After Burner III

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After Burner III
Publisher: Sega, CRI (JP)
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, FM Towns
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥8,400 T-68014
Sega Mega-CD
$49.99[1] 4415
Sega Mega-CD
£44.99[3] 4415
Sega Mega-CD
?F 4415
Sega Mega-CD
DM 99,-[5] 4415
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas 4415

FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
¥? ?

After Burner III (アフターバーナーIII) is an aircraft combat game developed by Sega for the Sega Mega-CD and FM Towns. It is a port of Strike Fighter, which only saw release in Japanese arcades, adding a CD audio soundtrack (with the addition of music from After Burner II) and cinematic sequences.

As Strike Fighter was actually a sequel to G-LOC: Air Battle, it does not have a third person perspective view like After Burner and After Burner II. After Burner III adds this view as an option.

Production credits

Mega-CD version

  • Chief Programmer: T.Kujirai
  • Sub Programmer: S.Ikegami
  • Map Design: A.Nagano
  • Support: Y.Ishida, H.Ikebe, T.Miyamoto
  • Opening Scenario: K.Arai
  • Opening Graphics: Studio B.C
  • Opening Program: M.Tanaka
  • Title Logo Design: Avanti
  • Title Logo Editor: H.Tanaka
  • Title Back Picture: Kantousya
  • Title Back Graphic Editor: K.Tsuchida, M.Yoneda
  • Music Arranged by: Sol.Inc
  • FM S.E. Programmed by: Cube
  • Sales Dept.: S.Tanaka, T.Suzuki, K.Tanaka, T.Endo
  • Public Relations Dept.: K.Maeda, T.Yasuda
  • Thanks: S.Izumi, T.Nagasato, M.Sato, K.Yabuno, S.Endo, K.Fujita, H.Gunji, M. Sasaki, T.Kanou, N.Omoda, H.Yamashita, S.Take, E.Kurabayashi, T.Hashimoto, M.Suwabe, M.Koizumi, H.Tashiro, K.Iwanami, Y.Honda, Y.Ayabe
Sega CD/Mega-CD (Europe) Conversion Staff
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: After Burner III/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №140, p109[3]
28 №1, p119Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[6]
80 №49, p82[1]
74 №17, p100-101[7]
48 №24, p164[8]
41 №7, p54-57
72 №5, p36-39[9]
48 №2, p32
72 №20 (Supp.), p25[10]
22 №15, p28-29
22 №6, p74-76[11]
60 №35, p149[12]
6 №46, p60-61[13]
55 №17, p62-63
55 №18, p74
67 №5, p54-55
63 №15, p70-71[14]
75 №3, p10-11
63 №23, p20[15]
43 №9/93, p44[16]
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
20 reviews

Mega-CD, US
AfterBurnerIII MCD US Box Back.jpgAfterBurnerIII MCD US Box Front.jpg
Afterburner3 mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
AfterBurnerIII MCD EU Box Back.jpgAfterBurnerIII MCD EU Box Front.jpg
AfterBurnerIII MCD EU Disc.jpg
Mega-CD, JP
AfterBurnerIII MCD JP Box Back.jpgAfterBurnerIII MCD JP Box Front.jpg
AfterBurner3 MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
AfterBurnerIII MCD JP Disc.jpg
Afterburneriii mcd jp manual.pdf
Afterburneriii mcd jp surveycard.pdf
Reg Card

FM Towns version

FM Towns, JP
AB3 FMTowns JP Box Front.jpg


Games in the After Burner Series
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) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1991)
LCD handheld game
After Burner (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
After Burner II (1990) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1993)
Sega Game Gear
G-LOC: Air Battle (1990)
Sega Mega-CD
After Burner III (1992)
Sega 32X
After Burner Complete (1995)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages After Burner II (1996) | Sky Target (1997)
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
After Burner Climax (2013)
After Burner related media
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)
After Burner (1987) | After Burner / Super Hang-On (1987)