Valkyrie no Densetsu

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Valkyrie no Densetsu
Valkyrienodensetsu arcadeflyer.png
Japanese arcade flyer.
Developer(s)Namco
Publisher(s)Namco
Composer(s)Hiroyuki Kawada
SeriesValkyrie
Platform(s)Arcade, PC-Engine, Windows, Mobile phone
ReleaseArcade
  • JP: April 1989
Genre(s)Platform/Shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
CabinetUpright
Arcade systemNamco System 2
CPU2x Motorola 68000 @ 12.288 MHz,
1x Motorola M6809 @ 3.072 MHz,
1x Hitachi HD63705 @ 2.048 MHz
Sound1x Yamaha YM2151 @ 3.57958 MHz,
1x C140 @ 21.39 kHz
DisplayVertical orientation, Raster, 224 x 288 resolution

Valkyrie no Densetsu[a] is an action role-playing arcade game developed and published by Namco in 1989 for Japan only. It is the second game in their Valkyrie video game series, and a direct sequel to the 1986 Family Computer game Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu. The game follows the titular character Valkyrie and her companion Kurino Xandra, in their quest to retrieve the mythical Golden Seed before it falls into the hands of Kamooze, who wishes to use it in order to conquer all of Marvel Land. The two will need to defeat enemies, purchase weapons and collect the three Mythical Fairies in order to drop th Golden Seed into the Mythical Spring, the only way to stop Kamooze.

Namco would produce a PC-Engine release in 1990, which remained exclusive to Japan. A PlayStation port was released in 1997 as part of the compilation title Namco Museum Vol. 5, where it was renamed outside Japan to The Legend of Valkyrie, being fully translated. A mobile phone port was released in 2005. A digital re-release was distributed to the Wii Virtual Console in 2009 for Japan only. In retrospective reviews, it would receive a favorable reception, many regarding it as one of Namco's most classic arcade games.[1] The game's popularity in Japan would cause Valkyrie to appear in many games to follow, such as the World Stadium series, Namco X Capcom, and the Project X Zone series.

Gameplay[edit]

Arcade version screenshot.

Valkyrie no Densetsu is an action role-playing game.The player controls Valkyrie, a sword-armed warrior maiden from the heavens, while a second player can join as Kurino Xandra, a lizard-like creature who wields a golden trident. Both characters have health meters at the bottom of the screen, which will deplete if either are hit by an enemy or their projectiles. Both of the player's weapons will fire projectiles. A fraction of their health will also be removed if either fall off the screen. A time limit, indicated by an hourglass at the bottom, is also present - the game will be over if the timer is empty.

Enemies will usually drop gold coins that can be used to purchase weapons and other items at stores, although some will drop bubble-like items that can be exchanged for magic spells, which can be used to deal major damage to enemies and bosses. Stores are found in most stages of the game, with item prices increasing as the game progresses. Players can also find items in treasure chests found in certain areas. The final area will have the players fighting Kamooze, the game's main antagonist.

The game spans a total of eight areas, which include grassy plateaus, caves and dungeons. Bosses are found at the end of each, and will drop a hefty amount of gold coins once defeated. Certain areas will require knowledge of Japanese writing in order to get through, mainly for having the wizard, Babasama, teaching them spells, alongside a quiz towards the beginning of the fifth stage.

PC Engine differences[edit]

PC Engine version cover artwork.

The PC Engine version of the game sports a number of differences that almost make it a new game; the stage design has been changed, new stages have been added, the players are given passwords to save their progress, there is a new extra boss battle before the players fight the last boss (Kamuzu), and the ending is completely different from that of the arcade version. This version will be released in the US on the TurboGrafx Mini in 2020.

Cameos[edit]

Valkyrie and Sandra make several cameos in later Namco games; the former first reappeared as a reporter in Kyūkai Dōchūki, as a match reporter, but they both later reappeared in Tinkle Pit (Sandra as a bonus character and Valkyrie as a high-score one) and in the Namco System 12-era World Stadium titles, Valkyrie on the Nikotama Gals team and Sandra on the Namco All-Stars team. Cassandra has an alternate outfit modeled after Valkyrie's in Soulcalibur II. While she does not appear in person in Soulcalibur III, some parts of her clothing, as well as her weapon, can be bought at a shop and used for created characters. Valkyrie makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as part of Pac-Man's Taunt, "Namco Roulette". The Main Theme is part of the Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 2.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Japanese: ワルキューレの伝説 (Warukyūre no Densetsu, The Legend of Valkyrie)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kalata, Kurt. "Namco Valkyrie Series". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 1 January 2004.

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