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  QUICK LIST of all Nectaris games (1989-2004)


Here is a concise list of all known Nectaris software and guide books -- this is the easiest, most convenient way to get a quick overview of the entire Nectaris series.  If you seek more detailed information on a particular item below, simply follow the links provided.  Full-fledged FAQs are available for nearly all versions of Nectaris, but for some items you will be linked instead to an entry in the Nectaris Legacy.  The Nectaris Legacy is simply a more detailed version of this page (i.e. each item is documented with numerous images / scans ,  the descriptions are more involved  and magazine coverage / press releases are added to provide a deeper historical account).

Visit the Nectaris PC-Engine FAQ Nectaris    (1989, PC- Engine, Japan)

Nectaris (HuCard) originally released in Japan for NECís PC-Engine (PCE) video game console.  Developed & published by Hudson Soft (HC63O16).  Note: The 32 stages on this release will eventually be included on each and every title in the series.  For additional information, visit the Nectaris PC-Engine FAQ.
Visit the Military Madness TurboGrafx-16 FAQ Military Madness   (1989, TurboGrafx-16, North America)
PCE Nectaris re-titled Military Madness (HuCard) & released in North America for TurboGrafx-16 (the TG-16 was the North American version of the PC-Engine).  Developed by Hudson Soft & published by NEC (TGX030015).  Note: Same 32 stages as original.  For additional information, visit the Military Madness TurboGrafx-16 FAQ.
Visit PC-9800 Nectaris FAQ Nectaris   (1992, PC-9800, Japan)
PC-Engine Nectaris ported to NEC's PC-9800, a popular series of personal computers in Japan. Developed by Hudson Soft & published by SystemSoft (DOS, floppy diskette).  Note: Same 32 stages as original.  For more information, visit the PC-9800 Nectaris FAQ.
Visit X68000 Nectaris FAQ Nectaris   (1992, X68000, Japan)
PCE Nectaris ported to Sharp's X68000, a popular series of personal computers in Japan. Developed by Hudson Soft & published by SystemSoft (DOS, 5.25" floppy diskette).  Note: Same 32 stages as original. The PC-98 & X68000 ports are quite similar, even sharing an instruction manual.  For more information, visit the X68000 Nectaris FAQ.
Visit Neo Nectaris FAQ Neo Nectaris    (1994, PC Engine DUO, Japan)
Neo Nectaris (Super CD-Rom) released in Japan for NEC's DUO / PC-Engine + CD consoles.  Developed & published by Hudson Soft (HCD4062).  Note: This is the first sequel to the original 1989 PC-Engine game: 48 new stages + 32 original.  For more information, visit the Neo Nectaris DUO FAQ.
See more info on Neo Nectaris Guide Book Neo Nectaris Guide Book   (1994, Japan)  UNCONFIRMED
Currently, no information is available on this item, though I suspect it exists.
Visit German PC DOS Nectaris FAQ Nectaris    (1995, PC DOS, Germany)
Nectaris released in Germany (PC-DOS, 3.5" floppy diskette).  Licensed & published by Sunflowers GmbH (Germany).  Note: This is the second sequel to the original 1989 PCE game:  64 new stages + 32 original.  This is the only Nectaris title developed outside of Japan.  For more information, visit the German PC-DOS Nectaris FAQ.
See more info on Windows 95 Freeware Nectaris    (1997, PC Windows 95 / 98, Japan)
1989's PC-Engine Nectaris ported to Windows 95 platform for personal computers.  Developed and published by Hudson Soft ( PC Win 95 ).  Note: This was a FREEWARE release available via internet download. Same 32 stages as original, but it supports a mouse and includes a map editor (a first for the series).  For more information, see this entry in the Nectaris Legacy.
Visit Nectaris GB Gameboy FAQ Nectaris GB   (1998, Gameboy, Japan)
Nectaris GB (cartridge) for Gameboy (Japan). Developed & published by Hudson Soft (DMG-AN5J-JPN).  Note: 32 new stages + 44 bonus stages + 32 original stages (108 total).  This is a port of the original PCE Nectaris, but with new maps, the ability to save games in progress via battery-back up (a first), and a map editor.  Plus, this cart has an infrared communication port (built into the cart itself) that allowed folks to share maps / save states (Hudson dubbed this file sharing feature "GB KISS"). Nectaris GB is also one of the few Gameboy titles to support GB KISS LINK (see below).  For more information, visit the Nectaris GB Gameboy FAQ.
