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FireShark MDTitleScreen.png
Fire Shark/Same! Same! Same!
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-Tech
Publisher:
DreamWorks (US), Sega (EU), Toaplan (JP)
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,500 T-40013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 34016
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99More...[2]More...[3] T-34016
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-34016
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-34016
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-34016
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?




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Fire Shark, released in Japan as Same! Same! Same! (鮫!鮫!鮫!), is a 1989 arcade shoot-'em-up by Toaplan ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990. This is one of the few Mega Drive ports developed by Toaplan themselves.

Like many of the Mega Drive Toaplan ports, each regional release of the game contains multiple regional versions, of which European and US settings "Fire Shark" is slightly easier than Japan setting "鮫!鮫!鮫!". Unusually, the carts released in each region appear to be slightly different; actual differences are currently unknown.

Story

On an alternate Earth, heavy-arms producing nation S Corps starts invading other countries, and the Tiger Shark, a biplane, seems to be the only hope for stopping S Corps. There are three endings, depending on the difficulty level.

Gameplay

A and C shoot; B releases a typical "bomb" weapon. Powerups are a lot like Truxton; you have S icons for speedups (though it never gets as crazy as Truxton does), B icons to increase bomb stock, various #up icons to gain a number of extra lives, and thunderbolt icons to increase score. Finally, you have three different weapons: the cyan spreadshot (wide area), the green laser (focused area), and the red flame thrower (switches between focused and wide).

Most of the scoring in this game is cashing in bombs and thunderbolts at the end of each stage, so some pro dodging is required. After clearing the 10 stages, a harder version of the game will begin, and so on.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Fire Shark Fire Shark
English (US) Fire Shark Fire Shark
Japanese Same! Same! Same! (鮫!鮫!鮫!)

Magazine articles

Main article: Fire Shark/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #2: "October/November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdfMeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)

BeepMD JP 1990-11.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-11: "November 1990" (1990-10-XX)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 More...[5]
79 More...[6]
64 More...[7]
90 More...[2]
78 №113, [1]
88 More...[8]
50 №1990-22_23, p16
68 №5, p92
53 №5, p95
78 №9, p20
59 More...[9]
51 More...[10]
87 More...[11]
60 More...[12]
60 More...[13]
63 More...[14]
83 More...[15]
90 More...[16]
75 №18, p65
75 №18, p65
61 More...[17]
74 More...[18]
Sega Mega Drive
71
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
FireShark MD US Box.jpg
Cover
FireShark MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Fireshark md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
FireShark MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
FireShark MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
FireShark MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
FireShark MD JP CartTop.jpg
FireShark MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

FireShark MegaTech Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 570b5024
MD5 dc1fa82af5d70b5a35e06b7f10f9bbcb
SHA-1 453ca331d15c47171c42312c14585541a3613802
512kB 1990-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 9c175146
MD5 c00981929f3eca882d123809e81185df
SHA-1 020169eb2a4b3ad63fa2cbaa1927ab7c33b6add4
512kB 1990-08 Cartridge (US) Same as above ROM except 102 bytes blanked. Possibly pirate or hack.
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2351ce61
MD5 de1cab62facb121904d0cb1da9cc00a8
SHA-1 54b9060699187bf32048c005a3379fda72c0fb96
512kB 1990-08 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 77bbd841
MD5 9b399dee13e33613a4bed61b76d0233d
SHA-1 b0d2552c5aae75dbe2d63600c0dbd64868c2f2c5
512kB 1990-08 Cartridge (JP)

References