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Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of Opa-Opa

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Console: Sega Master System

Fantasy Zone 2 was the work of artist, archeology scholar, and early Master System trailblazer Rieko Kodama, also known for her contribution to stablemates such as the Alex Kidd and Phantasy Star series. Kodama’s shooter swaps laser death for floral prettification, with players commanding a miniature craft through a succession of candy-colored zones that feature networks of hidden warp gates to navigate.

The SMS version was popular enough to spawn a largely unchanged arcade conversion, which in turn made it across the divide for NES players to sample Kodama-san’s saccharine take on the genre.

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