Visit GB KISS and GB KISS LINK FAQ GB KISS LINK   (1998, Gameboy Peripheral, Japan)
GB KISS LINK is an infrared modem that enables you to transfer files between a personal computer ( Windows 95 ) and a GB KISS cartridge (installed in a Gameboy, of course). While this allowed gamers to make back-ups of their Gameboy files on their PC's harddrive, the real reason to get GB KISS LINK is more exciting: it enabled gamers to download exclusive game content from the internet onto a PC harddrive, then transfer this content (via GB KISS LINK) to a GB KISS Gameboy cartridge.  For more information, visit the GB KISS & GB KISS LINK FAQ.
Note:  At minimum, folks with GB KISS LINK could download extra stages for Nectaris GB ... I have also speculated that a download containing new battlefield graphics might have been available as well (but the ability to upgrade in this manner seems too fantastic).
Visit Nectaris PlayStation FAQ Nectaris    (1998, PlayStation, Japan)
Nectaris for PlayStation (Japan).  Developed & published by Hudson Soft (SLPS-01245).  Note: 32 new stages exclusive to PlayStation.  This title was released at the same time as the Gameboy title (above) and they share many features in common: the map editors, the 44 bonus maps, and the 32 original maps.  This is the only game in the entire series with 3D polygonal battle scenes.  For more information, visit the Nectaris PlayStation FAQ.
Visit Nectaris Official Guide Book Nectaris Official Guide Book   (1998, Japan)
This 256 page guide book is a companion to the updated PlayStation version of Nectaris.  It was published by Famitsu (ASCII / Aspect) in Japan and includes the standard fare: strategy guide for all 108 maps included in the PSX game, an illustrated synopsis of the Nectaris storyline and a detailed, elaborate weapon guide (with technical drawings for all 23 weapons). Softcover w/ jacket, blue & black ink on "manga" stock paper, 1400 yen ($13 USD).  For additional information (including page scans and artwork), visit Nectaris Official Guide Book 
Visit Nectaris: Military Madness PlayStation FAQ Nectaris: Military Madness    (1998, PlayStation, North America)
Nectaris (1998, PlayStation, Japan) is re-titled Nectaris: Military Madness when it is released by Jaleco in North America.  Developed by Hudson Soft and published by Jaleco (SLUS-00764).  Note: Identical to Japanese PlayStation version (outside of a few typographical name changes).  For more information, visit the Nectaris: Military Madness PlayStation FAQ.
Nectaris    (2003-2004, Cellular Phone Games, Japan)
Developed & published by Hudson Soft.  Hudson ported the original 1989 PC-Engine Nectaris to several cell phone gaming platforms: i-mode ( NTT / DoCoMo ), AU / KDDI, and most recently, Vodafone.  Note: Nectaris was one of many titles in Hudson's back-catalogue that have been ported for cellular gaming including a significant number of other hits (and misses) from the PC-Engine library.
Visit Earth Light FAQ Earth Light    (1992, Super Famicom, Japan)
Developed & published by Hudson Soft (SHVC-H3), Earth Light is not a direct sequel to Nectaris, but it was written by the same programmer at Hudson Soft. Essentially, Earth Light is a reworking of the Nectaris game engine. Aesthetically, the military units, maps, and battle scenes in Earth Light are far more colorful, "cartoon-like" and "cute" than the wonderfully drab & dreary atmosphere depicted in the Nectaris series. For more information, visit the Earth Light FAQ.
Visit Luna Strike FAQ Earth Light: Luna Strike    (1996, Super Famicom, Japan)
Developed & published by Hudson Soft (SHVC-AE5J), Luna Strike is an even further departure from the Nectaris formula of gameplay than Earth Light (1992).  Actually, Luna Strike has little, if any, continuity with the Nectaris series and I have often felt like excluding it from Nectaris Legacy.  Although its' predecessor (Earth Light) fit nicely into the Nectaris universe, the same cannot be said for Luna Strike.  For more information (well, a little bit more, anyway), visit the Earth Light: Luna Strike FAQ.



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