Metal Black

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Metal Black
Publisher: Ving
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Taito F2 Syetem
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (21 tracks)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 T-19902G
Sega Saturn
JP (Satakore)
¥2,800 T-19909G

Metal Black (メタルブラック) is a shoot-'em-up developed by Taito and released in arcades 1991. It was subsequently updated and brought to the Sega Saturn in 1996. The Saturn version was only released in Japan.

The game is also titled Project Gun Frontier 2, although there are no connections to Gun Frontier content wise. Alegdly content from a canceled Darius sequel was also reused for this game, supported by fish and crustecan enemies found in the game.


In the future, earth is attacked by aliens that possess the ability to harness the power of "Newalone", a strange, molecule like structure. Earth counters by buidling it's own fleet also based on "Newalone" technology, but freezes the project on favour of peace with the alien. The contract is very oneside and earth is dying. A single solider breaks into a military complex and manages to steal a "Black Fly", a space ship designed to use "Newalone"


In typical shooting game manner, Metal Black uses a two button setup, with one being used for standard shots, and the onther one for beam attacks. Both attacks can be powered up by collecting Newalone, which floats around freely in stages. The beam weapon becomes a screen covering burst attack when the maximum amount of Newalone has been collected. The Burst can be refocused to a beam by holding down the beam button.

Bosses also use beam attacks, and one can duel with the bosses by countering with a beam attack. The outcome of these duels depends on the accumulated Newalone.

Two special stages exist where one has to lock onto enemies in a pseudo 3D space and fire missiles. The random nature of these stages, combined with the fact that score largely depends on fast lockons, has been the target of criticism.


  • An alternative ending can be viewed by dying and not continuing on the last stage.
  • The game was a major inspiration for Border Down, both games also had the same composer.
  • The beam mechanic was also used in G Darius, which was not released on SEGA hardware


Aside from unavoidable loading times, this appears to be a perfect portation.

Production credits

Project Gun Frontier 2
  • Producer: Senba Takatsuna, Hori Takamasa
  • Game Design: Senba Takatsuna, Hori Takamasa, Kuroki Naoya, Ohno Tomohiro, Seguchi Takashi, Mizobe Kumi, Watanabe Yasuhisa, Sawaki Jun, Katsuhisa Ishikawa
  • Thanks: Kimura Chiho, Taniyama Norihito, Miyazawa Takayuki
  • Art Director: Senba Takatsuna, Ohno Wepokichi
  • Programmer: Tarabar, Kuroki Naoya, Seguchi Takashi
  • Hardware Engineer: Sawaki Jun, Takeda Tomio
  • Decorator: Mizobe Kumi
  • Sound Director: Yack. (Zuntata), Babio Ishikawa (Zuntata)
  • Bit Pattern: Moriyama Yoshihiro, Tanaka Kuniaki, Yoshikatsu Nakahara, Tsuneoka Masatoshi, Vap-Awave
  • Cast: Ho Lee Chan, Zuntata, John Neianik 6Th, Sakou Menme
  • Special Thanks: 3D Master, Mar., Karu, Wiz. Master, Nomura Akio, Mihara Hiromitsu, Tajima Kazunari, Fujita Tsukasa$, Zak Munn, Kouno Yoshiaki, Ogata Masaki, Fujisue Ichirou, Fujiwara Hidehito, Sakou Hiroyuki, Yagi Chan, Yoshida Sayuri, Sekiguchi Satomi, Shirou Imaoka, Yuki Hisao, Shimizu Shigenobu, Ohishi Kenji, Shimizu Fumihiko, Shintaku Satoyuki, Naomitsu Abe, Ishii Hide, Ushiroda Tatsuya, Yasukouchi Daisuke, Kurabayashi Akira, Takaaki Tomita, Nakamura Taicho, Ootsuki Akira, Sugiyama Kazuhiko, Default Members
Saturn'S Staff
  • Programmer: Takahiro Kuribayashi, Satoru Morikawa, Jun Takemoto
  • Promotion & Manual Writer: Ryusei Baba
  • Director: Takashi Noto
  • President: Ryozo Sugawara
  • Programmed by: Ving Sapporo
  • Presented by: Ving
Source: In-game creditsMedia:MetalBlack_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[1]

Track list

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2. Red & Yellow (01:17)
From: Attract

3. Take Off (00:20)
From: Opening

4. Born To Be Free (02:29)
From: Round 1 -Down To The Earth-

5. Visitor (03:07)
From: Boss A -Round 1-

6. Dancing Horming (03:02)
From: Bonus A -Override-

7. Dual Moon (02:42)
From: Round 2 -Cry For The Moon-

8. Yueez (03:09)
From: Boss B -Round 2-

9. Memory (00:24)
From: Clear -Round 2-

10. Area 26-10 (03:06)
From: Round 3 -Dream Land-

11. Dio Panic! (03:07)
From: Boss C -Round 3-

12. Non Fiction (02:03)
From: Bonus B -Black Out-

13. Waste Days (02:20)
From: Round 4 -Crystal-

14. The Gate Of Guardian (03:17)
From: Boss D -Round 4-

15. Doubt (02:49)
From: Round 5 -Nemesis Crisis-

16. Phantasm (03:07)
From: Boss E -Round 5-

17. Time (04:02)
From: Round 6 -A Mirage Of Mind Gaia-

18. Game Is Over (01:30)
From: Bad End

19. A Mirage Of Mind #1 (01:07)
From: Endtitle

20. Into The H.I. (00:37)
From: Name Set 1

21. A Mirage Of Mind #2 (01:34)
From: Staff Roll

22. Into The H.I. -All Clear- (01:00)
From: Name Set 2
Running time: 46:09

Magazine articles

Main article: Metal Black/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


SSM JP 19960322 1996-05.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #19: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)

SSM JP 19960412 1996-06.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #20: "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (1996-03-22)

SSM JP 19960426 1996-07.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #21: "1996-07 (1996-04-26)" (1996-04-12)

SSM JP 19960510 1996-08.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #22: "1996-08 (1996-05-10, 24)" (1996-04-26)

SSM JP 19960614 1996-09.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #23: "1996-09 (1996-06-14)" (1996-05-24)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №389, p30
20 №55, p72
73 №1996-09, p229[2]
86 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[3]
Sega Saturn
Based on
6 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, JP (Satakore)
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  1. File:MetalBlack_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  2. File:SSM_JP_19960614_1996-09.pdf, page 231
  3. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11