U.N. Squadron

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U.N. Squadron
UN Squadron game flyer.png
Sales flyer for the arcade version
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) Capcom
Composer(s) Manami Matsumae
Platform(s) Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SNES, ZX Spectrum
Release August 1989
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system CPS-1
Display Raster, 384 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

U.N. Squadron is a 1989 side-scrolling shooting game released by Capcom for the CPS arcade hardware and for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was released in Japan as Area 88 (Japanese: エリア88, Hepburn: Eria Hachi-Jū-Hachi) and is based on the manga series of the same name, featuring the same main characters. Here, their mission is to stop a terrorist group known as Project 4. It was followed by a spiritual successor Carrier Air Wing.


Pilot selection screen in U.N. Squadron

The game is a typical side scrolling shooter, going against the trend of other Capcom shooters, such as 1942, and 1943: The Battle of Midway, which are vertically scrolling shooters. However, like other Capcom shooters, the player has an energy bar that is consumed over the course of a single life as the player sustains damage. This trait is highly uncommon among other comparable arcade-style shooters which normally use a system of reserve lives, where one of which is lost upon a single enemy hit. Before entering a level, the player can purchase special weapons or added defenses in the shop. The player earns money to buy weapons by destroying enemy planes and vehicles during levels and, when the level is finished, any unused weapons are converted back into money.

The player can choose between three mercenary pilots: Shin Kazama, Mickey Simon, and Greg Gates. Each pilot flies a specific plane and has slightly different capabilities.

The game was converted to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Famicom in 1991. Unlike in the arcade version, each pilot can use a range of planes. All pilots start out with $3000 and the basic F8 Crusader, and can buy other aircraft and weapons as they progress.


IGN ranked U.N. Squadron 37th on its "Top 100 Super Nintendo Games" list,[3] which made it the highest ranking side scroller shooter game on that list.


  1. ^ "Super NES Games" (PDF). Nintendo. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b "U.N. Squadron Release Data". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  3. ^ UN Squadron - #37 Top 100 SNES Games - IGN

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