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Genesis Thunder Force III overload ! Magazine pre|reviews, tons of scans

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mods: please remove the other topic from Genesis sub-forum, this my finished version, thanks :)


This is for Thunder Force III fans, every magazine article I could find from ~1990 on the king of Genesis scrolling shoot 'em ups.

Yes, you'll notice a mistake here and there, as was the norm for video game magazines.


I remember every one of these articles. The last image is the ending, so don't look if you don't wish to have it spoiled.


Enjoy.


Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 9 - April 1990

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Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 10 - May 1990

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Mega Play issue 1 - November/December 1990

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Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 14 - September 1990

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Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 16 - November 1990

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Mega Play issue 2 - January/February 1991

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Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy Guide issue 1 - Fall 1990

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Sega Visions issue 3 - Winter 1990

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Video Games & Computer Entertainment - October 1990

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GamePro issue 16 - November 1990

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Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 19 - February 1991

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Thunder Force AC arcade flyer

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Japanese Megadrive and U.S. Genesis box covers

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Japanese and U.S. promotional material

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From 'Official Sega Genesis Seal of Quality' print advert

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Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 19 - February 1991

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Still my all-time favorite shmup on Genesis.

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Good game but too short. I beat it on my 2nd try.... first try was learning the controls lol. I think it was only like 40 minutes max?

 

Nice pics.

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The leap in graphics from Thunder Force II in 1989 to III in 1990 was just incredible, especially considering both cartridges used the same 4 megabits of ROM space.

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In the first issue of RETRO Gaming Magazine I compared Thunder Force III and Thunder Spirits. The PDF is available for free on my site, link in signature.

 

Not sure you would want to include the feature here with such vaulted sources but you are welcome to.

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Good game but too short. I beat it on my 2nd try.... first try was learning the controls lol. I think it was only like 40 minutes max?

 

Nice pics.

If the default difficulty was too easy then you can raise it in the options menu. To access the options menu hold down A, B, C, and Start at the title screen then release A, B, and C. :)

 

Also, big thanks to Parallax for the great articles! Thunder Force III on the Genesis is by far my all time favorite horizontal scrolling shooter (with possibly my favorite soundtrack of any game ever) so it was a real treat getting to see all this literature for a game I so adore! :D

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That is some very impressive research!

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In the first issue of RETRO Gaming Magazine I compared Thunder Force III and Thunder Spirits. The PDF is available for free on my site, link in signature.

 

Not sure you would want to include the feature here with such vaulted sources but you are welcome to.

 

Do you have a direct link to the PDF ?

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"It's not déjà vu, it's Thunder Force II!"

GamePro - January 1990
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Video Games & Computer Entertainment - December 1989
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EGM #4 November 1989
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EGM #5 December 1989
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Game Players issue 5 - November 1989
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