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R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

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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 SNES Stage 1: Space Garbage
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Hyper Wave Cannon: Initial Discharge
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Title Screen (Blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire!)

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The Press Says

HonestGamers Jan 13, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Magazine System UK Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Video Games Apr, 1994 90 out of 100 90
GameFan Magazine Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun Feb, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Game Players Sep, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
High Score Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
GamePro (US) Oct, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70


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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

Terok Nor (19486) added R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES) on Apr 18, 2004
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