Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

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Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Western Master System version box art
Western Master System box art
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Composer(s) Hiroshi Kawaguchi
Series Alex Kidd series
Platform(s) Arcade, Sega Master System, Virtual Console
Release date(s) 1986 (Arcade)
1988 (Sega Master System)
2009 (Virtual Console)
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, two player co-op
Arcade system Sega System 16A hardware
CPU 68000
Sound Sound CPU: Z80, N7751, Sound chips: YM2151, DAC
Display Horizontal, raster, 320×224 pixels, 6144 colors

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (アレックスキッド ザ・ロストスターズ Arekkusu Kiddo Ze Rosuto Sutāzu?) is a platform arcade game released by Sega in 1986. It was ported to the Sega Master System in 1988. It is also released on the Wii Virtual Console in North America on March 9, 2009[1] and in the PAL regions on April 17, 2009.

Plot[edit]

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars features Alex Kidd and Stella searching for the twelve Zodiac signs. Alex's mission is to run through each level, knocking down enemies, and obtain the six miracle balls. These balls are hidden inside such unusual places as golden eggs, the Fantasy Zone ship out of action, clamshells, Christmas presents, pumpkins, and desk bells. Levels include Toy World, Machine World, the World of Make Believe, Water World, and Monster World. Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars can be known for the scream Alex Kidd lets out whenever he gets hit, falls, or loses all his time.

Alex must then venture in outer space to defeat the evil Ziggurat. Once the six miracle balls are ontained, the player must run through all the levels again, but with new enemies. The player is under a time limit, and if the time expires, the player will lose a life.

Versions[edit]

Screenshot of the arcade version

The arcade and Master System versions are similar, aside from graphics and sound. The arcade version has a limited number of lives (three by default), whereas the Master System version has infinite lives, though being hit or falling into a pit subtracts seconds in the timer and backtracks the player to the last checkpoint in the round. The arcade version features a cooperative two player mode, with the second player assuming the control of a female counterpart to Alex Kidd named Stella.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "One WiiWare Game and One Virtual Console Game Added to Wii Shop Channel". Nintendo of America. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 

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