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Burning Rangers
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
ROM size: 370MB + Audio disc (JP)
Sound driver: SCSP (1/3Track)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9174
Sega Saturn
US
$? 81803
Sega Saturn
EU
£49.99 Media:CVG UK 198.pdf[2] €? MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191566



Burning Rangers (バーニングレンジャー) is a video game developed by Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn system. The player takes on the role of a new recruit to the futuristic firefighting organisation of the title, and must explore locations where various emergencies have taken place, extinguishing fires and rescuing survivors.

The game is set in a futuristic society in which fire is one of the few major hazards remaining. The Burning Rangers are an elite group of firefighters who have been formed to help cope with such emergencies. The core members of the team are Chris Partn, Big Landman and Lead Phoenix (also known as Reed); as well as two new recruits, Shou Amabane and a woman called Tillis. The latter two are the only characters playable initially, although the others may be unlocked through the use of a password feature. Other major characters within the game include Iria Klein and Neal Belmondo, and there are many cameo appearances from Sonic Team staff including Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima.

The game is notable for its random level generation system, which is unlocked after completing the game once. To help the player find their way around these unfamiliar stages, a navigation system was included - at any time, the player may radio back to Chris, who will provide helpful information about nearby hazards and objectives.

Released in early 1998 to mixed reviews and a dwindling number of Saturn owners, to date the title has not received a sequel. However, a downloadable mission making many references to Burning Rangers was created for Sonic Team's Phantasy Star Online.

The game's memorable characters were designed by Hiroyuki Ochi. Yuji Naka has stated in interviews that Sonic Team wanted the silhouette of a Burning Ranger wearing their "Burneer Unit" jet-pack to resemble that of an angel.

Saving Data

The game makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up as well as the Saturn Backup Memory to save progress through the game as either playable character. You can save up to three saves on either the internal back-up or the RAM Cart.

Burning Rangers Save Data
Name Comment File Size
B_RANGERS__ BR data 30

Production credits

Japanese version

Executive Producer: Hayao Nakayama
Project Manager: Youji Ishii
Producer: Yuji Naka
Director: Naoto Ohshima
Game Designer: Takao Miyoshi, Yasuhiko Nagamichi, Norihito Kato, Shintaro Hata
Programmer: Takuya Matsumoto, Akio Setsumasa, Yasuhiro Watanabe, Yoshitaka Kawabata, Nobuaki Yamazaki
Burning-Ship Stage Programmers: Masahiro Wakayama, Takeshi Sakakibara
Graphic Artist: Naoto Ohshima, Tomonori Dobashi, Shinichi Higashi, Yoshinari Amaike, Takehiko Miura
Scene Artist: Hideaki Moriya, Tohru Watanuki, Satoshi Okano, Kensuke Kita, Kosei Kitamura, Mitsutoshi Matuzaki
Character Designer: Naoto Ohshima
Burning-Ship Stage Artists: Michikazu Tamamura, Makiko Banju, Akira Mikame
Visual Material Editors: Yuji Sawairi, Ikuo Ishizaka
Sound Producer: Yukifumi Makino
Sound Director: Naofumi Hataya
Composers: Naofumi Hataya, Fumie Kumatani, Masaru Setsumaru
Sound Effects: Masaru Setsumaru
Sound Programmer: Yoshiaki Kashima

Recording at Sega Digital Studio

Recording Producer: Tatsutoshi Narita
Recording Director: Fumitaka Shibata
Recording Engineers: Naoyuki Machida, Yoshitada Miya

-N.Y Production-

Recording Producer: Atsushi 'Sushi' Kosugi (Beat On Beat Inc.)
Director: Naofumi Hataya
Recording at:

Avatar Studio - Malcom Pollack (eng.)
Beat On Beat Studio - Justin Luctor (eng.)

