Platform: Super Nintendo Release Date:
Japan: January 8, 1993
United States: September 1993
Australia: November 1993 Genre: Beat ’em up Publisher: Activision (Internationally), Information Global Service (Japan) Developer: Jorudan
Alien vs Predator was a beat ’em up game released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by Jorudan and published by Information Global Service in Japan and by Activision overseas. The Japanese version was titled Aliens vs. Predator and has a few gameplay differences. An arcade game called Alien vs Predator was released a few months later but the console and arcade games are very different.
Based on the Alien VS Predator comic book series. During the 25th century, mankind has colonized many planets. On one of these, New Shanghai, strange creatures have been discovered. These Aliens cause much havoc. New Shanghai initiates a distress call to other planets in the galaxy. A cloaked ship belonging to hunting creatures known as Predators intercepts the message.
The Predators on board decide that these strange Alien creatures might make worthy trophies for the collection. The player takes the role of one of the Predators. The Predator will fight through several levels of alien creatures in a side scrolling manner. The Predator’s ability includes attacking, jumping, sliding and firing bolts from it’s shoulder cannon.
Additionally, the shoulder cannon can be charged up to unleash a devastating attack that also harms the Predator. Most aliens will drop power-ups which include health, trophy skulls, a double edged throwing weapon, throwing spears and active camouflage. Boss aliens wait at the end of most levels.
The Japanese version of the game is titled Aliens vs. Predator. Note the ‘s’ on the end of Alien. The player Predator is coloured orange and moves slowly, though he can run if you tap the direction button twice. The international version is called Alien vs. Predator and the player Predator is brown in colour, moves faster, and is unable to run. The charging meter for the player’s energy weapon is also shorter in the international version. The Japanese version also includes an exclusive 2-player battle mode where one player controls a Predator and the other controls an Alien.