Super Xevious

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Super Xevious
SuperXeviousCover.jpg
Japanese flyer for Super Xevious.
Developer(s) Namco
Dempa Shinbunsha
Publisher(s)
  • JP Dempa Shinbunsha
Designer(s) Masanobu Endō
Platform(s) Arcade, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, X68000
Release date(s) Arcade X68000
  • JP June 1987
Genre(s) Vertical scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system Namco Galaga
CPU 3x ZiLOG Z80 @ 3.072 MHz
Sound 1x Namco WSG @ 3.072 MHz, 1x Namco 54XX @ 1.536 MHz
Display Vertical orientation, Raster, 224 x 288 resolution

Super Xevious (スーパーゼビウス Sūpā Zebiusu?) is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1984. It runs on Namco Galaga hardware, and as its name suggests, it is the sequel to Xevious (which was released two years earlier). It was later ported to the Sharp X68000 in 1987, and was also included in the compilation game Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1, as well as Xevious 3D/G+ and Namco Museum DS.

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot from the arcade version.

The gameplay is very much like that of the original Xevious except this time it is a little more difficult. Several new enemies have also been introduced (including a silver Galaxian flagship, a rare silver Galaga "scorpion" ship, two jet planes, a helicopter, and a dark yellow Tank Battalion tank). Some of these enemies will reset the player's score back to 0 if they are destroyed - and the hidden "Sol Citadel" towers and Rally-X Special Flags are also located in different places.

Ports[edit]

The game was re-released as Xevious 2 by Spotlight Software and distributed by Cinemaware in the compilation BrainBlasters with Bombuzal for the Amiga. This compilation was reviewed in 1991 in Dragon #165 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave BrainBlasters 5 out of 5 stars.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

The game's electronic chiptune music was composed by Yuriko Keino and Junko Ozawa.[2] Former Happy End and Yellow Magic Orchestra member Haruomi Hosono recorded an arranged dance/synthpop version of the game's theme tune,[3] which was released in Japan by Alfa Records' Yen label as a 12" single on August 29, 1984.[2] The single was also released in Europe by Pick Up Records that same year.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (January 1991). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (165): 47–55. 
  2. ^ a b "Super Xevious (12" Single)". VGMdb. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Haruomi Hosono – Super Xevious". Discogs. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

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