Fire Shark

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System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-Tech
Publisher: DreamWorks (US), Sega (Europe), Toaplan (Japan)
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,5006,500 T-40013
Sega Mega Drive
US
34016
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-34016
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[5][4] T-34016
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?


















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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!) Shark! Shark! Shark!

Magazine articles

Main article: Fire Shark/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

page=43

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

page=50

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

page=18

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

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
83
[7]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
64
[8]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
59
[9]
Console XS (UK) PAL
83
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[11]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
83
[3]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
78
[12]
Génération 4 (FR)
88
[13]
Famicom Hisshoubon (JP) NTSC-J
50
[14]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
68
[15]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-J
53
[16]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
78
[17]
Mega (UK) PAL
78
[18]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
55
[19]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-J
59
[20]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
59
[21]
Player One (FR)
51
[22]
Power Play (DE)
59
[23]
Raze (UK) NTSC
87
[24]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
50
[25]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
63
[26]
Sega Pro (UK)
83
[27]
Sega Pro (UK)
90
[28]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
75
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
75
[30]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
61
[31]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
79
[32]
Zero (UK)
74
[33]
Sega Mega Drive
71
Based on
28 reviews
Mega Drive, JP
FireShark MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
FireShark MD JP CartTop.jpg
FireShark MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
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, 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)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1990-07-30 Page

References

  1. File:FireShark MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 73
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sega Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-05), page 10
  5. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 67
  6. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 5
  7. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1990" (JP; 1990-10-XX), page 24
  8. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 37
  9. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 51
  10. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
  11. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 79
  12. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-10-26), page 1
  13. Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 139
  14. Famicom Hisshoubon, "1990-22, 23 (1990-11-16, 12-07)" (JP; 1990-11-02), page 16
  15. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  16. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 95
  17. Mega Drive Fan, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 87
  18. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 20
  19. Mega Force, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1992-01-15), page 103
  20. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 81
  21. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  22. Player One, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 88
  23. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 148
  24. Raze, "February 1991" (UK; 1990-12-20), page 74
  25. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  26. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 50
  27. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 69
  28. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 18
  29. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  30. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  31. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 68
  32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  33. Zero, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-11), page 38


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