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Thunder Spirits is a modified version of Thunder Force III made specifically for the arcades with reworked graphics - although still very close to what the Genesis was able to offer. Thunder Spirits puts you behind the cockpit of a lone starfighter out to destroy all the enemy forces of the Orn empire by clearing 8 enemy-infested stages set in various outer space locations. Most of the game levels are taken directly from the Genesis version with a few minor changes, though levels 4 and 5 are totally different - both in graphics and level design.

The game gives you a health-bar and the ability to swap collected weapons on the fly, which can be obtained by catching power-ups and activating them whenever you want.


Thunder Spirits SNES Firing a laser beam
Thunder Spirits SNES Watch out for the pillars of fire
Thunder Spirits SNES A power-up
Thunder Spirits Arcade Blast the aliens.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Force AC" -- Arcade title
  • "サンダースピリッツ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SNES Nov 24, 2001 A- 91
Retro Archives Arcade Jul 24, 2017 15 out of 20 75
Power Play SNES Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Video Games SNES Apr, 1992 59 out of 100 59
Retro Archives SNES Jul 24, 2017 9 out of 20 45


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