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Box artwork for Military Madness.
Box artwork for Military Madness.
Military Madness
Developer(s)Hudson Soft
Publisher(s)Hudson Soft
Year released1989
System(s)TurboGrafx-16, Wii
Genre(s)Turn-based strategy
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)ESRB EveryoneOFLC Parental Guidance
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Military Madness (Nectaris (ネクタリス?) in Japan) is sci-fi-themed, hex map turn-based strategy game for the TurboGrafx-16. The first game in the Nectaris series, it was developed by Hudson Soft. The game was remade for PlayStation in 1998. Released on Flip phones in 2008. A 3D remake, Military Madness: Nectaris, was released for WiiWare, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in 2010. An iPhone version, Military Madness: Neo Nectaris, was released in February 2010.

Military Madness takes place on the moon in 2089, with the player controlling the Allied-Union forces against the Axis-Xenon forces. Units cannot be produced, but the Allied-Union forces could "capture" enemy units if they were in factories, or find unsecured factories and gain units from them. Units could also be repaired by returning them to factories under Allied-Union control.

Military Madness was one of the early titles released for the TurboGrafx-16, the North American version of the PC Engine, in early 1990, about four to five months after the system launched. The game garnered solid reviews, including a "Best War Game" award and Video Games & Computer Entertainment's "1990 Best Military Strategy Game Award". Despite the critical praise and modest sales of the US version, the TurboGrafx-16 did not sell well in the United States, and the game did not earn the same following it did in Japan.

The game was influential in both Japan and the United States. In the United States, it was cited as one of the key influences on the seminal real-time strategy game Dune II (1992), while in Japan, Military Madness was contemporaneous with Intelligent Systems' Wars series of turn-based strategy games. Military Madness was later rereleased for Wii's Virtual Console on December 18, 2006 in North America. The game was later released in Europe and Australia, the game's first release in PAL regions.


... The 21st Century ...

The Earth has become all too small for man's insatiable needs. However, the moon has offered vast resources for Earth's greatest countries. The most powerful nations have staked their claims for the moon's riches and much fighting has occurred. The evil Axis Empire has been behind much of this terror. Finally, on April 6, 2089 the Axis Empire's army launches an all out attack and captures most of the moon. All innocent people must now fight or perish.

The Axis army now occupies most of the moon's factories where they are continually producing new weapons for their secret assault on the planet Earth. The Axis secret police have rounded up many members of the Allied Powers and put them in prisons. Without their key people, the Allied Powers stands little chance. Meanwhile, the Axis Empire draws closer to launching their "S.A.M." or Supreme Atomic Missile...the weapon they will use to destroy the Earth.

The Allied Powers know they must free their prisoners if they stand a chance to stop the S.A.M. before launch time. You must free the prisoners and stop this military madness before the Axis Empire and their secret weapon S.A.M. destroy the Earth and all its people!!!

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