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Robo Aleste
Publisher: Compile (JP), Tengen (US), Sega (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥6,800 T-66014
Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.95[1] T-48015
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? 4416
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F 4416
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? 4416
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas 4416



Robo Aleste, known as Dennin-Aleste (電忍アレスタ) or Dennin Aleste: Nobunaga and his Ninja Force in Japan, is a vertical scrolling shoot-'em-up developed by Compile exclusively for the Sega Mega-CD. It is part of the Aleste series of games, and the only one to use the Aleste name in all regions.

Gameplay

You control the flying robot with the directional keys. It comes with two fixed options in front of it. These absorb enemy bullets and cause damage on contact. Holding A fires the options away, B is for shooting and C for changing movement speed. The standard shot can be powered up by collecting small powerup pellets. There are also 4 extra weapons. Blue is a piercing laser, green fires shurikens, brown is for bombs and and yellow gives the two options limited homing capabilities.

It should be noted that, as with many others Compile shooters like Seirei Senshi Spriggan or Super Aleste, power ups reappear infinitely during boss fights, which are not time limited. This way, infinite score can be accumulated, thus making the score counter obsolete.

Versions

The game was made easier for the release outside of Japan, e.g. Aleste's yellow homing orbs became much stronger and the steady increase in rank was toned down. The NTSC-J version had plenty of character dialogue stored as Red Book audio tracks on the disc, but many of these tracks ended up being unused. The respective dialogues simply appeared as text.

Production credits

  • Producer: Masamitsu Niitani
  • Planning: Kerol
  • Programmers: Takin, Koichi Yamashita, Jemini Hirono
  • Character Designers: Hiroshi Ryuoh-in, Shin-ichi Ohnishi, Syunsuke "Great" Takashima, Kerol
  • Mechanic Designers: Hiroshi Ryuoh-in, Hiroki Kodama
  • Continuity Writers: Kengo Morita, Zod Hoshijima, Kerol
  • Computer Graphics: Hiroki Kodama, Shin-ichi Ohnishi, Hiroshi Ryuoh-in, Kengo Morita, Gennosuke Yumi
  • Sound Effects: Einosuke Nagao
  • Sampling: Pon Imasue
  • Cooperators: Yasutoshi Akiyama, Kasumi Hakuryuh-hou, Kazunari Bishamonten, Lemontea
  • Cast of Voices: Terry Ueyama, Xanthe Smith, Barry Gjerde, Geraldine Twilley, Robert B. Spenser
  • Cooperation
    • By Word: Japan Media Programming co., ltd.
  • Compact Disc Audio
    • All music produced and arranged by: Katsumi Tanaka
    • Original music written by: Katsumi Tanaka, Satoshi Shimazaki
    • Original sound recording made by: LMS Recordings
    • All songs published by: LMS Music inc.
    • Full digital process mastered at: Hit Factory Japan
  • Multi Audio at Visual Sequence
    • Produced and engineered by: Katsumi Tanaka
  • All CD music are: Virtual Stereo Treated
  • Explanatory leaflet Staff: Kazuhiro Kohnoue, Youichi Utsumi, Katsuhiko Ikeda, Zod Hoshijima, Hiroshi Ryuoh-in
  • Supervisor: Jemini Hirono
  • Directed by: Kerol, Compile


Masamitsu NiitaniKerolTakin, Koichi Yamashita, Jemini HironoHiroshi Ryuoh-in, Shin-ichi Ohnishi, Syunsuke "Great" Takashima, KerolHiroshi Ryuoh-in, Hiroki KodamaKengo Morita, Zod Hoshijima, KerolHiroki Kodama, Shin-ichi Ohnishi, Hiroshi Ryuoh-in, Kengo Morita, Gennosuke YumiEinosuke NagaoPon ImasueYasutoshi Akiyama, Kasumi Hakuryuh-hou, Kazunari Bishamonten, LemonteaTerry Ueyama, Xanthe Smith, Barry Gjerde, Geraldine Twilley, Robert B. SpenserJapan Media Programming co., ltd.Katsumi TanakaKatsumi Tanaka, Satoshi ShimazakiLMS RecordingsLMS Music inc.Hit Factory JapanKatsumi TanakaVirtual Stereo TreatedKazuhiro Kohnoue, Youichi Utsumi, Katsuhiko Ikeda, Zod Hoshijima, Hiroshi Ryuoh-inJemini HironoKerol, Compile

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Magazine articles

Main article: Robo Aleste/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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VG&CE US 55.pdf

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Print advert in
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #55: "August 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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SegaVisions US 14.pdf

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Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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EGM US 050.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №17, p96-97[5]
93 №13, p85[6]
73 №49, p30[7]
90 №1, p124Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[8]
81 №0109, p10/34-35
90 №50, p46[1]
60 №16, p87[9]
64 №23, p79[10]
68 №34, p231[11]
52 №5, p44-45[12]
78 №20 (supp.), p24[13]
76 №9/93, p42[14]
92 №14, p26-29
84 №35, p108-109[15]
60 №16, p58-59
60 №18, p74
70 №4, p38-39
75 №8, p11
64
79 №1/94, p44[16]
Sega Mega-CD
75
Based on
20 reviews

Mega-CD, US
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Cover
RoboAleste MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Roboaleste mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
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Cover
RoboAleste MCD EU spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
RoboAleste MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, JP
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Cover
RoboAleste MCD JP Disc.jpg
Disc

References

Aleste/Power Strike games for Sega systems/published by Sega
Sega Master System
Power Strike (1988) | Power Strike II (1993)
Sega Mega Drive
M.U.S.H.A. (1990)
Sega Game Gear
GG Aleste (1991) | Power Strike II (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Robo Aleste (1992)
Wii Virtual Console
M.U.S.H.A. (2008)