ZaxxonVC Arcade


Virtual Console Arcade


Game Rating

User Ratings: 4

Our Review: 4/10


Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date


  • US 1st Jan 1982

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 12th Apr 2010, 800 points
  • EU 5th Mar 2010, 500 points
  • JP 15th Dec 2009


  • Review Zaxxon (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

    One for the history books, but not for everyone

    In 1982 Sega made a little gaming history with Zaxxon: the first 3D arcade game to use an isometric perspective – even more shockingly, it used sprite-based graphics at a time when 3D games were pretty much all being done with vectors. Whilst Zaxxon got a lot of attention due to its flashy graphics...

Screenshots 4

Zaxxon Screenshot
Zaxxon Screenshot
Zaxxon Screenshot
Zaxxon Screenshot

Zaxxon News

About The Game

The Zaxxon defence system must be destroyed in this isometric-viewed shoot 'em up which was originally hugely successful in the arcades. The game has 3 stages, first taking you through Asteroid City, which is heavily protected by aircraft, guns and missiles. Many barriers are alarmed, leaving you with limited space to progress through, and fire must constantly be dodged.

Stage two is a space shoot out against hordes of enemy aircraft - those you failed to destroy in the first part of the task. Complete this and you reach the final battle with Zaxxon, with the game looping with increased difficulty if you can survive the first time. There are 3 distinct skill levels, while controls involve using forward to dive and back to climb, in the manner of flight simulation.