Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit

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Air Buster: Trouble Specialty Raid Unit
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Kaneko[1] (JP) Kaneko USA (US)
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Kaneko
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Shooting[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 (6,180)6,000e[3] T-33013
Sega Mega Drive
US
33026
Non-Sega versions

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.

Story

In the year 2030, Earth is suddenly attacked by the Mega Load Masters. Charles K. Takeda had foreseen this event and prepared for it by moving his family to an island in the Pacific and developing a futuristic weapon called the "Buster System," which is capable of deconstructing matter by amplifying human mind waves. He created two aircraft armed with Buster Systems, Buster 1 and Buster 2, and trained his children, Holly and Mike, to pilot them.

Gameplay

The game is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up where players take control of Buster Fighter starships in their efforts to destroy a mysterious mechanical fortress orbiting the planet. The fighters can equip one of seven supplementary weapons in addition to their normal shot. Two players can play simultaneously by choosing the Twin Set Up option from the title screen.

The ship moves in any direction with the D-Pad. In the outer space stages, the ship continues to drift in the direction it was last moved because of the lack of gravity. The ship fires its normal shot with B, which can be held for rapid-fire. The power of the normal shot can be upgraded by collecting power-ups. It has a screen-clearing special weapon called the Buster Flash, which is used by holding C to charge a bar and then releasing when the bar is full. The player must then wait for the charge bar to empty (it will display a black bar indicating how much time is remaining) before it can be charged again. The player can also charge the bar by holding A, which also fires the normal shot.

The ship is downed when it is hit by enemy fire or collides with an enemy or terrain. It respawns in place as long as the player has an extra life remaining, at baseline weapon strength and without any supplementary weapon. The game ends if the player runs out of lives but can be continued as long as there are credits remaining. In two-player games, both players have separate lives but share credits. The game has four difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, Hard, and Hardest). Players can choose the number of initial lives and credits from the options before starting the game.

Items

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Gun Diche (ガンデッチー)
Destroy to release a flurry of items.
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Normal Shot Power-Up
Upgrades the power of the Buster's normal shot, up to 8 times.
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Side Fighter
Equips the Side Fighter weapon, which furnishes the ship with two options that follow it and provide support fire.
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Bumper
Equips the Bumper weapon, which is a pair of shields above and below the ship that protect it from damage from both enemies and colliding with terrain. Bumpers can destroy enemies on contact.
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6-Direction Shot
Equips the 6-Direction Shot weapon, which fires in six directions in a circle out from the ship.
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Guided Missile 1 (Red)
Equips the Guided Missile 1 (Red) weapon, which shoots red homing missiles straight ahead.
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Guided Missile 2 (Green)
Equips the Guided Missile 2 (Green) weapon, which shoots green homing missiles that scatter.
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Rear Shot
Equips the Rear Shot weapon, which fires two diagonal shots from behind the ship.
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Revolving Gun Turret
Equips the Revolving Gun Turret weapon, which is a drone that trails the ship and rotates counterclockwise while firing.
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Bonus
Awards bonus points.
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1-Up
Gives the player an extra life.

Stages

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Seaside Front

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Mechanized Cave

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Scramble!

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Out of Gravity

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The Borderline

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Death Circus

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 full-screen, 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
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Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
70
[9]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
73
[10]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) NTSC-J
90
[11]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
62
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Computer & Video Games (UK)
80
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Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
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Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
20
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Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
80
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Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-J
60
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Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
74
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MegaTech (UK) NTSC-J
78
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Mean Machines (UK) NTSC-J
80
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Power Play (DE)
79
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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. File:AirBuster MD JP Box.jpg
  4. ', "" (; ), page 58
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  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 28
  7. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 14
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 72
  9. Aktueller Software Markt, "Mai 1991" (DE; 1991-04-26), page 128
  10. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-08), page 31
  11. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 100
  12. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 126
  13. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 79
  14. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 16
  15. Hippon Super, "February 1991" (JP; 1991-01-07), page 41
  16. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 106
  17. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  18. Mega Drive Fan, "April 1991" (JP; 1991-03-08), page 83
  19. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 85
  20. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 76
  21. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 40
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  23. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 150
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  25. Raze, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-03-28), page 66
  26. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 52
  27. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 18
  28. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  30. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 6


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