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Title Screen

BioMetal

Developer: Athena
Publishers: Athena (JP), Activision (US/EU)
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: March 19, 1993
Released in US: November 1993
Released in EU: 1993


DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


An obscure, if decent little shmup by Athena Co.

Hmmm...
To do:
Provide some more information on the 2 Unlimited music tie-in that the international versions received.
Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically:

There are unused enemy graphics.

Artist interview in page 187 of book "ゲーム職人 ゲーム文化を支えた37人の証言":

  • "敵キャラの種類に関しては、実はROMに半分眠っているものがあるんです。プログラマーが間にあわなくて(笑)、使ってないんです。"
  • "Half of enemy characters slept in the ROM. Because Programmer couldn't work in time, so It is unused."

TEST MODE

The menu of testing.

A debug menu called TEST MODE begins at SNES address $018000. There is no JSL $018000 in the programming to reach it, however. A string of nine EA NOP bytes located at SNES address $008076-00807E possibly contained the original entry point at one time.

Use these game enhancer codes to access it:

Game Genie Pro Action Replay
44BD-A40D
DDBD-A46D
6DBD-A4AD
DFBD-A7DD
00930922
00930A00
00930B80
00930C01

Activate the codes at bootup, and wait for the intro logos to pass without pressing any buttons.


(Source: JLukas)

INPUT

OOOOOOooooooOOOOOOoooo

A simple joypad test. Press X to exit.

COLOR

Does not function.

CROSS HATCH

Reminds me of old arcade games booting up.

A basic screen test. Press X to exit.

OBJECT

Blau!

A graphics viewer. Press A to increase values, and Y to decrease values. Press X to exit.

BACK GROUND

Does not function.

OPTION

Hit THIS, you scuzzball!
Debugging Options Enabled.

Turn HIT CHECK off for invincibility. The INFORMATION and TASK BAR options are for a CPU meter and debug display in-game, as seen to the right.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan International
BioMetal-JP-title.png BioMetal-title.png

Music

Japan International