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Burning Rangers
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
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
$? 81803
Sega Saturn
UK
£49.99[1] MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81213-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 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.

Technical information

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


  • Theme Music - "Burning Hearts ~Burning Angel~"
  • "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"
-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



Overseas version


  • 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"
  • 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


-English Version Staff-


Magazine articles

Main article: Burning Rangers/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №75, p136-138
80 №198, p64/65[3]Media:CVG_UK_198.pdf
80 №57, p94/95
81 №68, p52-54
66 №1998-07, p90[4]Media:MAN!AC DE 1998-07.pdf
80 №481, p36
90 №31, p50-59[5]Media:SSM_UK_31.pdf
87 №1998-06ex, p185[6]Media:SSM_JP_19980306_1998-06ex.pdf
89 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[7]Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf
Sega Saturn
83
Based on
9 reviews

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References

  1. File:CVG UK 198.pdf, page 64
  2. File:CVG UK 200.pdf, page 44
  3. File:CVG_UK_198.pdf, page 65
  4. File:MAN!AC DE 1998-07.pdf, page 72
  5. File:SSM_UK_31.pdf, page 50
  6. File:SSM_JP_19980306_1998-06ex.pdf, page 187
  7. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11