(Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Star Parodier (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

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A "cute'em-up" top-down shooter that lampoons the Star Soldier games by replacing most sci-fi elements with humorous graphics and sounds.

You can choose to play the game as the starfighter from the Star Soldier games, a flying Bomberman or a giant, laser-toting PC-Engine, each featuring their own weapon combinations which can be swapped at will in-game by collecting the right power-ups.

Features fully-animated cutscenes and CD music.

Game Review

Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Cute'em-up.

Star Parodier is not only one of the best cute'em-ups ever created, it's also one of the best shooters ever made as well. Combining sugary sweet visuals, a stunning musical score, and some of the most responsive play control ever found in a shooter, Star...

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vader75

#1

vader75 said:

I hope this gets released in the US. I have played it before, and it is fun.

KeeperBvK

#2

KeeperBvK said:

Wow, three of those screens seriously remind me of Detana Twinbee (especially those walking card dudes) and Twinbee Yahoo (the flying ship)

DrakeStaff

#4

Drake said:

What does Air Zonk have to do with Star Soldier besides also being a shoot 'em up? :p

Ian_Daemon

#5

Ian_Daemon said:

Star Parodier looks pretty cool. I've been playing Soldier Blade on the V.C. and have grown very fond of the gameplay. I'm looking forward to the WiiWare Star Soldier R...

DEMON212

#6

DEMON212 said:

Because AZ is a zany SHMUP. Parodius is a zany SHMUP. So I thought that AZ was supposed to be Hudsons P clone.

I'm desperately trying to get P. Buying AZ has made me want it more because they're both great zany SHMUPS.

GameGod3008

#7

GameGod3008 said:

After hearing about this, i never thought it would be released on the VC. Then again, unexpected things have happened before. I like the Star Soldier series so i may get this

Kelvin

#8

Kelvin said:

Demon212, I hope we see at least one of the Parodius games on VC as they're brilliant fun.

Mario_maniac

#11

Mario_maniac said:

Well, that's another game to add to the list! It looks like fun, I love the Bomberman crossover.

Rapadash6

#13

Rapadash6 said:

Maybe this will persuade Konami to release the SNES Twinbee on the VC outside of Japan. (The shooter, not the platformer) I loved the NES game!

Rawk_Hawk

#15

Rawk_Hawk said:

They should make a shooter that lets you play not only a PC engine but an NES, Genesis, SNES and Gameboy. Call it VC wars or something

Only Japan could make this game, no western developer. Sorry Retro studios:(

Terra

#16

Terra said:

I will get this after having my first go on a Star Soldier game yesterday. Hopefully, This will sell well and it will convince Konami to release Parodius to us.

Not sure if they're has been one but i reckon there should be a feature on previously unreleased outside of japan games that haven't yet been announced for release on the VC, Like Mother 1, Star Ocean, Radiant SIlvergun (I Know this was for the Saturn but it had to be said), Mario & Wario, Fire Emblem Etc...

The_Indigo_Effect

#17

The_Indigo_Effect said:

Consider me impressed. I'd also like to second Terranigma's suggestion about doing a feature on unreleased Japanese games.

slangman

#18

slangman said:

Very impressive review. If the music and controls are this good then i will defintly download this the next time i get my Wii online. :)

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#21

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

You say Star Parodier is THAT good? I was pretty sceptic, thinking this was a cheap Parodius rip-off, but perhaps I should give it a go then. Once we get our precious harddrive or whatever Nintendo will solve that memorything with :)

CorbsAdmin

#22

Corbs said:

I love the Parodius series, but this game blows them away. I've been playing this game for years and I can still drag it out and pop it in my PC Engine and it's still fun to play. Great little shooter. Try it. : )

Golgo

#23

Golgo said:

luv shooters even tho i suck at em royally. is this another hardcore one that's gonna humiliate me once again, or does it have easygoing and fun gameplay to match the visuals?

Satans_Therapist

#24

Satans_Therapist said:

Looks great. will get this as I already have blazing lasers and soldier blade, (also have the portable parodius game for psp.) would like to see the nemesis games released for the vc asthey are meant to be easier than the gradius games

CorbsAdmin

#25

Corbs said:

Star Parodier is a fairly easy-going shooter. Very nice and relaxing to play. The last two levels are tough, but not on par with hardcore shooters like Silvergun or Ikaruga.

