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After Burner II

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For the Sega Saturn rerelease, see Sega Ages After Burner II. For Western home computer versions see After Burner (home computers)
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After Burner II
Publisher: Sega,
Sega Mega Drive
Dempa (JP), Sega (US/EU),
PC Engine
NEC Avenue,
Nintendo Famicom
Sunsoft,
Nintendo Entertainment System
Tengen
Developer:
System(s): Sega X Board, Sega Mega Drive, FM Towns, NES, PC Engine, Sharp X68000
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
XE-1 AP
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1987  ?
Nintendo Famicom
JP
1989 ¥?  ?
Nintendo Entertainment System
US
1989 $?  ?
PC Engine
JP
1990-09-28 ¥? NAPH-1011


Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,900 T-17013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 1104
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] 1104
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1104
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1104
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1104
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
JP
¥? ?
Sharp X68000
JP
¥9,200 ?



After Burner II (アフターバーナーII) is the sequel to After Burner, developed by Sega AM2 in 1987. The game is essentially an upgraded version of its predecessor, adding throttle control which allows the players to adjust their fighter's speed during flight. There are also three new stages, bringing the total to 21 and various gameplay and music tweaks.

History

Legacy

The original After Burner was only ported to the Sega Master System, all other versions, despite what their box arts may say, are actually ports of After Burner II. This includes the NES and Sharp X68000 versions, as well as the PC Engine and Sega Mega Drive ports, which are clearly labeled "After Burner II". With the exception of the NES version, all of these ports have After Burner II depicted on their title screens.

Tengen took Sunsoft's port of After Burner II to the Famicom and heavily modified it into an unlicensed After Burner for the NES (there are still some remnants of the old version, such as the sound test).

After Burner II also saw release as part of the Sega Ages: Volume 1 compilation on the Sega Saturn, and is playable within Shenmue II.

Production credits

X Board version

The credits given in interviews:[4]

The arcade version of After Burner II has no detailed credits screen, but instead aliases of the developers are seen on the backs of clothing in the ending sequence:

Kio, Yu, Bo, Kim, Hiro, Asu, MK, Bin, Mr, Sada, Ken

NES version

Source: In-game credits
  • Program Director: Hiro-kun
  • Program: Hiro-kun, Suzuki Kun, Luckyasada
  • Art Director: Iwata Kun
  • Music: Kodaka San, Morota San
  • Hard Ware: A.T
  • Special Thanks: Don Gavacho, Erica, Yoko Chan
  • Director: Cho Musow
  • Marketing: Eguchan, Masato♥Kun, Kozawa, Norichan
  • Presented by...: Sun Electronics Corporation

PC Engine version

Source: In-game credits
Source: JP manualMedia:After_Burner_II_PCE_HuCard_JP_Manual.pdf[5]
  • E. Producer: 崎尾 誠
  • Programmer: 金山 素志 (Bits)
  • Director: 高原 保法
  • Sound: 磯田 健一郎, 磯田 重晴
  • Graphic: 宮崎 暁 (Bits)
  • Analog Drv: 召田 英紀
  • Still: 山下 賢一
  • Special Thanks: 清水 真佐志 (Bits), 松田 浩二
  • Producer: 多部田 俊雄

Magazine articles

Main article: After Burner II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 014.pdfEGM US 014.pdfEGM US 014.pdfEGM US 014.pdf

Print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #14: "September 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • GamePro (US) #14: "September 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[6]

Physical scans

X Board version

X Board, World (upright)
X Board, World (deluxe)
X Board, DE

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №49, p78[2]
75 №2, p18/19[7]
90 №4, p26[8]
95 №103, p102/103[9]
70 №17
92 №1, p70[10]
79 №6, p80[11]
61 №5, p90
35 №17, p64/65
85 №1, p45[12]
90 №1, p76[13]
90 №8, p40-42[14]
92 №8, p40[15]
86 №18, p44
80 №23, p52
85 №1, p18[16]
66 №18, p64
90 №9, p74
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
After Burner II MD US Box.jpg
Cover
AfterBurnerII MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
AfterBurnerII MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
After Burner II MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
AfterBurnerII MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
AfterburnerII md jp cover.jpg
Cover
AfterBurner2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
Afterburnerii md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Afterburnerii md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
AfterBurnerII MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
AfterBurnerII MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA
AfterBurnerII MD CA Box.jpg
Cover

FM Towns version

FM Towns, JP
AfterBurner FMTowns JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

NES version

NES, US
AfterBurner NES US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAfter Burner NES US Box.jpg
Cover
After Burner NES US Cart.jpg
Cart
NES, JP
AfterBurner NES JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngAfterBurner NES JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
After Burner NES JP Cart.jpg
Cart
AfterBurner NES JP Manual.pdf
Manual

PC Engine version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 №39, p104[17]
82 №109, p105[18]
72 №10, p123[19]
88 №4, p50[20]
81 №12/90, p164[21]
PC Engine
78
Based on
5 reviews

PC Engine, JP
After Burner II PCE HuCard JP Back.jpgAfter Burner II PCE HuCard JP Spine.jpgAfterBurnerII PCE JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
AfterBurnerII PCE JP Card Back.jpgAfterBurnerII PCE JP Card.jpg
Card
After Burner II PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Sharp X68000 version

Sharp X68000, JP
After Burner X68000 JP Box.png
Cover
AfterBurner X68000 JP Disk1.jpg
Disk 1
AfterBurner X68000 JP Disk2.jpg
Disk 2

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ccafe00e
MD5 75458e38c278f61c06dabacc744b5fe1
SHA-1 523e4abdf19794a167a347b7eeca79907416e084
512kB 1989-12 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4ff37e66
MD5 bcb26dc14405b4c909d46626f9eec01f
SHA-1 8f1e6a3e83094e5d0e237d6a1ffcc87171595ea5
512kB 1989-12 Cartridge (JP)

References

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Games in the After Burner Series
Arcade
After Burner (1987) | After Burner II (home computers) (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Sky Target (1995) | Sega Strike Fighter (2000) | After Burner Climax (2006)
Sega Master System
After Burner (1987)
LCD handheld game
After Burner (1988)
Sega Mega-CD
After Burner III (1992)
Sega 32X
After Burner Complete (1995)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages After Burner II (1996)
Windows PC
Sky Target (1997)
Java 2, Micro Edition (J2ME)
After Burner II (200x)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 10: After Burner II (2004)
Sony PlayStation Portable
After Burner: Black Falcon (2007)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
After Burner Climax (2010)
Nintendo 3DS
3D After Burner II (2013)
Google Android OS
iOS
After Burner Climax (2013)
After Burner related media
Music
Sega Game Music Vol. 3 After Burner (1987) | After Burner (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Yu Suzuki Produce After Burner II (1997) | Yu Suzuki Produce G-LOC/R360/Virtua Racing (1998) | After Burner Climax Sound Track (2006) | Retro Game Anthology #5 -AFTER BURNER in DREAM- (2007) | After Burner 20th Anniversary Box (2007)
Film
After Burner (1987) | After Burner / Super Hang-On (1987)