Mix:

Sound On Sound Studio - Malcom Pollack (eng.)
Theme Music - "Burning Hearts ~Burning Angel~"

Words by: Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya
Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
English words by: Ryoichi Hasegawa
lead vocal & chorus: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
drums: Omar Hakim
bass: Zev Katz
keyboards: Charlie Giordano, Albert Menendez
guitars: Vinnie Moore

East 4th Horns

leader & trombones: John Wheeler
saxophones & solo: Dino Gavoni
trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark

"We are Burning Rangers"

Words by: Ryoichi Hasegawa
Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
lead vocal & chorus: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
chorus: Arif St. Michael, Robin A. Small
rap: SUL
drums: Omar Hakim
keyboards: Albert Menendez
guitars: Ira Siegel

East 4th Horns

leader & trombones: John Wheeler
saxophones: Dino Gavoni
trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark

"I Just Smile"

Words by: Tomoko Sasaki
English words by: Ryoichi Hasegawa
Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
lead vocal: Tomoko Sasaki
drums: Omar Hakim
bass: Zev Katz
guitars: Ira Siegel
keyboards: Charlie Giordano
percussion: Bashiri Johnson

-Animation part-

Story board & Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Animation Director: Hiroto Yokote
Art Director: Akira Huruya
Color Design: Terumi Kobayashi, Takae Iijima
Key Animation: Yasuhiro Saiki, Yuichi Kurosawa, Ryotaro Akao
Animation: Studio Boomerang
Animation Checker: Yumi Enosawa
Background: Studio Uni
Special Effects: Yoshimi Hayashi
Computer Graphics Animation:

Tomsphoto - Toshihiro Kawada, Satoshi Ohtsubo, Miyoko Tounou, Aiko Yamagami

Recording Director: Katuyoshi Kobayashi
Mixer: Akiyoshi Tanaka
Assistant Mixer: Hisashi Yamamoto
Recording by: Audio Planning U
Production Staff: Yu Kiyozono
Assistant Producer: Yudo Ohishi
Animation Producer: Yasumichi Ozaki

Voice Talents

Shou Amabane: Hikaru Midorikawa
Tillis: Yuko Miyamura
Chris Parton: Hiroko Kasahara
Lead Phoenix: Tomokazu Seki
Big Landman: Ryuzaburo Ohtomo
Other Characters: Toshihiko Nakajima, Takehiro Murozono, Yukiko Iwai
Iria Klein: Aya Hisakawa

Animation Part Production by: Kyokuichi Tokyo Movie

Executive Management: Shoichiro Irimajiri, Hideki Sato
Executive Coordination: Jin Shimazaki
Promotion Management: Hideki Okamura
Public Relations: Hiroto Kikuchi, Tadashi Takezaki, Masatoshi Kawaguchi, Yasushi Nagumo, Syunichi Kobayashi
Package Illustration: Hiroyuki Ochi
Manual: Hiroyuki Mitsui, Youichi Takahashi, Osamu Nakazato
Internet Support: Kazuyuki Hoshino, Mutsuhiro Fujii
Overseas Coordination: Ryoichi Hasegawa
Special Thanks: Mika Okada, Akira Nishikawa, Yosuke Okunari, Hideki Yohkaichiya, Jun Senoue, Yosio Inoue, Kayo Shimizu
Greatest Gratitude: Ami Shibata
Sega Digital Studio
Produced by: Sega

Overseas version

Executive Producer: Hayao Nakayama
Project Manager: Youji Ishii
Producer: Yuji Naka
Director: Naoto Ohshima
Game Designer: Takao Miyoshi, Yasuhiko Nagamichi, Norihito Kato, Shintaro Hata
Programmer: Takuya Matsumoto, Akio Setsumasa, Yasuhiro Watanabe, Yoshitaka Kawabata, Nobuaki Yamazaki
Burning-Ship Stage Programmers: Masahiro Wakayama, Takeshi Sakakibara
Graphic Artist: Naoto Ohshima, Tomonori Dobashi, Shinichi Higashi, Yoshinari Amaike
Scene Artist: Hideaki Moriya, Tohru Watanuki, Satoshi Okano, Kensuke Kita, Kosei Kitamura, Mitsutoshi Matuzaki
Character Designer: Naoto Ohshima
Burning-Ship Stage Artists: Michikazu Tamamura, Makiko Banju, Akira Mikame
Visual Material Editors: Yuji Sawairi, Ikuo Ishizaka
Sound Producer: Yukifumi Makino
Sound Director: Naofumi Hataya
Composers: Naofumi Hataya, Fumie Kumatani, Masaru Setsumaru
Sound Effects: Masaru Setsumaru
Sound Programmer: Yoshiaki Kashima

Recording at Sega Digital Studio

Recording Producer: Tatsutoshi Narita
Recording Director: Fumitaka Shibata
Recording Engineers: Naoyuki Machida, Yoshitada Miya

-N.Y Production-

Recording Producer: Atsushi 'Sushi' Kosugi (Beat On Beat Inc.)
Director: Naofumi Hataya
Recording at:

Avatar Studio - Malcom Pollack (eng.)
Beat On Beat Studio - Justin Luctor (eng.)

