R*Type II

The Arcade Video Game by Irem Corp. See Timeline

R*Type II screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

R*Type II © 1989 Irem.

The sequel to the hugely successful original finds the evil Bydo Empire once again intent on the destruction of all mankind in this sideways scrolling, six-level shoot-em-up.

The innovative weapons system of the original game - the 'Beam Weapon' and 'Force Pod' - make a welcome return and remain unchanged for the sequel.

The tight, demanding gameplay and high emphasis on correct usage of the weapons system also return - although the sequel is, if anything, even more demanding than its already unforgiving predecessor; with more durable enemies and trickier level design.

R*Type II features three new weapon shot types:
* Green - Search Laser - fires semi-homing lasers that can bend at 45° angles.
* Grey - Shotgun Laser - fires large shells that travel a short distance before exploding powerfully.
* Scatter Bomb - drops bombs to the ground; when these explode, the explosion scatters forwards along the ground. This is a supporting weapon that can be equipped instead of missiles.

In addition to the new weapons, R-type II's Beam Weapon has received an upgrade. As with the first game, holding down the fire button makes a power gauge fill up, releases the button then unleashes a powerful plasma shot. For the sequel, however, continuing to hold down the button causes the gauge to charge up further. This 'double-charged' gauge flashes blue and red and releases an even more powerful plasma burst.


R*Type II Arcade Video Game
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Irem M-82 system hardware (Japanese version has M-84 written on the board).

Main CPU : V30 (@ 8 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), DAC

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2


R*Type II was released in December 1989.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (R*Type II : G.S.M. Irem 2 - PCCB-00017) on January 21, 1990.


1. R*Type (1987, Arcade)
2. R*Type II (1989, Arcade)
3. R*Type Leo (1992, Arcade)
4. R*Type III - The 3rd Lightning [Model SHVC-ER] (1994, Super Famicom)
5. R*Type Delta [Model SLPS-01688] (1999, PlayStation)
6. R*Type Final (2003, PS2)
7. R*Type Tactics (2007, PSP)



Nintendo Super Famicom japan (July 13, 1991) "Super R*Type [Model SHVC-SR]"
Nintendo SNES usa (September 1991) "Super R*Type [Model SNS-SR]"
Nintendo SNES europe (June 4, 1992) "Super R*Type [Model SNSP-SR]"
Nintendo Game Boy usa europe (1992)
Nintendo Game Boy japan (December 11, 1992) "R*Type II [Model DMG-RZA]"
Sony PlayStation japan (February 5, 1998) "R*Types [Model SLPS-01236]"
Sony PlayStation europe (September 1998) "R*Types [Model SLES-01355]"
Sony PlayStation usa (February 28, 1999) "R*Types [Model SLUS-00753]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color usa (June 1999) "R*Type DX [Model DMG-AWHE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color europe (July 20, 1999) "R*Type DX [Model DMG-AWHP-EUR]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color japan (November 1999) "R*Type DX [Model DMG-ARUJ-JPN]"
Sony PlayStation japan (October 25, 2001) "R*Types I-II [R's Best] [Model SLPS-03310]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] japan (January 29, 2008) [Model JBYJ] Super Famicom version
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] europe (March 14, 2008) [Model JBYP] SNES version
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] usa (March 17, 2008) [Model JBYE] SNES version
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] korea (August 12, 2008) [Model JBYK] Super Comboy version


Commodore Amiga europe (1991)
Atari ST europe (1991)

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Official website: http://www.irem.co.jp/game/r_page/rtype2_page/index.html

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