Zillion is an Action/Adventure game for the Sega Master System.
|Alternate Titles||赤い光弾 ジリオン
Akai Koudan Zillion
|Genre||Action / Adventure|
|# of Players||1|
|Release Dates||May 24th, 1987 (JP)
November 1987 (NA)
October 1987 (EU)
|Release Prices||¥ 5,000 (JP)
$ 49.99 (NA)
£ 19.95 (EU)
|Product IDs||G-1325 (JP)
Zillion (赤い光弾 ジリオン) is an interesting story in Sega’s history. The concept grew from a laser tag toy Sega created in the early 1980’s that grew to be incredibly popular.
It was so popular, in fact, that Sega designed to clone the general design of the toy for their upcoming redesign of the Sega Master System’s Light Phaser in 1986.
In 1986, an animated series arrived in Japan. The story follows three teenagers armed with special guns defending their planet against genocidal aliens known as Nozas. The teenagers were known as the White Knights and rode around on motorcycles. They were assisted by none other than Sega’s own Opa-Opa on occasion.
The anime was picked up for an American English release by Streamline Pictures later on. Unfortunately, they decided to compress the original run of 31 episodes into just a handful of episodes and the Burning Night special. Many US viewers had no idea they were missing out on the majority of the show until later on.
In 1987, Sega released the Sega Master System game Zillion based on the property. The game draws many comparisons to Nintendo’s popular Metroid, which released the year prior. It has a lot more in common with the classic computer game Impossible Mission.
The game follows the same general premise, starting you off playing as the main character JJ. He must infiltrate the enemy base, acquire five floppy disks used to destroy the base’s computer, and rescue his two friends Apple and Champ.
Once you save Apple and Champ, you are able to switch to them. Apple is faster but weaker, while Champ is stronger and slower. All three characters can find Opa-Opa power-ups to upgrade their abilities.
When the gun fires in Zillion, it produces an awe-inspiring sound effect and causes part of the game’s music to abruptly stop. It’s apparently a technical limitation of the hardware, but ends up being a great aspect of the game.
Possibly the oddest fact about Zillion is that it does not incorporate the Light Phaser at all. While it would be hard to imagine a good use for a light gun in the game’s existing design, it still seems weird it wasn’t worked in somehow based upon the property’s history.
Sega of America produced a hint sheet for the game, which can download here.
Nubu has written a great walkthrough, which you can read here.
Cheats & Secrets
Every time you’re defeated, press 1, 2, Up.
This glitch will work in any room that has a guard that paces in front of a computer console. The guard is needed for the glitch to work. The trick is to enter the computer console while overlapping the guard. You may get shot a few times attempting this. Once the guard is between you and the console and you’ve entered the menu, input the suicide code. The zap that kills you will not hit you, but the guard instead (won’t kill him). Now you’re invincible. The pause button will not work, so you can’t switch characters.
Another Invincibility Glitch
Go to room C3, and enter in the open door code for this room (you’ll need the level 2 gun). Then, jump down past the forcefield into the elevator. Note that this cheat requires that the forcefield be active, so do not enter in the disable forcefield command! Once in the elevator, step slightly to the right, until you are taking damage from the forcefield, and yet are still on the elevator. Keep taking damage until you are down to 160 health, then press down on the control pad to take the elevator down. You should scroll down into the next room, and have 0 health. From this point on, you are invulnerable, but you cannot pause the game, and thus cannot switch characters.
Ossale Kohta (Kotaro Hayashida
Dunk PPak Toshi
Bo (Tokuhiko Uwabo)
Alien Sadamo (Koki Sadamori)
Special Thanks to
Special Thanks / Sources
-Victor Gomez for the Zillion wallpaper.
-DynamicHispanic for the Invincibility cheat.
-Nubu for the second Invincibility cheat.
-Apple artwork used for wallpapers done by Fei (緋).