Heavy Nova

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Heavy Nova
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Micronet
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Bignet USA
Original system(s): X68000
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $59.9959.99[3] 22046
    Sega Mega Drive
    SE
    (Rental)
    Sega Mega-CD
    JP
    ¥6,8006,800 T-22014
    Non-Sega versions

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    Heavy Nova (ヘビーノバ) is a 1991 action game for the X68000 by Micronet. It was ported to the Sega Mega-CD as one of the system's two launch titles (the other being Wolf Team's Sol-Feace); the Mega-CD port was not released outside Japan. Micronet subsequently ported it to the Sega Mega Drive for an American release in 1992.

    A European Mega Drive release was planned by Ubisoft[4] but it did not materialise. However, it was available to rent in Sweden.[5]

    Gameplay

    You play as a giant mech beating up other mechs of various sizes. A punches and B kicks. Up rockets up for as long as the button is held; you will eventually come back down.

    History

    Release

    All versions of the game were universally panned for the clumsy controls, terrible hit detection, uninspired level design and terrible sprites' animations. The Mega Drive version, however, was criticized for the same reasons plus the appalling music.

    Production credits

    Mega Drive version

    • Director: Shaka
    • Programming: Shaka, Dampei, Wns, Foma, Azy Mk II, Ikeda
    • Design: Zivo, Nao, Man Chan
    • Music: Studio River Kings, T.Iijima, Shaka
    • Special Thanks: Bignet U.S.A., Tatsurou, Toshirou
    • Producer: Akihiko Murakami
    1991 Micronet

    Mega-CD version

    • Director: Shaka
    • Programming: Shaka, Dampei, Wns, Foma, Azy Mk II, Ikeda
    • Design: Zivo, Nao, Man Chan
    • Music: Naoko, Studio River Kings, T.Iijima, Shaka
    • Special Thanks: Bignet U.S.A., Tatsurou, Toshirou
    • Producer: Akihiko Murakami
    1991 Micronet
    Source:
    In-game credits (JP)[6]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Heavy Nova/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Main article: Heavy Nova/Promotional material.

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
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    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    20
    [7]
    Consoles + (FR) NTSC-U
    20
    [8]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    80
    [9]
    Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
    42
    [10]
    Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
    49
    [11]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    58
    [12]
    Sega Mega Drive
    45
    Based on
    6 reviews

    Heavy Nova

    Mega Drive, US
    HeavyNova MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    HeavyNova MD US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Heavy Nova MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
    HeavyNova MD SE rental cover.jpg
    Cover

    Mega-CD version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    60
    [13]
    Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-J
    80
    [14]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    60
    [15]
    Games-X (UK) NTSC-J
    60
    [16]
    Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
    50
    [17]
    Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
    56
    [18]
    Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
    63
    [19]
    Mega (UK) NTSC-J
    12
    [20]
    MegaTech (UK) NTSC
    59
    [21]
    Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
    69
    [22]
    Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
    54
    [23]
    Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-J
    53
    [24]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    45
    [25]
    Sega Mega-CD
    55
    Based on
    13 reviews

    Heavy Nova

    Mega-CD, JP
    HeavyNova MD JP Box Back.jpgHeavyNova MD JP Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    HeavyNova MCD JP spinecard.jpg
    Spinecard
    HeavyNova MCD JP Disc.jpg
    Disc
    Heavynova mcd jp manual.pdf
    Manual

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 f6b6a9d8
    MD5 74bb344107592feae3372c27e1dc1841
    SHA-1 f5bda60615c7436a40b5a31a726099583ed85413
    1MB 1991-07 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega-CD
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    483,651,168 CD (JP) T-22014

    Track list

    1. Data track
    2. Opening (2:39)
    3. Mission 1: Heavy Doll Training Camp (5:11)
    4. Mission 2: Floating Fortress (3:58)
    5. Battle Results (3:19)
    6. Your Final Examination Is About to Begin (2:04)
    7. Game Over (2:54)
    8. Training Boss 1-1: Trol (IZ-HD310) (3:03)
    9. Training Boss 1-2: Garo (SX-D07RR) / Rebel Boss 2-3: Garo Custom (SX-D07RR) (3:05)
    10. Training Boss 1-3: Zam (ME-F91-A) (3:05)
    11. Rebel Boss 2-1: Garo (SX-D07RR) (3:07)
    12. Rebel Boss 2-2: Zam (ME-F91-A) (3:01)
    13. Rebel Boss 2-4: Zam Custom (ME-F91-C) (3:06)
    14. Final Boss: Idarl (ME-F913) (3:01)
    15. Ending: You Are the Heavy Nova (2:35)
    16. Opening Theme: Idar (ME-F991) (1:14)
    Running time: 45:22

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/mcd/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-10 17:56)
    2. Sega Visions, "Winter 1991/1992" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 45
    3. GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 40
    4. Sega Force, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 10
    5. http://www.guardiana.net/MDG-Database/Mega%20Drive/Heavy%20Nova/#v8226
    6. File:HeavyNova_MCD_JP_SSCredits.pdf
    7. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 95
    8. Consoles +, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 71
    9. GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 42
    10. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 79
    11. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
    12. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 16
    13. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1992" (JP; 1991-12-07), page 83
    14. Computer & Video Games, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-15), page 71
    15. Famitsu, "1991-12-20" (JP; 1991-12-06), page 43
    16. Games-X, "30th January-5th February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-30), page 25
    17. Hippon Super, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-07), page 98
    18. Joystick, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 156
    19. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1992" (JP; 1992-02-XX), page 83
    20. Mega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 76
    21. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 24
    22. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 52
    23. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
    24. Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-28), page 42
    25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
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