STG Hall of Records

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Welcome to the STG Hall of Records!

In the following page you will find a list of all world record scores for arcade shmups. The list is a major revision of the long-standing topic on the Shmups Forum under the same name, which was maintained by the user NTSC-J from September 2011 to July 2020. This list takes the Japanese score keeping traditions as a basis, primarily the uninterrupted combined tradition of Gamest magazine (1986 to 1999), Arcadia magazine (1999 to 2015) and the website of the Japan Highscore Association a.k.a. JHA (2016 to the present). For the current revision of the STG Hall of Records, several more scores have been retrieved from other sources such as Micom Basic magazine (1984 to 1999) but also private Twitter accounts, forums, and other websites. To read more about the tracking of arcade highscores in Japan, please check this short article.

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The STG Hall of Records in its current form would have been an unthinkable project without the meticulous work carried out by Marco “Gemant” Frattino who has been spreading information about Japanese arcade highscores with tireless enthusiasm within the english-speaking community for over a decade. Gemant’s work culminates in the latest publication of his monumental project ARCA (started in 2007), a document providing information on a selection of 600 arcade games (not only shmups), which can be accessed here. However, the STG Hall of Records is not merely a copy of Gemant’s document. Whenever possible, the records have been double checked and verified. Furthermore, you will notice two fundamental departures from the ARCA project. First, while non-shmups have been excluded, the STG Hall of Records aims to cover every arcade shmup and is constantly growing, not limited to a specific number of games. Second, games from the so-called “Golden Era” (pre 1985 and therefore prior to the first issue of Gamest) are also considered.

As an additional innovation, the STG Hall of Records also lists scores for various categories that otherwise do not exist within the Japanese tradition, e.g. a more in-depth and specific recordkeeping of subtypes of ships (e.g. including shot and laser types in DoDonPachi). Scores from particularly accurate ports (e.g. Battle Garegga on PS4 or Crimzon Clover on Steam) or scores achieved on emulators (e.g. Mame or GOTVG) can also be found on the list. These scores are not meant to replace the current arcade scores and are but seen as a supplement. Geographically speaking, scores from all over the world are considered.

Mostly limited to a number of older games, Japanese scorekeeping sometimes sets a goal score of 10,000,000 points and closes the game for competition once this threshold is achieved regardless of whether the score counter would continue normally or roll over back to 0. These scores are marked by the notation of "+α", e.g. "10,000,000+α" and are then marked in green color to indicate that the ranking is officially closed under JHA rules. The STG Hall of Records likewise lists these +α-scores and indicates the first player(s) to reach this score (players achieving the same goal score later on are not considered). Moreover, the highest score beyond this arbitrary threshold is also listed. Only when a true counterstop is achieved, the game or category will be closed for competition as long as no special rules apply as is the case with Ultra Mode in Mushihimesama Futari 1.5. In the case of a counterstop, the ranking will be marked in grey color to indicate that it is closed.

