Panzer Dragoon Mini

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Panzer Dragoon Mini
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,8004,800 G-3384
Sega Rating: All Ages

Panzer Dragoon Mini (パンツァードラグーン ミニ) is an entry in the Panzer Dragoon series, released exclusively for the Sega Game Gear in Japan.

Unlike other games in the series, Mini is not 3D. It is a third-person shooter similar to Space Harrier. It was marketed towards kids with the Kid's Gear branding. The dragons have a chibi appearance, similar to Virtua Fighter Kids.

Gameplay

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Mini-boss

The game is a third-person rail shooter. Unlike other entries in the series, the camera cannot be controlled and instead rotates automatically. The player has a choice of three dragons to play. This is the only game in the series in which the dragon does not have a rider. Some enemy designs and musical themes are derived from Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei.

The player can move the targeting reticle around using the D-pad. The dragon follows but cannot move higher than the horizon. The dragon can shoot with 1 or 2. It can also lock on to targets by holding 1 or 2 while highlighting targets and then fire by releasing. The projectiles launched by bosses can be shot down normally but not locked on.

The dragon has a health bar, which is reduced whenever the dragon takes damage from an enemy. If it runs out of health, the game ends, but it can be continued from the start of the current stage as many times as desired. There are no healing power-ups, but the dragon has its health restored at the beginning of each stage.

The game has three selectable difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard). The game has a password system for continuing from the current stage or any previously completed stage.

Dragons

Stages

Each stage besides the last consists of a shooting segment, a fight against the same mini-boss, another shooting segment, and a fight against a unique boss.

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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
The player repeats the bosses of the first, third, and fourth stages, followed by a final boss. Each boss fight is interspersed with short shooting segments. The dragon's health is restored after each fight.

Magazine articles

Main article: Panzer Dragoon Mini/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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35
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Sega Game Gear
35
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1 review

Panzer Dragoon Mini

Game Gear, JP
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 e9783cea
MD5 4d0d6d25dfef7e1a509d828f157d515f
SHA-1 c1498f68acb234f46ab6f443f484a48ebd183f0f
512kB Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. File:PanzerDragoonMini GG JP Box Front.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
  3. Famitsu, "1996-11-29" (JP; 1996-11-15), page 35


Panzer Dragoon Mini

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Games in the Panzer Dragoon Series
Sega Saturn
Panzer Dragoon (1995) | Panzer Dragoon Zwei (1996) | Panzer Dragoon I & II (1996) | Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998)
Windows PC
Panzer Dragoon (1996) | Panzer Dragoon: Remake (2020)
Sega Game Gear
Panzer Dragoon Mini (1996)
LCD handheld game
Panzer Dragoon (1997)
Xbox
Panzer Dragoon Orta (2002)
Nintendo Switch
Panzer Dragoon: Remake (2020) | Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake (20xx)
Sony PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Steam
Google Stadia
Panzer Dragoon: Remake (2020)
Sampler Discs
Sega Saturn
Panzer Dragoon Playable Preview (1995) | Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Taikenban (1997) | Panzer Dragoon Saga Demo Disc (1998)
Xbox
Panzer Dragoon Orta Demo Disc (2002)
Panzer Dragoon related media
Music
Panzer Dragoon Original Sound Track (1995) | Panzer Dragoon Original Full Sound Version (1995) | Panzer Dragoon Power Remix (1995) | Panzer Dragoon Zwei Original Arrange Album "Alternative Elements" (1996) | Panzer Dragoon Zwei Original Soundtrack (1996) | Panzer Dragoon O.V.A. Original Sound Track (1996) | Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG (1997) | Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album (1998) | "Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu" (1999) | Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album (2001) | Panzer Dragoon Orta: Die Panzer Dragoons Chronik (2002) | Panzer Dragoon Orta Original Soundtrack (2002) | Panzer Dragoon Orta Official Soundtrack (2003) | Panzer Dragoon Original Sound Track (Remastered) (2006) | Panzer Dragoon (2016) | Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement (2018) | Panzer Dragoon: Remake The Definitive Soundtrack (2021)
Book
Panzer Dragoon Koushiki Guide Book (1995) | Panzer Dragoon Zwei no Sekai: Panzer Dragoon Zwei Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Panzer Dragoon OVA Fan Book (1996) | Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG Guide Book (1998) | Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG Official Guide (1998) | Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG (1998) | Panzer Dragoon Orta Kanzen Guide (2003) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Panzer Dragoon Orta (2003) | Panzer Dragoon Orta: Kaze to Akatsuki no Musume (2004)
Film
Panzer Dragoon (1996)