Last Survivor now fully playable in MAME

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Thought to be lost with time, SEGA’s arcade shooter Last Survivor has become fully playable on the MAME emulator 23 years after it was first released. This incredibly obscure title was unpopular and only a small amount of the cabinets had been sold. Becoming more obscure as years went on, the X-Arcade Board hardware (popularized by AfterBurner II) had an uncommon form of encryption that meant if it’s battery died, there would be no way to properly access the game’s data ever again. Fortunately, a working version of the game had appeared on a Japanese auction site recently, where a collector purchased and has created a ROM that will be supported within the next release of the MAME emulator.

Last Survivor is potentially best known from it’s cameo in the arcade ending of Golden Axe and had only received a port on the incredibly obscure FM Towns Marty game platform. Last Survivor should be remembered as the game that created the third person shooter genre of video games, which is now one of the most popular in the entire industry.

Included after the break is a video of the FM Towns version of Last Survivor, which is similar to the original, but features an updated CD soundtrack.

[Source: Aaron’s Almanac]

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2 Responses to “Last Survivor now fully playable in MAME”

  1. David J. Says:

    here is a vid of it in mame:

    Looks to have maybe better audio and much better scaling but this version on the Marty is impressive considering how some of the other ports like After Burner II and Turbo Outrun ended up. Not bad but not amazing either.

  2. Zip Says:

    “Last Survivor should be remembered as the game that created the third person shooter genre of video games, which is now one of the most popular in the entire industry.”

    Last Survivor was obviously a direct response to Xybots, which came out two years earlier.

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