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I saw an ad for this in a magazine, I think in the early 90's. It wasn't for Nintendo or gameboy systems but it predated Playstation or X-Box so possibly it was a Sega or Turbo Grfx 16 title. It depicted two women in similarly cut but differently coloured costumes, both pointing sci-fi looking guns at the sky in what appeared to be a futuristic urban setting. From what little of the writing on the ad I seem to recall their goal was to rescue a guy held captive from the villains of the game (a rare reversal from the usual video game formulae of the time), unfortunately I don't remember much more than that.

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    Is it on-topic for this site? From your description, it is not clear whether there are any SciFi or Fantasy elements in the game.
    – Taladris
    Dec 20, 2021 at 2:27
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    @J... this would be off-topic on Arqade as there's no screenshot.
    – qazmlpok
    Dec 20, 2021 at 13:01
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    @qazmlpok Fair enough, but a bizarre policy given that the same is welcomed for books, movies, short stories, music, TV shows, etc, elsewhere on the stack. In fact, their meta explicitly tells people to come here to answer these types of questions... so they don't want game identification on their site but they're happy foisting it on other stacks? That just seems like policy gone wrong somewhere in gamer meta-land...
    – J...
    Dec 20, 2021 at 13:08
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    FWIW - movies was plagued with ID questions like "what movie had a blonde kid in it?" and nothing else, which were then never revisited by the asker. We do seem to get at least a few more details, and users that return to respond to comments.
    – HorusKol
    Dec 20, 2021 at 20:57
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    @qazmlpok It would be appropriate to migrate it, and then let Arqade close it as missing a screenshot, then reopen it once fixed. Seems like it ended up being SF though. Dec 21, 2021 at 2:01

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Given that there are probably not all that many 90s shoot 'em ups with female protagonists, I'd hazard that this is Battle Mania (released as Trouble Shooter in the US).

US cover art

It was released in 1991 for the Sega consoles, and had a story where a female combat operative had to rescue a prince from being held hostage.

Here's one if the print ads run for the release:

print ad for Trouble Shooter

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  • ^_^ The beams firing off of the ships remind me of Star Trek phasers where, since the actors couldn't see the beams, added in post-production, they emerged from all sorts of angles to ensure they would be hitting what was necessary for the plot.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Dec 20, 2021 at 13:34
  • This could be it, I'm not 100% sure though.
    – Nu'Daq
    Dec 20, 2021 at 18:53
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    @Nu'Daq You're right, it may be one of the many other Sega games depicting two women in similarly cut but differently coloured costumes, both pointing sci-fi looking guns at the sky in what appeared to be a futuristic urban setting.
    – pipe
    Dec 20, 2021 at 19:33

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