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Thunder Blade

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Thunder Blade
System(s): Sega X Board, Sega Master System, X68000, TurboGrafx-16
Publisher:
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Master System
FM Sound Unit
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (X Board)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (X Board)
US
$? ?
Arcade (X Board)
UK
£? ?

















PC Engine
JP
1990-12-07 ¥?  ?
Sega Master System
JP
¥5,500 G-1360
Sega Master System
US
$? 7011
Sega Master System
UK
£24.95[3]More...[4] MK-7011-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-7011-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-7011-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-7011-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-2360



X68000
JP
¥? ?



Thunder Blade (サンダーブレード) is a 1987 arcade shoot 'em up game designed for Sega X Board hardware. It is heavily inspired by the Blue Thunder franchise of the early 1980s.

Gameplay

Thunder Blade has the player pilot a helicopter which can fire with either its machine gun or missile launcher to destroy various enemy vehicles.

The game was notable for its differing view changes and sprite scaling techniques. Though the game starts off as a top-down shooter, the player can adjust his/her height, zooming in and out of battle while doing so. Half way through the level, the viewpoint changes to a third-person perspective, creating a game that is similar to Space Harrier or After Burner (though with improved graphics as the technology is more advanced).

History

Legacy

The game was ported to a variety of platforms including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM PC, MSX, Sega Master System, X68000, TurboGrafx-16 and ZX Spectrum. Surprisingly most of these ports retain the sprite scaling, albeit with less detailed graphics, but often require the user to manually adjust the speed of the helicopter (unlike in the Arcade game where it was done for you). The Sega Master System version of the game omits the overhead scaling entirely.

Thunder Blade was followed by Super Thunder Blade, a launch title of the Sega Mega Drive which is essentially the same game but without the overhead segments.

Versions

Screenshot

Main article: Thunder Blade/Comparisons.

Production credits

PC Engine version

  • Executive Producer: Makoto Sakio
  • Producer: Toshio Tabeta
  • Director: Takashi Ozama
  • Programmer: God Hand
  • Graphics: Nori-P Hide
  • Sound: Funky
  • Assistant: Quite Person, C. Willow
  • Special Thanks To: K. Matsuda, Tacs Tax and other staff
© Sega 1988
Reprogrammed Game © NEC Avenue, Ltd. 1990
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Thunder Blade/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

ThunderBlade XBoard US Flyer.pdf

PDF
X Board US flyer

ThunderBlade XBoard JP Flyer.jpg

X Board JP flyer (?)

ThunderBlade XBoard EU Flyer Deluxe.pdfThunderBlade XBoard EU Flyer Deluxe.pdf

PDF
X Board EU flyer (deluxe)

ThunderBlade XBoard EU Flyer Upright.pdfThunderBlade XBoard EU Flyer Upright.pdf

PDF
X Board EU flyer (upright)

EGP US 04.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Electronic Game Player (US) #4: "September/October 1988" (1988-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #bg89: "1989 Buyer's Guide" (1989-xx-xx)[5]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #1: "May 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[6]

Tilt FR 060.pdfTilt FR 060.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Tilt (FR) #60: "Jeux et Micro Guide 1989" (1988-xx-xx)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

X Board version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №54, p105/106
85 №5, p100[7]
Arcade
88
Based on
2 reviews

X Board, US (deluxe)
X Board, JP (deluxe)
X Board, JP (upright)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №16, p76[8]
79 №1, p74[9]
80 №4, p109[10]
80 №1, p62Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[11]
80 №85, p131[12]
76 More...[4]
80 №1, p136[13]
70 №2/20
86 №11, p24
60 №23, p60
70 №6, p30[14]
100 №1, p20[15]
Sega Master System
77
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, US
ThunderBlade SMS US cover.jpg
Cover
ThunderBlade SMS US Cart.jpg
Cart
Thunderblade sms us manual.pdf
Manual
SegaAdventure SMS US Poster Back.jpgSegaAdventure SMS US Poster Front.jpg
Poster
Master System, EU
ThunderBlade SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
Thunder Blade SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
® variant
ThunderBlade SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
"No Limits" variant
ThunderBlade SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, JP
Thunder Blade SMS JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngThunder Blade SMS JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Thunder Blade SMS JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
ThunderBlade SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
ThunderBlade SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
ThunderBlade SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR
Thunderblade SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover
ThunderBlade SMS KR Cart Top.jpg
ThunderBlade SMS KR Cart Back.jpgThunderBlade SMS KR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, SE

PC Engine version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
46 №112, p77[16]
69 №30, p89[17]
67 №13, p98
72 №5, p79[18]
PC Engine
64
Based on
4 reviews

PC Engine, JP
Thunder Blade PCE HuCard Back.jpgThunder Blade PCE HuCard Spine.jpgThunderBlade PCE JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Thunder Blade PCE HuCard JP Card Back.jpgThunderBlade PCE JP Card.jpg
Card
Thunder Blade PCE HuCard Manual.pdf
Manual

X68000 version

X68000, JP
Thunder Blade X68000 JP Box.png
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 AE920E4B
MD5 70DCEE3C77E95D83FCF6DF0DAE30A4A8
SHA-1 C38F3EEA4E7224BC6042723E88B26C85B1A56DDC
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 C0CE19B1
MD5 A03BBD3C75E736CE378F2C3FE47F5579
SHA-1 535DBD339F4B5C5EFD502CFFBBE719D7B3E7F1C3
256kB Cartridge (JP)
PC Engine
 ?
CRC32 DDC3E809
MD5 B4BF32B4D986FA5F53115C3F361A8679
SHA-1 553F8026DD68E85CD17855ADBF920B3971ACFDC4
512kB Card (JP)

References

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