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3D Space Harrier

by Daan Koopman - January 17, 2013, 4:14 pm EST
Total comments: 7


Welcome to the Fantasy Zone... in 3D!

This Space Harrier remake is based on the game’s arcade version, in which digitized voices greet you with classic lines such as ''Welcome to the Fantasy Zone!'' The game takes place in the Fantasy Zone, a weird wasteland that you guide your character through. Space Harrier is a third-person shooter at heart, with the player following a strict path in every level. The player tries to defeat an array of enemies, like gigantic dragons, old prehistoric creatures, and various invading aliens. At the end of every stage, a boss tests your skills to see if you can handle the next brightly colored world. Even with age, the gameplay style holds up, and is quite a spectacle.

The 3DS version duplicates the precise control of the arcade classic. Players can use the Circle pad and buttons, or use the touch screen to move the character around and have him automatically fire on enemies. The latter option should allow newcomers to ease into the game’s difficulty, and give veterans a new way to experience the game. Players can also tweak various settings to get the difficulty, screen size, and audio levels to their liking.

The game comes with added features, including the ability to select a starting level, and to save your progress at any time. The only notable gameplay omission of this version is that of any shared leaderboards. The game’s original aesthetic lends itself well to the addition 3D, and does a splendid job of presenting the depth of each plane. There used to be an arcade cabinet that would move alongside the movement of the joystick, and the 3DS version duplicates that feel exactly. You can even add button sound effects to relive those good old days.

It seemed like a risk for Sega to take the 3D Classics approach, but this version of Space Harrier excels in every way. Its iconic gameplay remains intact, complemented by smooth controls and crisp 3D visuals, and the array of options makes it a more worthwhile version of the classic than any of its other releases.


  • Replicates the arcade feel well
  • Smooth, fun gameplay
  • Variety of options
  • No online leaderboards


DAaaMan64January 17, 2013

wooh they made this?! Awesome.  :cool;  Love this game ever since I played it on Shenmue.

vidsJanuary 18, 2013

I'd love to see Out Run, After Burner, and Thunder Blade make a 3D appearance from SEGA as well. Pretty much any game on the z-plane should do (Tempest, Roadblasters, Chase HQ and STUN Runner come to mind as well)

fcbullyMarch 09, 2013

Why can I not find any reference to this game in eshop?

TJ SpykeMarch 09, 2013

Quote from: fcbully

Why can I not find any reference to this game in eshop?

Because the game is only out in Japan (hence why the article has the Japanese flag next to the review).

fcbullyMarch 09, 2013

Quote from: fcbully

Why can I not find any reference to this game in eshop?

Never Mind... Just noticed its only for Japan :p thats BS!!!

TJ SpykeMarch 09, 2013

The game was rated by the Australian Classification Board in January, so it could come here eventually.

StrikerObiMike Sklens, Podcast EditorDecember 08, 2013

Update for Americans: this game is now available in the US eShop. My review of it will be posted soon (spoiler: I liked it).

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Genre Shooter
Developer Sega

Worldwide Releases

na: 3D Space Harrier
Release Nov 28, 2013
jpn: 3D Space Harrier
Release Dec 26, 2012
RatingAll Ages
eu: 3D Space Harrier
Release Nov 28, 2013

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