|Publisher(s)|| Hudson Soft (JP - PCE, Wii VC, i-Revo, PSP)|
Konami (JP - Hikari TV Game, G-cluster, Wii U VC)
|Platform(s)||PC Engine, i-Revo, Wii VC, PlayStation Portable, Hikari TV Game, G-cluster, Wii U VC|
|Release date(s)|| PC Engine|
(JP) July 5, 1991
Wii Virtual Console
(JP) April 3, 2007
(EU) May 2, 2008
(US) September 8, 2008
(JP) September 25, 2008
Hikari TV Game
(JP) June 3, 2013
(JP) June 20, 2013
Wii U Virtual Console
(JP) August 27, 2014
Final Soldier is a scrolling shooter video game released for the Japanese PC Engine system on July 5 of 1991 and the third game in the main Star Soldier series. It was originally only released in Japan but has been released in Europe for the Wii's Virtual Console on May 2, 2008 and in North America on September 8, 2008 at a cost of 700 Wii Points.
On Earth at the beginning of the 23rd century, a space time warp opens up over the Atlantic Ocean. From it comes an enormous invasion force analyzed to come from the early 25th century. As Earth is attacked by the alien war machines, it is revealed that the culprits are identified as the Gader'el, a race of large bio-mechanic creatures, who have the ability to freely manipulate space and time; after conquering the future Earth in the 25th century, the Gader'el decided to ensure their influence on mankind by traveling back in time to the 23rd century, conquering that time and then going further into Earth's past.
As the armed forces of every country on Earth combats the Gader'el, each scientific academy collaborates on making a weapon capable of destroying the Gader'el's strongest weapons. The result is the Dryad, a single-fighter spaceship capable of wielding several types of futuristic weapons. The Dryad's flight path and mission is to warp into the Future Zone in order to reach the Gader'el headquarters and destroy their leader.
This game features 7 stages to play as well as a 2-minute and 5 minute challenge mode. Unlike the other PC-Engine Star Soldier games, the player chooses at the beginning of the game the exact kind of weapon each color power-up grants.