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Batsugun
Publisher: Banpresto
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Toaplan
Developer(s) of original games: Toaplan
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (33 tracks)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-20605G



Batsugun (バツグン) is a "bullet hell" shooter developed by Toaplan and Gazelle. After a 1993 arcade release, it was ported to the Sega Saturn and released exclusively in Japan in 1996. The game is considered the pioneer of the bullet hell genre; its designers would move on to form Cave, one of the leading developers in the genre. This port was released as the first of Toaplan legendary series, but this series was never released later.

Gameplay

A is the standard shot, B is for bombs and C is for autofire. There are five stages. The Saturn port adds the ability to play in a horizontal screen orientation.

You can choose one of three pilots; each pilot has a ship with a different attack range/frequency. Each ship has three forms, based on the experience points collected.You power up gradually by collecting P icons and by destroying enemies which grant experience points, an unusual design for a shooting game; dying takes away a certain amount of power but gives you a free P icon. After fully powering up, gathering further experience points adds bombs and restores the ship's hitpoints (Special version only)

Extra features

The Saturn port includes the rare "Special" version of the game, which features modified bombs (covering a larger area), smaller hitboxes for the player ships, allows the player to take an additional hit before being destroyed and loops after clearing the last stage, each loop becoming increasingly difficult. Other extra features are the inclusion of both the original and a rearranged soundtrack.

Tips and tricks

  • Credit increase: Credit increase up to a nine.
In gameplay, pause game and ABABXAB.

Trivia

  • The Saturn port runs with much less slowdown than the Arcade version, making it more difficult.
  • The character Iceman is said to be based on the game's designer Joker JUN.
  • The game features many hidden score opportunities, which are sometimes so obscure that they can't be fully understood without external documentation, e.g. when certain parts of the stage 4 boss, Battleship Jupiter, are destroyed, it starts releasing tanks. When there are enough tanks onscreen, they turn red. Destroying these red tanks with a bomb yields a very high score bonus. More scoring opportunities have been added for the special version.

Production credits

Original Staff
  • Programming: Tsuneki Ikeda, Seiji Iwakura, Satoshi Kohyama
  • Graphic Design: Yuko Tataka, Takeshi Kawamoto, Junya Inoue
  • Music Composer: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Segasaturn Staff
  • Programming: Yoshihiro Matsumoto
  • Special Ver. Support: Hideyuki Murata
  • Music Arranger: Shingo Hirate
  • Package Design: Kenji Teraoka
  • Planner: Koji Ishitani
  • Director: Hiroyuki Fujimoto

Thank You For Your Playing
Presented by: Toaplan

© Toaplan 1993
© Banpresto 1996
Reprogrammed Game © Gazelle
Source: In-game creditsMedia:Batsugun_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[1]


Tsuneki Ikeda, Seiji Iwakura, Satoshi KohyamaYuko Tataka, Takeshi Kawamoto, Junya InoueYoshitatsu SakaiYoshihiro MatsumotoHideyuki MurataShingo HirateKenji TeraokaKoji IshitaniHiroyuki Fujimoto Thank You For Your Playing Presented by

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Track list


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2. Banpresto: Toaplan Legendary Series (00:10)


3. Heart Beat (01:32)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


4. Skim The Surface Of The Sea (01:22)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


5. Bomber Dance (01:39)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


6. Complimentary Ticket (03:42)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


7. Geo Frontier (04:02)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


8. Dark Echo (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


9. King Bird (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


10. Psycho Paranoia (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


11. Premonition (02:19)
JP: 予感
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


12. Final Attack (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


13. Shooting Star (00:39)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


14. Stage Clear (00:10)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


15. Hymnody Of Soldiers (01:02)
JP: 戦士達の賛美歌
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


16. Game Over (00:06)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


17. Name Entry (00:29)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


18. Blue Illumination (01:23)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai


19. Heart Beat (Arrange) (01:32)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


20. Skim The Surface Of The Sea (Arrange) (01:22)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


21. Bomber Dance (Arrange) (01:39)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


22. Complimentary Ticket (Arrange) (04:02)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


23. Geo Frontier (Arrange) (04:02)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


24. Dark Echo (Arrange) (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


25. King Bird (Arrange) (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


26. Psycho Paranoia (Arrange) (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


27. Premonition (Arrange) (02:19)
JP: 予感 (Arrange)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


28. Final Attack (Arrange) (02:19)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


29. Shooting Star (Arrange) (00:39)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


30. Stage Clear (Arrange) (00:11)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


31. Hymnody Of Soldiers (Arrange) (02:05)
JP: 戦士達の賛美歌 (Arrange)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


32. Game Over (Arrange) (00:07)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


33. Name Entry (Arrange) (00:29)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate


34. Blue Illumination (Arrange) (01:24)
Composed by: Yoshitatsu Sakai
Arranged by: Shingo Hirate
Running time: 56:58

Magazine articles

Main article: Batsugun/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SSM JP 19961025 1996-18.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #32: "1996-18 (1996-10-25)" (1996-10-11)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №40, p85[2]
63 №411, p32
50
73 №1996-19, p229[3]
85 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[4]
Sega Saturn
68
Based on
5 reviews

Saturn, JP
Batsugun Saturn JP Box Back.jpgBatsugun Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Batsugun Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
Batsugun Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
BatsugunSaturnJPManual.pdf
Manual
BatsugunSaturnJPCSC.pdf
Reg Card

References

  1. File:Batsugun_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  2. File:Edge UK 040.pdf, page 85
  3. File:SSM_JP_19961108_1996-19.pdf, page 231
  4. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 12