How To Play GungHo’s PsOne Imports: Zanac X Zanac (It’s In English!)

By Sato . December 17, 2012 . 3:34pm


Siliconera is going to post mini-guides on how to play GungHo’s PsOne imports. We picked Zanac X Zanac first and discovered all of the menus and options are in English. You won’t have to understand Japanese to enjoy this retro masterpiece. 


Zanac X Zanac features three versions of the Shoot ‘em up, Zanac, originally made for the MSX and NES. It also includes the PlayStation sequel, Zanac Neo.


Zanac was originally designed on November 18th, 1986, by a small company known as Compile (also known for several Puyo Puyo titles). Players play as the starfighter, AFX-6502 Zanac, the most technologically advanced starfighter, made by man kind, in order to stop the main antagonist known as, the System, from destroying what’s left of man kind.




The game plays like any other Shoot ‘em up, as players take out hundreds of enemy fighters, while moving upwards to the stage boss, with a total of 12 levels. The main weapon can be powered up by picking up blue boxes that drop from the top of the screen, to increase the amount of bullets and speed of your shots. There are also a total of 8 sub-weapons, which can be collected by picking up numbered power-ups.


What made Zanac stand out above the rest of all the Shoot ‘em ups during their golden years, besides its high-paced gameplay and difficulty, was its unique AI system. The game adjusts itself accordingly to the players and how well they perform. The stages would get harder according to your starfighter’s capacities, firing rate and overall skill; making it a true challenge for even the best shoot ‘em up gurus.



Zanac Neo (PlayStation)



Zanac (NES Version)


Zanac X Zanac is available on the PlayStation Store for $5.99! Here are some codes to download Zanac X Zanac and all of GungHo Online Entertainment’s other PsOne imports. Enjoy and please let us know if you used the codes in the comments. Thanks!




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  • nyobzoo

    I was going to use a code but decided not to

  • Joe Cammisa

    Oh snap! I got the JDDJ-C7NQ-NLHC code!
    Thanks so very much, guys! I was curious about some of these, but now I’m excited to play ALL of them!
    You guys are awesome and thanks again!

    • AlisonBH

      Oh I envy you the code is working for you.. If I am too early to saw this post..

  • Both codes have been used up, just for a reminder.

  • Aww both gone already

    Thanks for showcasing these though.

  • Keep an eye out for these articles … we might have more codes (-_o)OOOOV
    That’s my impression of Vectorman winking…

    • Göran Isacson

      … I shall watch this space like a HAWK.

      And thereby probably driving up your views and granting you a bit of extra ad-revenue and ooooh now I see.

  • Captain_Jiruo

    I never paid much attention to this game before but I do love Shumps and this sounds interesting I’ll think about buying it someday now.

    And I think it’s great that your giving away more codes.Please just don’t tell me to watch a page for hours for chance to win one like with the DJMAX Technika Tune codes because I’ll do it. I won’t want to but I’ll do it.

  • shelfcompact

    Keep the articles coming! Glad you’re shining a light to them!

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