(Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Space Harrier (Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Game Profile

Space Harrier is a rail shooter game, released by Sega in 1985. It was produced by Yu Suzuki, the man responsible for many popular Sega games.

It is set in "the Fantasy Zone", a surreal world composed of bright colors and a checkerboard-styled ground. The enemies are also unique, featuring prehistoric animals, Chinese dragons, and alien pods. The player is forced along the levels, running or flying around enemy fire, while shooting back with fireballs via the character's under-arm cannon (which doubles as a rocket-esque device allowing the character to fly). The character graphics are sprite-based, though the level backgrounds are faux 3D.

Game Review

Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Sean Aaron

An interesting slice of gaming history for fans of early 3D games.

Space Harrier is notable for being one of the first arcade games to use a motorised cabinet in its sit-down version, and in the realms of sprite-based third-person 3D shooters it's certainly at the more advanced end of the scale. It was highly popular...

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User Comments (18)

DDR_Paladin356

#4

DDR_Paladin356 said:

IDK if I should get this or not. I have the game on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, but its all messed up (soundwise). So, idk...

Turbo_Genesis_64

#5

Turbo_Genesis_64 said:

It's hard to believe that in 3 short years Sege went from Zaxxon (which is also awesome) to Space Harrier. They both sported the best pseudo 3d graphics of their era.

jhuhn

#6

jhuhn said:

I'm predicting a release in North America sometime in June 2009. Maybe it will be for 500 Nintendo points because of arcade popularity in the region.

SepticLemon

#7

SepticLemon said:

I freaking love Space Harrier!

I'm going to wait for the review though, I want full Analog control support just like the arcade did, ok it wasn't full 360 degree movement, it was something like 32 or 16 directions. If the Analog sticks just act as a virtual 8 way joystick I'll just stick to The Ultimate MegaDrive Collection version.

James

#9

James said:

I think I might be approaching owning enough versions of Space Harrier to pass this one up.

thwipp89

#15

thwipp89 said:

i just bought it and beat it in about 20 minutes. still kinda fun and probably the best version but they really did their fans/customers a disservice by releasing 3 versions, with the best one getting released last. it's not cool to bilk us like that.

thwipp89

#16

thwipp89 said:

weren't users also able to rate games out of 10 (along with the official reviewer)? when did this change...or can we still officially rate it but i'm missing where we can do this? well, being a big fan of the space harrier arcade game (and even the home version) from when i was a kid, i'd probably grade this a 6 or 7 out of 10...i guess that's a 6.5 then =) this is the best version but it's $8 and beatable in a very short period of time. if you like SH from back in the day and don't have a version yet, you might want to give this a try.

2009monash

#17

2009monash said:

it looks pretty faithful to the arcade, worth the points i suppose. i like the look of zaxxon as well

NeoShinobi

#18

NeoShinobi said:

I played this game on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis collection quite a bit. Its pretty good and I like the trippy visuals, but I wouldn't spend $8 on this game alone.

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