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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Renovation Game (Japan), Renovation Products (US)|
|Developer: Telenet Japan|
|Number of players: 1|
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Gaiares (ガイアレス) is a Sega Mega Drive horizontal shoot-'em-up developed by Telenet Japan. First published in Japan by Renovation Game in December 1990, it was later brought to the United States the following February, and eventually brought to Europe later that year. One of the first Mega Drive games to utilize an 8 Megabit cartridge over the standard size of 4 Megabit, Gaiares (along with Technosoft's Thunder Force III, was one of the earliest shoot-'em-ups to demonstrate the technical capabilities of Sega's new 16-bit hardware.
In the year 3000, humans have polluted Earth to such an extent that Gulfer, a group of space pirates, plan to use the pollution to fuel weapons of mass destruction. The United Star Cluster of Leezaluth feel the only way to stop this from happening is to blow the Sun up, but allows the humans one chance to save themselves: by sending Dan Dare (Diaz in Japan) in a special ship to stop Gulfer.
Aiding Dan in a special sub-ship is the TOZ System, run by Leezaluth emissary Alexis, which can steal powers from the space pirates's own ships. Should you succeed, Leezaluth will give the humans a new planet to inhabit.
changes movement speed. shoots. sends Alexis out straight ahead to take the weapon of the nearest enemy. You can keep taking the same type of weapon, which will increase that weapon's strength, until the type has been maxed out. Furthermore small capsules can be picked up to wipe out all enemies on screen or to install a shield that can absorb multiple enemy hits.
Some stages feature branching paths that can be selected by flying high or low on the screen.
The game's United States release shipped with a poster featuring the game's Western cover artwork.
American advertising campaign
- Main article: Jamie Bunker.
In 1990, Renovation Products selected one of their game testers, Jamie Bunker, to be the spokesperson for the upcoming Sega Mega Drive game Gaiares' United States advertising campaign. Bunker posed with the game's United States release in a series of three advertisements, with each labeling the seventeen-year old spokesman a "professional gamer". Contrasting with the often juvenile and exaggerative statements of other game advertisements of the day, Renovation Products' advertisements simply featured a visibly genuine Bunker presenting the game with a recommendation of its quality, and has become one of the Mega Drive era's most fondly-remembered advertising campaigns.
During development, Gaiares was known by the name Aztion (アズシオン).
A significant majority of the game's 8 Megabit size is dedicated to the storage of cutscene graphics.
- Game Design: M.Yamamoto, K.Yokota
- Character Design: T.Iwata, K.Yokota
- Graphic Design: K.Yokota, T.Iwata, Y.Kuzumoto
- Program: M.Yamamoto
- Sound: S.Ogawa (Business Support Co., Ltd.)
- Special Thanks: K.Fukushima, Y.Fukushima, J.Fukushima, T.Fukushima, Y.Abe, T.Kinoshita, E.Kikuchi, T.Miura, T.Matsuzawa, A.Suzuki, Y.Shimizu, K.Ohta, Y.Yamauchi, T.Umezu
- Main article: Gaiares/Magazine articles.
- Main article: Gaiares/Promotional material.
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|Mega Drive, EU (JAP Import)|
ROM dump status
- File:Gaiares MD JP Box.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
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