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Xevious
Xevious logo.svg
Official series logo.
Genre(s)Vertical-scrolling shooter
Developer(s)Namco, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform(s)Arcade, Fujitsu FM-7, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit family, Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom Disk System, Sharp X68000, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, MSX2, TurboGrafx-16, Sharp X1, PlayStation, Windows, Mobile phone, Game Boy Advance, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U
First releaseXevious
January 1983
Latest releaseXevious Resurrection
January 29, 2009

Xevious[a] is a Japanese vertical-scrolling shooter video game franchise originally developed by Namco and currently owned by their successor company, Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series debuted in arcades with Xevious in 1983, receiving several ports and sequel games for a number of platforms, the latest being the 2009 PlayStation 3 game Xevious Resurrection, bundled with the arcade compilation Namco Museum Essentials.[1] The series has the player controlling the "Solvalou", a starship that must destroy the Xevious forces, controlled by the supercomputer GAMP. The Solvalou has two weapons, used to combat enemies stationed on the ground and flying through the air.

The original game was developed by Masanobu Endo, who would later create the Babylonian Castle Saga series.[2] The first game in the series was created out of response to Konami's Scramble (1981);[2] early prototypes of the game had the player controlling a helicopter admit the Vietnam War, the title originally known as Cheyenne,[3] however a science fiction theme was soon applied following changes in staff.[3] Although Endo disapproved of sequels to the game, the success prompted Namco to produce followup titles for arcades and home consoles, alongside ports and digital releases.[3]

Xevious was a critical and commercial success in Japan, given several awards and cited as one of the most influential shoot-em-up video games ever created.[4][4] International releases of the game proved to be less of a commercial success, although would still sell a reasonable number of units.[5] The original game would spawn the first video game soundtrack album and gameplay recording,[6] alongside literature, merchandise, and an animated feature film.[7] Several Xevious games would be included in numerous Namco video game compilations, alongside releases on digital storefronts such as Xbox Live Arcade.

List of games[edit]

Arcade games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[8]
  • JP: January 1983
  • NA: 1983
Release years by system:
  • 1983 – Arcade (Namco Galaga)
  • 1984 - Family Computer, Fujitsu FM-7, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family
  • 1987 - Commodore 64, Atari 7800, ZX Spectrum, Sharp X68000
  • 1988 - Nintendo Entertainment System
  • 1990 - Famicom Disk System
  • 2001 - Windows
  • 2002 - Mobile phone[9]
  • 2004 - Game Boy Advance (Classic NES Series)[10]
  • 2007 - Xbox 360[11]
  • 2009 - Wii[12]
  • 2013 - Wii U[13]
Notes:
  • A home release for the Atari 2600 was completed, but never released.[14]
  • The Famicom/NES version was the system's first "killer app", going on to sell more than 1 million units.[15][16]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 1984
Release years by system:
  • 1984 – Arcade (Namco Galaga)
  • 1986 - MZ-2500
  • 1987 - Sharp X68000
Notes:
  • Created to appeal to veteran players of the original.
  • Introduces new enemy types, such as silver Galaxian flagships and fighter jets.[17]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 1984
  • NA: 1985
Release years by system:
  • 1984 – Arcade (Namco Super Pac-Man)
  • 1985 - PC-800
  • 1986 - MZ-50, PC-88, X1[18]
  • 2009 - Wii
Notes:
  • Spin-off game that stars an enemy from the original.[19]
  • Directed by Masanobu Endo.[18]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 1991
Release years by system:
  • 1991 - Arcade (Namco System 21)
  • 2009 - Wii[20]
Notes:
  • 3D first-person rail shooter.[21]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: November 1995
  • NA: 1995
Release years by system:
  • 1995 - Arcade (Namco NA-1)
  • 1997 - PlayStation
Notes:
  • Released in arcades as part of Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1, alongside the original Xevious and Super Xevious.[22]
  • Later ported over to the PlayStation as part of Xevious 3D/G+.[22]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: April 1996
  • NA: 1996
Release years by system:
  • 1996 - Arcade (Namco System 11)
  • 1997 - PlayStation
Notes:
  • 3D overhead game.[23]
  • Was later released onto the PlayStation as Xevious 3D/G, bundled with Xevious, Super Xevious and Xevious Arrangement.[24]


Console games[edit]

Title Details

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.[25]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 23, 1988
Release years by system:
  • 1988 - MSX2
  • 1990 - PC-Engine
Notes:
  • Developed by Compile.[26]
  • Includes the original Xevious alongside a brand-new game mode, featuring power-ups and new enemy types.[26]
  • The PC-Engine release was named Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu.[26]



Original release date(s):[27]
  • JP: June 2006
Release years by system:
  • 2006 - Plug'n Play (Namco Nostalgia 1)
[27]
Notes:



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.


