Robo Aleste

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Robo Aleste
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Compile (Japan), Tengen (US), Sega (Europe)
Developer:
Genre: Shooting[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥6,8006,800 T-66014
Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.9549.95[5] T-48015
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega-CD
EU
4416
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM 119.95119.95[9] 4416
Sega Mega-CD
FR
4416
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£39.9939.99[7][6] 4416

Dennin-Aleste: Nobunaga and his Ninja force (電忍アレスタ) is a vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up developed by Compile exclusively for the Sega Mega-CD. Outside of Japan, it was released as Robo Aleste.

It is part of the Aleste series of games and the successor to M.U.S.H.A. It is one of only two Aleste titles to ever use the name outside of Japan (the other being Super Aleste for the Super NES).

Story

Giant, humanoid mecha called Dennin (電忍, meaning "electric ninja") have mysteriously appeared in 16th century feudal Japan, radically changing the nature of warfare.

Kagerou is the sole surviving member of the White Fang, the robot ninja army of Oda Nobunaga, a daimyo known as the "Demon King." He takes control of the Aleste, an eight-metre tall, steam-powered mech, and uses it to defeat Nobunaga and the other warring feudal lords.

Gameplay

The game is a vertically scrolling shooter similar to M.U.S.H.A. The player controls a flying robot, which moves in any direction with the D-Pad. The player can change its movement speed (between eight different levels) with C. Its main weapon is firing a stream of kunai. This weapon is initially a single stream but can be upgraded up to four streams by collecting Power Chips (and then those streams can be further upgraded, two at a time, to change the throwing knives into fireballs). The Aleste can also acquire a secondary weapon by collecting items. Picking up an item for the currently equipped special weapon upgrades the weapon, up to four levels (from 0 to 3). Picking up an item for a different special weapon changes to that weapon but keeps the same weapon level. Both weapons have rapid-fire and unlimited ammunition. The Aleste fires its main weapon alone with A and its main weapon and secondary weapon simultaneously with B.

The robot comes with two fixed options in front of it at all times, which can never be destroyed. The options absorb enemy bullets and damage enemies on contact. Secondary weapons are fired from these options. The options can be launched at enemies by holding A for a moment to charge them and then releasing the button.

The Aleste is destroyed if hit by an enemy, which also downgrades its main weapon by one level. If the Aleste is hit while possessing a special weapon, it drops it as an item that can be collected again. The game ends if the player runs out of lives, but the player has infinite continues.

Weapons

The weapons from M.U.S.H.A. all return, albeit with different colors.

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Exploding Flower
Releases a barrage of bomblets, which explode upon impact with the ground or an enemy. The explosion persists for a short time after impact.

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Ninja Star
Causes the options that normally fly in front of the Aleste to encircle it in a protective shield. The options actively attack any nearby enemies.

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Thunderbolt Ray
Fires blue bolts of electricity that pierce through targets. It starts as two thin beams but upgrades to one, two, and eventually three thicker beams.

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Flying Shadow Formation
Fires large shuriken in several directions. Initially fires in four directions, but this expands to eight directions at the higher levels.

Items

The Aleste is temporarily invincible after collecting an item.

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Power Chip
Upgrades the attack speed and power of the standard weapon. The initial upgrades add an additional beam in parallel, up to 4. The next two upgrades change the throwing knives into fireballs (first the outside two beams, then the inside two beams).
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Exploding Flower
Equips the Aleste with the Exploding Flower special weapon or upgrades it if already equipped.
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Ninja Star
Equips the Aleste with the Ninja Star special weapon or upgrades it if already equipped.
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Thunderbolt Ray
Equips the Aleste with the Thunderbolt Ray special weapon or upgrades it if already equipped.
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Flying Shadow Formation
Equips the Aleste with the Flying Shadow Formation special weapon or upgrades it if already equipped.

Stages

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Burning Village
Boss: 飛竜 ()

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Imagawa Frontline
Boss: 武者王 (今川 義元)

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Mountain Railroad
Boss: (上杉 謙信)

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Mine Cavern
Boss: 飛竜改 ()

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Airship
Boss: (武田 信玄)

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Canal Passage
Boss: (長宗我部 元親)

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Volcano
Boss: (島津 貴久)

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Mechanical Plant
Boss: (冴刃)

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Assault on Mouri's Palace

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Inside Mouri's Palace
Boss: (毛利 元就)

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Hyperdimensional Warp
Mid-Boss: 火竜 ()

Boss: (Astaroth)

Versions

Robo Aleste versions of the game contain small balance changes to make the game easier. The big two changes are that dynamic rank does not rise as quickly, and that the yellow weapon has been buffed. The Japanese version also has a bunch of character dialogue stored as Red Book audio on the disc, but many of these tracks ended up being unused. The respective dialogues simply appeared as text.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Robo Aleste Robo Aleste
English (US) Robo Aleste Robo Aleste
Japanese 電忍アレスタ Dennin Aleste

Production credits

Overseas version

  • 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
Source:
In-game credits[10]

Japanese version

  • プロデューサー: 仁井谷 正充
  • 企画: ケロル
  • プログラマー: Takin, 山下 孝一, じぇみに 広野
  • キャラクターデザイン: 龍王院 弘, 大西 伸一, 高島 "グレート" 俊介, ケロル
  • メカニックデザイン: 龍王院 弘, 小玉 "俺に惚れろ" 浩樹
  • 絵コンテ: 森田 時雨, ゾッド 星島, ケロル
  • グラフィック: 小玉 "俺に惚れろ" 浩樹, 大西 伸一, 龍王院 弘, 森田 時雨, 弓 弦之助
  • 効果音: 長尾 英之助
  • サンプリング: 今末 PON
  • 協力: 秋山 泰俊, 白龍鳳 霞, 毘沙門天 和鳴, 果物茶
  • 声の出演: 緑川 光, 久川 綾, 神谷 明, 寺瀬 めぐみ, 岸野 幸正, 森山 周一郎
  • 協力: 青二プロ, 吉江企画
  • Compact Disc Audio
    • All music produced and arranged by: Katsumi Tanaka
    • Original music written are: 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 Recording Processed: Virtual Stereo Treated
  • マニュアルスタッフ: 河野上 和廣, 内海 庸一, 池田 克彦, ゾッド 星島, 龍王院 弘
  • スーパーバイザー: じぇみに 広野
  • 監督: ケロル
  • 制作: コンパイル
Source:
In-game credits (JP)[11]

Magazine articles

Main article: Robo Aleste/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #55: "August 1993" (1993-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #14: "August/September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-07: "July 1992" (1992-06-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-10: "October 1992" (1992-09-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64
Sega Mega-CD
64
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
60
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
82
[13]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
93
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
73
[15]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
90
[16]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
60
[17]
GameFan (US)
90
[18]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
81
[19]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
90
[5]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[20]
Joypad (FR)
60
[21]
Joypad (FR)
64
[22]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
68
[23]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
75
[24]
Mega (UK) NTSC-J
52
[25]
Mega Force (FR)
78
[26]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
76
[27]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-J
92
[28]
Player One (FR)
84
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
60
[30]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
60
[31]
Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-J
70
[32]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
71
[33]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
75
[34]
Video Games (DE) PAL
79
[35]
Sega Mega-CD
74
Based on
25 reviews

Robo Aleste

Mega-CD, JP
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Cover
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Disc
Mega-CD, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
Mega-CD, EU
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
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Manual
Mega-CD, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
554,923,824 CD (EU) 4416
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
574,511,280 CD (JP) T-66014

Track list

1. Data track
2. Stage 1 Start Demo (0:06)
3. Stage 1 / 10 BGM (5:10)
4. Stage 2 Start Demo (0:11)
5. Stage 9 Start Demo (0:08)
6. Stage 2 / 9 BGM (3:36)
7. Stage 3 Start Demo (0:09)
8. Stage 7 Start Demo (0:09)
9. Stage 3 / 7 BGM (2:48)
10. Boss BGM 1 (5:12)
11. Stage Clear BGM (0:13)
12. Game Over BGM (0:11)
13. Stage 5 Start Demo (0:14)
14. Stage 5 / 8 BGM (5:07)
15. Stage 6 Start Demo (0:08)
16. Stage 4 / 6 BGM (5:39)
17. Stage 11 Start Demo (0:09)
18. Boss BGM 2 (3:18)
19. Stage 11 BGM (3:07)
20. Last Boss BGM (3:04)
21. Opening Visual Demo (4:19)
22. Stage 5 Visual Demo (1:41)
23. Stage 6 Visual Demo (0:48)
24. Stage 7 Visual Demo (0:56)
25. Ending Visual Demo (6:28)
Running time: 52:51

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, "August/September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 104
  3. GamePro, "August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 17
  4. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/CcbcYvN2iwY/m/OJK6P0ssOU8J
  5. 5.0 5.1 GamePro, "September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 48
  6. 6.0 6.1 MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 29
  7. Mega Power, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 79
  8. Select Round, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 2
  9. 9.0 9.1 Video Games, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-25), page 43
  10. File:Robo Aleste MCD credits.pdf
  11. File:DenninAleste MCD JP SSCredits.pdf
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-08), page 31
  13. Consoles +, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 96
  14. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "October 1993" (US; 1993-09-23), page 85
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 124
  17. Famitsu, "1992-11-27" (JP; 1992-11-13), page 1
  18. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 3: January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 11
  19. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 9: August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 10
  20. Hippon Super, "November 1992" (JP; 1992-10-03), page 45
  21. Joypad, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 41
  22. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 79
  23. Joystick, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 231
  24. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-XX), page 59
  25. Mega, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-21), page 44
  26. Mega Force, "Mega-CD Force: Le Supplément Spécial Mega-CD" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 24
  27. Mega Fun, "09/93" (DE; 1993-08-18), page 42
  28. MegaTech, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-20), page 26
  29. Player One, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 108
  30. Sega Pro, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 59
  31. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  32. Sega Zone, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-20), page 38
  33. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  34. Sonic the Comic, "September 4th 1993" (UK; 1993-09-04), page 11
  35. Video Games, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-19), page 44


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