This leopard seal has a very diverse group of accomplices.
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The NewZealand Story (ニュージーランドストーリー Nyū Jīrando Sutōrī?) is a 1988 arcade game developed and published by Taito. The player controls Tiki (ティキ?), a kiwi who must save his lover Phee Phee (ピューピュー?) and several of his other kiwi chick friends who have been kiwi-napped by a large blue leopard seal. The player has to navigate a scrolling maze-like level, at the end of which they release one of Tiki's kiwi chick friends trapped in a cage.
The goal of each level is to safely get Tiki through the level, avoiding enemy fire and spikes, and rescue one of his kiwi friends at the end. The weaponry starts out as arrows, but pickups can change these into bombs, lasers or bouncing fireballs. These act a little differently, and what is useful depends upon the player's location. A distinctive feature of this game is the ability to ride a variety of flying vehicles, including balloons, blimps and UFOs. Vehicles can be found ready for use or can be stolen from an enemy.
The game features four main zones, each with four rounds, the fourth round featuring a boss fight at the end. Other features include the many secret areas and shortcuts hidden throughout the game, accessed using special hidden "warp" portals. On certain later levels, if the player loses their last life due to being killed by a projectile weapon, they will be sent up to a special "Heaven" round. Here, they can either receive a special ending or find the secret route out of Heaven and continue playing the game.
The game shares several elements with previous Taito games (such as collecting letters to spell out "EXTEND", from Bubble Bobble).
After the release of the original arcade game in 1988, the game was converted to most of the game consoles and home computers of the time. Most home releases came in 1989, with some arriving later through 1990–1992. The home computer versions were published by Ocean Software, and their home computer versions refer to Wally as a walrus on the packaging; however, the original arcade version specifically mentions him as being a leopard seal during the closing credits. The NES version was developed by Software Creations and published in the PAL regions by Ocean. In North America, however, the NES version was published by Taito as Kiwi Kraze, instead of The NewZealand Story. The game received even more publicity due to being included in the Amiga 500 Batman Pack, which was launched in September 1989 and sold over 2 million units. Home conversions generally received good reviews in computer game magazines. The game was also converted for the Japanese FM Towns and Sharp X68000 systems, providing arcade-perfect conversions, but released exclusively in Japan since both computers were only available there.
The Sega Mega Drive version (again, only released in Japan) had its levels based on the prototype version of the arcade game.
The Taito Legends pack includes an emulated version of the original arcade version of The NewZealand Story, allowing it to be played on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and any PC. On October 14, 2008, the PC-Engine version was released for the Wii Virtual Console exclusively in Japan.
Tiki the Kiwi also made some cameo appearances in other Taito games such as Liquid Kids, Bubble Symphony and (along with his lover Phee Phee) Pop'n Pop.
The NewZealand Story. (2016, February 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.