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Zombie Nation (NES)

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In 1999 a mysterious object crashes into the desert and a mysterious creature, Darc Seed appears. Using magnetic powers, he soon turns the people of the United States into zombies and exerts influence over various weapons and objects. Among the weapons Darc Seed claims is the legendary samurai sword, Shura. When the great head of the samurai, Namakubi hears about this, he sets out for the United States to defeat Darc Seed and reclaim the sword.

Zombie Nation is a side-scrolling shooter in which the player can control Namakubi's movement across the screen and the ability to shoot. The hero's designation as a "great head of the samurai" is to be taken literally: Namakubi is indeed a giant disembodied head. His main weapon is the ability to shoot projectiles from his eyes and bombs from his mouth which he fires at various enemies, objects and buildings. Furthermore, should a zombie hostage fall out a window he can rescue them to slowly power up his attacks. Enemies reduce health by varying amounts; health can be restored by increasing the player's score. The game features four distinct stages with two difficulty settings.


Zombie Nation NES Cave
Zombie Nation NES Must destroy wall
Zombie Nation NES The story intro
Zombie Nation NES Military base

Alternate Titles

  • "暴れん坊天狗" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Samurai Zombie Nation" -- Title Screen title
  • "Abarenbou Tengu" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

1UP! Aug 08, 2008 81 out of 100 81
Defunct Games Aug 16, 2009 75 out of 100 75
Nintendo Power Magazine Apr, 1991 2.9 out of 5 58
Gamervision Jan 11, 2008 2 out of 10 20


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The original Japanese version had the hero as a Tengu mask instead of a severed head.
WildKard (12157) added Zombie Nation (NES) on Jan 30, 2004