A Casual Look At.. After Burner II (PC Engine)

casual look at afterburner II

Did you know that many of SEGA's arcade games made it to their competitors' platforms of the day? One such platform is the Turbo Grafx-16/PC Engine, and one of these games is After Burner II. However, this one in particular (unlike Space Harrier and Fantasy Zone), never made its way outside of Japan on this specific platform. Which is a shame, because as you will see, it's an excellent conversion, and probably one of the best that NEC Avenue did during this time period. Anyway, let's take a look! 



Throughout my life I have been an avid gamer. My early years in particular consisted of growing up with platforms like the Atari VCS/2600, NES, and Master System. Naturally, that led into platforms like the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Sega CD/32X, Sega Saturn, Virtual Boy, etc. In the mid to late 1990's, I realized (as a fledgling teenager with little disposable income) that I could obtain those systems that I once thought were completely out of my reach as a child (Neo-Geo, Atari Jaguar, CD-i, 3DO, etc.), and it was from there that I went into a long-term phase of discovering, experiencing and collecting consoles--just about anything I could get my hands on. While I enjoy the occasional modern game, these days time is limited outside of my many hobbies, so I tend to hover towards quick pick-up-and-play types of games, via generations I truly grew up with: Shoot 'em ups, arcade style beat 'em ups, platformers, light gun shooters, and racing games. Not to mention pinball games, something new (to me) that has become a main focal point of interest. In addition to the podcast with Kris, I also create a variety of content on my own YouTube Channel, including video game reviews, Long Plays, and Let's Plays. Many of these you will be able to find here at IMPLANTgames!