Genre: Side Scrolling Shoot 'em Up
Platform: SNES(reviewed), Arcade
Although I'm not completely certain, I'm fairly sure that U.N. Squadron was the second game I ever played. My dad probably saw the cover and bought it for me(I was too young at the time to know which games to ask for) because of his love of Top Gun and it wouldn't surprise me if Capcom was partially inspired to make the game because of the film's popularity. I say partially because the game is actually based on a Japanese manga called Area 88, a fact I only learned in recent years. Regardless of it's origins, I loved the game and played it extensively for years.
|Wait, is that guy in the background smoking? How did Nintendo's censor wizards miss that one?|
|I swear I won't make a danger zone joke...crap...|
|Apparently the U.N. of this game's world is so strapped for cash that it charges it's soldiers for weapons. Harsh.|
|Not very good stealth capability if you already know exactly where they are.|
|I don't know that having hair covering your eyes is the best idea for a fighter pilot.|
|This is one of the smaller bosses. Yeah, they get pretty big down the line.|
It's quite amazing(doubly so for the younger ones among you) when you think about it, that a licensed game from the first year of the SNES's life could be so great. That was the case with many licensed games for the SNES though, especially ones by Capcom. Just think about how bad most movie based games turn out nowadays. Yeah, not so great in most cases. And don't tell me it's because U.N. Squadron was based on a comic. The Uncanny X-men game for NES. I rest my case.
I've talked quite a bit now without mentioning the story. I actually don't remember if the manual said anything about it and the intro isn't exactly clear. All it says is that there's intense fighting in the area and only a madman would take this mission. Not much info there. Regardless of that, not knowing the story has little impact on the game as a whole and no, I'm not going to look it up because I want these articles to be based on what is in the games themselves. The only thing I plan to look up for these articles are release date info and maybe a few small refreshers on gameplay mechanics and controls.
|No, actually this is the end of the article...dammit, my sense of humor is wretched.|
Number 3 of my top 5 games of 1991!
The 16-bit debut of a classic horror themed action platformer franchise.
I'll leave you with U.N. Squadron's thunderstorm stage music, courtesy of YouTube user gbelair3: