Super Fantasy Zone
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|Super Fantasy Zone|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Nintendo Switch Online|
|Developer: Sunsoft M2|
|Sound driver: Sunsoft sound driver|
|Number of players: 1|
Super Fantasy Zone (スーパーファンタジーゾーン) is an entry in the Fantasy Zone series of games, and was initially released in 1992 for the Sega Mega Drive. Unlike previous outings, Super Fantasy Zone was handled entirely by Sunsoft (under license from Sega), who had previously brought Fantasy Zone and Fantasy Zone II to the Famicom.
For unknown reasons the game was not released in cartridge form in North America, but is currently unconfirmed as being a Sega Channel title. It eventually saw a more widespread release as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service and was included on all regional variants of the Mega Drive Mini.
In the Space Year 623X, an irregular gravitating phenomenon was detected near the planet Menon, located in the frontier of the Fantasy Zone. A science patrol was sent on a mission to investigate this phenomenon, but during their voyage they were attacked by a military troop. Being unequipped for battle, the science patrol's communication with the operation base back home was lost.
The military troop that attacked the science patrol turned out to be the "Dark Menon Force", a large-scale invasion force planning to conquer the Fantasy Zone that has been taking over many planets en-route, plundering their currency and brutally bringing the planets' metropolises to ruin. Despite his advanced age and waning skills, O-Papa, father of the hero, Opa-Opa, led a defense squadron to ward off the Dark Menon Force, though this attempt turned out to be futile. As valiantly as they fought, the defense squadron was completely wiped out, and O-Papa was mortally wounded in battle...
Opa-Opa watched as his father was brought home for the final time. With tear-filled eyes, it is now up to him to avenge his father and restore peace to the Fantasy Zone once more.
Like other games in the series, Super Fantasy Zone is a multi-directional side scrolling shooter. Players control Opa-Opa and are tasked with shooting and destroying "bases" littered across levels, before fighting a boss. For the most part, gameplay is identical to the original Fantasy Zone, ignoring features such as the warps from Fantasy Zone II.
The default controls are as follows: fires the main weapon, drops a bomb (with unlimited stock), and uses the special weapon, which can be bought from a shop, found throughout each level as balloons which must be collided into to enter. All upgrades are lost if the player loses a life.
|Stage 1: Picknica|
|A bright forest with a mountain lake background.|
|Stage 2: Kazarne|
|This level is a fiery volcanic land.|
|Stage 3: Niagaro|
|Large waterfalls fall from the sky in this level with large clouds floating around the air.|
|Stage 4: Risscave|
|A very dark cavern, it's very hard to see in here. The Super Lights will enhance Opa-Opa's visibility here.|
|Stage 5: Grandiuss|
|This level consists of a desert landscape, with canyons in the background.|
|Stage 6: Le-Picker|
|The floor glows bright with electricity in this stage, and Opa-Opa will need the Rubber Boots to safely stand on it.|
|Stage 7: Aflorious|
|Big bubbles make up the floor, with a bright rainbow in the background.|
|Stage 8: Menone|
|As with previous Fantasy Zone games, the final round is a boss rush against all the previous bosses, culminating with the final boss.|
These are the starting prices for the items in the shop. The prices for these items increase as the player purchases more of them.
(Hurricane is misspelled as "Harricane" in this game)
|Big Wings: 200 Gold.|
Jet Engine: 5,000 Gold.
|Wide Beam: 1,000 Gold.|
Laser Beam: 4,000 Gold.
|Twin Bombs: 200 Gold.|
Quartet Missiles: 1,000 Gold.
|Ultra Bomb: 2,000 Gold.|
Heavy Bomb: 2,000 Gold.
|Extra Ship: 5,000 Gold.|
Shield: 40,000 Gold.
- Main article: Super Fantasy Zone/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
ROM dump status
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
- Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-08), page 25
- Sega Force, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 89
- http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/GRNFWY2mPxicCad67jpTgrsXby5sHBc8 (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-23 00:51)
- http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/super_fantasy_zone (Wayback Machine: 2017-07-04 12:24)
- https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Super-Fantasy-Zone--279492.html (archive.today)
- https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/07.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:01)
- http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_sfz/ (Wayback Machine: 2008-05-10 10:38)
- http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19779&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 02:25)
- https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/5120ebe5-d853-47f9-a69f-8a7a5034d0a9 (archive.today)
- https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1504262814986293259 (archive.today)
- https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/1504382048529694724 (archive.today)
- https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/1504382688547024899 (archive.today)
- Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-08), page 35
- Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 52
- Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 134
- Game Power, "Settembre 1992" (IT; 1992-0x-xx), page 56
- Hippon Super, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-07), page 96
- Joypad, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-02-1x), page 100
- Joypad, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 180
- Joystick, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 140
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 80
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
- MegaTech, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 48
- Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 92
- Play Time, "(8/9)/92" (DE; 1992-07-08), page 92
- Play Time, "5/93" (DE; 1993-04-07), page 117
- Power Play, "4/92" (DE; 1992-03-11), page 130
- Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 56
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
- Sega Force, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 88
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 252
- Video Games, "2/92" (DE; 1992-04-06), page 26
|Super Fantasy Zone|