Famicom - Xevious (NTSC-J) cart
Famicom - Xevious (NTSC-J) cart
Used game for the Nintendo Famicom game console.
Japanese import. Will not play on non-Japanese systems without a converter.
In-game language is English.
Cartridge only. Tested, works. In good condition. Please refer to pictures for details of condition and contents.
Genre: vertical-scrolling shoot-'em up
Number of players: 1-2
Product code NXV-4900
Xevious is a 1983 vertical-scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco. In North America, it was published by Atari, Inc.. Controlling the Solvalou starship, the player is tasked with wiping out the Xevious forces before they destroy all of mankind. The Solvalou has two weapons at its disposal: an air zapper to destroy flying enemies, and a blaster bomb to destroy ground-stationed enemies. It ran on the Namco Galaga arcade system.
The game was designed by Masanobu Endō and a small team. Created to rival the success of Scramble, it was originally themed around the Vietnam War and titled Cheyenne in early versions. Endō wanted the game to have a detailed, integral storyline and a comprehensive world, and to be welcoming for newer players. Several enemies and characters were made to pay homage to other popular science fiction works, including Star Wars, UFO, Alien and Battlestar Galactica. It was originally named Zevious, the "X" being added to make it sound exotic and mysterious.
Xevious was critically acclaimed, being praised for its detailed graphics, addictive nature, challenge and originality. It became an unprecedented success for Namco in Japan, selling as many arcade units as Space Invaders in its first few weeks of release. It was a commercial failure in North America by comparison, selling 5,295 arcade units by the end of 1983. It has retrospectively been listed among the greatest video games of all time and one of the most influential games in the shoot'em up genre, serving as inspiration for games such as TwinBee and RayForce. It was met with several sequels and spin-offs, alongside a number of home console ports. Xevious is also included in many Namco compilations.
Xevious is a vertical-scrolling shooter video game. The player controls a starship known as the Solvalou to destroy the Xevious forces, who plot to take over Earth. The Solvalou has two weapons for combating enemies - an "air zapper" that fires projectiles at flying enemies, and a "blaster bomb" for destroying enemies stationed on the ground. The Solvalou also has a blaster receptacle which will determine where the bombs will go to, used to destroy ground targets.
Certain areas of the game will have a fight against the Andor Genesis mothership, which will launch an endless stream of projectiles and explosive black spheres known as "Zakatos". The player can either destroy all four blaster receptacles or simply destroy the core in the center to defeat it. Some parts of the game will have hidden towers known as "Sol Citadels", which can be found by bombing specific parts of an area - these areas will cause the Solvalou's receptacle to flash red when flown over. Yellow "Special Flags" from Namco's own Rally-X are also found in a random section of the area - collecting it will award the player an extra life.
The game has a total of 16 stages, known as "areas" in-game, which will loop back to the first after completing them all. Dying about 70% through an area will allow the player to start at the beginning of the next. These areas have large geographical features, such as forests, sand roads, rivers and mechanical structures - certain areas will also have Nazca lines placed on the ground, notably the "condor" design. The game becomes progressively more difficult as the player becomes more skilled - once the player does well at destroying a certain enemy type, a more advanced enemy type will replace it; this can be reverted by destroying flashing-red "Zolback" radars found on the ground, which will cause the more advanced enemies to instead be replaced with easier ones.