Top Gun: The Second Mission (NES)

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Top Gun: The Second Mission
Top Gun - The Second Mission - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Konami Industry Co., Ltd.
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Top Gun: The Second Mission, released in Japan as Top Gun: Dual Fighters, is the video game sequel to Top Gun, also produced by Konami for NES. It was released in Japan in December 15, 1989, in North America in January 1990, and in Europe and Australia on October 24, 1991.

The player assumes the role of Maverick in an F-14 Tomcat as he is summoned for a new operation, divided into three missions. The enemy is not explicitly identified but boss characters are all highly advanced Soviet Union prototypes from the time, and the enemy aces have stereotypical Russian-styled names such as "Gorky", "Demitri", and "Stalin". The first mission is to destroy the enemy's Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack. The second mission is to destroy an advanced version of a Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter, through an obstacle course through a forest. The third and final mission is to destroy an enemy "star wars space shuttle", with two obstacle courses of avoiding lightning bolts and laser beams. Aside from the mission mode, the player can select a one-on-one dogfight mode against seven aces or another player.

The primary weapon of the player's F-14 is its auto-cannon with unlimited ammo; one of three types of missile payloads can be attached, named after their real-life counterparts of AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow, and AIM-54 Phoenix. In the first game, all missiles carried by F-14 are fictional models. In this game, "better" missiles like AIM-54s simply have a larger effective lock-on area. Missiles can be used to lock on and destroy ground targets in-game.

Compared to the previous Top Gun game, this features greatly improved graphics, in-game music (which appears in both the Japanese Famicom version and the arcade version of the first game), and an easier carrier landing sequence.

Screenshots

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The international title screen.

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The European title screen.
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Music

For 1989, the in-house sound team at Konami: Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura and Harumi Ueko did a good job, writing this music in assembly language. He would go by their usual alias, as because Konami had to prevent their employees being hired by competing companies, they had use its first initial + last name in their staff roll.

Recording

Though the game was released in Europe, the PAL version's soundtrack sounds identical to the NTSC version; as it plays at the same pitch and tempo, so only the NTSC version has been recorded.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Mission 1 (With Engine SFX) Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:46
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02 Mission 1: Destroy Enemy Bomber Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:46
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03 Mission 2 (With Engine SFX) Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:58
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04 Mission 2: Top Secret Helicopter Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:58
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05 Mission 3 (With Engine SFX) Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:40
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06 Mission 3: Enemy Space Shuttle Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:40
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07 Introduction Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 0:38
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08 Missile Arm Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:02
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09 Get Ready Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 0:02
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10 Versus Mode Win Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 0:03
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11 Blast It Out of the Sky Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 1:03
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12 Game Over Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 0:05
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13 Ending / Staff Roll Hidenori Maezawa, Yuichi Sakakura, Harumi Ueko 2:19
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Credits

(Source 1, Source 2)

The credits are shown once the game has beaten.

Game Rip

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Format

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Ripping NES music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game outputs to the RP2A03 in NTSC regions and RP2A07 in PAL regions.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
Top Gun - Dual Fighters - FC - Japan.jpg
Title: トップガン デュアルファイターズ (Top Gun: Dual Fighters)
Platform: FC
Released: 1989-12-15
Publisher: Konami Industry Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Top Gun: The Second Mission
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-01-??
Publisher: Konami America, Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Top Gun: The Second Mission
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-10-21
Publisher: Konami Industry Co., Ltd.

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