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Aero Fighters 2:
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Genre: Shoot 'em up Meg Count: 102 MB Players: 1 or 2 player Released on: Home/MVS/CD
Note: The original Aero Fighters/Sonic Wings is not a Neo Geo game!
Aero Fighters 2, or Sonic Wings 2 as it is known in Japan, is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up with a slightly off beat cast. Robots, teenage girls, talking dolphins, a baby, and even retired fighter pilots with pet parrots can be selected from... when a plane that is piloted by a Ninja is the most "normal" of all the characters, you know the designers must have been under the influence of some kind of heavy narcotics when they came up with these designs!
But anyway, said cast of characters are tasked with saving the world, over ten stages of action set in different countries, from Japan to Hawaii. If you are looking for some good shoot 'em up action, you could definitely do far worse than try this game, and it's sequel, Aero Fighters 3!
Sonic Wings 2 is a brilliant game. I love playing it. The annoying thing is though that I can't complete it. I can get all the way to the last stage and then it's just too difficult for me. The fact that there are 2 bosses and other enemies and that you get sent back to the start of the level if you use a new credit makes it really tough.
For some reason I slightly prefer Sonic Wings 2 over Sonic Wings 3 but I'm not really sure why that is. How do other people feel about this? I'm also very curious about the first Sonic Wings game on the Snes because it looks really good too.
I've never played the SNES version, but I did try the arcade version fo the original Sonic Wings via MAME... it's ok from what I remember. There's also Sonic Wings Limited for the Arcade/Saturn/PSOne and Aerofighters Assault for the N64 out there... has anyone ever tried those?
I know what you mean about the last stage, it's really really hard without continues! I'm having a hard time getting very far with one credit right now but trying to practice.
I love that one. It has the weirdest but coolest pilots ever created.
Robo Keaton has a funny way of eating. Silver must resemble Long John Silver somewhat. Hi-en a ninja pilot. Mao-Mao a sailor pilot, better than Sailor Moon. A to be married lady Ellen and her little daughter Cindy. Spanky a dolophin pilot, that gives style in the weird wide world. Steve is beyond weird. And last but not least Bobby the baby pilot.
I'm guessing that Spanky's plane is flooded with water in the cockpit, with his head spyhopping to take a look outside. You wonder how Bobby can possibly drink his milk, have his diaper changes and take naps while driving the plane? He doesn't, he sets it to auto pilot.
I prefer to call this game Sonic Wings to its primary title.
This game is one of my favorites on neo geo. I know there are betters on neo geo but we had only this. Me and my friend used to play this game a lot at arcade. I make it to the 10the stage boss but never passed it though i passed it with my friend 1 credit and i didn't loose life. The game starts again when you pass 10th stage and it is too hard after it. I use baby.
When I got into NeoGeo emulation I jumped right over this shooter and started with Blazing Star. Shooters are the type of games that even when they're aged they're still fun so I'm gonna have to play some of this.
I haven't played this one, but Merlin mentioned 'Special" earlier, which is the version I have for PSOne & Saturn. Its quite an enjoyable game if I were honest, but when it comes to Shmups, I'm biased anyway! Yeah, if I were really honest, I rather like this game.. very VERY similar to the Strikers series, just not quite as good... only quite.
Not sure what Special is, but I 'think' its a remix of different levels form the first 3 games. Of course I could be wrong... and, RiKo... AeroBlasters / AirBuster IS, as you say, an MD/PCE side-on shmup... and a very good one at that too (I only have the MD ver.)
NeoGeoNinja - I heard that former Video System members that worked on this title actually moved onto Psikyo and worked on Strikers. Not 100% sure that is true, but I think it's very likely. Apparently if you check the credits for both games you can see a lot of the same names.
Boogipop: Yea it's the one with the ferris wheel... it's also a little bit eery destroying the Twin Towers on the New York stage... (see attached)
I really like the game, its actually aged rather well i often play it on my NGCD . Good call with Aeroblasters Ninja got MD version too although ive played the Pc Engine one on emu and it seems a little more polished. Been after Aero Fighters 3 for NGCD but it aint easy to find for under £20, ive got it on my 100-1 mvs cart and agree with other members that 2 is preferable to the sequel although i have never completed the last level
Edited by STE C on 29. April 2009 12:16
I think this game is fun. It is not the best shooter for the Neo Geo, but I like the backgrounds, it is "easy" enough not to be frustrating (at least until you get to the last level), and the character design and dialog is "so bad it's good."
I also like Aero Fighters 2 more than 3. The backgrounds are more appealing to me personally.
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