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Border Down
Publisher:
Arcade
Sega
Sega Dreamcast
G.rev
Developer:
System(s): Sega NAOMI GD-ROM, Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack, Dreamcast Arcade Stick
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
2003 ¥? GDL-0023


Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥6,800 T-46703M
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Genteiban)
¥8,800 T-46702M




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Border Down (ボーダーダウン) is a Sega NAOMI GD-ROM horizontal shoot-'em-up game developed by G.rev, released in 2003. It was ported to the Sega Dreamcast in the same year, with both a standard and Limited Edition released.

Border Down is a pseudo sequel to Taito's Metal Black. The games share certain enemy designs, story elements, gameplay mechanics and staff members.

The Dreamcast version features both original and remixed layouts for each stage. The remixed stages also offer a new soundtrack.

Gameplay

By default, holding A shoots straight, tapping A creates a homing shot, X changes movement speed and B fires a concentrated laser beam. Unlike other games, Border Down has no lives system but rather uses it's own "border" system. Each stage has 3 layouts, called green, yellow and red border respectively. When losing a life, the player is forced to go "down" to the next border. Reversing this is only possible by clearing a score goal set for the respective stage. Like most games released during this period, Border Down features detailed score mechanics and an external guide is recommended, although the game reveals some mechanics that are unlocked based on playtime.

Magazine articles

Main article: Border Down/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

NAOMI version

Dreamcast version

Dreamcast, JP
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
Dreamcast, JP (Genteiban)
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Cover
BorderDown DC JP booklet.pdf
Booklet
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Audio CD

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