CopyofCopyX

#26

CopyofCopyX said:

It is a good game, a really good game.
Also perfect for Shmup beginners, as there are few really difficult parts like the speed section in the final level or the last battle itself.
The humor is great too, for example the Bomberman level or the final boss, which is basically a parody of this final boss of Super Star Soldier.
It also has a Battle mode, which is mostly the same as the upcoming WiiWare game. But here the two levels (each with their own boss) are a bonus, not the whole game.
If you like cute Shmups buy it.
I prefer it over Parodius (SNES) and Pop'n Twinbee.

darksnowman

#27

darksnowman said:

Good review. Star Parodier looks hot! I've got this on my list of VC games to get once I have both points and free memory on my Wii.

RoninDennis

#29

RoninDennis said:

I downloaded it Friday, must say I love the visuals and music, wacky, cutesy Japanese games are what got me into gaming in the first place (that's why I don't understand the 'kiddy' nonsense). But i had to crank up to hard for optimal shmup enjoyment, because normal is a bit too easy. In my opinion, however, Pop 'n' Twinbee blows this outta the water completely! Also, it's 200+ blocks, holy hell!!

CorbsAdmin

#30

Corbs said:

I love Pop'n Twinbee on the Super Famicom, but I think Star Parodier is a much better game. And most of the blocks are the music, as with most of the Turbo CD releases. And that's compressed audio. Imagine how large it would be if it wasn't compressed. : )

RoninDennis

#31

RoninDennis said:

Not to use fightin' words, Corbie, but why exactly do you think SP superior to PT? I'm interested in your view.
For me, PT offers deeper play and more strategy because of the shoot/punch combination and 3 different power-up options. Also, PT music is better (matter of taste, of course), and the graphics are sharper and more colorful. SP is a fun shooter, but not excellent.

CorbsAdmin

#32

Corbs said:

I don't know exactly. I've owned Pop'n Twinbee longer than Star Parodier, but I still like the overall feel of Star Parodier better. I get what you're saying about the punch, but I like the three different crafts and their unique firepowers in Star Parodier and the bosses are a bit more creative to me. It's close, that's for sure. I own all the Twinbee games for the SFC, even Rainbow Bell the side-scroller, and I love them all. There's just always been something about Star Parodier that I've loved. It's difficult to put a finger on.

Satans_Therapist

#33

Satans_Therapist said:

Cant decide if to get this or star soldier R on wiiware. I do have blazing lasers and soldier blade and prefer soldier blade.

Jona

#35

Jona said:

this game is awsome!!! it seems like the turbografx is the king of shoot em ups

CorbsAdmin

#36

Corbs said:

The Turbo was one heck of a system for shooters. I'm still hoping that they'll release Magical Chase and Coryoon on the Virtual Console at some point.

Shortay

#37

Shortay said:

So this game is suitable for someone who's totally new to shmups? Nothing too difficult? Are there difficulties to choose from?

koresh1959

#38

koresh1959 said:

@Shortay: on easy, I can complete it, and did so today in one sitting. That says a lot because I am a novice at shoot 'em ups and this is the only one I can finish, even if, embarrassingly, it's on easy. On normal I can get 3/4 of the way through. It's definitely the easiest available on the VC that I've tried, so it shouldn't put you off. Regardless, it's a wonderful game that everyone should play.

koresh1959

#39

koresh1959 said:

The only thing that slightly annoys me (and even then, not particularly) about this game is that there's no true level select (only 1-4), which I think should be available after completing the game. My favourite stage is #7 but if I want to play it I have to play levels 4, 5 and 6 first, every time. But still, level select for stages 1-4 is generous so it's not really a valid complaint.

Jona

#40

Jona said:

i really which this game cums out 4 the us! DEMON212 says this game is the best VC SHUMPS

Zeroagean

#42

Zeroagean said:

This probably has nothing to do with this game but... does Japan get its games on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday?

adamtallguy

#43

adamtallguy said:

Downloaded this title last week, Is a good shooter that is coloufull and the cd quality soundtrack is very good,5 out of 5 for this.
Adam

slangman

#44

slangman said:

Finally downloaded this, Its very good with cute visuals and a great soundtrack. Looks easy but the later levels are quite tricky.

