Genesis-less players who crave Thunder Force III for Sega's machine need crave no longer.
Correctamundo, Thunder Spirits is the Super NES translation by Seika.
ProTip: Hang out at the back of the screen, and then at the last moment accelerate through this Hydra missile barrier.
A New Spirit
Thunder Spirits is an excellent side view shoot-em-up with Gradius-style action, only better. You fly the Vrax combat ship into eight lethal areas. The backgrounds are beautiful by any standard. A few Genesis stages were lost in the translation, but a few new ones have appeared. Unfortunately, the new levels aren't as frantic and sharp-looking as the old ones.
Thunder Spirits definitely fits the bill if you're looking for supercharged bosses and explosive screen effects. Each level throws out some wild-looking creatures and creations to breathe down your neck. Mortals can pump down the difficulty at the options menu, but you can't change your continues -- three and that's it!
No shoot out is complete without an assortment of space-rending weapons, and Spirits contains a truckload. From power-up pods, you win master blasters such as the Lancer, Sever, and Wave guns. You can also add-on a Claw, which revolves around the Vrax and boosts your cannons' firepower, and the Shield, which absorbs several shots.
From a safe distance, use your Sever to sink the Kingfish in the Saline stage.
May Thunder Force Be With You
Similar to other Super NES shooters, Spirits is riddled with flicker and slowdown problems. Overall, * this Force incarnation is not up to its Genesis cousin's high standards, but the cart's still first-rate. Well-animated, beastly-looking enemies, fine music, and mindless, entertaining action are all here. If you're dying for a round of SNES shooting, Thunder Spirits will stir up a video storm.
- Sneak in-between the lava boulders and grab this 1-up in the Gorgon level.
- To destroy both Gorgon bosses simultaneously, circle the twin Balcams as they move and pummel them with Hunters.
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Thunder Spirits is a brand new shooter from Seika Corporation for the Super NES. Game play, weapons and graphics are very similar to the Thunderforce series. Stage one takes you rocketing through the forested region of the planet. In stage two, navigate your ship through the fiery depths of the galaxy. Stage three is set in the murky depths of the ocean. Stage four puts you in the cockpit fighting your way through outer space in search for the final stage, five, which is an intense mechanized world. Are you ready for the challenge?!!
The mega-popular Thunder Force 3 is being translated for the Super Famicom! Most of the levels found in the Genesis version are here as well as a few new levels for even more intense action! Even Gorgon, with his compliment of fantastic fire effects, is back and has never looked better! Definitely a Super Famicom cart all shooter fans should watch for!
The end Bosses are even more impressive than the Genesis version of TF3!