Xevious (NES)

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Control your Solvalou ship and destroy the Xevious forces! Use zapper missiles against air-based enemies and blaster bombs against ground-based targets. Destroy Andor Genesis to earn bonus points!

Unique enemies, interesting BGM, a variety of vertically scrolling background environments and many hidden gameplay features differentiated Xevious from other shooting games released at the time. Xevious was released on the NES in 1989 and became an instant classic.

In a 2-player game, players take turns to control their Solvalou ships. Change players when a ship is lost. 2 controllers are required for a 2-player game.

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

An early vertical scrolling classic

When Xevious hit arcades in 1982 it represented one of the first vertical shoot 'em ups of its kind. Not only that, but the game introduced a second bombing mechanic to give it a little more flare. After seeing a handful of home releases, it sprang upon...

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Virtual Console Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Golden oldie

Following its success with Pac-Man and Galaga in the arcades, it seemed that Namco was unstoppable. The release of Xevious only helped to cement this idea: it was first one of the earliest examples of a vertical scrolling shooter and innovative for its...

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User Comments (13)

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Techno Doc said:

I loved this game in the arcade, and although the Nintendo port is not as graphically rich, it still plays great. Read the Wikipedia article on Xevious to gain a new appreciation on the importance of this game in arcade history, and to learn about the secrets hidden throughout (extra ships, bonus points, etc.).



sam said:

I downloaded this because of a case of mistaken identity. I thought it was this mad shooter that I used to play on table top cabinets back in the arcade days. The only thing mad about this game is the way it made me feel when I realised I paid money for it. I wish Nintendo had a redemtion feature for Wii points... oh well



SKTTR said:

unfortunately i bought this game on the GBA (NES classics) and have it on Starfox Assault (Gamecube). what i can say is... its the worst shooter ever.... its the worst VC game and it definately isnt worth 500 wii points.

No! I try to be fair. In 1982, when it was released, i can imagine it was wonderful, when nothing was like it! There were just ... Space Invaders.. Phoenix... and maybe Galaga... but, simply put, it's "a bad aged classic"!

It's a classic, coz it was a step forward and it was the real first scrolling-shmup. But the VC is flooded with shmups and theyre all better.. Xevious is past, nostalgia and only recommended for fans!

From me it gets 1 solidary classic star out of 5. The game itself controls smooth but there isnt much substance to it. The sound is annoying and the graphics are plain and repeat all the time.



chiefeagle02 said:

I went into a Gamestop recently and saw this title preowned for the Game Boy Advance for only $3. I still didn't have it in me to buy it.



alvieao said:

I have Xevious as a bonus game in Star Fox: Assault, considering Namco developed the recent GameCube iteration in the Star Fox series. I find the NES version of Xevious not as much fun to play, unlike the arcade game. Also, there are many shooters that have surpassed this one. I hate to say this but even if you lived through the golden age of Namco, don't bother downloading.



Pauliechoo said:

I remember putting a lot of 20 cent pieces into this game during the summer holidays of 85/86.

It was my fave game of the day. As such it was my first VC download.

The "fond memories of my misspent youth" have been tarnished by the travesty of this iteration, i cannot believe how bad this game is.

Avoid this one guys, even more so if you loved it 20 years ago. Keep your good memories good.



digibod said:

i just downloaded this, i thinks its quite a good little game but im not to worried about wii points. my wii has over 30 games on it

xevious is ok and good for the occasional blast



StarSoldier1 said:

Daz is right, this game blows! The music loops constantly, bombing sucks, and the game play is too limited compared to other NES shooters like Zanac.



chiefeagle02 said:

I buckled and bought this game from Gamestop for $4 on the GBA. For what it's worth, it's not bad in very short bursts.



Beau_Skunk said:

Not a bad port, but the arcade game is better still. (You can seem to play the arcade version alot longer.) It's a li'l annoying how hard it is to get extra lives. The simultanious bombing, and shooting ellement might take some getting used to, but it gives the game a unique way to play that other arcade shooters of the 80s don't have.



Corbs said:

A great game back in the day. Just hasn't aged so well over the years.

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