Sharecrow

#45

Sharecrow said:

This looks fun but it usually takes me awhile to finish a shooter. I have like 3 I am working on at once right now....well, 4 sort of. Yikes! But I'll get to this one too someday.

CanisWolfred

#46

CanisWolfred said:

Is that date right? Is this coming Monday? Thank you Grandma! I promise I'll do even better next year! I can't wait to download this, especially since I have money to buy it with now.

Ricardo91

#47

Ricardo91 said:

Whuh? We're getting this tomorrow? Oh happies! Good thing I didn't waste my remaining 1100 points on those other VC games I've so far hesitated to buy. Hopefully my pre-paid credit card has at least 10 bucks remaining on it for them.

Say, what else are we getting tomorrow? if we're getting anything else that is.

Virus

#48

Virus said:

I don't believe this question has been asked yet: How much of the game has been translated to English, if any at all? Or rather, how much of the game is in English? And if neither of those are relevant, does it really matter that none of it is in English?

Bensei

#49

Bensei said:

Nothing has been translated afterwards (too bad there aren't even subtitles for the story, it sounds funny).
The menus are all english, but some options are japanese (just try, there's even a squeeze option for 16:9 TVs!) and the speed levels are japanese (gladly the voice says in japanese english (speedo uppo or speedo down if you press - )
The manuals are in your Wii's language

CanisWolfred

#50

CanisWolfred said:

Gahhh! It's not here yet! What the heck?! Oh well, I'll just have to wait another week...

I just gotta ask, why did it say it was coming out July 21? Was that just guess work, because I didn't see anything else that said it was coming out today, and now I see that the date has been changed back to the ambiguous TBA. So what's the story, huh?

Ricardo91

#53

Ricardo91 said:

Please be next monday, please bs next monday, please be next monday, please be next monday....

slangman

#54

slangman said:

Sorry to disappoint Mr Cheez but it looks like you Americans are getting it on 11th August (since Hudson have the date listed on their website)

Ricardo91

#55

Ricardo91 said:

Well, at least now I know a proper release date. Now I just hope that Hudson doesn't change the date at the last minute like they did last week. :|

Olimar_91

#57

Olimar_91 said:

Wow. Extremely positive review... I'm tempted to pick this one up, as I lack any shooters and this one does seem like fun. I wish it was a bit less expensive of course.

michaelb3600

#60

michaelb3600 said:

wow, what a wonderful game. lighthearted, fun and very wacky. thanks for the reviews & round-up, would have missed it if not for the coverage.

beanZfury

#61

beanZfury said:

Great game although a liitle easy compared to Star Soldier, R-Type, etc. Personally, I enjoy the non-dubbed japanese versions as I have some beer and make up my own dialogue according to the cutscenes. Not always funny, but in this case, Bomberman (or one of his multi-colored buddies) get the red haired chick pregnant and have to figure out whose it is. Then the roller coaster blows up. You have to watch the opening sequence but it makes a good improv/drinking game. Another plus is themusic reminds me of Saturday morning cartoon music from the eighties... anyone?

Rawk_Hawk

#64

Rawk_Hawk said:

Wow I watched a video of this game and I don't know if I can get past the screaming Japanese voices. It started to grate on my nerves

RurouniTeeter

#66

RurouniTeeter said:

Only downside I see in the video is there no one playing as Bomber man... Oh well. :D
I got this game and it's very fun.
Just got to be a fan of these type of games though.

CanisWolfred

#67

CanisWolfred said:

Just got it, and I'm already loving it! The look and the music are very pleasing, and it's going to be tough to adjust to the gritty looks and sounds of average shooters once I'm done with Star Parodier. The bosses, as stated are really unique, and I really like them. I've only played as the Paroceaser so far, but it's cooler than the ceaser in Super Star Soldier(albeit pretty similar). I was surprised you had your ususal bombs in this game, though they aren't the screen-clearing kind, so there is some strategy towards using them. It gets hard pretty fast though(on normal at least). I managed to accumulate 9 lives through the first 2 levels, then I lost them all in level 3. It's still a ton of fun though, and I'm glad I got it!

