Granada

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Granada
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Wolf Team (Japan), Renovation Products (US)
Developer:
Original system(s): X68000
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 T-32023
Sega Mega Drive
US
49036
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Non-Sega versions

Granada (グラナダ) is a 1990 shoot-'em-up by Wolf Team released in the US and Japan for the Sega Mega Drive and in Japan for the X68000.

A European release was planned by Ubisoft[5], but it did not materialise.

Story

The game is set in a futuristic Africa in 2016. A war has erupted over mining rights for rare metals and has quickly escalated due to the development of an advanced new type of tank called Maneuver Cepters. A mysterious Maneuver Cepter of unknown origin called "Granada" has been destroying heavy mobile weapons from both the north and south factions.

Leon Todo, a private mercenary, accepts a task from an enterprise agent that takes him to Japan, where he finds the Granada and uses it in an attempt to stop the conflict once and for all.

Gameplay

The game is a multi-directional shooter that plays similarly to the overhead missions of Thunder Force II. The player is situated on a large field full of enemies, obstacles, and mission targets that may be freely moved upon (unlike most conventional shoot-'em-ups). The goal of each stage is to destroy all of the targets, which vary for each stage, and then a boss before the timer runs out. The player is given a radar in the bottom-right corner of the screen, which displays targets as solid red dots, the boss as a flashing red dot, and the Granada as a flashing white dot.

The player moves the Granada around with the D-pad. It fires its normal weapon with A, which has rapid-fire. It can also fire missiles with C. Missiles are slower-firing and therefore require more precision to use effectively, but they are more powerful, allowing them to destroy larger targets in fewer hits, and can penetrate through multiple targets, making them useful for clearing out masses of smaller enemies. Shooting a missile knocks the tank backwards a bit. Weapons are fired in the direction that the tank is facing and have unlimited supply. The tank normally rotates in the direction that it is moving, but the player can lock its orientation by holding B, which allows for strafing maneuvers. The tank can be rotated in 16 different directions.

The Granada has a shield that can sustain multiple hits from enemies, indicated by a bar at the top of the screen. The tank explodes if it sustains too much enemy damage, costing the player a life. The player also loses a life if time runs out or if the Granada falls off the stage. If all lives are lost, the game is over. Otherwise, the Granada is respawned where it was destroyed. The game has four selectable difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, Hard, and Mania). The Granada has fewer maximum shield points at higher difficulty levels.

Support Units

Support units supplement the Granada with additional capabilities. They last for the rest of the stage or until the Granada is destroyed.

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Reflector (リフレター)
The unit follows around the Granada. The Granada's normal weapon reflects off of it at an angle. Hitting it with a missile causes it to spin around shooting bullets in every direction for a duration. Collecting this item multiple times equips more units to follow the Granada.
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Epalet (エバレット)
Adds homing missiles to the Granada's standard attack. Collecting this item multiple times adds additional missiles to the attack.
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Paul Bunyan (ポールバニアン)
Attaches a plate-shaped shield to the front of the Granada. It is launched forward when the Granada fires a missile with C, which causes it to spray bullets in multiple directions before returning to the Granada.
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Chromleck (クロムレック)
The unit follows the Granada and damages enemies that it touches. The unit revolves around the Granada when it fires its normal weapon or seeks and destroys an enemy when the Granada fires a missile with C.
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Hidden (ヒドン)
The unit follows the Granada. The unit explodes in a large radius, destroying enemies as well as itself, with C. Collecting this item multiple times equips more units to follow the Granada, which are detonated separately.

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

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Stage 6

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Stage 7

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Stage 8

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Stage 9

Production credits

  • Original: T.Toyota
  • Game Design: T.Toyota
  • Program: T.Toyota
  • Graphics: M.Sato, M.Matsushima, K.Nagata
  • Music: M.Uno, M.Sakuraba
  • Ad Design: F.Ishii
  • Business Works: J.Asanuma, M.Uno, K.Goshima, K.Iijima, H.Kayano
  • Thanks: H.Izumino, K.Ueno, Y.Ushijima, H.Ogasawara, Y.Ohnishi, T.Ogura, A.Kabaya, K.Goto, Y.Kohama, F.Shimoyama, M.Sugiyama, K.Suzuki, H.Suzuki, S.Sekizuka, T.Sou, T.Takeda, K.Tajima, Y.Tani, C.Tokuhiro, A.Nakamura, T.Hagiwara, T.Hamada, A.Higurashi, F.Fukaya, T.Hori, S.Miyoshi, T.Yamada, T.Yamamoto, S.Rokumoto, O.Watanabe
  • U.S. Staff: S.Yazel, H.Hiraga, R.Lee, D.Izat
  • Special Thanks to: K.Fukushima
  • Producer: M.Akishino
  • Presented by Wolf Team
Source:
In-game credits[6]


Magazine articles

Main article: Granada/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US print advert
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #19: "February 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-09: "September 1990" (1990-08-XX)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-11: "November 1990" (1990-10-XX)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mega Drive Fan (JP) #12: "January 1991" (1990-12-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)

Physical scans

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Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[8]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
83
[9]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
80
[10]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
80
[11]
Consoles + (FR)
76
[12]
Console XS (UK) PAL
83
[13]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[15]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
79
[16]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
58
[17]
The Games Machine (IT)
96
[18]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
80
[19]
Joystick (FR)
71
[20]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC
71
[21]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
76
[22]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
86
[23]
Mean Machines (UK) NTSC-J
82
[24]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
80
[25]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
75
[26]
Sega Pro (UK)
73
[27]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[28]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[29]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
73
[30]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
67
[31]
User (GR) PAL
84
[32]
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
25 reviews

Granada

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Granada MD JP manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Granada MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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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 7f45719b
MD5 9e215cea722159b321a2eac544573f0d
SHA-1 6830d6ca1d7e2b220eb4431b42d33382e16e2791
512kB 1990-11 Cartridge v00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e89d1e66
MD5 93a809c145d5dacc8d8e33a27fdcfb9a
SHA-1 4eb8bbdb9ee8adcefaa202281cb88c19970437f7
512kB 1990-11 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 129a37dd
MD5 76d4181f42a549c23ac854050d50c2cf
SHA-1 ae23265cdc4907bae676101d3086929425ef641a
512kB 1990-11 v01 prototype Page

References

  1. File:Granada 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. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/56vKvaVOuvg/m/llgxKAXPA1UJ
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 86
  5. Sega Force, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 10
  6. File:Granada MD credits.pdf
  7. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 4
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 91
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 27
  10. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 30
  11. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 47
  12. Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 38
  13. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 96
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 22
  16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 53
  17. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-1x-xx), page 1
  18. The Games Machine, "Febbraio 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 62
  19. Game Zone, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-24), page 37
  20. Joystick, "Janvier 1991" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 110
  21. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  22. Mega Drive Fan, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-08), page 83
  23. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 26
  24. Mean Machines, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-27), page 106
  25. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  26. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  27. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 41
  28. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 62
  29. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  30. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  31. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 82
  32. User, "Mártios 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 83


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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: REV01 prototype