Space Harrier II

From Sega Retro

For the home computer versions from 1990, see Space Harrier II (home computers).

n/a

  • 1988
  • 2022

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Space Harrier II
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System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, iOS, Steam, Nintendo Switch Online
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: pre-SMPS Z80
Genre: Shooting[2][3], Arcade[4]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,8005,800 G-4002
Sega Mega Drive
US
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1102
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[5]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4003JG
Arcade (Mega 6)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?























Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[7]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[8]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[9]
PEGI: 7+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
800pts800[9]
USK: 6
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[11]
OFLC: G
Steam
US
$2.992.99[14] 34279
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[14] 34279
PEGI: 7+
Steam
DE
€2.492.49[14] 34279
USK: 6
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[14] 34279
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[14] 34279
OFLC: G
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[16] 34279
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[16] 34279
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.990.99[16] 34279
USK: 6
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[16] 34279
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[16] 34279
OFLC: G
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[16] 34279
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[16] 34279
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.990.99[16] 34279
USK: 6
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[16] 34279
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[16] 34279
OFLC: G
iOS
JP
¥115115[19]
9+
iOS
US
$0.990.99[18]
9+
iOS
US
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
9+
iOS
EU
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
9+
Google Android OS
US
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
ESRB: Everyone
Google Android OS
EU
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
PEGI: 7+
Google Android OS
DE
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
USK: 6
Google Android OS
AU
(Sega Forever)
FREEfree
OFLC: PG
Nintendo Switch Online
JP
Nintendo Switch Online
US
Nintendo Switch Online
EU
Nintendo Switch Online
UK
Nintendo Switch Online
AU

Space Harrier II (スペースハリアーII) is a Sega Mega Drive rail shooter developed by Sega R&D 2 and published by Sega. An expanded sequel to the company's titular 1985 arcade game Space Harrier, it was first released in Japan on October 29, 1988 as one of the system's two launch titles (alongside Super Thunder Blade).

The game was notable for the time for its use of digitized voices, an example of the technical advancements the Mega Drive offered over its rivals. Unlike the arcade original, the Mega Drive could not handle sprite scaling, meaning the graphics were pre-rendered at various sizes. This, along with the slightly lower framerate, results in a less smooth gameplay experience, though it was considered impressive for a home console offering at the time.

Story

It is the year 6236. Harrier once again receives a call for help, this time from the 214th sector, light-years from his cruiser. Harrier travels there quickly with his "cosmic gate," and finds that Fantasyland is once again being overrun by hostile forces. He resolves to once again save the world by fighting off the entire force himself.

Gameplay

The game is a rail shooter like its predecessor, played as a superhuman hero who runs and flies towards a forever distant background on a checkerboard-styled ground. The player does not control Harrier's movement into the scene but can move him along the vertical and horizontal axes with the D-pad. He fires a large laser cannon with A, B, or C. He can fire up to four shots at a time.

As the playing field moves forward, enemies come from behind and from the far distance to attack the character, by either firing a projectile or trying to crash into him. Enemies move onto the screen in uniform clusters. In many cases, the enemies move in a straight line along a predetermined, pseudo-three-dimensional path. Each stage ends in a fight with a boss, whose entrance is indicated by flashes of lightning bolts. The player must also dodge large objects in the path, some of which can be destroyed, such as trees, and others that cannot be, such as ionic columns and pylons. One hit from an enemy or a crash into these large objects causes the player to lose a life. Harrier is revived in place with temporary invulnerability if the player has lives remaining. Smaller objects, such as foliage, only cause Harrier to trip (though this leaves him momentarily vulnerable to attack). If the player loses all lives, the game is over. There are no continues. Extra lives are awarded every certain number of points.

Like the original Space Harrier and other games of the era, such as Hang-On or After Burner, the game increases the score based on the player's survival time. However, as the score counter does not stop during boss fights, it possible to accumulate the maximum amount of points by simply avoiding attacks and not attacking the boss.

The player can press A, B, or C on the title screen to access the options. From here, the player can change the difficulty level (Easy, Normal, or Hard), enable rapid-fire, or invert the vertical controls. The difficulty setting determines how many lives the player starts with (five lives on Easy, three lives on Normal, and one life on Hard).

Stages

The player can choose which of the first twelve stages to start on. The game proceeds through the rest of the stages in order (looping around if necessary).

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Stuna Area
The boss is Three-Headed Tortoise (Trimuller).

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Fors Yard
The boss is Paranoiazum (Paranoia).

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Yees Land
The boss is Blizzard (Brizard).

