StarTropics is an action-adventure video game released by Nintendo in 1990 for the NES. Unlike most of Nintendo’s games, it was never released or intended to be released in Japan. It was released only in North America and Europe, although designed by Japanese designers living in the United States. It was produced, written and directed by Genyo Takeda of Nintendo Integrated Research & Development (who also developed the Punch-Out!! series). StarTropics was followed by a sequel entitled Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II, released in 1994.
StarTropics was released on the Wii Virtual Console on January 7, 2008 in North America and on January 11, 2008 in the PAL regions; it was released via the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe on September 3, 2015 and in Australia on September 4, 2015., North America in May 26, 2016. On November 11, 2016, the game (alongside 29 other games) will be included in the NES Classic Edition / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System released by Nintendo.