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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 Force Selection Screen
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Giant robot to destroy
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Title Screen (Blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire!)
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
Play Time SNES Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Game Players SNES Sep, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Retro Gamer Game Boy Advance Dec, 2004 83 out of 100 83
HonestGamers Game Boy Advance Mar 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Megablast SNES Mar, 1994 79 out of 100 79
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance May, 2004 6.25 out of 10 62
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Oct 01, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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