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Salamander 2 (ver JAA)


Salamander 2 (c) 1996 Konami.


A one or two player shoot-em-up released ten years after the game it sequels, Salamander 2 remains faithful to the superb 1986 original; retaining both the organic look and feel of the graphics, as well as the horizontal and vertically scrolling levels. While the game doesn't break any new ground gameplay-wise, and is little more than a retread of (and tribute to) the original game, what it does it does very well; and the graphics in particular are nothing short of stunning.


- TECHNICAL -


Konami GX hardware


Main CPU : 68EC020

Sound CPU : 68000

Sound Chips : (2x) K054539


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 288 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192


Players : 4

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


- TRIVIA -


Note : The kanji on the title screen actually reads 'Sa Ra Man Da', meaning 'Sand Gauze Wide Snake'. This is an example of 'ateji', where Japanese artists use the phonetic value of a character to allow the title to be written with kanji (often choosing those that fit the game; the 4th kanji here means snake).


King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Salamander 2 Orignal Game Soundtrack - KICA-7695) on 05/04/1996.


- SERIES -


1. Gradius (1985)

2. Salamander (1986)

3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)

4. Gradius II - Gofer no Yabou (1988)

5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)

6. Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e (1989)

7. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)

8. Salamander 2 (1996)

9. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)

10. Solar Assault - Revised (1997)

11. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)

12. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)

13. Gradius Generation (2001, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)

14. Gradius V (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)


- STAFF -


Producer : Tango

Director : Qchan

Graphic designers : Satoyan, Masato Hijima, Sonshi Sdr, Kaori Nishimura, Yas, Motohisa Ando

Sound designers : You Takamine, Naoki Maeda

Hard designer : V Kobe Yzz

Develop assistant : Takaaki "Q" Kumemura

Product designer : K. Iwashita

Programmers : Qchan, Yamamoso Type2, Takeaki Hasegawa


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sony PlayStation (1997)

Sega Saturn (1997, "Salamander Deluxe pack Plus")

Sony PSP (2007, "Salamander Portable")