Burning Rangers

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Burning Rangers
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: SCSP (1/3Track)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 GS-9174
Sega Saturn
$? 81803
Sega Saturn
£49.99[2] MK81803-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81803-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81803-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81803-50
Sega Saturn
?PLN ?
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
R$? 191566

Burning Rangers (バーニングレンジャー) is a video game developed by Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn system. The player takes on the role of a new recruit to the futuristic firefighting organisation of the title, and must explore locations where various emergencies have taken place, extinguishing fires and rescuing survivors.


The game is set in a futuristic society in which fire is one of the few major hazards remaining. The Burning Rangers are an elite group of firefighters who have been formed to help cope with such emergencies. The core members of the team are Chris Partn, Big Landman and Lead Phoenix (also known as Reed); as well as two new recruits, Shou Amabane and a woman called Tillis. The latter two are the only characters playable initially, although the others may be unlocked through the use of a password feature. Other major characters within the game include Iria Klein and Neal Belmondo, and there are many cameo appearances from Sonic Team staff including Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima.

The game is notable for its random level generation system, which is unlocked after completing the game once. To help the player find their way around these unfamiliar stages, a navigation system was included - at any time, the player may radio back to Chris, who will provide helpful information about nearby hazards and objectives.



The game's characters were designed by Hiroyuki Ochi. Yuji Naka has stated in interviews that Sonic Team wanted the silhouette of a Burning Ranger wearing their "Burneer Unit" jet-pack to resemble that of an angel.


A downloadable mission making many references to Burning Rangers was created for Sonic Team's Phantasy Star Online.

Production credits

Japanese version

Animation part
Sega Digital Studio
Source: In-game credits (JP)

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Overseas version

  • Theme Music: "Angel With Burning Hearts"
    • Words by: Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya
    • Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
    • English words by: Talking Moon
    • Lead vocal & Chorus: Dennis St. James
    • Drums: Omar Hakim
    • Bass: Zev Katz
    • Keyboards: Charlie Giordano, Albert Menendez
    • Guitars: Vinnie Moore
    • East 4th Horns
      • Leader & Trombones: John Wheeler
      • Saxophones & Solo: Dino Gavoni
      • Trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark
  • We are Burning Rangers
    • Words by: Talking Moon
    • Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
    • Lead vocal & Chorus: Marlon D. Saunders
    • Chorus: Arif St. Michael, Robin A. Small
    • Rap: SUL
    • Drums: Omar Hakim
    • Keyboards: Albert Menendez
    • Guitars: Ira Siegel
    • East 4th Horns
      • Leader & Trombones: John Wheeler
      • Saxophones: Dino Gavoni
      • Trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark
  • I Just Smile
    • Words by: Talking Moon
    • Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
    • Lead vocal: Pamela Driggs
    • Drums: Omar Hakim
    • Bass: Zev Katz
    • Guitars: Ira Siegel
    • Keyboards: Charlie Giordano
    • Percussion: Bashiri Johnson
    • Flugel Horn: John Allmark
-Animation part-
  • Story board & Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
  • Animation Director: Hiroto Yokote
  • Art Director: Akira Huruya
  • Color Design: Terumi Kobayashi, Takae Iijima
  • Key Animation: Yasuhiro Saiki, Yuichi Kurosawa, Ryotaro Akao
  • Animation: Studio Boomerang
  • Animation Checker: Yumi Enosawa
  • Background: Studio Uni
  • Special Effects: Yoshimi Hayashi
  • Computer Graphics Animation: Tomsphoto, Toshihiro Kawada, Satoshi Ohtsubo, Miyoko Tounou, Aiko Yamagami
  • Production Staff: Yu Kiyozono
  • Assistant Producer: Yudo Ohishi
  • Animation Producer: Yasumichi Ozaki
  • Animation Part Production by: Kyokuichi Tokyo Movie
-English Version Staff-
Sega Digital Studio
Source: In-game credits

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Product Development
Source: US manual[4]

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Magazine articles

Main article: Burning Rangers/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US print advert

BurningRangers Saturn JP Flyer.pdf

JP flyer

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Print advert in Secret Service (PL) #52: "Grudzień 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №75, p136-138
80 [5]
80 №57, p94/95
81 №68, p52-54
75 [6]
66 [7]
80 №481, p36
90 [8]
87 [9]
89 [10]
Sega Saturn
Based on
10 reviews

Saturn, US
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BurnRang sat us disc.jpg
Burningrangers sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
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BurningRangers Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Saturn, JP
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BurningRangers Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Burning Rangers (バーニングレンジャー) Saturn JP 取扱説明書.pdf
Burning Rangers (バーニングレンジャー) Saturn jp Box jewelcasefront.jpg
Jewel Case
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Reg Card
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Audio Disc
Saturn, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
374,704,176 CD-ROM(EU) MK81803-50 V1.001
Sega Saturn
388,098,816 1998-01-27 CD-ROM(JP) GS-9174 V1.003
Sega Saturn
136,446,576 Audio-CD(JP) GS-9174 (Disc 2)
Sega Saturn
375,388,608 CD-ROM(US) 81803 V1.001

Track list

Game Disc

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. CD Warning message (special) (00:09)
Running time: 0:09

Audio Disc

1. Burning Hearts: Honoo no Angel (04:01)
JP: Burning Hearts ~炎のAngel~
Vocals: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

2. We are Burning Rangers (04:37)
Vocals: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

3. I Just Smile (04:15)
Vocals: Tomoko Sasaki
Running time: 12:53

Extra content

This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
\EXTRA\LARGE Folder 11,803,128 It contains 9 wallpaper images of XGA size.
\EXTRA\SMALL Folder 4,614,648 It contains 9 wallpaper images of VGA size.
\EXTRA\WAV Folder 9,187,150 It contains 43 extra voices.
\EXTRA\READ_ME.TXT TXT 58 Warning message about extra files.
BR_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 1 No message
BR_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 1 No message
BR_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 42 Copyright

Save data

The game makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up as well as the Saturn Backup Memory to save progress through the game as either playable character. You can save up to three saves on either the internal back-up or the RAM Cart.

Burning Rangers Save Data
Name Comment File Size
B_RANGERS__ BR data 30


Burning Rangers
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Books: Burning Rangers Official Guide (1998)
Music: Burning Rangers Sound Track (1998)
Prereleases: Burning Rangers Taikenban (1998)