Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II

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Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II
Zodas revenge startropics II.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo Research and Development 3
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Virtual Console, NES
Release date(s) NES
NA March 1994
Virtual Console
NA December 29, 2008
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote, GameCube Controller, Classic Controller
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II
GameIDs FERE01, FERM01
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Zoda's Revenge runs through nine chapters, although the first is story-only. Each chapter besides the first takes place in a different time and place and holds one or more bosses, multiple areas, many weapons, medicine, obstacles and puzzles. While the original StarTropics took place almost exclusively on a series of tropical islands, its sequel takes place in a variety of locales, such as a caveman era, Ancient Egypt, the Wild West, the Medieval Times, and England in old time periods.

During the game, Mike meets many important historical and fictional figures throughout his journey through time. These consist of Cleopatra, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, Leonardo da Vinci and King Arthur, who help him to achieve his goal of finding the Tetrads (humorously modeled after Tetris pieces) and defeating Zoda's three clones.

Zoda's Revenge runs on a modified engine of the original StarTropics, with health continuing to be measured by Legend of Zelda style heart containers. Unlike the original StarTropics, Mike is no longer limited to moving in "squares", and now can move in eight different directions and can change directions in mid-jump. He now uses various weapons, including Tink's Axe, Cleopatra's Bronze Dagger, and Leonardo's Katana, as well as an upgradable projectile magic attack that he learns from Merlin called the Psychic Shock Wave. As opposed to the Island Yo-Yo, Shooting Star and the Super Nova he had in the first game, only the psychic weapons are affected by the number of heart containers Mike has filled. Occasionally, Mike encounters enemies that react differently depending on which weapon is used to attack.

NES Global Problems


Problems that may occur with any NES title on Dolphin are listed below.

DirectX with NES Games

Most NES games suffer strange graphical issues when using the DirectX backend with some graphics drivers; notably NVIDIA. This is a driver bug.

As of 5.0-4869, the D3D driver bugs can be worked around by setting Ubershaders to Exclusive. It's unknown what exactly is going on with the driver that's causing Exclusive Ubershaders to work properly.



This title does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-12086 (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.


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