Lost In Translation/After Burner II

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After Burner II
After Burner II marquee.
After Burner II title.
After Burner II control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1987
Control
Method
Analog joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 12.500 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sega PCM (@ 4.000 MHz)
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.64 Hz
24,576 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 28 ROMs
3,342,336 bytes (3.19 MiB)
MAME ID aburner2 · aburner

About The Game

After Burner and its immediate sequel After Burner II are chase-view, arcade video game shoot-em-ups.

Another Sega game rendered with their then-ubiquitous 3-D sprite-scaling technology; this time putting the player into the seat of a powerful F14 Tomcat jet fighter.

Players must fight their way through 21 colourful, fast-moving stages, shooting down waves of enemy fighters while avoiding the enemy's incoming missiles. The F14 is equipped with a machine gun and a limited number of homing missiles. The gun has infinite ammunition and targeting is achieved by maneuvering the Tomcat so that the targeting cursor situated just in front of the jet is placed over an enemy fighter.

To deploy missiles, the player must first 'lock-on' to the target, a sound will indicate that the lock has taken place and missiles should then be fired, these will home in on and destroy the locked-on enemy fighter.

Missile stocks are replenished at the end of every 2nd stage, either by the appearance of a large support plane that automatically links up with the player's jet fighter, or by landing on a military airstrip - which again happens automatically.

After Burner's straightforward shoot-em-up gameplay is simple and repetitive, but the game's incredible visuals ensured its success.

Trivia

After Burner was released on July 17, 1987 in Japan. After Burner II was released in October 1987.

After Burner II was originally planned to have a World War II theme and be a realistic flight sim, but the idea was dropped because Yu Suzuki stated that 'it would not have fit the arcade scene.' A pure dogfighter was not his intention.

After Burner II is essentially the same game as "After Burner", but there are a few differences, mainly the fact that it is possible to control your plane speed.

In the cut-scenes that show your jet fighter landing on a landing strip in order to reload the missile supply, there are some special vehicles that will make a cameo appearance. In the first landing, you'll see a man riding the motorcycle from "Hang-On". and in the second landing, you'll see the famous Ferrari Testarossa-like car from "Out Run".

David Hernly holds the record for this game with 2,215,620 points on June 1, 2008.

An After Burner II unit appears in the 1991 movie 'Terminator 2 - Judgment Day'.

Tips and Tricks

  • Secret Commands : On the following stages, press the following keys to get the following effects.
  • During Demo - press Start + Vulcan Cannon + Missile + Foto sensor and stick Right to get a DUKE message.
  • Stage 1 - press Start + Vulcan Cannon + Missile, to get a messages.
  • Stage 3 - press Start and speed fast to get 100 Missiles.
  • Stage 5 - press Start + Vulcan Cannon + Missile, to get a message.
  • Stage 9 - press Vulcan Cannon + Missile and stick Right to get 100 Missiles.
  • Stage 11 - press Vulcan Cannon + Missile and stick Left to get 50,000,000 pts.
  • Stage 13 - press Start + Vulcan Cannon + Missile and stick Left to get a message.
  • Stage 16 - press Start and stick down to get a message.
  • Stage 19 - press Start to get a message.
  • Stage 21 - press Start + Vulcan Cannon + Missile + Foto sensor and stick Up to get 250,000,000 pts.
  • Stage 23 - press Start + Vulcan Cannon + Missile + Foto sensor to get a message.

Series

  1. After Burner (1987)
  2. After Burner II (1987)
  3. G-Loc - Air Battle (1990)
  4. R360 - G-Loc Air Battle (1990)
  5. Strike Fighter (1991)
  6. Sky Target (1995)
  7. Sega Strike Fighter (2000)
  8. After Burner Climax (2006)
  9. After Burner - Black Falcon (2007, Sony PSP)

Staff

Design
Yu Suzuki (YU.)
Satoshi Mifune
Music
Hiroshi Miyauchi (HIR)
Staff
(KIM)
Bin Chan (BIN)
(SAD)
(KEY)
(Y.N)

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Box art for Sega's own port of After Burner.
Consoles 
[AB1] Sega Mark III (JP, 1987, "After Burner [Model G-1340]")
[AB2] Nintendo Famicom (JP, 1989, "After Burner [Model SS13-6200]")
[AB2] Nintendo NES (US, 1989, "After Burner [Model TGN-011-AB]")
[AB2] Sega Mega Drive (JP, 1990, "After Burner II [Model T-17013]")
[AB2] NEC PC-Engine (JP, 1990, "After Burner II [Model NAPH-1011]")
[AB2] Sega Super 32X (JP, 1995, "After Burner Complete [Model GM-4006]")
[AB2] Sega Super 32X (US, 1995, "After Burner [Model 84507]")
[AB2] Sega Super 32X (EU, 1995, "After Burner Complete [Model 84507-50]")
[AB2] Sega Saturn (JP, 1996, "After Burner II [Sega Ages] [Model GS-9109]")
[AB2] Sega Dreamcast (JP, 2001, "Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol.1 [Model ASP001]")
[AB2] Sony PlayStation 2 (JP, 2004, "After Burner II [Sega Ages 2500 Vol.10] [Model SLPM-62446]")
Computers
[AB2] FM Towns PC (1987, "After Burner")
[AB2] Commodore C64 (1988)
[AB2] Atari ST (1988)
[AB2] Amstrad CPC (EU, 1988)
[AB2] MSX (EU, 1988)
[AB2] Commodore Amiga ("After Burner", 1988, Activision)
[AB2] Commodore Amiga ("After Burner", 1989, Sega)
[AB2] Commodore Amiga (1990, "Amiga Champions")
[AB2] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
[AB2] Sharp X68000 (JP, 1989, "After Burner [Model DP-3205010]")
[AB2] PC [MS-DOS, 3.5" Disks] (US, 1989, "After Burner")
[AB2] Commodore C64 (1990, "100% Dynamite")
[AB2] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990, "100% Dynamite")
Others
[AB2] LCD handheld game (1989, Tiger Electronics)
[AB2] LCD tabletop game (1989, Tiger Electronics) : 18 different levels of play.


Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
After Burner PCCB-00032[1] 1990-06-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Super Sonic Team -G.S.M. SEGA 3- PCCB-00009[2] 1989-10-29 Pony Canyon CD version.
Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- PCCB-00014[3] 1989-12-15 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
S.S.T. Band Live! -G.S.M. SEGA- PCCB-00042[4] 1990-10-31 Pony Canyon CD version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner 28XA-109[5] 1987-10-10 Alfa Records CD version.
Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- D28B-0002[6] 1988-07-21 Pony Canyon Inc. CD version.
Sega Taikan Game Special 28XA-198[7] 1987-12-21 Alfa Records CD version.
SING!! SEGA Game Music presented by B.B. Queens BVRR-1[8] 1992-07-26 BMG Victor CD version.
Sega Ages Sound Track the Best Plus KDSD-00051~2[9] 2004-10-20 TEAM ENTERTAINMENT 2 CD version.
Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind SCDC-00375[10] 2004-11-17 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
Back in the S.S.T. Band!! ~The Very Best~ SCDC-00312[11] 2003-11-19 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
CLUB SEGA MJCA-00003[12] 1997-10-17 Marvelous Entertainment CD version.
Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 SVWC-7092~4[13] 2001-10-24 SME Visual Works 3 CD version.
Beep! Sega Megadrive Best Selection PSCX-1018[14] 1991-04-25 DATAM Polystar CD version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner ALC-22915[15] 1987-10-10 ALFA RECORDS Cassette version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner ALR-22915[16] 1987-10-10 ALFA RECORDS Vinyl version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner SCDC-00056[17] 2000-12-20 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Sega Taikan Game Special ALC-28096[18] 1987-12-21 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- 25P5-0002[19] 1988-07-21 Pony Canyon Inc. Cassette version.
STORM! - SHOOTING GAME SOUND OMNIBUS Vol.2 KDSD-00023[20] 2004-01-07 Team Entertainment CD version.
Yu-Suzuki produce After Burner II MJCAX-00007[21] 1997-12-17 Marvelous Entertainment, Inc. CD version.
AFTER BURNER 20th Anniversary Box WM-0581~6[22] 2007-11-29 Wavemaster Inc. 6 CD version.
Extra ~Official Compilation~ VGCD-0087[23] 2007-06-22 Five Records CD version.
Game Music Festival Live, Summer '93 ~OFFICIAL BOOTLEG CASSETTE~ N/A[24] 1993-01-01 Pony Canyon/Scitron Cassette version.
S.S.T. Band Live! PCVP-10405[25] 1990-11-21 Pony Canyon Released on VHS.
S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ SDDV-00035[26] 2006-09-20 Happinet Corporation Released on DVD.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler DMCZ-300098[27] 1998-01-01 Scitron Label 2 CD version.
Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- C22B-0002[28] 1988-07-21 Pony Canyon Vinyl version.
Beep Special Project - BEST GAME MUSIC SELECTION N/A[29] 1987-11-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project N/A[30] 1988-03-01 Softbank Publishing Double vinyl version.
Violin de Hiitemita ep2 ~ Maou no Gyakushuu / Scream no Hito SRIN-1063[31] 2009-09-02 SuperSweep CD version.
Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- PCTB-00003[32] 1989-12-15 Pony Canyon Cassette version.
After Burner Original Sound Tracks N/A[33] 2007-11-29 Sega Digital version.
Sunsoft Music Collection Vol.2 WM-0670~2[34] 2011-10-12 Wavemaster 3 CD version.
SEGA Sound Unit [H.] 1st Album WM-0669[35] 2011-12-21 Wavemaster CD version.
Blind Spot Live! ATDV-299[36] 2013-02-27 Atoss International DVD version.
Sega SG-1000 30th Anniversary Collection WM-0703~6[37] 2013-02-27 Wavemaster 4 CD version.

Screen Shot Comparison

Intro Screen

As well the attract mode images further below, the original arcade version had an impressive vector ball sequence which showed a rotating Roman numeral I which is then hit by missiles and explodes off-screen and implodes back into a Roman numeral II. This eventually rotates into place behind the After Burner logo which is also rotating!

Attract Mode Screen

Game Start Screen

The game begins by zooming into an aircraft carrier launch deck with your jet on board. Your jet then launches into the air and straight into Stage 1. Forget about blinking from this point onwards!

Dog Fight Screen

Ammunition Reload Screen

The aerial reload of ammunition was an automated section that gave you a few seconds to regain your eyesight before the next Stage!

Refuel Screen

A bonus animation that didn't exist in the first version of the game which features two refuelling landing strips to give your poor eyesight another well-earned break. During these sections, you are visited by the Hang-On motorcyclist on his bike and the Our Run Ferrari.

Canyon Screen

There are two canyon sections, which represent the only time you can interact with the landscape. Whilst you navigate your way through, there are also targets to fire at.

Game Complete Screen

On completion of Stage 22, the next area is the end sequence where you automatically fly back to the aircraft carrier and land back on the launch deck.

Hiscore Screen

Sound Comparison

After Burner

Platform Song Titles Sound Source
Arcade "Maximum Power" "Final Take Off" "Red Out" "Super Stripe" "After Burner" MAME 0.125
Sega Saturn Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CDDA


After Burner II

Platform Song Titles Sound Source
Arcade "Maximum Power" "Final Take Off" "Red Out" "Super Stripe" "After Burner" "City 202" M1 v0.7.8a6
Sega Saturn
(Arcade Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CDDA
Sega Saturn
(Arranged Versions)
Yes Yes No No Yes Yes CDDA

External Links

References

  1. After Burner (CD) at the VGMdb
  2. Super Sonic Team -G.S.M. SEGA 3- (CD) at the VGMdb
  3. Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- (CD) at the VGMdb
  4. S.S.T. Band Live! -G.S.M. SEGA- (CD) at the VGMdb
  5. Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner (CD) at the VGMdb
  6. Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- (CD) at the VGMdb
  7. Sega Taikan Game Special (CD) at the VGMdb
  8. SING!! SEGA Game Music presented by B.B. Queens (CD) at the VGMdb
  9. Sega Ages Sound Track the Best Plus (CD) at the VGMdb
  10. Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind (CD) at the VGMdb
  11. Back in the S.S.T. Band!! ~The Very Best~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  12. CLUB SEGA (CD) at the VGMdb
  13. Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  14. Beep! Sega Megadrive Best Selection (CD) at the VGMdb
  15. Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  16. Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  17. Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner (CD) at the VGMdb
  18. Sega Taikan Game Special (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  19. Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  20. STORM! - SHOOTING GAME SOUND OMNIBUS Vol.2 (CD) at the VGMdb
  21. Yu-Suzuki produce After Burner II (CD) at the VGMdb
  22. AFTER BURNER 20th Anniversary Box (CD) at the VGMdb
  23. Extra ~Official Compilation~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  24. Game Music Festival Live, Summer '93 ~OFFICIAL BOOTLEG CASSETTE~ (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  25. S.S.T. Band Live! (VHS) at the VGMdb
  26. S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ (DVD) at the VGMdb
  27. Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler (CD) at the VGMdb
  28. Galaxy Force -G.S.M. SEGA 1- (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  29. Beep Special Project - BEST GAME MUSIC SELECTION (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  30. GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  31. Violin de Hiitemita ep2 ~ Maou no Gyakushuu / Scream no Hito (CD) at the VGMdb
  32. Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  33. After Burner Original Sound Tracks (Digital) at the VGMdb
  34. Sunsoft Music Collection Vol.2 (CD) at the VGMdb
  35. SEGA Sound Unit [H. 1st Album (CD)] at the VGMdb
  36. Blind Spot Live! (DVD) at the VGMdb
  37. Sega SG-1000 30th Anniversary Collection (CD) at the VGMdb


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.