After Burner

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After Burner
Publisher: Sega Nintendo Entertainment System/Nintendo Famicom Tengen
System(s): Sega X Board, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, PC Engine, Sega Master System, Sharp X68000 and ZX Spectrum
ROM size: Sega Master System 512kB
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade World 1987  ?
Sega Master System JP 1987-12-12 ¥5,800 G-1340
Sega Master System US 1988 $?  ?
Sega Master System EU 1988 £24.95 MK-9001-50
Sega Master System AU 1988 $? MK-9001-50
Sega Master System BR 19xx $?  ?
Commodore Amiga US 1989 $?  ?
Commodore Amiga EU 1989 £24.99  ?
Atari ST EU 1988 £24.99  ?
Amstrad CPC EU 1988 £14.99  ?
Commodore 64 US (cartridge) 1988 $?  ?
Commodore 64 EU 1988 £14.99  ?
ZX Spectrum EU 1988 £12.99  ?
DOS-based computers (IBM PC) US 1987 $39.95  ?
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty JP 19xx ¥?  ?
Sharp X68000 JP 1989 ¥9,200  ?
Nintendo Entertainment System/Nintendo Famicom JP 1989 ¥?  ?
Nintendo Entertainment System/Nintendo Famicom US 1989 $?  ?

After Burner (アフターバーナー) is an arcade game designed by Yu Suzuki and developed by Sega AM2 in 1987. The player pilots a F-14 Tomcat jet through 18 levels, destroying enemies with machine gun fire and a limited supply of missiles.

Like OutRun and Hang-On, the game was revolutionary at the time of its release due to its cabinet design. Though standard upright cabinets were available, the sit-down version its notable for a horizontally rotating seat and a vertically rotating cockpit, controlled (like the game) by the integrated flight stick. It was, however, a Japanese only arcade game, and while there were numerous home ports of the game, the western world would have to wait until its sequel, After Burner II was released. Luckily After Burner II is extremely similar in design, so much so that people often consider it to be a more "complete" version of After Burner.

Sequels and Rereleases

After Burner was ported to numerous home consoles and computers, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC Engine, Sega Master System, Sharp X68000 and ZX Spectrum. It was also ported to the Sega 32X by Rutubo Games and went under the name of After Burner Complete. It was also ported illegally to the Nintendo Entertainment System by Tengen.


Physical Scans

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Publication Score Source
Sega Master System 70
Commodore 64 52
Atari ST 69 №16
ZX Spectrum 66
Commodore Amiga 70 №21
Sega Master System 76
Sega Master System 82 №77
ZX Spectrum 90 №86
ZX Spectrum 82 №113
TurbografX-16/PC Engine 82 №109
Sega Master System 60
Sega Master System 75

Master System Version

Master System, US
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Master System, EU
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Master System, EU
"no limits" variant
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Master System, EU
® variant
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Master System, JP
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Master System, Australia
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Master System, BR
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Amiga Version

Amiga, EU
AfterBurner Amiga EU Box Front.jpg

Atari ST Version

Atari ST, EU
After Burner AtariST EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngAfter Burner AtariST EU Box Front.jpg

FM Towns Verison

FM Towns, JP
AfterBurner FMTowns JP Box Front.jpg

MSX Version

After Burner MSX EU MCM Box.jpg

NES Version

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After Burner NES US Cart.jpg
AfterBurner NES JP Box Front.jpg
After Burner NES JP Cart.jpg

Sharp X68000 Version

X68000, JP
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ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum, EU (MCM)
After Burner Spectrum EU MCM Box.jpg
ZX Spectrum, EU (MCM) (Alt)
After Burner Spectrum EU MCM Box Alt.jpg
ZX Spectrum, EU

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ZX Spectrum, EU (The Hit Squad)
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Games in the After Burner Series
Arcade Platforms After Burner (1987) | After Burner II (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Sky Target (1995) | Sega Strike Fighter (2000) | After Burner Climax (2006)
LCD After Burner (LCD) (1988)
Sega Mega-CD After Burner III (1992)
Sega 32X After Burner Complete (1995)
Sega Saturn Sega Ages After Burner II (1996)
Sony PlayStation 2 After Burner II
PlayStation Portable After Burner: Black Falcon (2007)
Nintendo 3DS 3D After Burner II (2013)
PCs Sky Target (1997)
After Burner related media
Albums Sega Game Music Vol. 3 After Burner (1987) | After Burner (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Yu Suzuki Produce After Burner II (1997) | Yu Suzuki Produce G-LOC/R360/Virtua Racing (1998) | After Burner Climax Sound Track (2006) | Retro Game Anthology #5 -AFTER BURNER in DREAM- (2007) | After Burner 20th Anniversary Box (2007)
FILM After Burner (video) (1987) | After Burner / Super Hang-On (1987)