Space Manbow

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Space Manbow
Space Manbow Cover.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Composer(s) Tsuyoshi Sekito
Michiru Yamane
Yuji Takenouchi
Platform(s) MSX, Mobile Phones, Virtual Console, Windows Store (Project EGG)
Release date(s) MSX2
  • JP December 21, 1989
Mobile Phones
  • JP September 1, 2006
Virtual Console
  • JP November 24, 2009 (Wii)
Windows PC
  • JP July 28, 2015 (EGG)
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player

Space Manbow is a shoot 'em up video game developed and published by Konami for the MSX2 and MSX2+ home computers in 1989. It was later re-released for mobile phones on September 1, 2006; for the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console service on November 24, 2009;[1] on February 19, 2014 for the Wii U; and on July 28, 2015 for the Windows Store (Project EGG). It has never been released outside of Japan.


In the game, the player pilots a starship shaped like a mambo fish.[2] There are only two weapon types. However, your ship is helped by two stationary "options" similar to those found in the Gradius series. The "options" are able to shift so that they alternatively fire in three directions: forward, backward, and towards the top/bottom of the screen.

In other media[edit]

The ship from Space Manbow inspired the "Mambo" and "Samba" characters in Konami's Parodius series, which parodies other Konami shoot 'em ups. The characters first appeared in Gokujō Parodius!, and also appear in the later Sexy Parodius and Gokuraku Parodius[citation needed] in Pachislot.

In the anime Best Student Council, Space Manbow makes a cameo appearance in episode 14.

The Nintendo DS game Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Ōedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki contains an unlockable Space Manbow minigame with identical graphics but enhanced music.[2] This unlockable version only contains the first level of the game.[2]

In 2007, Bart van Velzen released an unofficial sequel, Manbow 2, for MSX2.[3]

Space Manbow has some similarities to Thunder Cross (and Thunder Cross II - both from Konami as well), which makes Space Manbow considered by some as a Thunder Cross sequel, released only to MSX2 computers.


  1. ^ Space Manbow Virtual console details
  2. ^ a b c Kurt Kalata. "Konami Shoot Em Ups: MSX Shooters". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved November 25, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ MRC Software Review: Manbow2