0-9 A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W X Z
1941 Counter Attack
1942
1943
1943 kai
1944: The Loop Master
19XX: The War Against Destiny
A-Jax
Acrobat Mission
Air Buster
Air Duel
Air Gallet / Akuu Gallet
Aka to Blue Type-R
Akai Katana
Akai Katana EXA Label
Akai Katana Shin
Akkanvader / Space Invaders '95
Akyrios EXA
Andro Dunos
Arbalester
Area 88 / U.N. Squadron
Ares no Tsubasa / Legendary Wings
Argus
Armed Police Batrider
Armed Police Unit Gallop
Ashura Blaster
ASO II / Alpha Mission II
ASO: Armored Scrum Object / Alpha Mission
Asuka & Asuka
Atomic Robo-Kid
B-Wings
Bakuretsu Breaker / Explosive Breaker
Batsugun
Batsugun Special Version
Battlantis
Battle Bakraid
Battle Bakraid Unlimited Version
Battle Garegga
Black Heart
Blast Off
BlaZeon
Blazing Star
Blue Hawk
Border Down
Bosconian
Brave Blade
Caladrius Blaze AC
Captain Tomaday
Change Air Blade
Chaos Field
Chariot (Wonder 3)
Choujikuu Yousai Macross
Choujikuu Yousai Macross II
Chuka Taisen / Cloud Master
Cosmo Gang: The Video
Cotton
Cotton 2
Cotton Boomerang
Cotton Rock 'n' Roll
Crimzon Clover
Cybattler
Cyvern
Cyvern Plus
Daioh
Daisenpuu
Dangerous Seed
Dangun Feveron
Darius
Darius Burst Another Chronicle EX
Darius Extra
Darius Gaiden
Darius Gaiden Extra
Darius II
Darwin 4078
Deathsmiles
Deathsmiles II
Deathsmiles Mega Black Label
Detana! TwinBee
Dodonpachi
Dodonpachi Campaign Version
Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu
Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu 1.5
Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu Black Label
Dodonpachi Daioujou
Dodonpachi Daioujou Black Label
Dodonpachi II: Bee Storm
Dodonpachi Saidaioujou
Dodonpachi Saidaioujou EXA Label
Dogyuun
Donpachi
Double Wings
Dr. Toppel's Tankentai
Dragon Blaze
Dragon Breed
Dragon Saber
Dragon Spirit
E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
Earth Joker: UN Defense Force
Eight Forces
ESP Ra.De.
Espgaluda
Espgaluda II
Exception
Exed Exes
Exzisus
Fantasy Zone
Fighter & Attacker
Fighting Hawk
Final Star Force
Fire Barrel
Fixeight
Flak Attack
G-Darius
G-Stream G2020
Galaga
Galaga '88
Galaxian
Galmedes
Game Tengoku
Gaplus
Gardia
Gekirindan
Gemini Wing
Ghost Pilots
Giga Wing
Giga Wing 2
Giga Wing Generations
Gigandes
Gokujou Parodius
Gradius
Gradius II
Gradius III
Gradius IV
Great Mahou Daisakusen
Grid Seeker
Guardian Force
Gulf Storm
Gun Frontier
Gun.Smoke
Gunbird
Gunbird 2
Gunnail
Guwange
Gyrodine
Hacha Mecha Fighter
Halley's Comet
Heavy Unit
Hellfire
Hishouzame / Flying Shark
Homura
Hyper Duel
Ibara
Ibara Kuro: Black Label
Ikaruga
Illvelo
Image Fight
Insector X
Kaitei Daisensou / In the Hunt
Karous
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi
Kiki Kaikai
KOF Sky Stage
Koutetsu Yousai Strahl
Kuuga - Operation Code Vapor Trail
Kyuukyoku Tiger / Twin Cobra
Kyuukyoku Tiger II / Twin Cobra II
Last Duel
Last Resort
Life Force
Lost Worlds / Forgotten Worlds
Macross Plus
Mad Shark
Mahou Daisakusen
Mahou Keibitai Gun Hohki / Mystic Riders
Mamoru-kun wa Norowarete Shimatta / Mamorukun Curse!
Mars Matrix
Master of Weapon
Mazinger Z
Megablast
Meta Fox
Metal Black
Metal Hawk
Mr. Heli no Daibouken / Battle Chopper
Muchi Muchi Pork
Mushihimesama
Mushihimesama Futari
Mushihimesama Futari 1.5
Mushihimesama Futari Black Label
Namco Classic Collection Vol.1
Nebulas Ray
Night Raid
Nostradamus
Omega Fighter
Operation Ragnarok / Zed Blade
Ordyne
Otomedius
Out Zone
P-47 Aces
P-47: The Freedom Fighter
Parodius Da!
Phelios
Pilot Kids
Pink Sweets: Ibara Sorekara
Pistol Daimyou no Bouken
Plus Alpha
Pollux
Prehistoric Isle 2
Prehistoric Isle in 1930
Progear no Arashi
Psyvariar
Psyvariar 2
Psyvariar Revision
Pulstar
Purikura Daisakusen
R-Type
R-Type II
R-Type Leo
Rabio Lepus
Radiant Silvergun
Radirgy
Radirgy Noa
Rafflesia
Raiden
Raiden DX
Raiden Fighters
Raiden Fighters 2
Raiden Fighters Jet
Raiden II
Raiden III
Raiden IV
Raiga: Strato Fighter
Rapid Hero
Raycrisis
Rayforce / Layer Section
Raystorm
Rezon
Rolling Gunner
Ryu Jin
Saint Dragon
Salamander
Salamander 2
Same! Same! Same! / Fire Shark
Sand Scorpion
Scramble Formation / Tokio
Scramble Spirits
SDI
Sengeki Striker
Sengoku Ace
Sengoku Blade
Senko no Ronde
Senko no Ronde DUO
Senxin Aleste
Sexy Parodius
Shienryu
Shikigami no Shiro
Shikigami no Shiro II
Shikigami no Shiro III
Shippu Mahou Daisakusen
Shooting Love 2007
Skull Fang
Sky Adventure
Sky Alert
Sky Kid
Sky Kid Deluxe
Sky Smasher
Sky Soldiers
Slap Fight
Sol Divide
Sonic Boom
Sonic Wings
Sonic Wings 2
Sonic Wings 3
Sonic Wings Limited
Soukyugurentai
Space Bomber
Space Invaders Anniversary
Space Invaders DX
SRD: Super Real Darwin
Stagger 1
Star Force
Star Soldier Vanishing Earth
Storm Blade
Strania: The Stella Machina
Strania: The Stella Machina EX
Strikers 1945
Strikers 1945 II
Strikers 1945 Plus
Strikers 1999
Super Xevious
Syvalion
Task Force Harrier
Tatakae! Big Fighter
Tatsujin / Truxton
Tatsujin Ou / Truxton II
Tenkomori Shooting
Terra Cresta
Terra Force
The Great Ragtime Show / Boogie Wings
The Next Space
Thunder Blaster / Lethal Thunder
Thunder Cross
Thunder Cross II
Thunder Dragon
Thunder Dragon 2
Thunder Force AC
Tiger-Heli
Tobe! Polystars
Tokushu Butai U.A.G. / Thundercade
Touhou Dengenkei / Touhou Perfect Sakura Fantastica
Triggerheart Exelica
Trigon
Trizeal
Trouble Witches AC
Turbo Force
Twin Eagle
Twin Eagle II
TwinBee Yahhoo!
Twinkle Star Sprites
U.S. Navy / Carrier Air Wing
Uchuu Senkan Gomora / Bio-Ship Paladin
Ultimate Ecology / Eco Fighters
Ultra Keibitai / Ultra X Weapons
Under Defeat
USAAF Mustang
V-V / Grind Stormer
Valtric
Varth
Vasara
Vasara 2
Viewpoint
Vimana
Viper Phase 1
Vulgus
Wangan Sensou / Desert War
War of Aero
Wonder Planet
X Multiply
Xevious
Xevious 3D/G
Xexex
XII Stag
XX Mission
Zero Gunner
Zero Gunner 2
Zero Wing
Zing Zing Zip