The Japan-exclusive Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III is the third part of Rastan's shaggy dog story. It's a strange take on the beat 'em up genre in that you're expected to beat up your enemies, but you're not really obligated to; if you have enough skill, you can run right past 'em and straight to the boss.
This game uses the Taito Code:
- While the game boots up, hold the Service Coin button until the "SERVICE SWITCH ERROR" message pops up on the screen.
- Then, press 1P Start (x3), Service Coin, 1P Start. The stage select menu should then appear.
Use 1P Joystick to select a round and 1P Start to start the game. Unlike most Taito games, entering this code won't give the player any credits or other assistance (Max lives, health, etc.) "Round" is also a bit misleading; this is actually a scene selector. For instance, Round 35 goes to the ending, and Round 36 goes to the Game Over screen.
High Score Names
There are two groups of names that the game filters out of high score lists. The first group is made up of profane terms:
||This one's just calling the player a perv...
||...and in this one, a lech.
||Either the developers had precognitive abilities or they meant Darius87.
||The replacement names reference the game Night Striker.
||Another reference to a Taito game: Cameltry.
||The two filtered names, when combined, are a likely reference to The Terminator.|
"Frog Race" and "Curry" are both mini-games in Taito's Yuuyu no Quiz de GO! GO!
The second group consists of other video game companies and a rogue Taito reference:
||Sega's seminal 1986 driving game OutRun.
||Namco's 1988 action platformer Bravoman, with ベラボー romanized as BERABOO.
||Konami's Gradius series.
||Chun-Li of Street Fighter II fame. Trying to fit "Street Fighter" in 8 letters is a bit much.
||Jaleco's 1990 platformer Rod Land.
||A general reference to Data East's pinball games.
||UPL's 1984 action game Ninja-Kun - Majou no Bouken. Published by Taito.
||Toaplan's Tatsujin a.k.a Trutxon, a vertical shooter published by Taito in Europe and Japan.
||Irem's R-Type series.
||SNK'S Neo Geo system(s).
||Another reference to Yuuyu no Quiz de GO! GO!
There's a special case for names made up of a single character ("AAAAAAAA", "11111111", etc.) including a completely blank name. They're replaced by a randomly selected name from the following list:
Bonze Adventure, Champion Wrestler, and Sonic Blastman are all Taito games.
(Source: Original TCRF research)
The region flag at 0x0FFFFE is usually only set to a single value, 0x01, as the game was never released outside of Japan. The game has partial support for three other regions; putting the following code in MAME's warriorb.xml cheat file will allow the user to swap between them:
<cheat desc="Region Flag">
- If the flag is set to USA, the export warning is adjusted accordingly. "World" has no export warning screen.
- It also includes a "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen with the same "Drags" typo as the one in Sagaia.
|1 Coin / 1 Credit
||1 Coin / 1 Credit
|1 Coin / 2 Credits
||2 Coins / 1 Credit
|2 Coins / 1 Credit
||3 Coins / 1 Credit
|3 Coins / 1 Credit
||4 Coins / 1 Credit
- When set to USA, the standard Taito coinage changes apply.
- The Japanese version adds a subtitle underneath the area name, something obviously not needed in other regions.
- Cutscenes always feature English text. If set to Japan, the English text appears in full on the top of the screen, while the Japanese equivalent is slowly printed on the bottom of the screen.
- In all other regions, the English text is slowly printed on the bottom of the screen, while the top of the screen is empty.
- The Game Over screen is the only instance of exclusively Japanese text. In set to anything other than Japan, the text is removed.
- The southeast section's final area is usually called the Palace of the Black Demon Religion, but it's the Palace of the Black Evil Religion if the region flag is set to USA.
- However, the text on the world map will always say "Demon" regardless of the region flag.
(Source: Original TCRF research)