Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Space Harrier Arcade Prototype

It's common knowledge that Space Harrier was originally intended to feature a harrier jet. However, technical limitations regarding the rotation of the jet sprite meant that this idea was dropped late into development. Recently, some screen captures surfaced from a video showing the prototype machine in action at the Amusement Show in Japan. 

The side-art and marquee are different. However, the colour palette and general aesthetic appear similar in the screenshots. 

The above cabinet design is similar to the prototype drawing that appears in Yu Suzuki's GameWorks Vol 1.

Of course, it was too late to change all aspects of the design, and Space Harrier still launched with an aircraft inspired control panel. The jet idea was fully realized two years and two hardware cycles later when Sega released the X-Board hardware with AfterBurner. Custom maths hardware, and extra sprite data enabled Yu Suzuki's original vision to be executed competently by this point. 

Sources: 1, 2 

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

OutRun: Dorimaga Papercraft Model

Following on from the Space Harrier model, I've (finally) scanned the the September 2004 issue of Dorimaga magazine.

This includes Sega History Papercraft Vol 3, a constructable model of the deluxe sitdown OutRun Cabinet. How cool is that?

If you have any issues in the series, please let me know.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Space Harrier: Dorimaga papercraft model

Thanks to Sean Tagg for scanning the Space Harrier papercraft model included with Dorimaga magazine.

Sean mentions, "I enlarged the sheet to A3 and laminated it. I have used this to then make a model from balsa wood. The screen is a photo keychain. The seat is fabric too! Just need to add the coin tower."

Here's the finished article, now with coin tower:

Finally, a link to the scan if you want to build one yourself.

...and yes, I need to scan my Dorimaga OutRun magazine at some point soon. I've misplaced it for the time being, but it will show up somewhere!