|Rabio Lepus Special was released on October 19, 1990 in Japan for 6800 Yen.|
Rabio Lepus Special is based on the arcade game Rabio lepus (aka Rabbit Punch in the west) originally released by V-System in 1987. However, this version is quite different and it can be regarded as a remixed version of the original game (hence the 'special' title). The animated introduction sequence was removed as well as the world map, and the soundtrack is completely different. The original game also features twelve stages whereas the PC Engine version only six - however, these stages remix a lot of the enemies and layout elements from the arcade game. Some bosses were moved to different levels (such as the flying monk), some had their attack patterns changed (such as the guardian protecting the last boss) and others, such as the metal panthers were removed. The PC Engine version also features a mini-boss not seen in the original game - the large spaceship located at the beginning of the fist level is exclusive to this version. Finally, the arcade game featured a two-player mode (removed from the PC Engine port) and an interesting second difficulty mode where players could play the game with a completely different enemy layout.
Click to see more