Trouble Shooter

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Battle Mania/Trouble Shooter
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: VIC Tokai
Developer:
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 T-23013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$40.5040.50[3] 23016

Trouble Shooter, called Battle Mania (バトルマニア) in Japan, is a shoot-'em-up developed and published by VIC Tokai for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 in the US and in Japan in 1992. An Asia-only sequel, Battle Mania Daiginjou, was also developed.

The main characters were influenced by the novel Dirty Pair.

Story

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Mania and Maria

Madison (Mania Ohtorii, 大鳥居マニア, in the Japanese version) and Crystal (Maria Haneda, 羽田マリア, in the Japanese version), a sister team called the "Trouble Shooters," are called to rescue the King's son, who has been kidnapped by the evil Blackball (Morgstein, モルグスティン, in the Japanese version) and his minions.

Gameplay

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Power booster selection

The game is a side-scrolling shooter. Mania and Maria wear jetpacks and can fly. The player controls Mania and can move her in any direction using the D-pad. She shoots her primary weapon with B, which can be held for rapid-fire. Maria follows Mania and fires when she fires. Though their weapons cannot be aimed, they do deflect slightly upward or downward, each in an opposite direction, as the characters move up or down. While Mania always faces to the right, Maria can be turned around with C, allowing her to fire in either direction. The player can thus choose whether to use Maria to provide additional strength to Mania's fire or to cover the opposite flank. Maria's weapon starts fairly strong but cannot be upgraded, whereas Mania's weapon is initially comparatively weak but can be upgraded by finding power-up items. Both characters can neutralize enemy projectiles with their own. Some stages contain barriers that the player can use to separate the pair and move them more independently.

Before the first four stages, the player is given a choice of power booster. This is a drone that follows the pair and provides a Super Weapon. After collecting two Power Up items, the drone also provides additional support fire. Super Weapons are powerful special abilities that can be used with A when the player's charge bar is full. The bar charges automatically; it charges quickly, so Super Weapons can be used multiple times per stage. Mania admonishes the player for pressing A before the charge bar is ready, causing the bar to reset.

Maria is invulnerable, but if Mania dies once, the game is over and the player must use a continue. There is no way to earn additional continues. Mania dies if she loses all of her health points or gets caught between a surface and the screen as it scrolls. Mania gains an extra health point every 30,000 points earned and by finding heart items. There is no limit to the number of health points that she can gain.

The game's story is conveyed through cutscenes before and after stages. The game employs humor throughout, including a fourth wall-breaking false ending.

Super Weapons

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Lightning Storm
Two lightning bolts sweep out to the sides of the screen.

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Tidal Wave
A powerful moving laser that follows the player's horizontal directional controls.

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Blizzard
Large energy balls that swirl around in a progressively larger radius.

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Avalanche
Multiple volleys of missiles in a stacked vertical formation.

Items

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Cargo Drone
Shoot down to release an item, then fly over to collect.
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Speed Up
Increases Mania's movement speed.
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Speed Down
Decreases Mania's movement speed.
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Power Up
Increases the power of Mania's weapon. The power of her weapon is maintained from stage to stage unless Mania dies.
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Life Up
Gives Mania another health point. There is no limit to the number of health points that Mania can have.
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Bonus Points
Awards the player with 100 bonus points.

Stages

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Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Stage 5
The Prince accompanies Mania and Maria on this stage and inverts the player's directional controls while providing additional support fire.

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Stage 6
Mania plays the majority of this stage by herself. Maria joins her for the final phase of the last boss.

History

Legacy

Mania and Maria make a cameo appearance in Segagaga, released for the Dreamcast in 2001.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Trouble Shooter Trouble Shooter
Japanese バトルマニア Battle Mania

Production credits

  • Graphics - Enemies, Scroll, Opening: Doro-P
  • Graphics - Enemies, Scroll, Title: Porten
  • Sound Created by: Team Hyakuman-Goku
  • B G M: Raika Papa
  • S.E.: Bakkin! Tama
  • Voice: Yuki Chan
  • Program - Enemies, Scroll, Tools: Propeller Wado
  • Program - Boss, Title: Saboten Cuctus
  • Program - My Chara, System: Takayan
  • Special Thanks to: Sho-chan, Yamachan, Simpson, Kamo-san
  • English Text by: Jimee D & MC Ikeya
  • And My Friendly Neighborhood: Tonboo, Jorum, & Fellows of the Lance
Developed for Video Game Studio Space Iron Men
  • Directed by: Takayan the Barbarian in Studio Space Iron Men
Source:
In-game credits[4]


Magazine articles

Main article: Trouble Shooter/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US print advert

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[5]
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[6]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
67
[7]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[8]
Consoles + (FR)
50
[9]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[10]
Game Power (IT)
85
[11]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
100
[3]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
70
[12]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
78
[13]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
90
[14]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
61
[15]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
70
[16]
Mega (UK)
81
[17]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC
71
[18]
Power Play (DE)
68
[19]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
86
[20]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
73
[21]
Sega Pro (UK)
78
[22]
Sega Opisaniy i sekretov (RU)
76
[23]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
81
[24]
Tricks 16 bit (RU) NTSC-U
66
[25]
Sega Mega Drive
71
Based on
22 reviews

Trouble Shooter

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 becfc39b
MD5 f29c5049a48f37a37b811a22dc731e3c
SHA-1 3fc9ffa49ece5e9cbba1f2a5ba1dfd068b86c65d
512kB 1991-03 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a76c4a29
MD5 2857b7730fb7dbc5f7c1ec1a4ba1b0ee
SHA-1 9886dd39cfd8fe505860fc4d0119aacec7484a4e
512kB 1992-02 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 bf0a017f
MD5 4ed295fa55e62ded8333981ccb7a31a6
SHA-1 5d707ba8dbbfa8ad7a6ec20735e41b2b84941efe
512kB 1991-05-28 CD-R disc Page
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 4ab3033c
MD5 a2d9f8c669a59fe39acb8e23d24e6344
SHA-1 e60aef86ed80283e3f03af581931b57c5487a519
512kB 1991-09-12 CD-R disc Page

References


Trouble Shooter

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1991-05-28 | 09-12



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Battle Mania games for Sega systems
Battle Mania/Trouble Shooter (1991/1992) | Battle Mania Daiginjou (1993)