Long Lost Sharp X68000 Shmup 'Illumination LASER' Discovered & Released Online

Sharp-X68000-Illumination-LASER-ROM-Released-OnlineFor countless years now, owners of Japanese Sharp X68000 computers have been lusting over a scrolling shooter which has been presumed missing. Although footage of Illumination LASER in action was available on YouTube, this obscure title's data was nowhere to be found online - at least until now.

Not too long ago a keen eyed X68000 collector and gamer happened to spot a rather curious item sitting within the photos of an item on Yahoo Auctions. What appeared to be the incredibly rare (or assumed unreleased) Illumination LASER's presence in the collection for sale was confirmed further down in the auction's description. With word of this title soon spreading online, the auction ended on the massive figure of 80,000 yen.

While the winning bid of this auction could have sent the game off to a reserved collector, the retro gaming community is incredibly lucky due to the new owner(s) generosity. A team of individuals set it upon themselves to create a disk image of the game and distribute it online - allowing both X68000 owners and emulation fans to finally enjoy this obscurity.

We've always wanted an excuse to splash out on a X68000 machine...

Illumination LASER (Sharp X68000) Gameplay

Link: Illumination LASER for X68000 Discovered & Released Online

Last Updated ( 20 June 2014 )  


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