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
System(s): Sega X Board, Sega Mega Drive, FM Towns, NES, PC Engine, Sharp X68000
Sega Mega Drive
Dempa (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega (US, Europe)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (X Board)
¥? ?
Arcade (X Board)
$? ?
Arcade (X Board)
£? ?

Nintendo Famicom
1989 ¥? ?
Nintendo Entertainment System
1989 $? ?
PC Engine
1990-09-28 ¥? NAPH-1011
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,900 T-17013
Sega Mega Drive
$? 1104
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99More...[3]More...[4] 1104
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1104
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1104
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1104
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
¥? ?
¥9,200 ?

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After Burner II (アフターバーナーII) is an update for After Burner, developed by Sega AM2 in 1987. This version adds three new stages, allows the player to change the fighter's speed during flight, and makes other gameplay and sound changes.

Players will take control of F-14XX Skycat, another fictional variant of Navy Fighter F-14 Tomcat. Strangely, overseas version of the game uses the picture of an F-15, an air force fighter.



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.



Main article: After Burner II/Comparisons.

Production credits

X Board version

Source: Interviews[6]

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:

NES version

  • 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
Source: In-game credits

PC Engine version

Source: In-game credits

  • 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
Source: JP manualMedia:After Burner II PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf[7]


Magazine articles

Main article: After Burner II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

AfterBurnerII XBoard ES Flyer Upright.pdf

X Board ES flyer (upright)

Tengen NES US PrintAdvert.jpg

NES US print advert

AfterBurnerII X68000 JP PrintAdvert.jpg

Sharp X68000 JP print advert

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)More...[8]

Excalibur CZ 21.pdf

Print advert in Excalibur (CZ) #21 (1993-12-10)

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 More...[3]
75 More...[9]
90 More...[10]
77 More...[11]
90 More...[12]
95 More...[13]
74 More...Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[14]
73 №97, [1]
70 №17
92 More...[15]
79 More...[16]
61 №5, p90
35 №17, p64-65
85 More...[17]
90 More...[18]
90 More...[19]
92 More...[20]
86 More...[4]
80 More...[21]
85 More...[22]
66 №18, p64
90 More...[23]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
22 reviews

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

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

FM Towns version

FM Towns, JP
AfterBurner FMTowns JP Box Front.jpg

NES version

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

PC Engine version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 More...[24]
82 More...[25]
72 More...[26]
88 More...[27]
81 More...[28]
PC Engine
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
AfterBurnerII PCE JP Card Back.jpgAfterBurnerII PCE JP Card.jpg
After Burner II PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf

X68000 version

X68000, JP
After Burner X68000 JP Box.png
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)
Nintendo Entertainment System
CRC32 F2CE3641
MD5 90569ABF1E02215E77DAEB20CF0B4351
SHA-1 BCD6794579A743211CF96A306EB97E74A0C33EF6
384kB Cartridge (JP)
Nintendo Entertainment System
CRC32 F699EE7E
MD5 05A060C597E1E5DC251A4AD309ECED65
SHA-1 56C3D55654D0E837082978505653F6E1E0D52D6F
384kB Cartridge (US) (Unl)
PC Engine
CRC32 CA72A828
MD5 AC0CDEE014E725E428FDE5774751FF8D
SHA-1 50B9D22FE5179AEE5CB95022472714EF8483841F
512kB Card (JP)


  1. Mega Drive Fan, "May 1992" (JP; 1992-04-XX), page 103
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 22
  3. 3.0 3.1 ACE, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 78
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 44
  5. Ação Games, "Junho 1991" (BR; 1991-06-19), page 19
  6. After Burner II: Developer Interviews (Yu Suzuki, Satoshi Mifune, Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi, Ryu)
  7. File:After Burner II PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf, page 6
  8. GamePro, "September 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 71
  9. Ação Games, "Junho 1991" (BR; 1991-06-19), page 18-19 (18)
  10. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1990" (JP; 1990-03-08), page 107 (109)
  11. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 26
  13. Computer & Video Games, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-16), page 102-103 (102)
  14. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 17
  15. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 70 (62)
  16. Joystick, "Juin 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 80
  17. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 45
  18. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 76
  19. Mean Machines, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-05-01), page 40-42 (40)
  20. Player One, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 40 (36)
  21. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 52
  22. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
  23. Zero, "July 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 74
  24. ACE, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 104
  25. Computer & Video Games, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-16), page 105
  26. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 123
  27. Player One, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 50
  28. Power Play, "33: 12/90" (DE; 1990-11-16), page 164
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Music: Yu Suzuki Produce After Burner II (1997) | After Burner II (2018)

Games in the After Burner Series
After Burner (1987) | After Burner II (home computers) (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (home computers) (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 II (2018)
After Burner (1987) | After Burner / Super Hang-On (1987)