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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Natsume
Power Blade (NES)
Power Blade (AKA パワーブレイザー Pawā Burezā) is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer developed by Natsume and published by Taito for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1991. The game spawned a sequel, Power Blade 2, released in 1992.
It is the year 2191. In this game, you will be controlling NOVA, an Arnold Schwarzenegger a la Terminator / Commando-looking guy. With a boomerang as your main weapon, you can fire it in all 8 directions and on most surfaces on your way to the Master Computer. A helmet-like item can be found on some of the game’s levels called the Power Suit. It automatically fits NOVA and enables you to shoot energy blasts called the Power Blades.
You have to find an agent in each sector who will give you access to that sector’s database.
You will then enter that sector’s security room after defeating the security guard and retrieve a tape. The tape then must be used to disarm that sector.
Six (6) tapes need to be collected from all 6 sectors in order for you to gain access to the Master Computer’s control center. When you get there, you must defeat the main master alien and restore the Master Computer.
A stage select screen option can be used in order for players to go through the six sectors in any order. One big reminder is to always stay within the screen. If a player falls off the screen, he dies.
As with most of the games in the 80’s to 90’s, a player has a life meter that decreases as he gets hit by an enemy. If the meter runs out — either by time shortage or falling into a pit — he loses 1 life. The game ends after losing all the lives given.
But do not despair. The game comes together with a continue feature, where you can restart your game on the sector where you left off. What also makes Power Blade unique is that you can use the password option that makes you restart your game at the checkpoints that you have reached at any time.
Power Blade game has only been ported to the Nintendo NES.