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Ultimate Air Combat

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Title Screen

Ultimate Air Combat

Also known as: Aces: Iron Eagle III (JP)
Developer: Activision
Publishers: Activision (US/EU), Pack-In-Video (JP)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: August 7, 1992
Released in US: April 1992
Released in EU: 1992


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
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.


An admittedly decent flight sim on NES, slightly notable for the Japanese version, released as a tie-in to a low-budget action movie, despite the game itself having nothing to do with it besides both featuring airplanes.

Ultimate Cheat Screen

Aces - Iron Eagle 3 (J)-0.png

Entering the password S3CR3T allows you to access the "Ultimate Cheat Screen", where you can adjust almost any of the game's parameters and listen to the music.

Unused text

The message "DRUM MODE ACTIVATED" is not used in any part of the game, but it can be presumably be displayed on the screen, since it's included in the internal string list. It was probably a menu option that allowed the player to enable or disable drums while playing sound.

00057820: 4C 4C 45 20 50 41 52 54 49 45 6A 44 52 55 4D 20 LLE PARTIEjDRUM.
00057830: 4D 4F 44 45 20 41 43 54 49 56 41 54 45 44 6A 46 MODE ACTIVATEDjF
00057840: 31 38 00 46 31 34 00 48 41 52 52 00 2D 2D 2D 00 18.F14.HARR.---.