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Blast Wind
Publisher: Tecnosoft
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (19 tracks)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-1810G



Blast Wind (ブラストウインド) is a shoot-'em-up game released exclusively in Japan for the Sega Saturn in 1997.

Story

A nuclear shockwave has all but destroyed the entire population of Earth. The remaining humans on the planet were gathered aboard a ship called the Ark by a prophetic man named Noa. After the radiation dissipated, humankind emerged from the Ark and began building thriving civilizations.

However, the fledgling civilization came under attack by a culture called Gorn. Gorn was a culture consisting of the embodiment of machines and artificiality. During the nuclear winter, Gorn was sealed beneath the Earth's crust and emerged when the remaining humans came out of the Ark. Humanity must fight back against Gorn, using ancient weapons unearthed by the new civilization and two "Ultimate Destroyers" known as Kyō and Forn.

Gameplay

A for normal shot, B or AAAAA for homing shot, and C for bombs. This can be changed in the options.

Players control either Kyō (Player 1) or Forn (Player 2)'s ships and fight off enemies while dodging attacks. Each ship has two different main shot types and the weapons are powered up upon collecting P icons which will also give the ship a brief period of invincibility and a powerful horizontal lightning blast.

  • Kyō (Player 1)
    • Shot type 1 = Homing X-shot
    • Shot type 2 = Wave shot, follows the contours of some levels with walls
  • Forn (Player 2)
    • Shot type 1 = Aiming spread shot
    • Shot type 2 = Laser

There are also bombs, which can be stocked through B icons, and point bonus items such as medals and coins (collecting a certain amount of coins will drop a 1UP item).

Trivia

  • Apparently an arcade version of Blast Wind was to be made before the Saturn port titled Inazuma Saber, much like how Hyper Duel had an arcade version before the Saturn release. This arcade version was eventually shelved.
  • Gorn's motto is "World of Technology" which is also Technosoft's slogan, and "Gorn" is one letter off from the ORN Empire from the Thunder Force series.
  • Blast Wind is among the most expensive Saturn games

Production credits

Source: In-game creditsMedia:BlastWind_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[1]
  • Main Program: Pen Knife
  • Sub Program: Zako, Cyber Yumimint, Chinpui
  • Enemy Program: Godzy, Wahrsager, Noritaloon, Nekoon
  • Demo Program: Zany
  • Conversion: Nincompoop, Mirror, Takohai Ssu, Under Cover
  • Main Design: Pei Crash
  • Sub Design: OPA
  • Music Compose & Sound Effect: Tsukumohyakutaro
  • Direction Produce: Yunker Matai
  • Works: Neptune
  • Executive Produce: Shigotonin
  • Special Thanks: Souichiro Hikichi, Andrew Zimmerman, And You

Presented by: Tecno Soft®

Track list


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2. Opening (01:21)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


3. Ultimate Destroyer (02:49)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


4. Strat Guard (02:56)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


5. Run Of The Destiny (03:21)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


6. Gumma Ray (02:44)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


7. Sprigun (03:03)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


8. The Ritual (05:00)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


9. Sodom (03:05)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


10. Chaos Breaker (04:27)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


11. Ostragle (02:53)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


12. Burning Heart (03:32)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


13. Drad (02:45)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


14. God Breath (03:29)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


15. Gorn (02:18)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


16. Speak (00:17)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


17. The Justice Ray (05:05)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


18. The Longest Voyage (03:24)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


19. Lo-Fi Mix (01:02)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


20. Game Over (00:07)
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou
Running time: 53:38

Magazine articles

Main article: Blast Wind/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 №423, p32
60 №1997-02, p220[2]
81 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[3]
Sega Saturn
66
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc

References

  1. File:BlastWind_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  2. File:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf, page 222
  3. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 12