic cooling system, this mech is a force to be reckoned with. Of course, the enemy doesn't know that yet, do they? Teach 'em a lesson in threat assessment!


Namco System 2 hardware
Game ID : FH

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 12.288 Mhz), M6809 (@ 3.072 Mhz), HD63705 (@ 2.048 Mhz)
Sound Chips : C140 (@ 21.39 Khz), YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 288 x 224 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz
Palette colors : 8192

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3


Released in September 1989.

Finest Hour is the first game from Namco where the hero is a robot.

Many of the stages' names seem to be named after songs by the rock band Rush - for example, 'Distant Early Warning' and 'Subdivisions'.

Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Finest Hour : Namco Game Sound Express Vol.3 - VICL-15004) on 21/09/1990.


Produced by : S. Yokoyama
Development directed by : S. Okamoto
General agent : K. Matsuoka
Management by : S. Sakurai
Marketing investigated by : Toshio Natsui
Superviser of test play : Y. Seto
Directed & programmed by : K. Nikaido
Character designers : Y. Teshima, T. Kinoshita, K. Yanagihara, S. Sasaki
Graphic designers : N. Yanagisawa, H. Fukuda, Mitsuru Fukuoka (M. Fukuoka), Masato Nagashima
Development supported by : M. Kato
Music composed by : Katsurou Tajima
Logotype designed by : N. Abe
Lyrics translated by : R. Okamoto
Publicity poster arranged by : H. Kuwahara
Presidental advisor : E. Sato
Graphic utility distribution : A. Nagamatsu
Coordinate supported by : E. Saita, Y. Honda


Game's ROM.