Tengen? Sega? Nintendo? What in the world is going on? Some weird cosmic force must have allowed Tengen to illegally publish After Burner, one of Sega’s most popular arcade games, for the NES. This, despite the fact that Sega’s own 8-bit Master System had already released, and in fact already had a version of After Burner on it.
Don’t celebrate just yet, Nintendo die-hards. This NES port of After Burner – the original arcade flight game – is not playable. You’ll barely be able to get through the first mission, let alone the twenty-two that follow.
If you still want to tempt fate, here’s what you’re in for: you shoot planes and attempt to move out of the way of their projectiles. Sometimes the controls work, sometimes they don’t. Thanks to After Burner‘s high speed (which wasn’t toned down for the NES), the graphics are glitchy and do all they can to keep you from progressing; your plane is more likely to be felled by a random pixel explosion than an enemy projectile. You get three lives, you die quickly, you start all over again, tra la la la.
Tengen’s published some fantastic illegal carts for the NES, carts like Rolling Thunder, Tetris, etc. After Burner isn’t one of them, sir, no sir.
PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Sega (port by Tengen)
GENRE: Shooter RELEASE DATE: 03/30/89 – (JP), 12/1989 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: 32X, Amiga, Arcade, C64, Amstrad CPC, FM Towns, MSX, PC, SMS, Atari ST, Sharp X68000, ZX Spectrum