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Boss battles switch to a top-down view, where things actually work better, but for the most part you're stuck in a visibly slapped-together 3D shooting game that doesn't really work in 3D. As with Golden Axe, there are better options available.
Back in the late 1980s, Sega was all about using 2D graphics to make three-dimensional shoot-'em-up games. Two of those games, Space Harrier and After Burner, were very well received, so much so that the Sega Genesis versions have been repackaged multiple times in various classics collections. Another game, Super Thunder Blade, wasn't as fortunate. It wasn't all that hot in the arcades, and it became a choppy, nearly unplayable mess when it was later ported to the Sega Genesis. Now, that cruddy Genesis port has appeared for sale on the Wii's Virtual Console service.
Sadly Super Thunder Blade ranks as one Sega game that isn’t really worth revisiting and it’s little wonder then that most people haven’t even heard of it. Avoid!