Space Harrier

A 32-year-old Arcade Video Game PCB by SEGA Enterprises

Space Harrier screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): sharrier sharrier1

DESCRIPTION

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.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURES :
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Space Harrier the Arcade Video Game PCB
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Space Harrier the Arcade Video Game PCB
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Space Harrier the Arcade Video Game PCB
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[1] [Sit-Down model]

[2] [Rolling model]

[3] [Upright model]

Players : 1
Control : stick
Buttons : 3 (FIRE, FIRE, FIRE)

TRIVIA

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.

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

Library:
[JP] Jan. 10, 1989 - Space Harrier - White Dragon no Yuusha [Bouken Game Book]
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TIPS AND TRICKS

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.

SERIES

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)

STAFF

Designed by: Yu Suzuki (YU.)
From highscore table: (KAN), (KAW), Satoshi Mifune (BIN), (TUD), (NAG), (ASO)
Music by: Hiroshi Miyauchi

PORTS

CONSOLES:
Sega Mark III [JP] (dec.21, 1986) "Space Harrier [Model G-1310]"
Sega Master System [US] (1987) "Space Harrier [Model 7001]"
[EU] Sega Master System (aug.1987) "Space Harrier [Model 7080]"
[JP] NEC PC-Engine (dec.9, 1988) "Space Harrier [Model H67G-1002]"
[JP] Nintendo Famicom (jan.6, 1989) "Space Harrier [Model TFC-SO]"
NEC TurboGrafx-16 [US] (1990) "Space Harrier [Model TGX040025]"
Sega Genesis 32X [US] (1994) "Space Harrier [Model 84505]"
Sega Mega Drive 32X (1994) "Space Harrier [Model 84505-50]"
Sega Super 32X [JP] (dec.3, 1994) "Space Harrier [Model GM-4005]"
[JP] Sega Saturn (jul.19, 1996) "Space Harrier [Sega Ages] [Model GS-9108]"
[JP] Sega Saturn (jul.19, 1996) "Space Harrier [Limited Special Set] [Model GS-9111]"
Sega Dreamcast [JP] (dec.20, 2001) "Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol.1 [Model ASP001]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (sept.25, 2003) "Space Harrier [Sega Ages 2500 Vol.4] [Model SLPM-62384]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (oct.27, 2005) "Space Harrier II - Space Harrier Complete Collection [Sega Ages 2500 Vol.20] [Model SLPM-62691]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] [JP] [mar.26, 2009)
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] [EU] (may.29, 2009)
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] [US] (june.15, 2009)
Microsoft XBOX 360 [US] (feb.10, 2009) as an unlockable extra in "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection [Model 60834]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [KO] (feb.10, 2009) as an unlockable extra in "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" by SCEI
Sony PlayStation 3 [US] (feb.10, 2009) as an unlockable extra in "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection [Model BLUS-30259]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (feb.20, 2009) as an unlockable extra in "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection [Model 384-40210]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [EU] [AU] (feb.20, 2009) as an unlockable extra in "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection [Model BLES-00475]"
[AU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (feb.26, 2009) as an unlockable extra in "Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection"

HANDHELDS:
[JP] Sega Game Gear (dec.28, 1991) "Space Harrier [Model G-3212]"
Sega Game Gear [US] [EU] (1991) "Space Harrier [Model 2314]"
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] [JP] (dec.26, 2012) "3D Space Harrier [Model CTR-JSHJ-JPN]"
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] [US] (nov.28, 2013) "3D Space Harrier [Model CTR-JSHE-USA]"
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] [EU] (nov.28, 2013) "3D Space Harrier [Model CTR-JSHP-EUR]"
Nintendo 3DS [eShop] [AU] (nov.28, 2013) "3D Space Harrier [Model CTR-JSHP-AUS]"

COMPUTERS:
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1986) "Space Harrier [Disc]"
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1986) "Space Harrier [Cassette]"
[JP] Sharp X68000 (sept.1987) "Space Harrier [Model DP-3205003]"
[US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1987)
Fujitsu FM-7 [JP] (1987)
Fujitsu FM-77AV [JP] (1987)
[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1987)
Atari ST [US] [EU] (1988)
Commodore Amiga [US] [EU] (1989)
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25"] [US] (1989)
[JP] NEC PC 8801
[JP] Sharp X1

OTHERS:
Tiger Handheld LCD Game [US] (19??)
Mobile phones [US] (2002)

SOURCES
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Game's ROMs.
Game's screenshots.
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