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After Burner II

aka: 3D After Burner II, AB2, After Burner, After Burner Complete
Moby ID: 7009
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After Burner II is an updated re-release of After Burner. Besides extra levels, a few new enemies, a few touches at the soundtrack and more disposable missiles, the biggest addition is the ability to slow down or speed up manually. The rest of the gameplay remains identical.

Despite being called After Burner, most ports to home computers and consoles are based on this version. The NES, Amiga and Commodore 64 received two different ports with significant technical differences. This entry documents the original ports and the second ones can be found under the following entries: NES and Amiga / C64.


  • アフターバーナーⅡ - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Arcade version)

5 People

  • SEGA 1987
Presented by
  • SEGA
  • I Love Momoko
Programmed by



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Merge After Burner and After Burner II? j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】 (102537) Mar 17, 2011


Cover art

Although the aircraft piloted in the game is a variation of F-14 Tomcat, the plane displayed on the North American cover is an F-15 Eagle.


After Burner II was originally planned to have a World War II theme and be a realistic flight sim, but the idea was dropped because Yu Suzuki stated that "it would not have fit the arcade scene." A pure dogfighter was not his intention.

References to the game

In the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor is shown playing After Burner at the arcade at the mall.


During one of the take-off sequences of the game, you're followed by a small red car. It's the Ferrari from Outrun, another hit arcade game.

ZX Spectrum version

The ZX Spectrum version of the game has the plane firing its cannon constantly throughout and cannot be switched off. This is due to the fire button being used to fire the missiles.


  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Bad)

Information also contributed by cafeine festershinetop and Rad Spencer


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Syed GJ.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Sharp X68000 added by Rola. Nintendo 3DS added by Michael Cassidy. Arcade added by 666gonzo666. J2ME added by chirinea. FM Towns added by Sciere. MSX, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. NES added by lugnut. DOS added by Macintrash. Atari ST added by Игги Друге. Amiga added by Indra was here. TurboGrafx-16 added by Katakis | カタキス. SEGA 32X added by quizzley7. SEGA Saturn added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】.

Additional contributors: paul cairey, Robbb, j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Patrick Bregger, Harmony♡.

Game added July 28, 2002. Last modified June 19, 2024.