Subterranean, bipedal, wasp-like enemies that can be found in Sega's 1988 Altered Beast [original Japanese title: Jyuuouki (Beast King's Chronicle)] arcade video game (it was also ported to many popular home systems soon afterwards, including the Genesis, Famicom, Master System, PC Engine, and several computer formats--more recently, it has also appeared as a selection on various Sega compilation discs and as a virtual download).
These arthropods can only be encountered in the third level, The Cavern of Souls. Cave Needles sprint through the rocky tunnels of said locale in large numbers, impaling unfortunate trespassers on their poison stingers. Their vestigial wings are too small to allow flight. A single punch or kick, regardless of how powered-up the player currently is, will destroy these chitinous critters, or, if you've collected enough orbs to morph into the Bear form, you can petrify them with an exhalation of your breath (after which you can opt to leave them as-is, frozen in stone forever, or shatter the insect statue to pieces).
Newsprint, tissue paper, white glue, hot glue, wire twist ties, plastic, gloss nail polish, and acrylic paint.
[NOTE: Due to the articulation, these values will vary depending on how the joints are positioned;
the numbers given assume a neutral standing pose.]
4.5 cm/1.8 in. x 6.0 cm/2.4 in. (widest point x highest point)
Twenty-three points: Antennae (4); mandibles (2); neck(2); wings (2); forelimbs (4); torso (2); stinger; hips (2); knees (2); and ankles (2).
Ten days; January 15-25, 2010--with no work performed on the 23rd.
For comparison/informational purposes, below are several images from various Altered Beast media (more information on mouse-over):
- Sega Genesis Collection Sony Playstation 2 video game and manual (contains both the Genesis and Arcade versions of Altered Beast.
- Altered Beast Nintendo Famicom video game.
- Altered Beast Sega Master System (SMS) video game and manual.
- Altered Beast Wikipedia entry.
- Hardcore Gaming 101 Altered Beast article.
- Various GameFAQs Altered Beast guides.
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