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Super Earth Defense Force Enlists to Defend Europe and Australia

Posted by James Newton

Virtual Console rating uncovered

Can't get enough of blasting aliens on Virtual Console? Then prepare to give your trigger finger another workout as the Australian Classification Board (OFLC) has outed Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force for Super Nintendo, heading to the PAL region for the first time ever.

There's naturally no release information attached to such a rating but the ability to play a 16-bit shooter that was never released in PAL territories is surely cause for a small celebration. Here's some footage of the original Super NES release in hard mode to tide you over until its VC release.

[via classification.gov.au]

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Link79

#1

Link79 said:

All these games getting rated for release on VC yet nothing is getting released. At least not in America. That's funny. Can't wait til next monday when we get another load of crap Wiiware and no VC.

vio

#2

vio said:

Precisely what I was thinking Link. Look at the numerous other games already rated that continue to just rot away. It's all become a bunch of BS. I refuse to get excited anymore. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if a full year from now this game still hadn't been released in North America.

With that said, I would like to get this one. VC already has tons of shooters, but I love the clouds in the first stage there.

edhe

#5

edhe said:

Anster. I've done some digging, and while Wikipedia and Gamefaqs doesn't show this game was released in Europe, several eBay listings (and that single amazon listing which is unavailable - where you drew that picture from) say otherwise.

I'm a bit suspicious because there doesn't seem to be very many listed on eBay at all.

But the title should read "Earth Defense Force". The American spelling.

iAlias

#7

iAlias said:

And we finally got a VC game.... Wait, only in Europe and Australia?!
:(

Bass_X0

#8

Bass_X0 said:

"Defence" looks better than "defense" but it doesn't really matter. Nobody would get confused about what the word is. Its pointless to have two different spellings of that word actually IMO. As for the game itself, I have never played it. It seems like just another generic shooter with no real attraction to it. A bit of a non-entity to me as a potential VC release. It would just be there.

WanderFan91

#10

WanderFan91 said:

Oooh, Super Earth Defense Force, good game, imo. I barely mind all the slowdown that happens in the game. It has an awesome soundtrack (thank you, Jaleco, for having added a Sound Test in the Options menu in the title screen).
I do still wonder why Konami is taking their time in releasing Axelay in Europe.

Bass_X0

#12

Bass_X0 said:

I do still wonder why Konami is taking their time in releasing Axelay in Europe.

Some guy here e-mailed them ages ago (about 2008) and they basically told him a bunch of corporate speak for "we're not ever going to" with no reason given. So I read. Sorry for being vague.

MeloMan

#14

MeloMan said:

That's a BIG E.D.F.!! Geez the creators MEANT it when they created this game :D

Not the biggest on shooters but I may have to look into this one...

Varoennauraa

#15

Varoennauraa said:

I had japanese SEDF and I loved it!! Actually even my (not so much shoot em' up lovin'-) friends loved this. Even when its one player only, we played it several times through during one week end.

Its not best SHMUP ever, of course, but its underrated to say the least and my best surprise game ever. I had to buy something, and there was no other games, than this rather generic looking SHUP and made by Jaleco, which was not so hot developer for me back then. I went back home with rather long face, but my facial expression soon went like this: http://content.answcdn.com/main/content/img/oxford/Oxford_Body/019852403x.facial-expression.1.jpg

Lotice-Paladin

#17

Lotice-Paladin said:

I wonder how America came to spell "Defense" instead of "Defence"?

Anyways, never heard of this but looks good for shooter fans.

BulbasaurusRex

#19

BulbasaurusRex said:

Well, in America, defence (pronounced slightly differently as dee`-fehns instead of duh-fehns`) is a different word, which refers to the defensive side of play in a sport.

EDIT: Never mind. That definition is still spelled as "defense."

theblackdragonAdmin

#21

theblackdragon said:

@Relevant Latty: probably the same way we dropped 'u's, turned '-re's around to '-er's, added 'z's to our '-ise's, and lost our 'æ's and 'œ's -- back in the day, Webster came along and formalized American spelling of the English language with his dictionary.

I'm wanting to say that I read someplace that he changed how some words were spelled in order to further distance us from the Brits because it wasn't too long after the end of the Revolutionary War that his dictionary was published, but i can't find anything to back me up on that, so don't quote me on it. :3

also, when i see 'defence', i always think someone just got pushed off'a one, lol.

brooks83

#25

brooks83 said:

I remember when I was a kid I was at FuncoLand and I had the choice between Gradius III and E.D.F. I chose Gradius III. E.D.F. does look pretty cool though.

WanderFan91

#26

WanderFan91 said:

The main gripe I have with the game, soundwise, is that the sound effects would obstruct the music (the soundtrack's the best thing about this game). :( At least the music still plays when you pause the game, or at least you can listen to it in the in-game Sound Test.

WanderFan91

#28

WanderFan91 said:

This is probably the only shmup I played in which you actually level up the more enemies you take down! It also allows you to choose which weapon to pick from before starting each stage; for me, the Homing gun is king. I also like the inclusion of the "wing men".

Rerun

#29

Rerun said:

I won't get excited until it's actually released. lies to himself yet again

CanisWolfred

#31

CanisWolfred said:

Hurray! Another Shmup release!:D sees that it's a SNES game Nevermind, nothing to get excited about.:|

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