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Zero Polis
The boss is Neo-Dom.

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Copper Hill
The boss is Mantichora.

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Fallpyram
The boss is Wizard.

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Craddha
The boss is Medusa.

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Monark
The boss is Neo Tomos.

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Felcold
The boss is Cragon.

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Hope City
The boss is Binzbean (Bins Been).

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Hell Peak
The boss is Rock Face (Love Face).

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Hot Palace
The boss is Cthugha.

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Final Stage
After completing all of the regular stages, the player must defeat all twelve of the previous bosses again before facing the Dark Harrier.

Bonus Stages

A bonus stage is played after completing four and eight regular stages. These stages are played on top of a jet-propelled board and play similarly to the other stages, except there are no obstacles and Harrier is invulnerable. The player hits as many enemies as possible for a point bonus.

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Bonus stage 1

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Bonus stage 2

Versions

The Mega Drive version of the game was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2006, and for Steam and iOS devices in 2010. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[27] In 2017 the game returned to iTunes and was newly added to Android devices as part of Sega Forever, with the title Space Harrier II Classic.

Version history

Main article: Space Harrier II/Changelog.
System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
iOS
0000040000010000010000000000004.1.1 143.4MB 202001092020-01-09 [28]
iOS
0000040000000000020000000000004.0.2 201906032019-06-03
iOS
0000040000000000010000000000004.0.1 201905202019-05-20
iOS
0000040000000000000000000000004.0.0 201901312019-01-31
iOS
0000030000010000020000000000003.1.2 138.3MB 201810312018-10-31 [29]
iOS
0000030000010000010000000000003.1.1 132.1MB 201808062018-08-06 [30]
iOS
0000030000000000010000000000003.0.1 177MB 201709252017-09-25 [31]
iOS
0000030000000000000000000000003.0.0 178MB 201709132017-09-13 Sega Forever [32]
iOS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 4.3MB 201212012012-12-01 [33]
iOS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 3.5MB 201007222010-07-22 [17]
Google Android OS
0000040000010000010000000000004.1.1 56MB 202001092020-01-09 [34] SHII Android icon 411.png
Download.svg (info) (55.87 MB)
Google Android OS
0000020000000000010000000000002.0.1 45MB 201906032019-06-03 [35] SHII Android icon 100.png
Download.svg (info) (44.51 MB)
Google Android OS
0000020000000000010000000000002.0.1 44MB 201905202019-05-20 [36] SHII Android icon 100.png
Download.svg (info) (44.49 MB)
Google Android OS
0000020000000000000000000000002.0.0 44MB 201901312019-01-31 [37] SHII Android icon 100.png
Download.svg (info) (43.69 MB)
Google Android OS
0000010000010000020000000000001.1.2 43MB 201810312018-10-31 [38] SHII Android icon 100.png
Download.svg (info) (43.01 MB)
Google Android OS
0000010000010000010000000000001.1.1 41MB 201808062018-08-06 [39] SHII Android icon 100.png
Download.svg (info) (41.27 MB)
Google Android OS
0000010000010000010000000000001.1.1 47MB 201709262017-09-26 [40] SHII Android icon 111.png
Download.svg (info) (47.37 MB)
Google Android OS
0000010000000000000000000000001.0.0 48MB 201709132017-09-13 [41] SHII Android icon 100.png
Download.svg (info) (48.1 MB)

Downloadable content

Main article: Space Harrier II/Downloadable content.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits
Space Harrier II MD credits.pdf
[42]
Source:
Sega TV Game Genga Gallery
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[43]

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Space Harrier II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #0: "Extra issue of Beep!" (1989-04-27)
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Print advert in Computer Games (GR) #3: "Ioúnios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
30
[44]
ACE (UK) PAL
93
[45]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
60
[46]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
89
[47]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
76
[48]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
76
[49]
Console XS (UK) PAL
62
[50]
Cool Gamer (RU)
30
[51]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
68
[52]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
65
[53]
Excalibur (CZ)
50
[54]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[55]
The Games Machine (UK)
85
[56]
Games Preview (DK)
81
[57]
Joystick (FR)
55
[58]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
48
[59]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
72
[60]
Mega (UK) PAL
55
[61]
Mega (UK) PAL
51
[62]
MegaTech (UK)
76
[63]
Mean Machines (UK)
77
[64]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
76
[65]
Raze (UK) PAL
60
[5]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[66]
Sega Pro (UK)
63
[67]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
62
[68]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
55
[69]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
62
[70]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
46
[71]
Sega Mega Drive
64
Based on
29 reviews

