Video Game / Pulseman
A Platform Game
for the Sega Genesis
developed by Game Freak
and released in 1994. Initially, it wasn't released outside Japan except as a downloadable title
(it was briefly available on the North American Sega Channel in the 1990s). However, it was released in North America on the Wii Virtual Console in 2009.
Pulseman was born from the union of Dr. Shakuei Yoshiyama and the "C-Life" (abbreviation of Computer Life) form Dr. Yoshiyama created (specifically, Dr. Yoshiyama created the C-Life form, fell in love with her, and entered the computer world to be with her; their union then resulted in Pulseman). Pulseman is half
C-Life, and this means Pulseman can freely travel between the real world and the computer world. This comes in handy when the world is attacked by a mysterious evil organization called the "Galaxy Gang", led by the evil Dr. Waruyama, a megalomaniac who plans to rule the entire galaxy. It's up to Pulseman and his girlfriend, Beatrice (who used to be a member of the Galaxy Gang, but was then rescued by Pulseman) to stand up against the evil intentions of Dr. Waruyama.
It is notable for featuring staff members (such as Ken Sugimori and Junichi Masuda) who would later work on Pokémon
This game includes examples of:
- All There in the Manual: Some of the game's plot.
- Badass Adorable: Pulseman looks cute, and he kicks a lot of ass throughout the game.
- Big Bad: Dr. Waruyama.
- Big "WHAT?!": Beatrice when she realizes water is Pulseman's weakness.
- Calling Your Attacks: When Pulseman uses either Slash Arrow or Volteccer, or dashes forwards.
- Finishing Move: If Pulseman is electrically charged, he can use either "Slash Arrow" to destroy enemies at a distance, or turn himself into a ball of lightning and charge around the room in a move called "Volteccer".
- A God Am I: Sort of. Dr. Waruyama's motivation for plotting to rule the galaxy is that he thinks he's the godliest, most divinely genius scientist in the world.
- The Hero: Pulseman.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: And one that isn't even a spoiler, since it happens before the game takes place. Beatrice used to be a member of the Galaxy Gang, but she left the gang after meeting Pulseman and became his girlfriend. However, this is only mentioned in the manual, not in the game itself.
- Damsel in Distress: However, depending on which translation of the manual you're using, Beatrice might have been this instead; that is, she might have been kidnapped and held hostage against her will to help the Galaxy Gang, and Pulseman might've rescued her from the gang.
- Intrepid Reporter: Lisa Hatfield, a beautiful woman and competent reporter who provides news on Pulseman's adventures.
- Large Ham: Dr. Waruyama comes off as this when you hear his voice clips, all of which are in English despite this being a Japanese game. For example: "Water can destroy Pulseman!"
- Love Interest: Beatrice.
- Mirror Match: Veil, described under The Rival below, fights like a copy of Pulseman, complete with his own Volteccer attack.
- Mission Control: Beatrice.
- My Volteccer Is Stronger than Yours: If Pulseman and Veil both use Volteccer and they collide with each other, Pulseman's Volteccer will knock Veil out of his own, giving Pulseman time to damage Veil using his close-range electric attack before they both land on the ground. This is the only way to actually damage Veil during his boss fight.
- While Pulseman is normally drawn out of Volteccer as well, a tool assisted speedrun discovered a 1-frame window where Pulseman could continue Volteccer. Veil would therefore be damaged by Volteccer instead of stunned.
- The Rival: Veil, the C-Life form that Dr. Waruyama creates to oppose Pulseman (although Veil, unlike Pulseman, is fully C-Life and can only "substantiate" in the real world thanks to Dr. Waruyama's EUREKA system). In the game, Veil is the Stage 5 boss.
- Take Over the Galaxy: Dr. Waruyama's goal.
- Warmup Boss: The boss of Stage 1 is just a random criminal from the Galaxy Gang. His goal is certainly heinous enough; he wants to control people using electromagnetic waves from the TV station. But he's easily beaten: Pulseman first has to go into the computer system and defeat a giant floating wireframe hand (which only attacks by moving around and punching through blocks), but then he simply comes out and slashes the criminal's computer, creating explosions that defeat the criminal.
- Weaksauce Weakness: If Pulseman enters water, he can no longer use Volteccer, Slash Arrow, or even use his basic electric slash (though contrary to Dr. Waruyama's hammy voice acting, water will not actually destroy Pulseman, but it's pretty dang inconvenient anyway).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is never explained what became of either Dr. Shakuei Yoshiyama or his C-Life wife after Pulseman was born.
- The English VC release implies that Yoshiyama became Waruyama due to his mind being warped when re-entering the real world, although there's nothing like this mentioned in the original Japanese version.