Blast Wind

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Blast Wind
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Tecnosoft
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (19 tracks)
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 T-1810G
Sega Rating: All Ages

Blast Wind (ブラストウインド) is a shoot-'em-up game released exclusively in Japan for the Sega Saturn in 1997.

Story

A nuclear shockwave has all but destroyed the entire population of Earth. The remaining humans on the planet were gathered aboard a ship called the Ark by a prophetic man named Noa. After the radiation dissipated, humankind emerged from the Ark and began building anew.

However, the developing civilization came under attack by a society named Gorn, the embodiment of machines and artificiality. During the nuclear winter, Gorn was sealed beneath the Earth's crust but surfaced when the remaining humans returned. Humanity must fight back against Gorn, using ancient weapons unearthed by the new civilization and two "Ultimate Destroyers" known as Kyō and Forn.

Gameplay

A for normal shot, B or AAAAA for homing shot, and C for bombs. This can be changed in the options.

Player

Players control either Kyō (Player 1) or Forn (Player 2)'s ships, each ship has two different main shot types.

BlastWind Saturn JP SS Kyo.png Kyō
Player 1
  • Shot type 1 = Homing X-shot
  • Shot type 2 = Wave shot, follows the contours of some levels with walls
BlastWind Saturn JP SS Forn.png Forn
Player 2
  • Shot type 1 = Aiming spread shot
  • Shot type 2 = Laser

Stages

The game is notable for being able to change routes by pushing blocks. Some stages change the stage boss or attack method.

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Stage 1: Iron Skyscraper
Normal Route Boss: Strat Guard

Alternate Route Boss: Strat Guard

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Stage 2: City of Night
Normal Route Boss: Gamma Ray

Alternate Route Boss: Sprigun

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Stage 3: Atlantis
Normal Route Boss: Sodom

Alternate Route Boss: Sodom

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Stage 4: Earth Breaker
Normal Route Boss: Ostragle

Alternate Route Boss: Ostragle

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Stage 5: Dimension Cave
Normal/Alternate Route Boss: Drad

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Stage 6: Gorn LastBattle
In Final Boss background, Gorn's motto appears, "World of Technology", it is also Technosoft's slogan.

Items

BlastWind Saturn JP SP Powup.png Power UP
Weapon power increase 1 level. Brief period of invincibility and a powerful horizontal lightning blast after pickup.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP Powup2.png Full Power UP
Weapon power gets maxed. Brief period of invincibility and a powerful horizontal lightning blast after pickup.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP Bomb.png Bomb
Add bomb.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP Option.png Shield Ball
Option ball that absorbs enemy bullets.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP 1up.png 1up
Increase 1 ship.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP Score1.png Bonus 1
Get 1000 points.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP Score2.png Bonus 2
Get 5000 points.
BlastWind Saturn JP SP Score3.png Bonus 3
Get 100 points.

History

Apparently, an arcade version of Blast Wind was to be made before the Saturn port titled Inazuma Saber (稲妻セイバー), much like how Hyper Duel had an arcade version before the Saturn release. This arcade version was eventually shelved.

"Gorn" is one letter off from the ORN Empire from the Thunder Force series.

Production credits

  • Main Program: Pen Knife
  • Sub Program: Zako, Cyber Yumimint, Chinpui
  • Enemy Program: Godzy, Wahrsager, Noritaloon, Nekoon
  • Demo Program: Zany
  • Conversion: Nincompoop, Mirror, Takohai Ssu, Under Cover
  • Main Design: Pei Crash
  • Sub Design: OPA
  • Music Compose & Sound Effect: Tsukumohyakutaro
  • Direction Produce: Yunker Matai
  • Works: Neptune
  • Executive Produce: Shigotonin
  • Special Thanks: Souichiro Hikichi, Andrew Zimmerman, And You
  • Presented by: Tecno Soft®
Source:
In-game credits[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Blast Wind/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
58
[4]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[5]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
81
[6]
Sega Saturn
66
Based on
3 reviews

Blast Wind

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
572,766,096 1996-12-10 CD-ROM (JP) T-1810G V1.003

Track list


1. (Data track)


2. Opening (01:21) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


3. Ultimate Destroyer (02:49) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


4. Strat Guard (02:56) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


5. Run Of The Destiny (03:21) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


6. Gumma Ray (02:44) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


7. Sprigun (03:03) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


8. The Ritual (05:00) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


9. Sodom (03:05) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


10. Chaos Breaker (04:27) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


11. Ostragle (02:53) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


12. Burning Heart (03:32) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


13. Drad (02:45) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


14. God Breath (03:29) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


15. Gorn (02:18) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


16. Speak (00:17) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


17. The Justice Ray (05:05) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


18. The Longest Voyage (03:24) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


19. Lo-Fi Mix (01:02) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou


20. Game Over (00:07) 
Composed by: Tsukumo Hyakutarou
Running time: 53:38

Extra content

This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
BW_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 188 About this game.
BW_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 23 Title
BW_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 28 Copyright


References