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Night Striker (World)

Night Striker (c) 10/1989 Taito.

A 3-D shoot-em-up rendered with fast moving, sprite-scaled graphics. Players must guide an armoured hover car through a number of scrolling levels - destroying waves of enemies in the process - in an attempt to rescue a scientist who has been kidnapped by a terrorist organization. A large guardian awaits players at the end of each level, with each one taking several hits to destroy.

Instead of having a set number of lives, the player's vehicle is equipped with a shield that depletes whenever the player is hit by enemy fire or has collisions with either enemies or scenery. The player's shields are recharged at the end of every level.

Night Striker takes its influences from many landmark games of the sprite scaling genre, all of which are Sega releases. The basic shoot-em-up gameplay is similar in style to both 1985's "Space Harrier" and 1987's "Thunder Blade". Some of the game's levels resemble those of 1988's "Galaxy Force II" as well as "Thunder Blade", while the game's level structure - a 'pyramid' of levels that allows players to chose their own route through the game with the use of end-of-level forked roads - is borrowed from the 1986 classic, "Out Run".


Taito Z System hardware

Prom Stickers : B91

Main CPU : (2x) 68000

Sound CPU : Z80

Sound Chips : YM2610

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 4096

Players : 1

Control : stick

Buttons : 2


The eerie and ambient game soundtrack is by Zuntata, an internal team of composers within Taito responsible for other great soundtracks including Darius Gaiden, Gun-Lock, G-Darius.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Darius II : G.S.M. Taito 4 - PCCB-00010-12) on 21/11/1989.

A new version of the soundtrack was released in 1998 and is sprinkled with anecdotes (spoken in Japanese) about the game (Z-Replica Vol. 2 - Urban Trail Night Striker - ZTTL-0025).

Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Zuntata History L'ab-normal 1st - ZTTL-0038) on 01/04/1999.


The US version is slightly different, it has the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' screen.


Producer : Tohru Sugawara

Director : Kenshi Kaito

Software : Tohru Sugawara, Hideki Hashimoto, Toshiaki Tsukano, Tmr-Win, Iromust, Takashi Kitabayashi

Character designers : Kohzoh Igarashi, Minori Ishino, Takako Kojima, Kenshi Kaito

Hardware : Toshiyuki Sanada

Electric : Tomio Takeda

Mechanic : Tohru Yamamoto, Tohru Hirata, Tomio Suzuki, Nobuyuki Iwasaki

Designers : Shinobu Sekiguchi, Akio Nomura

Sound and music composed by (Zuntata) : Masahiko Takaki

Executive producer : Keisuke Hasegawa


* Consoles :

Sega Mega CD (1993)

Sony PlayStation (1995)

Sega Saturn (1996, "Night Striker S")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 2")