Valis III

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Valis III
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): PC Engine
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,400 T-49023
Sega Mega Drive
$69.99[1] T-49086

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Valis III (ヴァリスIII) is a 1990 action game for the TurboGrafx-16 CD by Telenet Japan. It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 and released in the US and Japan. It was the first Valis game released on a Sega system (the first two games would follow).

A European release was planned by UbisoftMore...[3] but it did not materialise.


After the events of Valis II, the Dark world [sic] is being destroyed. The fortuneteller Leigh informs the Dark world's king, Glames, that they only have six months before it is destroyed. Hopeless, Glames decides to become king of both the Human world and Dreamland, but knows that Nizetti is controlling the power level of the Valis sword and that any attempt to invade either world would result in Yuko coming with a full-powered Valis to destroy him. Nevertheless, he takes the risk, knowing his sword Leethus, is just as powerful as Valis and when they are combined... !

Of course, Yuko doesn't know any of this this. But Cham, another warrior, does...


You can play as either Yuko or Cham, using A to switch (though some levels can only be played as either Yuko or Cham, and the first level can only be played as Yuko as you must rescue Cham first). B attacks; Up+B performs a magic attack. Down+A slides. C jumps. Up+C jumps higher.

Breaking open various jewels reveals items. Hearts recover health; blue crystals recover magic energy, and swords increase the power of the character's weapon.

Dialogue is interspersed throughout the game; hit Start to progress.

Production credits

  • Programmer: Masayasu Tamamoto, Yoshiki UAI Yamauchi
  • Graphic designer: Kiku, David Iwata, Yoshihisa Shimizu, Seiichirou Nagatomo, Sophy Kinoshita
  • Scenario writer: Ohta(Hachiohji)
  • Music: Takaharu Umezu, Michiko Naruke, Minoru Yuasa
  • Music director: Shinobu Ogawa
  • Special thanks to: Business suport Co.,Ltd.
  • Art work director: T. Neko Miura
  • Art work staff: Takao Yoshioka, Masahisa Ohno, Yuma Miura, Mitsuho Abe
  • Special thanks to: Kazuyuki Fukushima, Yuji Fukushima, Jiro Fukushima, Yoshinobu Abe, Takami Kinoshita, Tetsuji Matuzawa, Mie Nakahara
  • Original game licensed by: Shin-nihon Laser Soft Co.,Ltd.
  • Total producer: Takashi Fukusima
(c) Telenet Japan Co.,Ltd.

Magazine articles

Main article: Valis III/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePlayers US 0307.pdf

Print advert in Game Players (US) #0307: "Vol. 3 No. 7 July 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[4]

BeepMD JP 1991-01.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-01: "January 1991" (1990-12-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-02.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-03.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-03.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-03: "March 1991" (1991-02-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-04.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-04.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-04: "April 1991" (1991-03-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №1991-04, p28[6]
60 №, p85[7]
100 №24, p44[1]
90 №5
60 №1991-04, p41
80 №16, p157
62 №5, p93
48 №5, p95
85 №9, p59[8]
100 №23, p54
80 №23, p55
79 №3, p62/63[9]
88 №18, p66
78 №18, p68
Sega Mega Drive
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