(SMS / Master System)

R-Type (SMS / Master System)

Game Profile

Note: This game is no longer available on the Wii Shop.

R-TYPE is a classic, side-scrolling arcade shoot-'em-up that was developed by Irem in 1987.

It's the 22nd century, and you are humanity's last hope against the evil Bydo Empire. Your ship is called the R-9a "Arrowhead" and comes with a standard gun, but power-ups and upgrades are available in each mission. Navigate through eight challenging levels that will test even the best gamer's reflexes. The SEGA Master System version features an exclusive secret level not found in any other release.

Game Review


Europe PAL Version

Posted by Darren Calvert

Blast off and attack the evil Bydo Empire once again in 8-bit!

While we applaud Sega for bringing some of its most fondly remembered Master System games to the Virtual Console, we can’t help feeling that on this occasion it is a little bit pointless. After all, we’ve had a near arcade perfect port of R-Type on...

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User Comments (16)



Aenaida said:

I think so too. If you look at this screen from the TG-16 version:


This boss is exactly the same as the one at the end of the video.



brooks83 said:

If this game is only 500 points, it will be my 2nd Master System purchase Glad I held off on the TG16 version



Chungii_V said:

Yeah same, I used to own the sms version but TG16 was first out on the VC and that's the one I'll keep. (maybe a little less flicker in the TG16 version)



Omega said:

The PC-Engine (TG16) version is a nearly "pixel perfect" arcade conversion while the SMS version has of course significantly dumbed down graphics and serious sprite-flickering (like NES games). Both versions are identical when it comes to level-design and bosses but if you want a technical superior, almost perfect Arcade port then go for the PC-Engine version.

Though, at heart, I like the SMS version a little bit more because it seems easier to me. And I don't like how the screen scrolls up and down on the PC-Engine. This makes the levels sometimes confusing.



Chungii_V said:

The money I spent on this machine in town and @ 20c a go too.
Then when it came out on the SMS it was a must have.



Adamant said:

While this is, essentially, the same game already available on the service, this version has it's own definite charm to it, and is still absolutely worth looking into.

Plus hey, it's 500 points versus the Turbografx game's 800.



vio said:

I just fail to see the point of this. Sure, it's impressive for an 8-bit SMS title, but it's clearly inferior to the TurboGrafx version that we've already had for a long time now. Unless you still haven't bought the TurboGrafx one and you're desperate to save 3 bucks, I don't see any reason to download this. This is one game they can keep in Japan.



StarBoy91 said:

Wow! I honestly never would've thought that first boss was possible in the Sega Master System. Just comes to show.



7th_lutz said:

The Sms version of R-type isn't as tough as the tg-16 version and is a fun game.

The game it self, has no reason to the be the vc though like Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap will be once it gets released.



NeoShinobi said:

Looks really impressive. I never really played R-Type all that much, but this deffinetly looks like a quality port.

And, MY GOD, the box art is actually decent (for an SMS game).

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