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Xevious[a] is a Japanese vertical-scrolling shooter video game franchise created by Masanobu Endo and published by Namco, now known as Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series began with the arcade game Xevious in January 1983, later distributed outside Japan that year by Atari, Inc. Games in the series have been produced for arcade systems, home video game consoles and mobile phones. The series consists of eleven sequels and spin-offs, the latest being the 2009 PlayStation 3 game Xevious Resurrection, included in the arcade compilation Namco Museum Essentials.[1] Several ports of the original have also been released for several platforms and be included in many Namco video game compilations. Alongside video games, the franchise also includes multiple forms of media, including soundtrack albums, merchandise, literature, manga and an animated feature film.

Gameplay involves the player controlling a ship, the Solvalou, in its efforts to wipe out the Xevious forces and their supercomputer leader GAMP before they enslave all of mankind. The Solvalou has two weapons: an air zapper that can destroy air-based enemies, and a blaster bomb that can destroy ground-stationed enemies. Some games introduces power-ups that enhance the Solvalou's abilities, such as lock-on lasers and spread shots, while others feature new ships that the player can control. The Xevious series is cited as one of the most influential franchises of the shoot'em up genre by Japanese critics for its early use of boss fights, pre-rendered graphics and a storyline.

Video games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[2]
  • JP: January 1983
  • NA: 1983
  • EU: 1983
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Published in North America and Europe by Atari, Inc.
  • Credited as one of the first video games to feature a storyline, pre-rendered graphics and boss fights
  • A conversion for the Atari 2600 was completed but never released[9]
  • The Famicom/NES version was the console's first "killer app", selling more than 1 million copies[10][11]
  • Included in Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1[12]



Original release date(s):[13]
  • JP: December 1984
Release years by system:
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP: September 19, 1986
Release years by system:
  • 1986 - Family Computer, Arcade (Nintendo Vs.)
Notes:
  • Not to be confused with Super Xevious.
  • Would later be released in arcades as Vs. Super Xevious.[15]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 23, 1988
Release years by system:
  • 1988 - MSX2
  • 1990 - PC-Engine
Notes:
  • Developed by Compile.[16]
  • Includes the original Xevious alongside a brand-new game mode, featuring power-ups and new enemy types.[16]
  • The PC-Engine release was named Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu.[16]



Original release date(s):[13]
  • JP: November 1995
  • NA: 1995
Release years by system:
  • 1995 - Arcade (Namco ND-1)
  • 1997 - PlayStation
Notes:
  • Released in arcades as part of Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1, alongside the original Xevious and Super Xevious.[12]
  • Later ported to the PlayStation as part of Xevious 3D/G+[12]



Original release date(s):[13]
  • JP: May 1996
  • NA: 1996
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • 3D overhead game[17]
  • Later released for the PlayStation as Xevious 3D/G, bundled with Xevious, Super Xevious and Xevious Arrangement[18]



Original release date(s):[1]
  • JP: January 29, 2009
  • NA: July 16, 2009
  • EU: April 1, 2010
Release years by system:
  • 2009 - PlayStation 3
Notes:
  • Exclusive to the game compilation Namco Museum Essentials
  • Features two-player cooperative play


Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[13]
  • JP: December 1984
  • NA: 1985
Release years by system:
  • 1984 – Arcade (Namco Super Pac-Man)
  • 1985 - PC-800
  • 1986 - MZ-50, PC-88, X1[19]
  • 2009 - Wii
Notes:
  • Spin-off game that stars an enemy from the original.[20]
  • Directed by Masanobu Endo.[19]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: March 9, 1990
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Exclusive to the Japan-only Disk NG 1 compilation.[21]
  • Carries a more "fantasy"-like setting, with animal-inspired enemies.[21]



Original release date(s):[13]
  • JP: December 1991
Release years by system:
  • 1991 - Arcade (Namco System 21)
  • 2009 - Wii[22]
Notes:
  • 3D first-person rail shooter.[23]


3D Machiuke Appli: Xevious

Original release date(s):[24]
  • JP: July 2001
Release years by system:
  • 2001 - Mobile phone
Notes:
  • Program that features 3D single-shaded models of various Xevious starships.[24]



Original release date(s):[25]
  • JP: June 2006
Release years by system:
  • 2006 - Plug'n Play (Namco Nostalgia 1)
[25]
Notes:


Sprite × Xevious

Original release date(s):[26]
  • JP: May 2012
Release years by system:
Notes:


Other media[edit]

Title Details
Video Game Music

1984 – Compact disc
Notes:


Fardraut

1991 – Novel
Notes:
  • Three-part novel based on the series
  • Republished in 2005


Xevious

2002 – CGI film
Notes:
  • Produced by animation studio Groove Corporation
  • Home releases were cancelled due to the company going bankrupt, making it a lost film


CR Xevious

September 2003 – Pachinko[27]
Notes:
  • Xevious-themed pachinko game produced by Takao


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ゼビウス Hepburn: Zebiusu?

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ., Spencer. "New Xevious Bundled With PSN Namco Museum". Siliconera. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Savorelli, Carlo. "Xevious". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "Nours" (PDF) (36). Namco Ltd. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Harris, Craig. IGN: Xevious (Classic NES Series) Review. June 4, 2004.
  5. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff. "Xevious Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
  6. ^ "Side-BN" (PDF) (51). Namco Bandai Games, Inc. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  7. ^ ., Ishaan. "3D Classics: Xevious Flies To The eShop [Update 2]". Siliconera. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Dillard, Corbie. "Xevious Review (Wii U eShop / NES)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  9. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Ancient Atari 2600 Arcade Port Pops Up, And It's So Bad". Kotaku. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Japan Platinum Game Chart". The Magic Box. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Narusawa, 1991, pg. 6
  12. ^ a b c d Savorelli, Carlo. "Xevious Arrangement". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d e Akagi, Masumi (October 13, 2006). アーケードTVゲームリスト国内•海外編(1971-2005) (First ed.). Japan: Amusement News Agency. p. 51. ISBN 978-4990251215. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Super Xevious". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "Vs. Super Xevious". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c Savorelli, Carlo. "Xevious: Fardraut Saga (PC-Engine)". Harccore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  17. ^ "Protos: Xevious 3D". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 92. Ziff Davis. March 1997. p. 38.
  18. ^ IGN Staff (June 11, 1997). "Xevious 3D/G+". IGN.
  19. ^ a b Savorelli, Carlo. "Grobda". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Grobda". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  21. ^ a b c Savorelli, Carlo. "XVM". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  22. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Wii Virtual Console Goes To The Arcade". Kotaku. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  23. ^ "Solvalou". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  24. ^ a b "3D 待受アプリ ゼビウス" (PDF) (38). Namco Ltd. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  25. ^ a b c Motomiya, Shusuke. "往年の名作がXAVIXで復刻 バンダイ「Let's TVプレイ CLASSIC」". GAME Watch. Retrieved June 15, 2006.
  26. ^ a b c Lufkin, Bryan. "Browser Game: Sprite X Xevious, The Lymon-Flavored Shooter". Wired. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  27. ^ "ナムコがパチンコ機に映像ソフトを提供". Famitsu. Enterbrain. Retrieved May 9, 2003.