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Release year: 1987 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Capcom

Section Z (NES)

Section Z (AKA セクションZ Sekushon Z in Japan) is a 1987 2D side-scrolling shoot ’em up video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 8-bit home gaming console.

Capcom is best known for its hall of famers on the NES, such as Bionic Commando, Mega Man series, Ghouls ‘n Goblins, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, and Trojan, among others. However, there are some titles developed by Capcom that not everyone seemed to like. Section Z is not an exception to that, as others praise it, while others find it annoying.

Section Z Cover Box

Section Z Cover (NES)

The game is a shoot ‘em up in which a humanoid sprite called Captain Commando insinuates himself into the enemy’s space fortress to attack L Brain. The backstory is that an enemy space fortress is approaching Earth. Captain Commando, the game’s protagonist, embarks on a mission to save the world, finding his way to Section Z to eliminate L-Brain, the computer controlling the space fortress.

Nowadays, gamers probably won’t find the story interesting enough, but it might have been back when it was created. There is not a single dialogue, but there are cool cinema scenes showing Captain Commando flying and a great cinematic ending. Despite these flaws, the action on screen gets the job done.

Help Captain Commando!

Graphically, there isn’t much to Section Z, considering this was made in 1985. The graphics don’t look so bad at all, but they do look a little faded. Some sections have bold and interesting colors whereas others are quite nasty to look at. An impressive element of the visuals is the variety of its enemy characters. During this era, the enemies in games do not vary a lot, sometimes only changing their colors to differentiate them in every stage.

Captain Commando is a well-designed sprite, and the big bosses look colorful and large. However, the characters seem to blend or dissolve into the background as they do not have black outlines. The sound effects are good, but the music is tad annoying when you notice that it gets repetitive throughout the course of the game. The controls are responsive, which is a plus in every and any game.

Overall, Section Z is entertaining in its own right, even though it is not a perfect game created by the mighty Capcom. Nevertheless, this title deserves to be in your library!

Section Z game has been ported to Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System – NES (this version), Family Computer Disk System.

Section Z - Nintendo NES
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