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Irena Genesis Metal Fury is a brand new shoot'em up designed for the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive which is inspired by classic games of the 90’s such as Thunder Force III / IV, Aero Blaster, Super Shinobi II and Contra Hard Corps.

As our first release, Irena Genesis Metal Fury will be a high quality shoot'em up with a classic style that will appeal to fans of the genre, casual players and all those wishing to discover a new game on SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive.

To try the demo, download the binary file to use with an emulator of your choice. Whether you are on Windows or Linux, we recommend BlastEm or KEGA Fusion emulator which will offer you a good gaming experience on your device.


If you have a SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive and an EverDrive, all you need to do is copy the binary file to an SD card to play with the demo. Of course, you can also use a flashcart.

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In a distant world, an intergalactic ship carrying settlers to the planet Laderia II is suddenly trapped by a powerful magnetic field from the exoplanet Xellia, which until now was unknown.

On board a small stealth fighter, the Rayden MG323, the Major Celina Pelinsky has mission to detect and destroy the source of this magnetic field while an energetic shield temporarily shields the mothership from external attack.

Celina will have to use all her skills as a seasoned pilot to make her way to this hostile planet where she will have to fight against the terrible army of Emperor Shungor, a maleficent being with mysterious powers.

Move into battle mode to  controls the ultimate warship and battle the mighty Emperor Zerox's army who reign with an iron fist on planet Xellia. Find and destroy the magnetic field source which holds the intergalactic ship that you escort or become the leader of the rebellion by releasing the enslaved population for millennia. Help Major Celina Pelinsky accomplish this most perilous mission, but are you really ready to fight for freedom?

Irena Genesis Metal Fury is an old school horizontal scrolling shoot'em up that will take you into a futuristic and violent universe reminiscent the atmosphere of 80s Sci-Fi movies.

Our goal is to achieve a high quality game running perfectly on all versions and variants of the Mega Drive with real performance optimization to offer fast paced action without slowing down on the screen.

We also want to make every effort to create a rich scenario that will allow us to produce different suites with an evolutionary history and establish a real long term franchise.

During the game, the player can collect different power ups to upgrade their main weapon and equip two modules; one increasing firepower and one to create a magnetic shield protecting the ship from enemy projectiles.

Depending on the situation, it's possible to adapt your ship’s speed to three different levels with a button push. You can set the default speed in the options menu according to your preference. The current speed is indicated on the HUD in the right of the screen for better visibility.

During the progression, there are dangerous mini-bosses. It will be necessary to be well armed and know the different patterns in order to win the fight and continue the stage.

As the player destroys enemies, the special attack bar will increase. Once fully charged, the special attack can be used to clear the screen of all enemies through a powerful four dragon attack inspired by The Revenge of Shinobi.

Music has a major role in captivating the player and an action packed shoot em up needs to have an amazing soundtrack. Thanks to the talented SpaceCastle, Irena Genesis Metal Fury have many BGM combining the styles of metal and synthwave while harnessing the YM2612 sound chip’s capabilities.

To give you an idea of the project and judge our work, we have developed in a few months a prototype demo available for free download.

This demo allows to play the stage 3 until a mini boss. It's possible to adjust the player's lives and credits to progress smoothly. At startup, a quick how-to shows you how the game works.

To play with the demo prototype, it's necessary to have an SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive (or a clone) with an EverDrive on which you can copy the ROM. If you have a clone like the MegaSG, you will need to use a flash cart.

You can also enjoy the demo on an emulator. We advise you RetroArch, Regen or Kega Fusion that we tried during the tests. Nevertheless know that the experience is better on Mega Drive and MegaSG.

Picture from zenni@2019 on Twitter

Picture from zenni@2019 on Twitter
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Irena Genesis Metal Fury is not licensed, sponsored, published or endorsed by SEGA Enterprises Ltd., SEGA Corporation, SEGA Holdings Co or their affiliates.

White Ninja Studio is an independent game development studio. This title is an unofficial, unlicensed version for the SEGA Mega Drive console and is not affiliated with SEGA Enterprises Ltd, SEGA Corporation or SEGA Holdings Co.

SEGA®, SEGA GENESIS and MEGA DRIVE are trademarks of SEGA Holdings Co.


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This game/Rom is Very Well Made the things that standout most are the colors the slight 16 bit enhancement and the music tracks the only thing that i dont like is it feels a little squished when playing on retroarch using gensis plus gx wide core 8/10

quando será o lançamento?

Guys that's an amazing shoot'em up! difficult as hell, but still a masterpiece! I loved it! 

And I love you made it for sega mega drive!

Superb work!!

very good game!

That's a real deal!

I just played on emulation, but it still is impressive how it plays on the mega drive hardware (emulated, in my case).

The sound is amazing, and giving the player a choice of slowing the ship down on the maze stages and get it up at the open ones was a great design choice.

Yes, it is hard and unforgiven, but I think that was the idea, right?
I mean, every shmup on the 16bit era was difficult as hell!

Congratulations on the great work. This is a real 16bit shmup!

Waited with much anticipation for the release of the new Kickstarter demo.

