Lost In Translation/Aero Fighters 3

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Aero Fighters 3
Neo-Geo marquee.
Aero Fighters 3 title screen.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer Video System Co.
Released 1995
Control
Method
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
22,609,920 bytes (21.56 MiB)
MAME ID sonicwi3

About The Game

Aero Fighters 3 is a vertically scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up.

The 3rd game in this excellent series adheres to the solid template set down by its predecessors. The player takes on the role of a Jet Fighter aircraft pilot whose mission is to combat world terrorism. The object of the game is to fly from country to country and destroy all opposition around the world, before flying into outer space to combat the menace responsible for the terrorism. Each pilot has his own storyline that ties in with the game.

One enemy shot destroys the player's plane and releases a special power-up that the plane may have been carrying. If the player's final ship is destroyed, all power-ups and extra bombs are released and can be collected if the player chooses the 'continue' option, or if a second player is still active. However, on the final mission in Outer Space, the player is forced to start again at the beginning of the space mission, unless 2 players are active.

Aero Fighters now features an array of 10 selectable pilots :

There are also 2 secret planes (see the TIPS AND TRICKS section for details) :

  • The Aka Usagi (Red Rabbit) piloted by Kotomi.
  • The Diabloon piloted by The Man.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2

=> [A] Shot, [B] Special weapon

Trivia

Released in October 1995.

This game is known in Japan as "Sonic Wings 3".

This represent the latest game in the "Aero Fighters" series for the Neo-Geo MVS.

Malcolm from 1993's "Ta-o Taido" makes an appearance as a pilot. His plane has a special charged shot ability that is unique to him and Spanky (by holding Fire button).

The strange ship that appears at the end of each level and warps away after the boss is defeated first appeared in "Turbo Force" as a regular enemy during Stage 2.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'HEY'.

Updates

In the Japanese version of the game, Spanky is called Whity.

Tips and tricks

Plane Armoury

  • Vought F4U Corsair can have 3 power-ups and 5 bombs
  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow can have 3 power-ups and 7 bombs
  • Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen have 3 power-ups and 5 bombs
  • Aichi M6A1 Seiran can have 2 power-ups and 5 bombs
  • Il-2 Stormovik can have 2 power-ups and 7 bombs
  • Polikarpov I-16 can have 4 power-ups and 6 bombs
  • Dornier Do-335 Pfeil can have 3 power-ups and 4 bombs
  • Junkers Ju-87 Stuka can have 4 power-ups and 7 bombs
  • Westland Whirlwind can have 3 power-ups and 6 bombs
  • Fairy Swordfish can have 1 power-up and 7 bombs
  • Aka Usagi (Red Rabbit, see below) can have 2 power-ups and 4 bombs
  • Diabloon (see below) can have 7 power-ups and 2 bombs

Play As Red Rabbit Kotomi (from "Rabio Lepus")

  1. Insert your coin(s)
  2. Press and hold B+Start during all the folowing sequence. Now, at the character selection screen :
    1. Press Down when the timer reaches 7 and when the nose of the plane points towards you
    2. Press Down when the timer reaches 5 and when the nose of the plane points towards you
    3. Press Down when the timer reaches 2 and when the nose of the plane points towards you
    4. Press Down when the timer reaches 0 and when the nose of the plane points towards you. Red Rabbit will appear

Play As Diabloon (from "Turbo Force")

  1. Insert your coin(s)
  2. Press and hold B+Start during all the following sequence. Now, at the character selection screen :
    1. Press Right
    2. Press Down when the timer reaches 7 and when the nose of the plane points towards you
    3. Press Down when the timer reaches 5 and when the nose of the plane points towards you
    4. Press Down when the timer reaches 2 and when the nose of the plane points towards you
    5. Press Down when the timer reaches 0 and when the nose of the plane points towards you. Diabloon will appear

Series

  1. Aero Fighters / Sonic Wings (1992)
  2. Aero Fighters 2 / Sonic Wings 2 (1994)
  3. Aero Fighters 3 / Sonic Wings 3 (1995)
  4. Sonic Wings Limited (1996)
  5. Aero Fighters Assault (1997, Nintendo 64)

Staff

Planner
Count IKuei
Programmers
Aiz!
You-Chan
Sysyou
Designers
Armored Cruiser
Takasu
Akira
Manbow Yokoyama
T. Tateishi
K. Yamamotoya
A. Sakamura
A.
Kaz
Hiki
T. Matsui
Oh! Kawara
M. Cats.I
Hil
T. Sakon
Sound
Q
P
Noise

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
SNK Neo-Geo CD (1995)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Sonic Wings 3 PCCB-00193[1] 1995-10-20 Pony Canyon, Scitron Label

References


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.