I had been desperate to play Planet Harriers ever since I saw the first screen shots in Edge magazine back in 2000. Running on Sega’s Hikaru board, the game looked stunning and had that classic bright, happy Sega look. I loved that it was an update and pseudo sequel to one of Sega’s greatest arcade games, Space Harrier.
I had never come across the game in any
arcade. Almost all Sega
dedicated cabs had a UK release, and whenever I visited a new seaside town I’d check out the
arcades, hoping to find Planet Harriers.
The rumoured home release for the Dreamcast and then the Gamecube failed
to materialise. My desperation to play
it, coupled with the game’s elusiveness gave it a near mythical status! UK
In 2009 I bought the arcade PCB along with the cabinet control panel and had it shipped from
. The seller removed the Hikaru board from the
metal cage and shipped the items separately. The board is extremely fragile and
if left in the cage there is a high chance of damage in transit. With the help of Giz10p, Arcade Otaku and
Shmups forums, I pieced together the Hikaru board, control panel, I/O board and
power supply and connected it up to an LCD television. America
It was a massive relief to see the game up and running. I was finally able to play Planet Harriers!