The graphics and sound in this game are amazing. That difficulty though, sorry I just can't enjoy the game properly and that is a major disappointment for me after waiting so long.

A lot of people making similar comments. Make take on it is, enemy ships are too fast regardless if you have the speed set to slow, projectiles are too fast or there's far too many to have any hope of dodging even if I set the game to Easy. Enemies that accelerate towards you fly at you with an even more impossible speed that they were already flying at, and then what's more some enemies fly into the back of you without any hope of being able to dodge them.

I feel like I need 8 eyes to be able to keep track of everything going on onscreen to stand a chance of avoiding it all. Some enemies take an absolute ton of hits to destroy them. Things get easier if you can power up your weapon, but the fact that it's one hit = lose a life and all power ups makes it all the more frustrating.

I get that you are trying to produce a game here that feels fast and plays fast, and believe me you are achieving that. It's quite astonishing the speed of the game without any sign of slowdown despite everything that is happening onscreen. I wouldn't want you to compromise on the speed of anything, and there isn't really a need to if you change it so that a) the ship took a number of hits before losing a life, or b) the ship had a health bar. Maybe the one hit system could be incorporated as a 'hardcore' mode or as one of the variables of the Very Hard mode?

You are doing some excellent work with this game. Still excited for the project and very much looking forward to the final product. Could you maybe just give us a little slack with the difficulty though?


really very difficult, we hope you can fix it, we are run over by the suicidal ships, if not enough the very fast projectiles the rockets are also fast and collide in our ship, the game can be the best spaceship game for mega drive just need to adjust , as this should be the most difficult level, as you choose an easier level the ships and projectiles should be slower and maybe on the easiest level the ship will only be destroyed with 2 or 3 hits, so it will please everyone, and there must also be some part of the scenario that when using a continue it can continue like halfway through, in the first phase I got to the first robot boss and managed to destroy it after many attempts and then I lost the last life and got it from the beginning, I was fine sad, I might as well continue from the point after destroying the robot

after downloading the demo and playing for almost 1 hour I got frustrated with the difficulty of the game and realized that although I change it to easy or super hard the game doesn't change anything except the amount of life, this is something that needs to be fixed. because in super hard it should be as it is at the moment, but when changing levels easier the enemies should be slower shooting slower, and be destroyed faster, if this is not corrected it won't look good

this game is very interesting, i realized it is similar to thunder force IV, i don't know if the game is finished, please don't make it as hard as Thunder Force IV it makes the game bad with no fun

Thank you for your comment! We will try to make the game accessible to everyone while offering a minimum of challenge. A save system will allow you to resume the game, which will be a great help to finish the game without having to start over several times from the beginning.

Regards, White Ninja Studio team

good, i made a new comment please read, you can correct it and make the game fun, i played the demo for almost 1 hour and i got a headache due to the difficulty due to the speed of the enemies and some take time to be destroyed when our ship is destroyed with a shot

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Gorgeous game ! when will you finish? Superb in all senses. Congrats in advance. Deserves another test play in your honor !

Also tested the demo on the 2017 Tectoy Mega Drive: it runs, but when the gameplay starts, the ship disappears when you try to move. Super interested in supporting when it releases, though! Is there any way to check this problem out?

Hi and thanks for your feedback!

The TecToy Mega Drive being different from the SEGA Mega Drive, it’s not easy to find a way to solve this problem, because we don’t have the possibility at this moment to get a Mega Drive TecToy.

white ninja are you still there its me ethan!

Thats not white ninja studios....


I dont know where he is he left itch.io i think



Such a good game. love the style but especially love the music. Can't wait to buy this when it comes out!

Awesome shoot em up, i will be purchasing and amazing work :)

Thanks a lot for your support :)

It doesn't appear to work on the 2017 model made by TecToy. However I played it on an emulator and absolutely loved it!


Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we don't have a TecToy console, so we can't check if our game is working or fix any issues on it. Before releasing the prototype demo, we contacted TecToy to get one game system, but they never followed up on our request. We hope that someday we can get one of their model for add compatibility with this hardware.

Que bonito <3

Question, will I be able to buy the ROM to play on an emulator or the MISTer FPGA?

Hello, of course you will be able to buy the ROM in order to play Irena Genesis Metal Fury on the hardware of your choice.

Love the demo, can't wait for the full game!

Thank you for your comment, we hope you enjoy the new demo that is being prepared.

 I just downloaded the demo and the game seems to not be in the Zip folder

Hello, please download again the zip file and use the binary file with an emulator like Kega Fusion or Regen.

ahhhhhhhh! that's my bad 

This is so cool! I love the idea of the Dragon that we see in the video. I hope you can finish the game. I can see that a lot of efforts have been put into it.

Really nice game. The game is a bit too hard, I only get to finish it using save states. Suggestions: add some checkpoints; make an easy option, with enemies taking less hits to destroy them; maybe add more shield item. Keep up the good work! 

Excellent work!  I will eagerly be awaiting the chance to order the final game!  

What a pleasure to see so much love :) Can't wait to see the full game and order my cartridge. All the best for nexts milestones.

Is the full game out yet? It's been like 4 years since you posted your comment bud. :/

Thats cool you have a physical cartridge of the game you made