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3D After Burner II Is Jetting Towards The Japanese 3DS eShop

Posted by Liam Doolan

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Take a moment to reflect on the gaming days of yesteryear, and no doubt there’ll be some fond memories of Sega’s jet fighter classic, After Burner.

Originally released in 1987 — and following on from Sega’s equally successful arcade racer Out Run in 1986 — After Burner placed the player in the seat of an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, gunning down enemies and dodging incoming fire at all costs. After Burner II was released in the same year and was more of a revision than a complete sequel.

Now, following the recent release of 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang-On in North America and Europe, Sega will be launching 3D After Burner II on the 3DS eShop in Japan.

The 3D version of the game will feature a “Moving Cabinet Mode” which makes use of the 3DS gyroscope and pays tribute to the original arcade game that moved around according to the motion of the player’s fighter jet. Sega will also include a “Special Mode” which features a "lock-on shooting" system, and introduces different ways for players to test out their skills against enemies.

It's worth noting that a Mega Drive / Genesis port of After Burner II was also released, but unlike 3D Altered Beast, this 3DS offering thankfully appears to be based on the superior coin-op edition rather than the weaker domestic conversion.

3D After Burner II will cost 800 yen and goes on sale in Japan on 18th December. Sega's 3D Classics series is likely to continue in the west as well, so expect a release across North America and Europe sometime in 2014.

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (28)

Ootfan98

#2

Ootfan98 said:

I just hope that sales in the west are hign enough for Sega to release the 2nd wave of 3D classics in EU/NA

WYLD-WOO

#4

WYLD-WOO said:

Get in........ Great to hear this will be based on the arcade version. Sure we will see this in the West at some point next year.

TruenoGT

#6

TruenoGT said:

Sweet, bring it boys. Not that Sega's been perfect, but Nintendo could learn a thing or two about bringing the arcade version (cough Mario Bros & Donkey Kong cough).

muchB1663R

#8

muchB1663R said:

I will download this in a heartbeat when it comes out... Sega, can you release a remake of Rez next?

antonvaltaz

#9

antonvaltaz said:

Does anyone know if 3D Galaxy Force II is based on the arcade or the Mega Drive?

Edit: Never mind, found out it is based on the arcade. That means After Burner will be the fourth of Sega's '80s quasi-3D arcade games to hit the 3DS! Am just hoping that we get Out Run next...

Kolzig

#10

Kolzig said:

I hope they make a 3D Classic of After Burner 1 also, the arcade version.
Or is that already released in Japan?

Morph

#11

Morph said:

Great stuff, it's good to see we are getting arcade versions were possible, id really love to see afterburner climax get an outing on wii u as well

ACK

#14

ACK said:

Simply amazing. Don't make me move to Japan, Sega. I'm counting on you.

shredmeister

#18

shredmeister said:

Great news! Spent many quarters on that game back in the day. Nintendo needs more 3D classics, now. Only 6 nes games so far. By the end of this month Sega will have 8 (and they are 16 bit or better). I'm not sure why we haven't seen any mention of SNES VC for 3DS. But seeing that Sega put out some 16bit classics in 3D, I can't see why they can't put some SNES games on there (even in 2D).

EdwardCORE

#23

EdwardCORE said:

Please, bring this one to the US/EU eshop... And a second wave is coming in Japan in 2014... Hope it sells well enough to secure the next batch of games to come our way. I have bought 4 games so far, Galaxy Force, Sonic, Hang On and Space Harrier and next week I'll get both Shinobi 3 and SOR. Way to go Sega!

KnightRider666

#25

KnightRider666 said:

Does anybody know if Sega made Jurassic Park on the Genesis, or was it made by somebody else for the genesis? I'd love to see a 3D version of that...

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