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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 Game Boy Advance Eliminating an enemy squadron.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Title screen.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Stage 1: Space Garbage
R-Type III: The Third Lightning SNES Hyper Wave Cannon: Initial Discharge

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Video Game Den SNES Mar 31, 2020 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Video Games SNES Mar, 1994 90 out of 100 90
GameFan Magazine SNES Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SNES Feb, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Play Time SNES Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Nintendo Life Wii Jan 16, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Mar, 2005 42 out of 100 42 Game Boy Advance Aug 25, 2006 8 out of 20 40
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Apr 02, 2004 2.8 out of 10 28
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Game Boy Advance Apr 27, 2004 1.25 out of 5 25


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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

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