Night Striker

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Night Striker
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, Sega Saturn
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (18 tracks)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Saturn
3D Control Pad, Mission Stick
Genre: 3D Shooting[1], Shooting[2][3]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥7,8007,800 T-11014
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[4] T-19901G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Non-Sega versions

Night Striker (ナイトストライカー) is an arcade game developed by Taito. It is a futuristic on-the-rails shooter which plays similarly to Sega's Space Harrier, with the player piloting a hover vehicle.

The game was brought to the Sega Mega-CD in 1993, where it was graphically downscaled for the weaker hardware. It was also brought to the Sega Saturn as Night Striker S (ナイトストライカーS) in 1996. The Mega-CD version was brought outside of Japan via the Mega Drive Mini 2 in 2022.


The game is set in a futuristic city in 2049. A terrorist organisation has kidnapped Doctor Masker Lindberry and his daughter. The United Nations Special Service Agency has dispatched their agents to investigate, but to no avail. Its leader is leading a task force, code-named Night Striker, using armoured vehicles to rescue them and destroy the organisation.


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Branching paths

The game is a rail shooter with a 3D perspective. The player controls a hover car and shoots enemies encountered during the stage. The car moves by holding in any direction with the D-Pad. The vertical controls are inverted, so Down ascends and Up dives. The car positions itself back in the center of the screen when the player is not holding a direction. The player does not control the speed at which the car travels through the stages. The car shoots with A, B, or C; A can be held for continuous fire.

At the end of each stage, there is a boss. After it is defeated, the player is presented with a choice between two routes, like OutRun. There are 21 stages, but the player only needs to complete 6 to complete the game. Stages repeat themes and bosses. Certain stages contain obstacles such as barriers which must be maneuvered around. In the final stages, the car transforms into different vehicles such as a motorbike or a robot. The game features different endings depending on which route is taken.

The car has a shield that can absorb a certain number of hits before being destroyed. The car is harmed by enemy fire or running into obstacles, but it is not harmed by touching walls or ceilings. The player is given another shield point after completing each stage. If the shield has run out, the car can sustain one more hit before it is destroyed and the game is over. The game can be continued if the player has credits remaining.



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Stage P (Factory)

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Stage K (Tunnel)

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Stage G (Suburbs)

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Stage Q (Streets)

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Stage D (Sea)

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Stage L (Temple)

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Stage B (Factory)

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Stage H (Sky)

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Stage R (City)

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Stage A (City)

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Stage E (Tunnel)

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Stage M (Suburbs)

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Stage C (Canal)

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Stage I (Sea)

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Stage S (Temple)

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Stage F (Sky)

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Stage N (Factory)

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Stage J (Tunnel)

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Stage T (Suburbs)

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Stage O (City)

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Stage U (Sea)

Music and sound

The soundtrack was composed by Zuntata, Taito's in-house music team.


The Mega-CD version of the game takes advantage of the system's specialized sprite-scaling hardware, though it has been criticized for appearing excessively pixelated. This version features an arranged soundtrack; the other home versions only have the original arcade synth soundtrack.

The Sega Saturn version has clearer visuals and supports the 3D Control Pad and Mission Stick for analogue control; the original arcade cabinet uses a flight stick similar to the Mission Stick. This version includes a bonus mode with six exclusive stages, though this mode does not have branching paths.

Production credits

Mega-CD version

  • Producer: Yoshio Imamura
  • Director: Takashi Shiokawa
  • Programmers: Daikoku Hisaya, Yoshihiro Yokota
  • Artists: Munenori Morikawa, Satomi Yokose, Yoko Gotan, Shrine
  • Sound
    • Arranged by: Hisayoshi Ogura, Tamayo Kawamoto, Yasuhisa Watanabe, Shuichiro Nakazawa, Masahiko Takaki
    • Mix Engineer: Masao Saotome
    • Assistant Engineer: Yoshihiro Rakumitsu
    • Manipulated by: Masaki Sekishima
  • Special Thanks: Kenshi Kaito, Eiji Takeshima, Anthony Gurr, Yoichi Sato, Pony Canyon Inc., Scytron & Art Inc.
(C)Taito Corporation 1993 All Rights Reserved
In-game credits
NightStriker MCD JP SSCredits.pdf

