The NewZealand Story

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The NewZealand Story
System(s): PC Engine, Virtual Console (Wii)
Publisher: Taito
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
¥6,6006,600 TP02007
Wii Virtual Console
Non-NEC versions


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The NewZealand Story (ザ・ニュージーランド・ストーリー) is an arcade game developed by Taito in 1988. It was later ported to a variety of systems, including a PC Engine port in 1990.


Tiki (ティキ) is a kiwi who must save his girlfriend Phee Phee (ピューピュー) and several of his other kiwi chick friends who have been kidnapped by a large blue leopard seal.


The game is a platformer played as the kiwi Tiki, who must rescue all of his kiwi chick friends. Stages are large and maze-like. Tiki is armed with as an endless supply of arrows, but items can change these into bombs, lasers, or bouncing fireballs. Tiki can ride a variety of flying vehicles, including balloons, blimps, and UFOs, which can be stolen from enemies.

Tiki moves with and . He jumps with and jumps longer when the button is held for longer. He can jump through platforms from the bottom, which is the only way to access some parts of the mazes. When falling, he can flap his wings with to slow his descent. He shoots his weapon with . While underwater, Tiki can swim in any direction using the D-Pad. He has limited air, shown by a meter in the bottom corner of the screen, and must surface occasionally to breathe. He cannot use his weapons while underwater but can shoot spurts of water when wading at the surface.

Tiki can steal vehicles by jumping onto them or by destroying the enemy riding on them. While riding a vehicle, he ascends by holding and descends by releasing , and he moves in any direction using the D-Pad. He can dismount a vehicle by pressing while it is on the ground. UFOs can float indefinitely without descending and move in any direction with the D-Pad; they shoot missiles with .

Tiki can walk through most enemies without being harmed, except spiked and fiery enemies. He loses a life if he touches an enemy projectile or spikes or if he drowns. Tiki respawns near where he lost a life. Each stage has an invisible time limit in which the player should take to reach the exit. If the player takes too long to find it, an invincible red devil appears to chase down Tiki and kill him instantly if it catches up to him. The player starts the game with 3 lives.



Magazine articles

Main article: The NewZealand Story/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

NEC Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №33, p62[1]
90 №102, p104-105[2]
PC Engine
Based on
2 reviews

PC Engine, JP
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
PC Engine
CRC32 8e4d75a8
MD5 553dd0a65c0d060290f66c820ca94b1c
SHA-1 cda9acea9cae4899af35b6c49b9ed449c240af16
384kB Card (JP)


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