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Starblade (Japan)


Starblade (c) 1991 Namco.


A 3D space shoot'em up featuring two separate missions; the first is to destroy the planet 'Red Eye' while the second is to wipe out the enemy fleet and their leader. The game's sit-down cabinet featured a seat that vibrated whenever the player was hit, either by incoming fire or by enemy objects such as ships, asteroids etc. The yoke joystick - which had a fire button situated at the top of the stick, underneath where the player's thumb sits - was very similar in appearance and feel to that used in Atari's 1983 wireframe classic, "Star Wars".


- TECHNICAL -


Namco System 21 hardware

Game ID : ST


Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (@ 12.288 Mhz), M6809 (@ 3.072 Mhz), HD63705 (@ 2.048 Mhz), (2x) TMS32025 (@ 24 Mhz)

Sound Chips : C140 (@ 32 Khz), YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 496 x 480 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 32768


Players : 1

Control : stick

Buttons : 4


- TRIVIA -


Starblade was a very obvious influence on both the visual appearance and gameplay of the superb Nintendo Super NES game, ' Starfox'- written in the UK by Argonaut Software.


Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Starblade & Galaxian3 - Project Dragon : Namco Game Sound Express Vol.06 - VICL-15009) on 21/03/1992.


- SERIES -


1. Starblade (1991)

2. Starblade 2 - ''Starblade : Operation Blue Planet'' (2002)


- STAFF -


Chief director : H. Nakatani

Assistant director : K. Kobayashi

Programmers : Norimasa Matsuura, Y. Saitoh, Y. Ohmori

Music and sound effects : Shinji Hosoe

Visual director : W. Yanagawa

Visual designers : N. Kumagai, M. Tejima, M. Kimura

Industrial designer : N. Yoshimatsu

Mechanical designers : S. Kanebako, H. Igarashi, T. Wakayama, J. Uchida

Electrical designers : M. Yamada, O. Morita, M. Ito

Producers : K. Sawano, M. Yamada


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sega Mega-CD (1994)

Panasonic 3DO (1994)

Sony PlayStation (1995, "Starblade Alpha")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, as a bonus game in "Tekken 5")