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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 Bath in toxic dump
Zombie Nation NES Game Over
Zombie Nation NES Bats everywhere
Zombie Nation NES Electro - Vulcan

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Alternate Titles

  • "暴れん坊天狗" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Samurai Zombie Nation" -- Title Screen title
  • "Darc Seed" -- Originally planned US NES title
  • "Abarenbou Tengu" -- Japanese title

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No one lives long, not even you. spoonybard13 (9) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews Mar, 2014 A- 91
The Video Game Critic Oct 29, 2013 B+ 83
1UP! Aug 08, 2008 81 out of 100 81
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Defunct Games Aug 16, 2009 75 out of 100 75
Hey Poor Player Jun 06, 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Nintendo Power Magazine Apr, 1991 2.9 out of 5 58
Gamervision Jan 11, 2008 2 out of 10 20


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Japanese version

The original Japanese version had the hero as a Tengu mask instead of a severed head.


One of the popular rumors regarding this game is that it resulted from a translation error between Japanese and Americans regarding the term "great head of the samurai" (used to denote the leader of samurai), one side of the development team having taken the term literally.

Unfortunately, while it makes a good story, the rumor is false as this game was released originally involving a character who was konoha tengu, otherwise known as a severed head spirit. So the nature of this game was fully intended.

Information also contributed by WildKard
Shoddyan (14322) added Zombie Nation (NES) on Jan 30, 2004
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