Star Luster

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Star Luster
StarLuster boxart.png
Famicom boxart
Dempa Shunbunsha
  • JP: Dempa Shunbunsha
Composer(s)Hiroyuki Kawada
Platform(s)Family Computer, Nintendo VS. System, Sharp X68000
ReleaseFamily Computer
  • JP: December 6, 1985
Sharp X68000
  • JP: August 26, 1994
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Space combat simulator

Star Luster[a] is a first-person shooter and space combat simulator video game developed and published by Namco in 1985 in Japan. It is an arcade-style, combat-dedicated, science fiction flight simulator that was released for the Family Computer.[1][2] That same year, Nintendo adapted the title for play in the arcade as part of their Nintendo VS. System.[3] A sequel game, titled Star Ixiom, was released for the PlayStation in 1999 and featured several selectable fighters and an expanded story.[4]


The game features free-roaming open space exploration, a cockpit view where the cockpit controls could be seen (and where the cockpit bobs up and down), bases where the player can be refueled, a map and radar displaying the locations of enemies and bases, a warp ability that allows the player to be warped to anywhere on the map, and a date system keeping track of the current date which can change when warping long distances.[1][2] The game also introduced the concept of a regenerating shield mechanic.[5]


An enhanced version of it was ported to the Sharp X68000 in August 1994. In 1998, the game was also included on a compilation made for the PlayStation known as Namco Anthology 1 where, like all of the Famicom games presented on the disc, an enhanced arrange mode was provided alongside the unaltered original game. The Famicom version was later included in the Japanese version of Nintendo and Namco's Star Fox Assault, and was ported to the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on March 4, 2008.


A sequel title, Star Ixiom,[b] was released for the PlayStation in 1999 for Japan and Europe. The game is very similar to that of its predecessor and features seven selectable ships; the Gaia Σ, Spartacus, Tycoon, Ogre-Header, Dragoon J2 (connected to Dragoon, from Galaxian 3), the GeoSword from StarBlade and the Galac-Ship from Galaxian (named Galaxip there).


  1. ^ Japanese: スターラスター Hepburn: Sutā Rasutā?
  2. ^ Japanese: スターイクシオン?


  1. ^ a b "Star Luster". Virtual Console. Nintendo. Retrieved 2011-05-08. (Translation)
  2. ^ a b Ray Barnholt (August 6, 2008). "Star Luster: To boldly go". Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
  3. ^ Star Luster at the Killer List of Videogames
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