Saturn version

Create Staff
  • Producer: Tohru Sugawara
  • Director: Kenshi Kaito
  • Software: Tohru Sugawara, Hideki Hashimoto, Toshiaki Tsukano, Tmr-Win Iromust, Takashi Kitabayashi
  • Character: Kohzoh Igarashi, Minori Ishino, Yakako Kojima, Kenshi Kaito
  • Hardware: Toshiyuki Sanada
  • Electric: Tomio Takeda
  • Mechanic: Tohru Yamamoto, Tohru Hirata, Tomio Suzuki, Nobuyuki Iwasaki
  • Design: Shinobu Sekiguchi, Akio Nomura
  • Sound: Music Composed, Mar., S.E Editor, Nui&Yasu, By Team Zuntata
  • Executive Producer: Keisuke Hasegawa
  • Special thanks to: Many Other People
In-game credits
NightStrikerS Saturn JP SSEnding Or.pdf

Saturn Staff
  • President: Ryozo Sugawara
  • Director: Takashi Noto
  • Programmer: Atsushi Taguchi, Nonchi, Takumi Amano
  • Graphic: Naohiro Washio, Hiroaki Matsukawa
  • CG Movie: Hisanori Saitou
  • Data Management: Naoki Inaba
  • Promotion And Manual Writer: Ryusei Baba
  • Marketing: Junko Shiihashi
  • Special Thanks: Taito Corporation, Yuu House Co., Ving Co., Team Zuntata, Kenshi Kaito, Masaya Konya, Toru Hosaka, Taka, Kanta Watanabe, Masayuki Kokubu, Tetsuya Tanabe, Yosuke Nakano, Toshiyuki Kikuchi, Kohshi Nagato, Yoshimasa Hagiwara, Goro Kashima, And You !!
In-game credits
NightStrikerS Saturn JP SSEnding Ex.pdf

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Night Striker/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Saturn flyer
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-05: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-06: "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (1996-03-22)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-07: "1996-07 (1996-04-26)" (1996-04-12)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-08: "1996-08 (1996-05-10,24)" (1996-04-26)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-10: "1996-10 (1996-06-28)" (1996-06-14)

Physical scans

Mega-CD version

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Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Dengeki Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
GameFan (US) NTSC-J
Game Power (IT) NTSC
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-J
Mega (UK) NTSC-J
Mega Action (UK) NTSC-J
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-J
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
13 reviews

Night Striker

Mega-CD, JP
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Mega-CD, KR
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Saturn version

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Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn
Based on
5 reviews

Night Striker

Saturn, JP
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
538,777,344 CD-ROM (JP) T-11014
Sega Saturn
446,546,016 1996-05-06 CD-ROM (JP) T-19901G V1.300

