Section-Z (NES)

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Section-Z
Section Z - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Capcom Co., Ltd.
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Section-Z is a scrolling shooter developed by Capcom, originally for the arcade, and then ported to the NES. The story remains the same; Earth's military has been defeated by L-Brain and the fortress of Balangool, and only you, Captain Commando, are left to defend the planet from certain destruction. The layout, however, was considerably altered. The arcade game was fairly linear and featured alternating vertical and horizontal scrolling, while the NES port has only horizontal scrolling stages with a more labyrinthine approach to the sections. At the end of each section, there are two transporter gates where each will take you to a different section. It's important to record where each transporter takes you or you will no doubt get lost in the maze of tunnels.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Entering the enemy base, Balangool.

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Blasting away some Leagos.

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Deciding which transporter to take.

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Mesas speed across the screen.

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Took too many hits! Getting sent back.

Music

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Like the game, the main background music of Section-Z is divided into three sections. The first is a little slower and more reserved relying on bass, while the second is more upbeat and hummable, and the third returns to a bass-driven jazzy style. Both the introduction and ending tunes take on a soaring sound while the boss and final boss tunes are more aggravating. A few other jingles and fanfares make up the entire soundtrack, which, despite it's uniqueness, has a common Capcom sound to it.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Section-Z Theme Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 1:26
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02 Entering Balangool Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:08
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03 Stage 1 Tamayo KawamotoKumi Yamaga 3:05
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04 Room Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:19
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05 Stage 2 Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 1:14
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06 Boss Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:48
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07 Sent Back Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:04
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08 Stage Clear Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:03
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09 Stage 3 Tamayo KawamotoKumi Yamaga 1:43
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10 L-Brain Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:48
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11 Game Over Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:04
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12 Ending Kumi YamagaKumi Yamaga 0:59
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Credits

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Although the game only credits the composers using aliases, we have been able to determine Kumi Yamaga is Yamachan and Tamayo Kawamoto is Kuwachan. Capcom Game Music identifies Kawamoto as the sole composer of the original arcade game. It is assumed that Yamaga rearranged the music for the NES (only two songs were retained from the original) and composed all the new music. However, this has not yet been verified by the artists. The game uses Yoshihiro Sakaguchi's sound driver which required the composers to arrange their music into a custom MML format. The credits in the Famicom Disk System are identical to the NES version.

Albums

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1986-08-25

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: セクシヨン ゼツト (Section Z)
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Released: 1987-05-25
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Section-Z
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-07-??
Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  France.svg   France
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Title: Section-Z
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-09-27
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.

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