Bangai-O

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Bangai-O
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Entertainment Software Publishing (Japan), Crave Entertainment (US), Swing! Entertainment (Europe)
Developer:
Distributor: Virgin Interactive (Europe)
Peripherals supported: Jump Pack, Dreamcast Modem, Visual Memory Unit
Genre: Shooting[1][2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Dreamcast
    JP
    ¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[2] T-38702M
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Sega Dreamcast
    US
    T-40217N
    ESRB: Everyone
    Sega Dreamcast
    EU
    T-7011D-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Dreamcast
    DE
    DM 8989[5] T-7011D-50
    USK: 0
    Sega Dreamcast
    FR
    T-7011D-50
    SELL: Tous Publics
    Sega Dreamcast
    UK
    £19.9919.99[4] T-7011D-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK

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    Bangai-O, known as Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (爆裂無敵 バンガイオー) in Japan, is a shoot-'em-up video game developed by Treasure for Japanese Nintendo 64 consoles in September 1999. With assistance from Conspiracy Entertainment it was brought to the Sega Dreamcast three months later, where it eventually saw a worldwide release.

    There is also a Collector's Edition of the game that was given out as part of a contest in Japan. Only five copies were ever made making it extremely rare.

    The European version was published by Swing! Entertainment, but it was however released under Virgin Interactive, the European distributor of the game's T-Series code.

    Gameplay

    Bangai-O is a shoot-'em-up game in which the player, piloting a mechanoid, can fly in one of eight directions across the screen shooting a constant stream of projectiles at enemies and obstacles. Taking cues from the "bullet hell" sub-genre of shooters, Bangai-O is populated with sometimes hundreds of enemies which can fire at a rapid pace. The object of the game is to clear the level of enemies within a given time limit.

    The Dreamcast version makes several tweaks over its Nintendo 64 counterpart, changing rules on super moves and adding more content (as well as refining pre-existing assets such as graphics and music).

    History

    Development

    Bangai-O was originally intended to be a remake of the 1985 PC-8801 and Sharp X1 game, Hover Attack, but inevitably became its own independent game. The mechanics in Bangai-O are very similar to those found in Hover Attacks, however the pace of play is a great deal faster and enemies are more plentiful. It also, as expected, offers superior graphics and sound. Vehicles found in Hover Attack are missing in Bangai-O, presumably as their use had been depreciated.

    Legacy

    Despite critical acclaim, limited marketing kept the Dreamcast version of Bangai-O from becoming a huge success in the west. This is particularly noticable in PAL regions, where its late release of March 2001 has made led Bangai-O to retain its value over a decade after going on sale.

    Nevertheless, Bangai-O was followed by the Nintendo DS game Bangai-O Spirits in 2008 and Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury for Xbox Live Arcade in 2011.

    Versions

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Bangai-O Bangai-O
    English (US) Bangai-O Bangai-O
    Japanese 爆裂無敵バンガイオー Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Bangai-O/Magazine articles.

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
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    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
    50
    [4]
    Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel (FR) PAL
    60
    [6]
    Dreamcast Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    83
    [7]
    Dreamcast Magazine (UK) NTSC-J
    65
    [8]
    Dorimaga (JP) NTSC-J
    87
    [9]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    50
    [10]
    Neo Plus (PL)
    80
    [11]
    Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
    70
    [12]
    Strana Igr (RU)
    65
    [13]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    68
    [14]
    Sega Dreamcast
    68
    Based on
    10 reviews

    Bangai-O

    Dreamcast, JP
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    Cover
    BangaiO DC JP Disc.png
    Disc
    Bangaio dc jp manual.pdf
    Manual
    Dreamcast, US
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    Cover
    BangaiO DC US Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Bangaio dc us manual.pdf
    Manual
    Bangaio dc us inlay.jpg
    Inlay
    Dreamcast, EU
    Bangaio dc eu backcover.jpgBangaio dc eu frontcover.jpg
    Cover
    Bangaio dc eu disc.jpg
    Disc

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Dreamcast
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    2000-04-14 GD-R Page

    External links

    • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

    References


    Bangai-O
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    Prereleases: Prototype 2000-04-14