Rolling Thunder 3

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Rolling Thunder 3
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.95More...[1] T-14096

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Rolling Thunder 3 is the sequel to Rolling Thunder 2 and was released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive for North American consumers in 1993.


Taking place at the same time as Rolling Thunder 2, players will take control of "Jay", an Interpol operative tasked with eliminating Dread, second in command of the Geldra terrorist organization who is believed to be somewhere in southern California.


Rolling Thunder, just like its predecessors, is a platforming action game. Only difference in terms of gameplay is that players can select a number of different special weapons to use during the levels. Otherwise even controls are same. Button A fires the special weapon (or attacks with knife if no special weapon is selected or run out of ammo). Button B fires Jay's revolver and button C is used for jumping. By pressing Up/down and button C will allow players to jump up or down to higher or lower platforms. Pushing up will allow players to fire diagonally.

Ellen, a scantily-clad Interpol operative who is also Jay's handler in the default campaign, can be played by entering password "GREED". She is identical to Jay in terms of gameplay and only difference is while playing as Ellen, cutscenes will not be played.

Special Weapons

All of these special weapons can only be selected only once. Special weapons cannot be fired while jumping or aiming diagonally.

Full Auto: Rapid firing assault rifle. Can fire continously by pressing down button A. 60 rounds.

Bazooka: Powerful rocket launcher. Capable of causing massive damage. Slow fire rate. 10 rounds.

Grenade: Anti-Personnel hand grenade thrown in a slight arc. Can bounce from obstacles. 30 rounds.

Shotgun: Pump action shotgun. Fires 4 bullets in a spraying angle. 30 rounds.

Cannon: Incendiary grenade launcher fires napalm grenades in a slight arc. Causes a small fire when detonated. Can hit player. 20 rounds.

Flash: Flashbang. Stuns all regular enemies for a few seconds. No physical damage. 20 rounds.

Laser: Prototype optical energy weapon. Streams pass through enemies, hitting multiple targets. 20 rounds.

Fire: Flamethrower. Fires streams of fire rapidly. Short range and low capacity. 60 rounds.

Cracker: Powerful hand grenade that causes a large explosion. 20 rounds.

Magazine articles

Main article: Rolling Thunder 3/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

VG&CE US 54.pdf

Print advert in VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #54: "July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #48: "July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)More...[4]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #49: "August 1993" (1993-xx-xx)More...[5]
  • GamePro (US) #51: "October 1993" (1993-xx-xx)More...[6]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 More...[7]
56 №13, p50/51
56 More...[8]
37 №50, p70
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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RollingThunder3 MD US Cart.jpg
Rollingthunder3 md us manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

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