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The Burai, a race of evil super-brain aliens, have launched their plan to conquer the universe with their army of half-organic, half-robot creatures -- the robo-mutants. It's up to you to stop them! Strap on your jet pack, and get ready to become the ultimate Burai Fighter.

Burai Fighter is an arcade shooter with two modes of play. Most levels are side- and vertical-scrolling with pre-designed layouts. A few levels are different, though: top-down perspective, with a randomized layout. Either way, you'll be armed with a variety of weapons, including different guns (laser, missile, ring) and the powerful cobalt bomb which kills everything onscreen.

Burai Fighter uses a slightly different gameplay mechanic when compared to other shooters. You can shoot in 8 directions, and when you hold down the fire button you keep shooting in that direction.


Burai Fighter NES It’s getting serious now…
Burai Fighter NES Japan Title screen
Burai Fighter NES Your mission starts here!
Burai Fighter NES Set the game difficulty.

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Alternate Titles

  • "無頼戦士" -- Japanese spelling (kanji)
  • "Burai Senshi" -- Japanese title
  • "ブライ・ファイター" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

1UP! Jan 04, 2008 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1991 9.8 out of 12 82 Jan 17, 2020 8 out of 10 80
Video Game Den Oct 19, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mean Machines May, 1991 79 out of 100 79 Apr, 2011 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1990 28 out of 40 70
NES Times Apr 05, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Sep, 1992 66 out of 100 66


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PCGamer77 (3233) added Burai Fighter (NES) on Feb 28, 2005