Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit

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Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Kaneko
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Kaneko
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Shooting[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 (6,180)6,000e[2] T-33013
Sega Mega Drive
US
33026

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Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit is a 1990 arcade shoot-'em-up by Kaneko which was subsequently ported to the PC Engine in 1990 and to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. The PC Engine and Mega Drive ports were renamed Aero Blasters: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit (エアロブラスターズ) in Japan.

Gameplay

Pressing B shoots and can be held down for rapidfire; some powerups depend on rapidfire. Button A also shoots but holding A will charge a flash attack which damages everything on screen. Once it is fully charged, release A to perform the attack; the player must then wait for the charge bar to empty (it will display a black bar telling how much time is remaining) before it is possible to charge another. Powerups can be found by destroying barrels scattered throughout each level.

Versions

Both home ports are pretty faithful, with the Mega Drive one being closer to the original game than the PC Engine version. The Mega Drive port runs fullscreen, features more detailed graphics, keeps most of the arcade version's parallax and has better sound effects. The PC Engine port features a slightly expanded ending.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Air Buster Air Buster
Japanese エアロブラスターズ Aero Blasters

Production credits

Crew of "Air Buster" ("Crue" in the Japanese version)
  • Software: K.Matsumoto, M.Yoshida
  • Graphics: H.Yokoyama, M.Taguchi
  • Music Compose: T.Watanabe
  • Sound Operate: K.Komatsu, T.Ohkuma
  • Test Game: Inter State Staff
  • Special Thanks: Kaneko Arcade Staff
  • Total Coordinate: Y.Hojo
  • General Producer: A.Uto
"Air Buster" ("Aero Blasters" in the Japanese version)
©1991 Kaneko Co., Ltd.
All Rights Reserved
Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

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Promotional material

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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[4]
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[5]
ACE (UK)
79
[6]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
70
[7]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
73
[8]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) NTSC-J
90
[9]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
62
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
80
[11]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
74
[12]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
20
[13]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
80
[14]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-J
60
[15]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
74
[16]
Mega (UK) PAL
85
[17]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-J
78
[18]
Mean Machines (UK) NTSC-J
80
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
78
[20]
Power Play (DE)
79
[21]
Power Play (DE)
80
[22]
Raze (UK) NTSC-J
74
[23]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
100
[24]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
62
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
62
[26]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
69
[27]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
75
[28]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
25 reviews

Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Aeroblasters md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Airbuster md us manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f3d65baa
MD5 972f4f683356e33b1a4a832f41a34b87
SHA-1 239636cc38a865359b2deeb5f8dc3fd68da41209
512kB 1991-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a00da987
MD5 401a31b3db4f14820e639c7a3efbb3e6
SHA-1 64d1964c3b6293f521427d3d83e4defe363cc129
512kB 1989-01 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. File:AirBuster MD JP Box.jpg
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 58
  4. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 28
  5. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 14
  6. ACE, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-08), page 72
  7. Aktueller Software Markt, "Mai 1991" (DE; 1991-04-26), page 128
  8. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-08), page 33
  9. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 100
  10. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 126
  11. Computer & Video Games, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-16), page 79
  12. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 16
  13. Hippon Super, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-07), page 41
  14. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 106
  15. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  16. Mega Drive Fan, "April 1991" (JP; 1991-03-08), page 83
  17. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 85
  18. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 76
  19. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 40
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  21. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 150
  22. Power Play, "6/91" (DE; 1991-05-10), page 136
  23. Raze, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-03-28), page 66
  24. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 52
  25. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  28. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 6
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