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R-Type III: The Third Lightning

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Game Boy Advance
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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 Game Boy Advance Eliminating an enemy squadron.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Force Selection Screen
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Stage 1: Space Garbage
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Main menu.

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HonestGamers SNES Jan 13, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
GameFan Magazine SNES Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Game Players SNES Sep, 1994 83 out of 100 83 Wii Mar 12, 2007 4 out of 5 80
HonestGamers Game Boy Advance Mar 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Game Boy Advance Apr 02, 2004 4.5 out of 10 45
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Game Boy Advance Apr 27, 2004 1.25 out of 5 25


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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.


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

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