Lost In Translation/Starblade

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Starblade marquee.
No screen shot.
Starblade control panel.
Manufacturer Namco
Released 1991
Analog joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 12.288 MHz)
M6809 (@ 3.072 MHz)
HD63705 (@ 2.048 MHz)
TMS32025 (@ 24.000 MHz)
TMS32025 (@ 96.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
C140 (@ 21.390 kHz)
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
496 x 480 pixels
60.00 Hz
32,768 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
9,363,456 bytes (8.93 MiB)
MAME ID starblad

About The Game

Starblade is a 3-D, filled-vector, arcade video game shoot-em-up.

The game features 2 separate missions; the first is to destroy the planet 'Red Eye' while the second is to wipe out the enemy fleet and their leader. The game's sit-down cabinet featured a seat that vibrated whenever the player was hit, either by incoming fire or by enemy objects such as ships, asteroids etc. The yoke joystick - which had a fire button situated at the top of the stick, underneath where the player's thumb sits - was very similar in appearance and feel to that used in Atari's 1983 wire-frame classic, "Star Wars".


Starblade was a very obvious influence on both the visual appearance and gameplay of the superb Nintendo Super NES game, 'Star Fox' - written in the UK by Argonaut Software.

Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Starblade & Galaxian3 - Project Dragon : Namco Game Sound Express Vol.06 - VICL-15009) on 21/03/1992.


  1. Starblade (1991)
  2. Starblade 2 - Starblade : Operation Blue Planet (Developed in 2002, but unpublished)


Chief Director
H. Nakatani
Assistant Director
K. Kobayashi
Norimasa Matsuura
Y. Saitoh
Y. Ohmori
Music & Sound Effects
Shinji Hosoe
Visual Director
W. Yanagawa
Visual Designers
N. Kumagai
M. Tejima
M. Kimura
Industrial Designer
N. Yoshimatsu
Mechanical Designers
S. Kanebako
H. Igarashi
T. Wakayama
J. Uchida
Electrical Designers
M. Yamada
O. Morita
M. Ito
K. Sawano
M. Yamada

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Mega-CD (1994)
Panasonic 3DO (1994)
Sony PlayStation (1995, "Starblade Alpha")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, as a bonus game in "Tekken 5")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Namco Game Sound Express VOL.06 Star Blade / Galaxian³ Project Dragoon VICL-15009[1] 1992-03-21 Victor Entertainment CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.