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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Toaplan, Tengen|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Number of players: 1|
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Grind Stormer, called V-Five or V-V (ヴイ・ファイヴ) in Japan, is a 1992 arcade shoot-'em-up developed by Toaplan. It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1994 and released by Tengen exclusively in the US and Japan.
Though the two games have the same art, weapons, music, and enemy layout, their gameplay is slightly different:
- V-Five: Gradius-style weapon upgrades, with / shooting and choosing a weapon
- Grind Stormer: more conventional weapon upgrades, with / shooting and dropping a bomb
You can select which mode to play in the Options Menu by pressing at the title screen. Also during gameplay, you always have two auxiliary guns at your sides — and move them toward your front/rear. When at the front, the shots combine with yours to form a more powerful shot; when at the rear, you have a spread shot. Regardless of configuration, you can hold / to rapidfire.
Some (many?) American copies of the game are plagued with a manufacturing defect (supposedly poor quality PCBs?) that reduce the cartridge's lifespan.
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English (US)||Grind Stormer||Grind Stormer|
|Japanese||ヴイ・ファイヴ||V-Five / V-V|
- Project Leader: Jun Amanai
- Main Programmer: Jun Amanai
- Programmer: Takayuki Muraoka
- Assistant Programmer: Osamu Yamamoto
- Graphics: Ken-ichi Nemoto
- Audio: Kenji Yokoyama
- Test Players: Ken-ichi Nemoto, John Arvay, Mike Kruse, Rob Boone, Kenji Yokoyama, Jim Hernandez
- Special Thanks: Bill Hindorff, Mitzi McGilvray, Tatsuya Uemura
- Presented by: Tengen
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: Grind Stormer/Magazine articles.
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ROM dump status
- File:GamePlayers US 0705.pdf
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 73
- Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1994" (JP; 1994-03-08), page 18 (20)
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
- Joypad, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 31
- Mean Machines Sega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-04-30), page 46-48 (46)
- Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 44/45 (44)