Super Thunder Blade

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Super Thunder Blade
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Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Producer(s) Yuji Naka
Composer(s) Sachio Ogawa
Platform(s) Sega Genesis, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Virtual Console
Release

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

  • JP: October 29, 1988
  • NA: August 14, 1989
  • EU: November 30, 1990
Genre(s) Action, Arcade, Helicopter, Shooter
Mode(s) 3rd-Person Perspective, Top-Down

Super Thunder Blade(スーパーサンダーブレード) is a shooter for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console, published by Sega. It was one of the two launch titles for the console in Japan (the other one being Space Harrier II ), as well as being one of the six launch titles for the console for its U.S. launch. It is a follow-up to the 1987 arcade game Thunder Blade . It was released for the Virtual Console on September 17, 2007. It was also included in the Sega Genesis Collection for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable in 2007 and in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Gameplay

As in its predecessor, the player takes control of a helicopter which is used to attack a group of guerrillas. The helicopter itself uses guns and missiles, and can also air brake. A distinctive feature that also appears in the arcade game is the use of different viewpoints during the entire game; during normal gameplay and when fighting sub-bosses, the game utilizes a third-person perspective from behind the helicopter, similar to Space Harrier , but the camera changes to a top-down perspective when fighting bosses. Super Thunder Blade had four stages of play.

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Other versions

Super Thunder Blade is the title of the Mega Drive release. This was done to differentiate it from the Master System release, known as Thunder Blade, which was a port from the arcade version. There were few differences between the arcade and Mega Drive versions, save for some minor level development changes and the gameplay; the initial top-down sections (occurring before the third-person sections) were omitted from the Mega Drive version.

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