Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit

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Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Kaneko
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Kaneko
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,000 T-33013
Sega Mega Drive
$? 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.


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.


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
78 [2]
73 [3]
69 [4]
80 [5]
74 [6]
20 №1991-02, p41
80 [7]
60 №5, p90
85 №9, p85
78 [8]
80 [9]
74 [10]
100 [11]
100 [12]
62 [13]
62 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
AirBuster MD US cover.jpg
AirBuster MD US cart.jpg
Airbuster md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
AirBuster MD JP Box.jpg
Aeroblasters MD JP CartTop.jpg
AirBuster MD JP Cart.jpg
Aeroblasters md jp manual.pdf

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)


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