Sword of Vermilion

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Sword of Vermilion
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam, Nintendo Switch Online
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: RPG[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,5008,500 G-5502
Sega Mega Drive
US
$79.9579.95[3]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.9949.99[4][5]
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
AS
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[10]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[6]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[7]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[11]
OFLC: PG
Steam
US
$2.992.99[13] 71114
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[13] 71114
PEGI: 7+
Steam
DE
€2.492.49[13] 71114
USK: 6
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[13] 71114
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[13] 71114
OFLC: PG
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[15] 71114
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[15] 71114
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.990.99[15] 71114
USK: 6
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[15] 71114
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[15] 71114
OFLC: PG
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[15] 71114
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[15] 71114
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.990.99[15] 71114
USK: 6
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[15] 71114
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[15] 71114
OFLC: PG
Nintendo Switch Online
JP
Nintendo Switch Online
US
Nintendo Switch Online
EU
Nintendo Switch Online
UK
Nintendo Switch Online
AU

Sword of Vermilion, known as Vermilion (ヴァーミリオン) in Japan, is an action RPG game developed by Sega under Yu Suzuki and released for the Sega Mega Drive in late 1989. It was brought to English-speaking nations in 1991 where it shipped with a 106-page hint book.

Plot

Erik V, king of Excalabria, is overthrown by Tsarkon, king of Cartahena. Before he dies, Erik tells his most trusted servant, Blade, to take his infant son and the family heirloom, the Ring of Wisdom, and escape, raising the baby as his own. Eighteen years later, Tsarkon's forces approach Wyclif, the town where Blade took the baby, requiring Blade to reveal the boy's true identity as Prince of Excalabria and sending him off to save the land by collecting a series of rings starting with the Ring of Wisdom.

Gameplay

Areas

You control the Prince in four different ways, depending on where you are:

Towns

When in towns, the game takes a top-down view. C opens the menu (described below). You may only enter buildings whose doors are open. Each town might have any of the following buildings: a church (where you can get cured of poison and curses and can save your game), a weapon shop (selling weapons, shields, and armor), a tavern (which does not appear to sell anything), an inn (where you may rest), an equipment shop (which sells consumable items), and a fortune teller's building. Furthermore, one NPC in each town will usually give you a map of an area in the overworld when you talk to him. Each town has a building (for instance, with Parma, the castle) where you must go and talk to someone (with Parma, the King) who will tell you how to get the next ring.

Overworld/Dungeons

In the overworld and dungeons, the screen splits, with a 3D perspective on the left screen and a map on the right, with some status information on the bottom. Up and Down move forward and backward; Left and Right turn 90° in the particular direction, and C opens the menu. The map on the right will only show what is immediately visible to you unless you have a map (and in the case of dungeons, which are dark by default, a light). Along the way, you will be stopped randomly by enemies who will take you into battle, find people who you can talk to, and find chests you can open for items, the latter usually placed in dead ends.

Battles

Battles take place in a top-down area the size of the screen. You always start facing down at the center of the battlefield, regardless of how many enemies there are and where they are, so act fast! C uses your sword, which you must have equipped beforehand from the menu. A uses the battle magic that you have readied beforehand from the Magic menu. Each enemy you kill gains you money, called "kims", and experience points. The battle ends when you either die, walk out the left/right sides, or kill all enemies on screen. If you are killed, you will be restored at a church, and the pontiff will take half your money for the poor.

Archmonster battles

When fighting an arhcmonster, which are bosses of this game, the battle will take place from a 2D side perspective. Right moves you forward, Left moves you backward, Down makes you duck and C swings the sword, the attack can also destroy certain projectiles. You can't escape or use magic during archmonster battles so it's a fight until either player or arhcmonster dies.

Menu

When not in a battle, press C to open the menu. You have eight options:

  • Talk: talk to a person you are immediately next to/in front of/behind
  • Item: use or discard collected items
  • Str: show incremental screens of status; C shows the next screen
  • Open: open treasure chests and doors
  • Magic: cast, prepare, or discard magic spells
  • Equip: put on, take off, or discard weapons, shields, and armor
  • Seek: look around for unusual things
  • Take: take an item from the opened treasure chest

C makes a selection. B at any time exits first a submenu, then the whole menu.

Pressing  START  opens another menu where you may choose how fast you want dialogue to appear.

History

Legacy

The game was re-released as part of Sega Mega Drive Collection for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. It was also released for the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on 27 Febuary 2007, Europe on 1 March 2007 and North America on 5 March 2007. It was also released as part of Sega Mega Drive Classic Collection Volume 3 for Windows and is available for separate purchase on Steam.

