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Side-scrolling shoot-em-up, in a similar style to such games as Gradius, R-Type and Scramble. The aim is to wipe out the enemy, which has gathered around the allied airspace of 'Area 88', in a series of military aircraft-based scenarios. You choose one of three unique pilots; Shin Kazama, Micky Schymon or Greg Gates, each with varying abilities at damage repair, weapon handling and flying skill, and engage the enemy over a series of challenging missions. The player starts out with the weakest plane, the F8E Crusader, which can only be armed with a very basic range weapons. But, through completing various missions, enough cash can be raised to purchase higher-quality aircraft. These superior planes are more agile, have improved resilience to damage and have a greater range of fire. Furthermore, the more advanced fighters can be armed with superior special weapons, such as napalm. The missions include attacks on sand bases, the nuclear submarine 'Seavet' and enemy supply camps, as well as seeing off groups of airborne 'bandits' who swarm-in on Area 88. The enemy is plentiful, and the pace is frantic. Shoot at everything on the screen that moves, and the allied forces might just come out on top......


U.N. Squadron SNES This is the map from where you launch you attacks/counter-attacks
U.N. Squadron SNES Game Over, but you can continue
U.N. Squadron SNES End-level boss for the first level
U.N. Squadron SNES Intro: Lift-off!

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Alternate Titles

  • "戰區88" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Area 88" -- Japanese title
  • "エリア88" -- Japanese spelling
  • "유엔 스쿠아드론" -- Korean spelling

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Perhaps the world's most perfect action game! Multimedia Mike (20636) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Sep 27, 1991 A 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Mean Machines Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Digital Press - Classic Video Games May 08, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life May 14, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90 Feb 14, 2020 8 out of 10 80 Jun 10, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1991 31 out of 40 78
Power Play Nov, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Total! (Germany) Feb, 1995 2.75 out of 6 65


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Area 88

The game is based on the manga Area 88 (エリア88), serialized between 1979 and 1986 in Weekly Shōnen Big Comic. Several other products based on it were released across the years, such as an OVA series in the 1980s and a TV anime series in 2004.
Simon Wingate (36) added U.N. Squadron (SNES) on Jan 02, 2003
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