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Thunder Force II

aka: Thunder Force II MD


Thunder Force II is both a side scrolling and top down shooter. In the game you control a ship. In some stages the action is side scrolling and in others it is top down (overhead). The weapons systems is fairly basic. You can switch from shooting a more powerful weapon straight ahead or two less powerful guns shooting forward and backward simultaneously. There are various power-ups that improve your fire power.

In the top down levels you can only travel in cardinal directions and cannot maneuver around obstacles easily or slow down. The control in the side scrolling levels is reminiscent of R-Type or Gradius, but with more basic weapons systems. In future incarnations of the series the top down aspect would be abandoned.


  • サンダーフォースⅡMD - Japanese Mega Drive spelling

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Credits (Sharp X68000 version)

10 People (8 developers, 2 thanks)

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In the Sharp X68000 version of the game, after losing your last life, the game will exclaim "Shit!" in frustration. This was not carried over to the Genesis/Mega Drive versions.


Released in June 1989, Thunder Force II MD was the very first third-party game released for the Mega Drive in Japan, eight months after the system's initial launch.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly

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  • MobyGames ID: 24181


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Majestic Lizard.

Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. Sharp X68000 added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Alaka, CaptainCanuck, j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Cantillon.

Game added October 25th, 2006. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.