Shougi no Hoshi

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Shougi no Hoshi
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Home Data
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Table[1]

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥6,7006,700 T-67013

    Shougi no Hoshi (将棋の星) is a 1991 game for the Sega Mega Drive by Home Data released only in Japan. The game is an implementation of the Japanese board game Shougi, with the notable inclusion of mannerisms (such as a character which flips off the camera).

    This would be one of many Shogi simulation games by Home Data. The game was designed by a "K. Miyahara" (a photo of whom is featured on the back of the game's packaging). He was influenced by the anime Kyojin no Hoshi, as there are many references to the show in the game. In addition, the game's title screen music is an instrumental version of the opening theme from the anime.

    This was the only Shogi simulation game released for the Mega Drive. This also goes for Chess games of any type (not counting unofficial games and the ones released exclusively for the Sega Channel service.)

    Story

    Kinta Hoshi (星金太) is the main character of the game. His name is a reference to the titular "Hoshi" (star), as well as the Gold General (金) in Shogi. His father was a part of the Underground Shogi Syndicate, and was the boss's right-hand-man. Upon trying to leave, he was apparently murdered. 10 years later, Kinta receives strict discipline by his mother Ittetsuko Hoshi including not letting him in the house until he masters the special moves of Shogi. It turns out she's training Kinta so he can go after the boss of the Underground Shogi Syndicate.

    Gameplay

    There are two modes of gameplay, the Adventure Mode, and the Standard Shogi Mode, the latter of which is an exhibition game with an AI opponent of varying levels. Unfortunately, a two-player mode is not available.

    In the Adventure Mode, you have to go up against five opponents; Hida Takayama, Keima Ittou, Sister Okyou, Ryuukaku-san, and finally the Great King. Because the game does not have a save feature, the Adventure Mode must be beaten in one sitting. If the player loses, they can try again after solving a Tsume Shogi problem, varying from 3, 5, or 7 moves. If the player beats an opponent, they can select one of three chests which rewards them with a powerup they can use during a game. When the later enemies are put in Check, they will use their own powerup, which usually allows them to make two moves in a row.

    A or C selects a piece to move, B selects a piece that you captured to put into the board and  START  opens a menu of tricks (but does not pause the game time, however).

    Production credits

    • Planning: K. Miyahara
    • Director: Miyazee (K. Miyahara)
    • Program Design: Yi Wu, Ofu (Masahiro Kobayashi), Earlo
    • Graphics Design: Miyazee (K. Miyahara)
    • Music Compose: Novuko Hasebe (Novko Hasebe)
    • Music Program: Junichi Ueda
    • Special Thanks To: Fujishima, Miao
    Source:
    In-game credits (JP) [2]


    Trivia

    • As stated above, this game makes references to the anime Kyojin no Hoshi. A couple of these references (besides the title) include the game using an arrangement of the anime's opening theme Yukeyuke Hiyuuma, as well as Kinta's mother being named Ittetsuko Hoshi, in reference to the protagonist's father in Kyojin no Hoshi, Ittetsu Hoshi.
    • The opponents in the game all have names that reference Shogi pieces; Hida Takayama (飛田 高山) references the Rook (飛), Keima Ittou (桂馬 一刀) references both the Knight (桂) and Promoted Bishop (馬), Sister Kyou (シスター お香) references the Lance (香), Ryuukaku-san (竜角さん) references both the Promoted Rook (竜) and Promoted Bishop (角), and the Great King (大王) references the King (王).
    • This game is the only Shogi simulation game for the Mega Drive.

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Shougi no Hoshi/Magazine articles.

    Physical scans

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    50
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    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    60
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    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    60
    [5]
    Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
    50
    [6]
    Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
    51
    [7]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    65
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    Sega Mega Drive
    56
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    Shougi no Hoshi

    Mega Drive, JP
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    Technical information

    Main article: Shougi no Hoshi/Technical information.

    References


    Shougi no Hoshi

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