It's nice to see there's an easy mode too, since, to be honest to you, shooters are kind of difficult for the average person to get into, and this game would make a perfect starting point. While I wouldn't say you have to be a fan of shooters to like this, if you hate shooters for their basic gameplay, this probably won't change your mind. But if you hated the difficulty, or have never played a shooter before, it is definitely recommended( on easy anyways).

Edit: I tried the other ones, and PC-Engine rocks! Bomberman, not so much :P.

Funny, as catchy as the music is, it still can't dislodge the F-Zero X music from my head.

Rawk_Hawk

#68

Rawk_Hawk said:

@ Mickey Mac
Wow I watched the Parodius clip. Man they were having some conversation there. Glad I have a mute button. I the only the that could be worse is listening to Chun-Li talk all day.

MasterMario

#69

MasterMario said:

This game is very wierd. The first boss you face is a roller coaster! But this the best shooter game I have played and is 10 times better than Soldier Blade.

StarDust4Ever

#70

StarDust4Ever said:

I would get this now, but once again, my Wii is stuffed ("Swapping" with the SD card sucks donkey). Also, I had 1300 points, but I blew 700 of that on Break-In. I know imports are a mixed bag (loved DoReMi, hated Bio-Miracle), but I think this will be a freaking hit on my Wii once I buy more points and clear some room for it.

I am one of those types who loves the SHMUP genre but sucks at most SHMUP games.

Virus

#71

Virus said:

Since my shmup history before buying this game consisted of playing random shooters on my relatives' SNES (I liked none of them), Star Parodier was my first shmup, and I'm more than pleased. It has great music, great graphics, great replay value...it is just great overall. Although this is my first shmup game, I must admit myself that the game is a tad easy, but I still loved it, possibly enough to warrant another shmup purchase. We'll see.

An awesome game for anyone looking to enter the shmup genre.

psyduck

#72

psyduck said:

Seems to me like a lot of fun. Will deffinetly get this. Bomberman as a boss and shooting CD-roms is brilliant! lol

Ian_Daemon

#74

Ian_Daemon said:

I've read other people say that Star Parodier gets hard fast. I agree!. I had trouble starting at level four. (I'm not even sure if I can make it past level seven.)

Bensei

#76

Bensei said:

@breaderer: Depends on how often you die. If you're good, you may complte it in a few hours, then intense mode may be good for you.

CanisWolfred

#77

CanisWolfred said:

@Bensei

How many stages are in it?

I can say that so far this game has been more than worth the import price! I've been playing it quite frequently, more than most shooters, and I've loved every minute of it! The bosses are creative, the music is fantastic, and the look is incredibly charming! And I'd say I owe it to Corbie, since I probably would've passed it up if he hadn't have recommended it. Thank you!

Super_Flip

#78

Super_Flip said:

Out of the SHMUPS that I've played before, This just hits number 1 on my list. And for people who Don't Know much japanese at all, Like me, There is nothing to worry about, There isn't that much Japanese Text at all. I know anyone will like it.

Hilanderous

#79

Hilanderous said:

The reason I hate this game is that on Level 5, which is inside the pyramid, if you die at the boss you go back to the start of the level. It is one of the most tedious things I've ever experienced in a videogame. The level itself is very boring so after one or two tries I can't take the game anymore and need a break from it which can last months. The boss doesn't even seem that hard but because he changes forms and attacks and the fight takes place in such a small place, I can't help but take a hit at least once. It just makes me mad because the game was really fun UP to this point.

Golgo

#80

Golgo said:

The last level is tough, for me at least. I had to wuss out and knock it down to easy and start again at level four to get through. Terrific fun, though. Lost about 8 hours to this game so far.

pikmin95

#81

pikmin95 said:

I'm a bit disappointed after playing Lifeforce. Because of it, I'm very hesitant when it comes down to buying this.

cheetahman91

#82

cheetahman91 said:

Downloaded this game. I'd have to say it's better than the Star Soldier and Parodius. This game is definitely recommended for beginner shooters like me or anybody who likes to have fun.

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