Received: October 27th, 2016 / Written: December 1st-3rd, 2016
Alternate Title: Super Valis IV
Year: 1991, 1992 | Developed by: Telenet Japan
Published by: Shin-Nihon Laser Soft | [|O|]
Hello everyone, StarBoy91 here, passionate about video games, big retrophile, and fan of all things 16-bit.
Image from Wikipedia; Happy 30th Anniversary, game I haven't playedOn December 1986 the MSX, NEC PC-8801, and X1 computers saw the debut of Mugen Senshi Valis in Japan, which Americans will identify as Valis: The Fantasm Soldier, developed by Arcus and Tales of Phantasia developer Wolf Team and published by Telenet Japan which was about a contemporary 1980's schoolgirl named Yūko Asō who becomes the chosen warrior to wield the mystical sword named Valis as the realms of Earth, the spirit realm, and Vecanty, the Dream World are endangered. The game would also see different versions on the FM-7 and NEC PC-9801 computers as well as the Tokuma Soft-developed Famicom version in 1987, leading to the Riot-developed MegaDrive/Genesis and PC Engine Super CD-ROM² System conversions in 1991 and 1992. What made it stand out from other games at the time was its heavy emphasis on storytelling cutscenes to advance the narrative which would influence games like Ninja Gaiden, Cotton, and Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo, all of which owe Valis in this regard. Popular consensus says the story and cutscenes are the sole reason to play it as the gameplay apparently left a lot to be desired, though I hear the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² System is the superior version of them all.
Image from WikipediaAfter several versions of the first game combined with intrigue to where the story would lead to next, Valis warrior Yūko would return to the scene in Mugen Senshi Valis II or Valis (The Fantasm Soldier) II in the Summer of 1989 with versions ranging from the Laser Soft-developed PC Engine CD-ROM² one (being the first game in the series to come out in America as Valis II for the TurboGrafx-CD in 1990), versions available on the MSX and NEC PC-8801 and PC-9801 and Sharp X68000 computers, and a super deformed edition on the MegaDrive/Genesis as SD Valis (Syd of Valis in America)--the last of which even Valis fans consider to be an embarrassing disappointment. Overall the follow-up has been revered as a slight improvement from its predecessor, but it wouldn't stop there.
Image from WikipediaYūko would wield the Valis sword one last time in Mugen Senshi Valis III, Valis III in America, on the PC Engine CD-ROM² System in September 1990 (with a TurboGrafx-CD release following suit in 1992) which would also receive a Reno-developed MegaDrive/Genesis port in 1991. Of the Valis series' offerings general gamers as well as fans consider it to be the best in terms of gameplay (as you could also choose to play as either Cham or Yūko's sister Valna Asō) as well as a really good sendoff for the blue-haired Valis warrior. I recall reading an article several years ago saying this Valis iteration in particular (among other games) was slated to come to the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, but obviously that never came to pass (likely due to licensing disagreements). =(
Image from MobyGames; Happy 25th Anniversary, other other OTHER game I haven't playedOn the heals of the third game Telenet Japan followed it up with the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² System-exclusive Valis IV in August 1991, transpiring fifteen years after the events of the previous game which was essentially a passing of the torch kind of game as Yūko, who's become a goddess in the end of Mugen Senshi Valis III, bequeaths the sword to Vecanty-born Rena Bland should she be worthy of it who's accompanied by her twin sister Amu and Asfal. General consensus states that it's good but is outrageously difficult throughout.
No direct port of Valis IV has been made, but there was a reimagining of it on March 1992 with the Shin-Nihon Laser Soft-published Super Valis: Akaki Tsuki no Otome (for which the subtitle translates to "Red Moon Rising Maiden"; produced and directed by Valis IV producer Masami Hanari) for the Super Famicom which would arrive in NTSC SNES format on February 1993 (courtesy of Atlus) as Super Valis IV, which I bet baffled American Nintendo loyalists at the time; suddenly getting a Valis game with the Roman numeral "IV" attached even though the only American gamers who got to play the first three games at the time comprised of TurboGrafx-CD and Genesis owners (the first Valis did see a Nintendo 8-bit edition, but only for the Famicom in Japan). So how is this series' first and only Nintendo 16-bit take?
In the year 199X, the Dream World of Vecanty had prospered in its peaceful lifestyle for fifteen years thanks to the heroic efforts of the legendary Valis warrior Yūko Asō. But now that's being threatened by the generals and forces of the Dark World overlord
In Vecanty, Yūko has since become its goddess who's been watching over peace all these years, but now that she can't afford to fight for the three realms herself she awaits for the one who can save everyone.
That one is the young M'aider Maiden Rena Bland, who upon meeting her swears and vows to use the Valis sword wisely against Galgear and his forces. Yūko then bestows the mystical sword to the red-haired maiden, which is the only weapon that can hurt Galgear.
It is up to Rena to restore peace and take down the evil forces that threaten the good people of the three realms.
|From Vecanty to the Red Moon, Rena will stop|
at nothing to restore peace
|"Vecanty Dominator", huh? You wouldn't happen to|
be related to the ironically named Wander Over Yonder
villainess Lord Dominator, would you? -_O
|"Begone, foul infiltrators!"|
|So beautiful =O|
|Ah, nothing beats showering as you're fighting baddies|
|Hurray, fixed patterns =D|
|Harpy dives down, gets slashed in the process|
|Who knew that grass would be enough to slow|
you down? That is a nice view, though =)
|Don't kill Valkyrie! =O Who'll compassionately|
break Krino's Black Xandra curse if not her? =(
|I'm a sucker for stained glassed windows|
|She may be a goddess, but Yūko will always|
watch over you
|Aren't you cold with that armor (or lack thereof) on?|
In 1995 a similar thing would happen on the Nintendo 16-bit with Akumajō Dracula XX/Castlevania: Dracula X/Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss where it was a restructured take on the previously existing Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (which I have played on Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles) with its gameplay and sprites retained as Konami could not directly port the 1993 game on account that it was a PC Engine exclusive, and because of that the Nintendo 16-bit game also garnered a less than pleasing outlook from general gamers. So between the unfortunately named Castlevania: Dracula X and Super Valis, which do I consider to be the superior title of the two?
|Shoot the core|
|Sooo, who's the space babies' mother?|
'_________________'Super Valis was the only Valis game available on the Nintendo 16-bit console, and for awhile was the last game to come from the series until 2006 when Telenet Japan sold the Valis rights to Eants who developed Valis X, a five-episode erotic visual novel series recounting the first four games to commemorate its twentieth anniversary--which were the last games Telenet Japan published before they shut down in 2007. Um, beg pardon? o_O How do you go from well-respected action/platforming fantasy series to... hentai? That just sounds so wrong! XP Luckily for Valis fans the November 2011 release of Mugen Senshi Valis Complete Plus – Legend of a Fantasm Soldier was the most recent thing pertaining to the series, but only in Japan.
If you wanted to play the closest thing to a proper Valis experience on the Nintendo 16-bit console, you would have better luck with Affect's Makeruna! Makendō or Kendo Rage as it was called in America. But if Super Valis wasn't enough Telenet Japan action/platforming entertainment for you, don't worry: they would follow up on it with a Super Famicom-exclusive title developed by their Riot firm in
Image from WikipediaPsycho Dream. Christmas is coming around the corner; it's the perfect time to ask for expensive games--well that, and birthdays.
|"I HAVE THE POWER!"|
My Personal Score: 7.5/10
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Happy 30th Anniversary, Valis!