The game has a Japanese guide book in the form of Vermilion Attack Manual Book. It also would receive a soundtrack in 2009 as Vermilion vs Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack, which also contains music from Rent A Hero.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Sword of Vermilion Sword of Vermilion
English (US) Sword of Vermilion Sword of Vermilion
Japanese ヴァーミリオン Vermilion

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits


Source:
Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[21]

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Sword of Vermilion/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advertisements

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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #2: "October/November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #16: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1989-11: "November 1989" (1989-XX-XX)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1989-11: "November 1989" (1989-XX-XX)

Television advertisements

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[28]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
73
[29]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[30]
Console XS (UK) PAL
81
[31]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[32]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[33]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
89
[34]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[35]
Joystick (FR)
88
[36]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
77
[37]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
72
[38]
Mega (UK) PAL
86
[39]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
73
[40]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
90
[41]
Mean Machines (UK)
82
[42]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
87
[43]
Player One (FR)
94
[44]
Play Time (DE)
73
[45]
Power Play (DE)
71
[46]
Raze (UK) PAL
82
[47]
Sega Power (UK)
91
[48]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[49]
Sega Power (UK)
95
[50]
Sega Pro (UK)
80
[51]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[52]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
61
[53]
Tilt (FR)
75
[54]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
82
[55]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
80
[3]
Video Games (DE)
71
[56]
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
30 reviews

Sword of Vermilion

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Vermilion md jp manual.pdf
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Sword of Vermilion MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Sword of Vermilion MD US Hint Book.pdf
Hint Book
Mega Drive, UK
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Cover
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Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover
Mega Drive, AS

Mega Drive, AS (Wywy)
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ea1bc9ab
MD5 a742836dc29ee51cf6d985191820ae4e
SHA-1 c18fc75e0c5fa0e98c8664903e978ec4f73ef5d2
640kB 1990-09 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e400dfc3
MD5 5def9f18e261692490fd53c1adafcc91
SHA-1 697fb165051179a2bbca77c8cfd0c929e334f8c1
640kB 1989-09 Cartridge (JP)

External links

References

  1. File:Vermilion md jp cover.jpg
  2. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/2WJa_XfKZlI/m/9cdoKtm-swAJ
  3. 3.0 3.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "November 1990" (US; 1990-1x-xx), page 52
  4. Raze, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-01-31), page 75
  5. Sega Power, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-06), page 11
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/k5zK--CzKF4xBISlDhDlzN4IzdjoXD4L (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-23 00:58)
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/sword_of_vermilion (Wayback Machine: 2017-07-04 17:29)
  8. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Sword-of-Vermilion--279756.html (archive.today)
  9. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/02.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:11)
  10. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_vermilion/ (Wayback Machine: 2007-02-26 06:46)
  11. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19781&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 03:18)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 https://steamdb.info/app/71114/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-11-19 00:12)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 http://steamdb.info/app/71114/ (Wayback Machine: 2013-05-22 20:15)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 14.9 https://steamdb.info/app/71114/history/?changeid=5755281
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 15.9 http://steamdb.info/app/71114/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-11-19 00:12)
  16. https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/f75139e8-8413-450e-9369-eba602eb0510 (archive.today)
  17. @NintendoAmerica on Twitter (archive.today)
  18. @NintendoEurope on Twitter (archive.today)
  19. @NintendoUK on Twitter (archive.today)
  20. @NintendoAUNZ on Twitter (archive.today)
  21. Sega TV Game Genga Gallery, Graphic Sha, page 20
  22. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 69
  23. GamePro, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 73
  24. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 39
  25. GamePro, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 100
  26. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1990" (US; 1990-10-xx), page 8
  27. Sega Visions, "Winter 1990/1991" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 22
  28. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 233
  29. Aktueller Software Markt, "März 1991" (DE; 1991-02-22), page 124
  30. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 69
  31. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 135
  32. Computer & Video Games, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-11), page 114
  33. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 22
  34. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 103
  35. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1989-xx-xx), page 1
  36. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 118
  37. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 63
  38. Mega Drive Fan, "May 1990" (JP; 1990-04-07), page 89
  39. Mega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 71
  40. Mega Play, "February 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 41
  41. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 30
  42. Mean Machines, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-05-01), page 64
  43. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  44. Player One, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 45
  45. Play Time, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-06), page 94
  46. Power Play, "3/91" (DE; 1991-02-15), page 138
  47. Raze, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-01-31), page 74
  48. Sega Power, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-06), page 10
  49. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  50. Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 47
  51. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 30
  52. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  53. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  54. Tilt, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 52
  55. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 26
  56. Video Games, "1/91" (DE; 1991-03-27), page 90


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