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After Burner (NES)

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Title Screen

After Burner

Also known as: After Burner II (JP)
Developer: Sunsoft
Publishers: Sunsoft (JP), Tengen (US)
Platforms: NES (JP), Unlicensed NES (US)
Released in JP: March 30, 1989
Released in US: 1989


DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.


No, your eyes aren't deceiving you, this is indeed a Sega game on the NES. So are this, this, both of these, and this.

Sound Test

Afterburnernes-soundtest.png

In the Japanese version, press A + Start on the title screen to enter a sound test. The sound test is also present in the US version, but the method to access it was changed to holding B while starting the game (before the title screen appears).

(Source: CaH4e3)

Background Test

After Burner (NES) bgtest.png

In the US version, hold B + Left on controller 1 and A on controller 2 at the same time while starting the game (before the title screen appears).

There is no proper initialization for initial values for menu, so on some emulators you just get the black screen. On controller 1 press Down a couple of times then press Left to start display something. If displayed correctly, use the D-pad buttons on controller 1 to select backgrounds, CHR data for it and proper palette. There is no data what patterns and palettes belongs to the particular background. Press and hold Select to temporarily hide the menu.

Stage Select

After Burner (NES)-stageselect.png

In the US version, during game, press Select to pause it, then press A + Down + Left on controller 2 and Down + Left on controller 1 at the same time. Press Up / Down to select stage, press Select to return back to the game. This cheat can be done in all levels except 8 and 17. But you can still get to these stages with this cheat from any other stages.