Track list

Mega-CD version

1. Data track  
2. commune (0:36) 
3. commune (Arrange) (0:43) 
4. OPENNING 1 (0:11) 
5. OPENNING 2 (0:19) 
6. URBAN TRAIL (1:26) 
From: 市街のテーマ
7. URBAN TRAIL (Arrange) (1:32) 
From: 市街のテーマ
From: 郊外のテーマ
9. TRANCE PLANET IN BLUE (Arrange) (1:49) 
From: 郊外のテーマ
10. BRAIN WORKER (1:14) 
From: 地下工場のテーマ
11. BRAIN WORKER (Arrange) (1:15) 
From: 地下工場のテーマ
12. AQUARIUS (1:25) 
From: 海上のテーマ
13. AQUARIUS (Arrange) (1:27) 
From: 海上のテーマ
14. FLY AWAY (1:24) 
From: 上空のテーマ
15. FLY AWAY (Arrange) (1:24) 
From: 上空のテーマ
16. TERARIST (1:51) 
From: ビル街のテーマ
17. TERARIST (Arrange) (1:51) 
From: ビル街のテーマ
18. Ma-Gu-Ri-Vu (1:30) 
19. Ma-Gu-Ri-Vu (Arrange) (1:33) 
20. BURNING ROAD (1:25) 
From: 地下道のテーマ
21. BURNING ROAD (Arrange) (1:24) 
From: 地下道のテーマ
22. WARNING (0:09) 
23. BOSS 1 (1:16) 
24. BOSS 1 (Arrange) (1:33) 
25. BOSS 2 (1:00) 
26. BOSS 2 (Arrange) (1:14) 
27. BOSS 3 (1:13) 
28. BOSS 3 (Arrange) (1:30) 
29. BOSS 4 (1:11) 
30. BOSS 4 (Arrange) (1:37) 
31. BOSS 5 (1:11) 
32. BOSS 5 (Arrange) (1:30) 
33. BOSS 6 (1:34) 
34. BOSS 6 (Arrange) (1:44) 
35. Ma-Gu-Ri-Vu (Intro) (1:05) 
36. ROUND CLEAR (0:31) 
37. ROUND CLEAR (Arrange) (1:27) 
38. Chimere (1:45) 
Japan シーメール
39. Chimere (Arrange) (1:48) 
Japan シーメール
Running time: 49:25

Saturn version

1. Data track  
2. Opening - Urban Trail (2:57) 
From: Opening - City Stage
3. Boss 1 (1:26) 
4. Round Clear (0:38) 
5. Trance Parlent In Blue (3:34) 
From: Suburb Stage
6. Boss 2 (1:08) 
7. Brain Worker (2:25) 
From: Underground Factory Stage
8. Boss 3 (1:14) 
9. Aquarius (2:26) 
From: Maritime Stage
10. Fly Away (2:30) 
From: Sky Stage
11. Boss 4 (1:19) 
12. Terarist (3:40) 
From: Building Quarters Stage
13. Boss 5 (1:23) 
14. Ma-Gu-Ri-Vu (3:05) 
From: Temple Stage
15. Burning Road (2:42) 
From: Subterranean Tunnel Stage
16. Boss 6 (1:43) 
17. Chimere (1:45) 
Japan シーメール
From: Ending
18. Commune (0:56) 
From: Name Set
19. Urban Trail (2:37) 
From: City Stage
Running time: 37:28

Extra content

This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Saturn (JP) Extra files
Folder / File Type Size description
ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 792 Story of this game.
BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 160 About original game
CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 43 Copyright


  1. File:NightStriker Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
  3. 3.0 3.1 (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-10 17:56)
  4. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (JP; 1996-03-08), page 27
  5. File:NightStriker MCD JP SSCredits.pdf
  6. File:NightStrikerS Saturn JP SSEnding Or.pdf
  7. File:NightStrikerS Saturn JP SSEnding Ex.pdf
  8. Beep! MegaDrive, "June 1993" (JP; 1993-05-08), page 24
  9. Dengeki Mega Drive, "June 1993" (JP; 1993-05-xx), page 31
  10. Famitsu, "1993-06-04" (JP; 1993-05-21), page 1
  11. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 7: June 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 17
  12. Game Power, "Settembre 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 98
  13. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 50
  14. Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 52
  15. Mega Action, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-15), page 32
  16. MegaTech, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-20), page 76
  17. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-30), page 56
  18. Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 52
  19. Sega Pro, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-12), page 64
  20. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  21. MAN!AC, "08/96" (DE; 1996-07-17), page 56
  22. Saturn Fan, "1996 No. 13" (JP; 1996-06-07), page 153
  23. Saturn Fan, "1996 No. 16" (JP; 1996-07-19), page 84
  24. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-11 (1996-07-12)" (JP; 1996-06-28), page 230
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 15

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