As everyone knows, 2009 will FINALLY be the year of release of the future mega hit game from Super Fighter Team...called Zaku!
This game promises to deliver graphics and animation worthy of the best production of the time. Huge bosses, scroling parallax, charismatic characters, not to mention the stunning music. A true explosive hit!
This is a historical article. This content was originally written by rygar from the AtariAge forums on his website, which no longer exists. Atari Gamer is republishing this article with permission. A blast from the past, in time for the second release of Zaku!
We all can create things. Artwork, music, writing, all come from our hearts and minds. It is those who dream that will be able to excel here. Those that fail to dream can only watch, and perhaps listen, waiting for a dream of their own. But be wary of those who are ignorant to the nature of dreams. They will see yours, and stop at nothing until it is taken from you.
It is the year 1987. A new program RARITY 9 is in development promising boosted mathematical performance on the "65C02" CPU. A beta was showcased with results rivaling current supercomputers. Who thought such power would be in completely elementary hardware?
"Indeed, who did think there would be such power," thought the maniacal Captain Bran.
"With this sort of mathematical terror, I can develop licensed games at tenfold the speed of our current automated system. By the end of this month, the world will be completely overrun with the glory of BRAN SYSTEMS software quality! People have seen market flooding before, but never like this. There will be no choice but to submit to my absolute domination to clean up this cardboardy mess. Out of the boxes will be born a new era of pain, suffering, and cardboard! No one can stop me now; I shall rule the world with RARITY 9! Penguin Bros, Get me that beta NOW!"
It was only a matter of time before the beta disappeared and a deluge of BRAN SYSTEMS licensed titles started flooding into stores, literally. If Bran isn't stopped soon, the entire atmosphere will be clogged with extra copies of Bran's games and there will be no option but to submit to his wishes. The world seems doomed to rot in a pit of unsold software, but Bran forgot about one thing… Zaku.
"That beta was mine, Bran, and I'll get it back no matter what the cost. You didn't even pay the licensing fee, and this definitely violates the EULA! I thought I had some stupid reasons to save the world before, but this takes the cake!" she stated determinedly.
"Hohoho, you think I'll just give the beta to you? It's a RARITY 9; the pure scarcity alone will repel you with its massive aura of fan message boards and false 'Wikipedia' articles. Come and get it if you dare!" taunted Bran.
Will Zaku be able to recover the beta? It's all up to you now as you guide her through through five beautiful worlds, complete with multiple layers of parallax scrolling and hordes of huge bosses. All at a rock solid 60 Frames per Second so you won't miss one drop of the action. The Penguin Bros, Bran's SNNVN (Smelly, Nasty, and Not Very Nice) dedicated attack force, will be waiting for you at the end of each mission, ready to take you down. Let's not forget about Iremsha, she'll be following you more directly. Bran or no Bran, she still wants to stop you in your tracks. But those aren't the only ones blocking your path, you'll meet up with some of the most bizarre and demented creations in the world of side scrolling shooters including the infamous Business Fish and T-T-Troast. Even after you've defeated the entire lot, you've still got Bran himself. Getting back that beta won't be easy...
Are you up to it?
Our heroine and rumored creator of Rarity 9. Zaku vows to get the Beta back because Bran's games are horrible and she wants to do something else. Wears rocket shoes because they're absurd and power gloves because they're awesome.
Taking down Bran's army and getting back Rarity 9 will require more than just fists and a quick wit, getting an edge is a necessity. Luckily, Zaku has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. Take control with your Lynx and unleash these powerful abilities! But watch out, the Penguin Bros. may be more prepared than you think.
Control Zaku's airborne trajectory with the use of the Lynx's Eight-Way Directional Pad. Flight has never been so easy!
Zaku is being produced by Super Fighter Team with a currently unscheduled release (although we are assuming prior to "Duke Nukem Forever"). Additional information will be listed once development closes.Demos and ROMs
2018 Update - If you want Super Fighter Team to put Zaku back into production, take a few moments of your time and contact them expressing your interest. If there are enough people who want the third release of Zaku, it will happen!
Now that the 2018 re-release of Zaku has landed, head on over to read the unboxing article.-AG