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Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Platform(s) Virtual Console, Arcade
Release date(s) Arcade
JP September, 1991
Virtual Console
JP April 21, 2009
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote, Classic Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: StarBlade
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Starblade (スターブレード Sutāburēdo) is a 3D space-based rail shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1991. It was notable for its early use of real-time 3D graphics, produced using the Namco System 21 "Polygonizer" arcade system board, and it is believed to have had a strong influence on the 1993 Nintendo game Star Fox.


Graphics Mostly Red/White

As of Dolphin 5.0-15974, using default graphics settings, the main game appears mostly red/white on the game's graphics making the game hard to play. In order to restore the original colors, Disable Force 24-bit color and Ignore Format Changes under graphics configuration.

Unknown Opcode

Unknown Opcode errors occur as the main menu loads. Disabling dual core fixes the issue.

Garbled Graphics

With EFB Copies to Texture Only, the game loads and sound plays fine but graphics are garbled making it unplayable. Disable EFB Copies to Texture Only to correct this. Fixed since at least 5.0-10516.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Enable Dual Core Off Avoid Unknown Opcode errors


Config Setting Notes
Force 24-Bit Color Off Restore original colors of graphics
Ignore Format Changes Off Restore original colors of graphics

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with StarBlade since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21164 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
5.0-15974 Manjaro Linux AMD Ryzen 7 4700U @ 2 GHz AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 Works great with the two graphics settings noted under Configuration disabled bryzinga
5.0-16101 Windows 10 Intel Core i5-4590 @ 3.3 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Works flawlessly with the two graphics settings noted under Configuration disabled bryzinga

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