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Space Harrier II

From Sega Retro

For the home computer versions from 1990, see Space Harrier II (home computers).
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Space Harrier II
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Sound driver: pre-SMPS Z80
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1988-10-29 ¥5,800 G-4002
Sega Mega Drive
US
1989-08-14 $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1990-09 £34.99[1]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
CA
19xx $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
199x ₩? GM4003JG


Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



iOS
JP
¥? ?
iOS
US
$? ?



Space Harrier II (スペースハリアーII) is the official sequel to the arcade game Space Harrier. It was initially released for the Mega Drive on October 29, 1988 as one of the two launch titles for the system in Japan (the other being Super Thunder Blade).

Gameplay

Gameplay is nearly identical to its predecessor (move around the screen with the D-pad and use A, B, or C to fire), though it is now possible to select which level to play and the graphics/music are different, the bonus stages have been changed from riding to shooting, and certain properties, such as rapid fire, are configurable by hitting A at the title screen.

The game was notable for the time for its use of digitized voices - an example of the technical advancements the Mega Drive offered over its rivals. However, unlike the arcade original, the Mega Drive could not handle scaling, meaning the graphics were pre-rendered at various sizes. This, along with the slightly lower framerate, results in a less-smooth gameplay experience.

Like the original Space Harrier and other games of the era, such as Hang On or After Burner, the game increases the score based on the player's survival time. However, as the score counter doesn't stop during boss fights, it possible to accumulate the maximum amount of points by simply avoiding attacks and not attacking the boss.

History

Legacy

The Mega Drive version of the game was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2006, and for Steam and iOS devices in 2010. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[3]

Versions

Amstrad CPC version

Unlike its predecessor which opted for vector graphics, the Amstrad CPC port of Space Harrier II uses sprites, and suffers from significant slowdown as a result.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Artwork

Magazine articles

Main article: Space Harrier II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Digital manuals

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №26, p144[4]
89 №1, p72[5]
76 №4, p35[6]
68 №3, p14[7]
50 №18, p36[8]
75
85 №19, p20[9]
81 №8, p71[10]
55 №9, p114[11]
48 №5, p94
51 №9, p22
76 №1, p80[12]
77 №2, p26/27[13]
60 №3, p63[1]
60 №23, p54
63 №6, p29[14]
62 №18, p67
55 №8, p26[15]
Sega Mega Drive
68
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, CA
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Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

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External links

References


Space Harrier series
Space Harrier (Dempa versions | Elite versions | Sega Ages Vol. 2 | 3D) (1986) | Space Harrier 3D (1988) | Space Harrier II (Electronic) (1988) | Planet Harriers (2001) | Typing Space Harrier (2002) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 4: Space Harrier (2003)
Albums
Yu Suzuki Produce Hang On/Space Harrier (1997) | Planet Harriers The Original Soundtrack (2001) | Space Harrier II: Space Harrier Complete Collection Original Soundtrack (2005)
Other Media
Space Harrier (video) (1987) | Space Harrier: White Dragon no Yuusha (1988)