Ultimate Air Combat (NES)

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Ultimate Air Combat
Ultimate Air Combat - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1992
Developer: Activision, Inc.

Ultimate Air Combat (known as Aces: Iron Eagle III in Japan) is a semi-realistic combat flight simulator developed and published by Activision for the Nintendo Entertainment System/Family Computer. Having relatively good graphics for the console, Ultimate Air Combat differs from other similar games by having both a cockpit view and an isometric view throughout the missions.

The game seems to be set in the near future due to some of the highly advanced weapons systems but modern-day planes. In Japan, the game is known as Aces: Iron Eagle III and is barely based on the film of the same name (as both involved aircraft).

This is the only of two games that were developed internally by Activision for the NES, instead of outsourcing development to other companies, the other one was Galaxy 5000: Racing in the 51st Century.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The Japanese title screen.
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Music

For 1992, Richard Miles Boogar did a good job writing this simple soundtrack, with additional music support from Matthew Berardo of Bubsy fame. Both of them created MIDI files, which was implemented into Activision's NES driver.

Recording

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# Title ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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02 Menu / Introduction / Password / Stage Select Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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03 Admiral's Briefing / Select & Aim Aircraft Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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04 Professor Newron's Theme Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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05 FA-18 Hornet Flight Sim Theme Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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06 AV-8 Harrier Flight Sim Theme Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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07 F-14 Tomcat Flight Sim Theme / Credits Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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08 Got 'Em - Engaging Autopilot Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 0:12
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09 Overhead Mission Theme 1 Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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10 Planet X Race Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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11 Overhead Mission Theme 3 Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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12 Mission Completed / Ending Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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13 Got 'Em - Engaging Autopilot (Alternate) Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 0:12
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14 Shot Down Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 0:10
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15 Unused Theme Matthew Berardo, Richard Miles BoogarGlyn Anderson 3:00
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Credits

(Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)

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. The music was recorded in Game Emu Player for foobar2000.

Audio Devices

The game outputs to the RP2A03 in North America and Japan and RP2A07 in Europe. The DPCM channel is used for sound effects.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Ultimate Air Combat
Platform: NES
Released: 1992-04-??
Publisher: Activision, In.c
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Ultimate Air Combat
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Activision, Inc.
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: エアコンバットゲーム エイセス (Aces: Iron Eagle III)
Platform: FC
Released: 1992-08-07
Publisher: Pack-In-Video Co., Ltd.

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