Space Harrier II

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Spaceharrierii md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
SHarrierII md us cart.jpg
Cart
Space Harrier II MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
SHarrierII md eu cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Space Harrier II MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Horizontal manual)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, AU (Vertical manual)

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Cart
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e5c9cbb0
MD5 2864c05f9bf67f92af830f2fa7de1d61
SHA-1 db4285e4ffb69aa9f1ca68c4103fbfd0843f7b86
512kB 1989-01 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 edc0fb28
MD5 7954ee34b566ed50465359d1e3a4f704
SHA-1 5836fbe907610ff15286911457049933b7cdd49c
512kB 1988-08 Cartridge (JP) Launch Cart

External links

References

  1. https://www.mtwo.co.jp/development/retrogame-2/#tab-1
  2. File:SHarrierII md jp cover.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2017-09-17 22:14)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 63
  6. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/01.html (Wayback Machine: 2017-11-23 05:03)
  7. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_harrier/ (Wayback Machine: 2007-02-09 19:29)
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/fP4fG_R_k_IGoThn0w0s5crUaNAvzYuh (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-22 23:51)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/space_harrier_ii (Wayback Machine: 2017-07-04 12:12)
  10. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Space-Harrier-II--279195.html (archive.today)
  11. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19774&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 03:23)
  12. https://www.nintendo.de/Spiele/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Space-Harrier-II--279195.html (archive.today)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 https://steamdb.info/app/34279/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-11-17 20:12)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 http://steamdb.info/app/34279/ (Wayback Machine: 2013-05-22 20:20)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 15.9 https://steamdb.info/app/34279/history/?changeid=5749235
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 16.9 http://steamdb.info/app/34279/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-11-17 20:12)
  17. 17.0 17.1 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii/id382277388?mt=8 (Wayback Machine: 2012-11-12 00:05)
  18. 18.0 18.1 http://blogs.sega.com/2010/07/22/space-harrier-ii-and-ecco-the-dolphin-now-on-the-iphone/ (Wayback Machine: 2015-09-06 10:37)
  19. 19.0 19.1 http://www.4gamer.net/games/049/G004989/20100727028/
  20. http://sega.jp/kt/apple/sphr2/ (Wayback Machine: 2011-05-11 03:20)
  21. 21.0 21.1 @SEGAForever on Twitter (Wayback Machine: 2018-09-30 00:35)
  22. https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/024066ce-d840-4af5-a4c0-8e70d94a2667 (archive.today)
  23. @NintendoAmerica on Twitter (archive.today)
  24. @NintendoEurope on Twitter (archive.today)
  25. @NintendoUK on Twitter (archive.today)
  26. @NintendoAUNZ on Twitter (archive.today)
  27. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play (Wayback Machine: 2017-11-08 17:39)
  28. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii/id382277388 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-05 22:24)
  29. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii/id382277388?mt=8 (Wayback Machine: 2018-11-19 21:43)
  30. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii/id382277388?mt=8 (Wayback Machine: 2018-09-30 00:37)
  31. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii/id382277388?mt=8 (Wayback Machine: 2017-10-29 02:47)
  32. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii-classic/id382277388?mt=8 (Wayback Machine: 2017-09-17 22:16)
  33. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-harrier-ii/id382277388?mt=8 (Wayback Machine: 2014-08-03 00:09)
  34. Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2020-05-24 23:35)
  35. Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2019-10-07 03:13)
  36. APKPure (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2020-05-24 23:38)
  37. Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2019-04-21 19:06)
  38. Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2018-11-19 21:41)
  39. Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2018-08-22 21:04)
  40. Google Play (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2017-10-04 06:10)
  41. APKPure (com.sega.SpaceHarrierII) (Wayback Machine: 2018-08-22 21:02)
  42. File:Space Harrier II MD credits.pdf
  43. Sega TV Game Genga Gallery, Graphic Sha, page 114
  44. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 218
  45. ACE, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-xx), page 144
  46. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 71
  47. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 72
  48. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 35
  49. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 49
  50. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 134
  51. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 201
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  56. The Games Machine, "June 1989" (UK; 1989-05-18), page 20
  57. Games Preview, "8/9 1989" (DK; 1989-xx-xx), page 71
  58. Joystick, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 114
  59. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  60. Mega Drive Fan, "November 1989" (JP; 1989-10-07), page 49
  61. Mega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-17), page 60
  62. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 21
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  65. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  66. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  67. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 29
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  69. Sega Force, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-09), page 26
  70. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  71. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 172


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