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The evil Bydo Empire returns in this entry of the R-Type series. So climb into the latest R-Type vessel, the R-90, and blast through six side-scrolling levels on your way to destroy the Bydo mothership.

Gameplay is still the classic R-Type way with huge levels and bosses. With your detachable laser unit, you can fire in front or behind your ship. R-Type III now features three different kinds of laser unit, selectable at the start of a game. Each offers different laser types depending on the power-ups collected.


R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Hyper Wave Cannon: Initial Discharge
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Eliminating an enemy squadron.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Main menu.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Title Screen (Blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire!)

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HonestGamers SNES Jan 13, 2004 10 out of 10 100
GameFan Magazine SNES Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SNES Feb, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Game Players SNES Sep, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Retro Gamer Game Boy Advance Dec, 2004 83 out of 100 83
High Score SNES Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Megablast SNES Mar, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance May, 2004 6.25 out of 10 62 Game Boy Advance Aug 25, 2006 8 out of 20 40
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Apr 02, 2004 2.8 out of 10 28


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Western version

In the Western version, the shots of the end boss of level 2 were coloured to look like eyeballs. In the original version, they could be remotely confused with sperm.


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    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best SNES Shooter Game of the Year

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