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Space Manbow is a game published by Konami for the MSX2 in 1989. It was a step above the Nemesis games as it had smooth scrolling and a bigger color palette. As with Konami's previous releases, this comes with the SCC chip for better sound quality. The game was later re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console service on the 24th of November, 2009. It has never been released outside of Japan. In 2007, Bart van Velzen released an unofficial sequel, Manbow 2, for MSX2.

Story

In the year 189 of the stellar calendar, humanity happened upon the ruins of an ancient (and, if the st. 7 decor is anything to go by, rather decadent and malicious) civilization, and sent an archaeological crew to explore them. However, the crew managed to activate the ruins' defense system. The system operated by identifying the Sol system as the intruders' origin, then launched the Sun-Fish ("Manbou" being Japanese for "Sunfish"), an ultimate weapon bio-mechanical starship capable of destroying an entire solar system and protected by an impregnable force-field bubble. The surviving members of the crew, however, find a chance to stop the Sun-Fish. By using an unearthed Manbou-J (i.e. Junior Sun-Fish) fighter and activating a teleportation system in the deepest part of the ruins, one pilot, Cleaver Mule, can actually get inside the force bubble and destroy the Sun-Fish from there.

Stages

Stage 1: Battle

Stage 2: Base

Stage 3: Cave

Stage 4: Mechanical

Stage 5: High Speed

Stage 6: Graveyard

Stage 7: Fortress

Stage 8: Space

Bosses

Stage 1: Shatterer

Stage 2: Stag Head

Stage 3: Luanmo

Stage 4: Riger

Stage 5: Naga

Stage 6: Golditz

Stage 7: Warp Machine

Stage 8: Space Manbow

Trivia

  • Almost all of the ships in this game resembled aquatic or fish-like animals.
  • The ship from Space Manbow inspired the Mambo and Samba characters in the Parodius franchise.
  • The Nintendo DS game Ganbare Goemon: Tokai Dochu Oedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki contains an unlockable Space Manbow minigame with identical graphics but enhanced music.
  • The game was released for mobile devices in 2006.
  • According to the staff comments, this game was originally planned as a home conversion for Thunder Cross, another Konami shooter for arcades. Because of this, Space Manbow is considered an entry in the Thunder Cross Series. This also explains the reasoning for Emon 5 having two tracks from Space Manbow in Otomedius Gorgeous.

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