Other games[edit]

Title Details
Tiny Xevious

Original release date(s):[28]
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Released through Japanese computer game publications.[28]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: March 9, 1990
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Exclusive to the Japan-only Disk NG 1 compilation.[29]
  • Carries a more "fantasy"-like setting, with animal-inspired enemies.[29]


3D Machiuke Appli: Xevious

Original release date(s):[30]
  • JP: July 2001
Release years by system:
  • 2001 - Mobile phone
Notes:
  • Program that features 3D single-shaded models of various Xevious starships.[30]


CR Xevious

Original release date(s):
  • JP: September 2003
Release years by system:
  • 2003 - Arcade
Notes:
  • Pachinko machine produced by Takao.[31]



Original release date(s):
  • JP: September 2003
Release years by system:
  • 2011 - Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Port of Xevious that supports stereoscopic 3D.[32]


Sprite × Xevious

Original release date(s):[33]
  • JP: May 2012
Release years by system:
Notes:


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. ^ a b "Xevious Interview". GSLA. Retrieved January 1, 2003.
  3. ^ a b c Gameside vol.23, May 1, 2010, Micro Magazine
  4. ^ a b Reader's Choice of Best Game. Gamest. p. 48. ISBN 9784881994290.
  5. ^ "Atari Production Numbers Memo". Atari Games. January 4, 2010. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  6. ^ The Most Loved Games!! Best 30 Selected By Readers (6th ed.). Gamest. p. 7.
  7. ^ Staff, IGN. "Namco Announces Xevious CG Movie". IGN. Retrieved February 8, 2002.
  8. ^ Savorelli, Carlo. "Xevious". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "Nours" (PDF) (36). Namco Ltd. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Harris, Craig. IGN: Xevious (Classic NES Series) Review. June 4, 2004.
  11. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff. "Xevious Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
  12. ^ "Side-BN" (PDF) (51). Namco Bandai Games, Inc. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  13. ^ Dillard, Corbie. "Xevious Review (Wii U eShop / NES)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  14. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Ancient Atari 2600 Arcade Port Pops Up, And It's So Bad". Kotaku. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  15. ^ "Japan Platinum Game Chart". The Magic Box. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Narusawa, 1991, pg. 6
  17. ^ "Super Xevious". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Savorelli, Carlo. "Grobda". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  19. ^ "Grobda". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  20. ^ Fahey, Mike. "Wii Virtual Console Goes To The Arcade". Kotaku. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  21. ^ "Solvalou". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  22. ^ a b Savorelli, Carlo. "Xevious Arrangement". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  23. ^ "Protos: Xevious 3D". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 92. Ziff Davis. March 1997. p. 38.
  24. ^ IGN Staff (June 11, 1997). "Xevious 3D/G+". IGN.
  25. ^ "Vs. Super Xevious". Killer List of Video Games. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  26. ^ a b c Savorelli, Carlo. "Xevious: Fardraut Saga (PC-Engine)". Harccore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ a b c d All About Namco. Radio News. 5 October 1985.
  29. ^ a b c Savorelli, Carlo. "XVM". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  30. ^ a b "3D 待受アプリ ゼビウス" (PDF) (38). Namco Ltd. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  31. ^ "ナムコがパチンコ機に映像ソフトを提供". Famitsu. Retrieved May 9, 2003.
  32. ^ ., Ishaan. "3D Classics: Xevious Flies To The eShop [Update 2]". Siliconera. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  33. ^ a b c Lufkin, Bryan. "Browser Game: Sprite X Xevious, The Lymon-Flavored Shooter". Wired. Retrieved May 14, 2012.