|Super Darius II for PCE was released on December 23, 1993 in Japan for 7800 Yen.|
The arcade game "Darius II" was originally released in 1989.
This PC-Engine version of "Darius II" shows significant differences with the original arcade game. Obviously, the screen is not as wide as the original display, and is cropped and zoomed in (ships are fairly large on screen for that matter). Then, another obvious change is the soundtrack - T's Music (better known for their work on Winds of Thunder, Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire or Dungeon Explorer II) rearranged Zuntata's original tunes and filled them with enticing electric guitar riffs and slinky synthesizers. The gameplay is fairly identical to the original game, however this conversion offers three difficulty levels (easy, normal and hard) and the easy mode allows the player to keep all his weaponry after losing a life. The shield also feels less powerful and disappears after a few hits. But the greatest difference lies in the bosses, and although three are directly borrowed from Darius II - Killer Hijia (Zone C), Yamato (Zones K & M) and Leadain (Zones L, N & O) - all of the others are exclusive to this version! Super Darius II features a total of thirteen bosses (whereas the original arcade game included eleven). Finally, the Warning sign displayed right before each boss encounter shows a glaring spelling mistake - "A huge battle ship is approached fast" - this is rather unfortunate because the original arcade game didn't commit any spelling mistakes.
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