Defender II (NES)
Defender II is a port of the Defender sequel, Stargate, but renamed Defender II.
|Japan||US (Title)||US (Menu)|
The western version completely redesigns (and removes the color cycling effect the Japanese one had, for some reason.) the title screen, adding some extra copyright info. and moves the main menu so it replaces the added copyright info after pressing Start once.
If the 1983 copyright date (and striking resemblance to early NES title screens) in the Japanese release seems unusual, that's because this game, alongside a set of 3 other Atari games (Millipede, Joust, and a unknown title that was never released.) were originally created as part of an abandoned deal for Atari to distribute the Famicom in western regions. The development of these were outsourced to HAL Laboratory. Who ended up self-publishing the titles a few years after the deal was abandoned.
Like the other 2 Atari ports, the western release redesigns the in-game Graphics somewhat. The ship is changed from Orange to Blue (though curiously the HUD icon is unmodified), the humanoids are given a facelift, the white lines representing your current position are pulled back a bit, and the top score has been freed from it's original square border.
As noted, the music that plays when a round is started was later reused in the Arcade (and NES, albeit with different instrumentation) version of Punch-Out!!. The arcade board uses the Ricoh 2A03, the same CPU that the NES included, as an audio chip/secondary CPU. Hence why it was able to be ported over so easily.
However, a little known fact is that an entire second measure of the song had originally appeared in Defender II. and was presumably removed in Punch-Out!! due to it's Space-like sound not really gelling with the Boxing setting.
The following string is found only in the US version at 657.
DEBUGED BY TOSHIO SENGOKU ( Intelligent Systems ) 1987/07/31 15:00
The Defender series
|Game Boy (Color)||Arcade Classic No. 4: Defender & Joust • Arcade Hits: Joust & Defender|
|Game Boy Advance||Defender|