Mix:

Sound On Sound Studio - Malcom Pollack (eng.)
Theme Music - "Angel With Burning Hearts"

Words by: Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya
Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
English words by: Talking Moon
Lead vocal & Chorus: Dennis St. James
Drums: Omar Hakim
Bass: Zev Katz
Keyboards: Charlie Giordano, Albert Menendez
Guitars: Vinnie Moore

East 4th Horns

Leader & Trombones: John Wheeler
Saxophones & Solo: Dino Gavoni
Trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark

"We are Burning Rangers"

Words by: Talking Moon
Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
Lead vocal & Chorus: Marlon D. Saunders
Chorus: Arif St. Michael, Robin A. Small
Rap: SUL
Drums: Omar Hakim
Keyboards: Albert Menendez
Guitars: Ira Siegel

East 4th Horns

Leader & Trombones: John Wheeler
Saxophones: Dino Gavoni
Trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark

"I Just Smile"

Words by: Talking Moon
Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
Lead vocal: Pamela Driggs
Drums: Omar Hakim
Bass: Zev Katz
Guitars: Ira Siegel
Keyboards: Charlie Giordano
Percussion: Bashiri Johnson
Flugel Horn: John Allmark

-Animation part-

Story board & Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Animation Director: Hiroto Yokote
Art Director: Akira Huruya
Color Design: Terumi Kobayashi, Takae Iijima
Key Animation: Yasuhiro Saiki, Yuichi Kurosawa, Ryotaro Akao
Animation: Studio Boomerang
Animation Checker: Yumi Enosawa
Background: Studio Uni
Special Effects: Yoshimi Hayashi
Computer Graphics Animation:

Tomsphoto - Toshihiro Kawada, Satoshi Ohtsubo, Miyoko Tounou, Aiko Yamagami

Production Staff: Yu Kiyozono
Assistant Producer: Yudo Ohishi
Animation Producer: Yasumichi Ozaki
Animation Part Production by: Kyokuichi Tokyo Movie


Executive Management: Shoichiro Irimajiri, Hideki Sato
Executive Coordination: Jin Shimazaki
Public Relations: Takahiro Fukada
Package Illustration: Hiroyuki Ochi
English Manual: Abbass Hussain
Internet Support: Kazuyuki Hoshino, Mutsuhiro Fujii
Overseas Coordination: Shinobu Shindo
Special Thanks: Mika Okada, Akira Nishikawa, Yosuke Okunari, Hideki Yohkaichiya, Jun Senoue, Yosio Inoue, Kayo Shimizu

-English Version Staff-

SOA Producer: Keith Palmer
ADR Director: Bobby White
ADR Staff: Chris Steen-Olson, Peter Steen-Olson, Nick Steen-Olson, Chad Forsch, Nobuko Nabeshima
Recorded at: AudioBanks. Santo Monica. California
Script Editors: Jason Kuo, John Kuntz, Keith Palmer
Lead Tester: Fernando Valderrama
Assistant Lead Tester: Amy Albertson
Special Thanks: Sandy Castagnola, Sheri Hockaday, Eric Hammond, John Amirkhan, Jo Ann Eastman, Sean Doidge, Mike McCollum, Helen Tsui-Burton

Greatest Gratitude: Ami Shibata
Sega Digital Studio
Produced by: Sega

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №75, p136-138
80 №198, p64/65Media:CVG_UK_198.pdf
80 №57, p94/95
80 №481, p36
81 №68, p52-54
66
90 №31, p50-59Media:SSM_UK_31.pdf
87 №1998-06ex, p185Media:SSM_JP_19980306_1998-06ex.pdf
89 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf
Sega Saturn
83
Based on
9 reviews

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Disc
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Audio Disc
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Flyer
Saturn, BR
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Cover
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Manual

References

  1. File:CVG UK 200.pdf, page 44
  2. File:CVG UK 198.pdf, page 64