Hellfire

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Hellfire
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Masaya (Japan), Seismic Software (US), Sega (Europe), Retro-Bit (Collector's Edition)
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Toaplan
Genre: Shooting[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[2][3] T-25073
Sega Mega Drive
US
35036
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1137
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[6][7] 1137
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
KR
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Retro-Bit)
$44.9944.99[8]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Retro-Bit)
€39.9939.99[8]

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Hellfire (ヘルファイアー) is a Sega Mega Drive horizontal shoot-'em-up developed by NCS and published by Taito. A port of the titular 1989 Toaplan arcade game Hellfire, it was first published in Japan by Masaya in September 1990, was brought to the United States the following November by Seismic Software, and eventually published in Europe by Sega in May 1992. Sometime later, Hellfire made its way to Brazil, South Korea, and Australia. In October 2020, the game was re-released worldwide by Retro-Bit as part of Toaplan Shooters Collector's Edition.[9]

One of the first Toaplan games to grace the Sega Mega Drive, Hellfire has been seen as typifying the style and design of the system's early library of shoot-'em-ups, and is one of the more fondly remembered examples of the genre on Sega's 16-bit hardware.

Hellfire - along with the 1994 action platformer Earthworm Jim - is additionally notable for being one of few Mega Drive games to function improperly on different revisions of the hardware itself.

Gameplay

Hellfire does not follow the typical powerup system of most shmups of the time. Instead, your ship, the CNCS1, can fire either straight to the right (pink), straight to the left (yellow), straight up and down (green), or diagonally in four directions (blue), switching between these modes by pressing B. A shoots, and C shoots the Hellfire, a much more powerful version of your shot which comes in limited quantities for each level.

Versions

The Japanese version has louder shots sound effect than the NTSC-U & PAL releases.

Mega Drive hardware issues

Magazine articles

Main article: Hellfire/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Hellfire/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[10]
ACE (UK) PAL
60
[11]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
93
[12]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
90
[13]
Cool Gamer (RU)
30
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[15]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
94
[16]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[17]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
91
[18]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
73
[19]
Game Mania (UK)
92
[20]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
84
[21]
Games-X (UK)
70
[22]
Games-X (UK)
86
[23]
Famicom Hisshoubon (JP) NTSC-J
60
[24]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
94
[25]
Joypad (FR) PAL
95
[26]
Joystick (FR)
97
[27]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
72
[28]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
68
[29]
MegaTech (UK)
90
[30]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC
89
[31]
MegaTech (UK)
93
[7]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
73
[32]
Mean Machines (UK)
93
[33]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
93
[34]
Player One (FR)
84
[35]
Play Time (DE)
72
[36]
Power Play (DE)
84
[37]
Raze (UK) NTSC-J
82
[38]
Score (CZ)
60
[39]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
100
[40]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
84
[6]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
94
[41]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
69
[42]
Sega Force (SE)
91
[43]
Sega Force (UK)
92
[44]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
69
[45]
Supergame (BR)
88
[46]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
59
[47]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
40 reviews

Hellfire

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Hellfire md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
Hellfire MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Hellfire MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Hellfire md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Hellfire MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Hellfire MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Hellfire MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, FR

Hellfire MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
Hellfire MD SE Box Rental.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, KR

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Cart
Mega Drive, (Retro-Bit)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 184018f9
MD5 dbdc25c40b85e488a1e817557e3e375c
SHA-1 9a91bef8a07f709e1f79f8519da79eac34d1796d
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 cf30acec
MD5 26f695adeabca0e2a31eee07ae2057c2
SHA-1 3cee325f4e8d12157b20c4ca7093bf806f5f9148
512kB 1991-09 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8e5e13ba
MD5 1e1950f384b6c2320e6d17c381c39d62
SHA-1 17bbf3da65757cad3c7ff82c094e54cc68fd2f73
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. File:Hellfire MD JP Box.jpg
  3. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1990" (JP; 1990-10-XX), page 12
  4. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/aBaGQlt1rXg/m/NEWpMfkSg3cJ
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 72
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-07), page 28
  7. 7.0 7.1 MegaTech, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 24
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:TSCE Toaplan Press Release.pdf, page 2
  9. https://retro-bit.com/toaplan-shooters/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-05-15 18:27)
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 95
  11. ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 101
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 31
  13. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 47
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 100
  15. Computer & Video Games, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 106
  16. Computer & Video Games, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-16), page 148
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
  18. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 57
  19. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-xx-xx), page 1
  20. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  21. GamePro, "December 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 132
  22. Games-X, "26th March-1st April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-26), page 24
  23. Games-X, "14th-20th June 1991" (UK; 1991-06-14), page 35
  24. Famicom Hisshoubon, "1990-18, 19 (1990-09-21, 10-05)" (JP; 1990-09-14), page 17
  25. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 56
  26. Joypad, "Avril 1992" (FR; 1992-03-1x), page 140
  27. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 134
  28. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  29. Mega Drive Fan, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 79
  30. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
  31. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 23
  32. Micromanía (segunda época), "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 67
  33. Mean Machines, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 74
  34. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  35. Player One, "Avril 1992" (FR; 1992-04-10), page 62
  36. Play Time, "5/92" (DE; 1992-04-08), page 93
  37. Power Play, "12/90" (DE; 1990-11-16), page 154
  38. Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 71
  39. Score, "Březen 1994" (CZ; 1994-03-14), page 1
  40. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  41. Sega Pro, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-18), page 28
  42. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  43. Sega Force, "4/93" (SE; 1993-07-08), page 19
  44. Sega Force, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 56
  45. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  46. Supergame, "Setembro 1992" (BR; 1992-09-xx), page 42
  47. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 16


Hellfire

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