Streets of Rage 3 (genesis)
200x100 GFX Company: Sega
Genre: Beat 'em up
Released: USA: 1994
From the game intro

I have learned from a new friend, Dr. Zan, that the Syndicate is back with a clever new plan to take control of the city by replacing top-ranking officials with identical robots under the control of Mr. X.

Our old boss, the chief of police, has disappeared and everybody in the city is preoccupied with the recent spate of bomb explosions. I fear that the syndicate's evil plan is already under way. Adam is too busy to help, but his brother Skate is joining Dr. Zan and me to try and get behind the bombing campaign and expose the real danger to the city.

We need your help, Axel. Please come.

Your partner


There are many minor gameplay and graphic alterations between the original Bare Knuckle 3 and Streets of Rage 3. Axel, Blaze and Skate have new color palettes instead of the classic color sets they have in BK3. Electra and Soozie, the female drone enemies, have more clothing edited onto their sprites. The start-up intro and some cinema scene sections are missing along with the plot being slightly altered (Yeah, city hall just happens to look like the White House in Washington D.C.) and the difficulty was raised. Many of the character names were changed for unknown reasons since their BK3 names weren't foreign or profane. Certain character groups had name themes going based on things like stones and precious metals. On the plus side, Galsia's name was fixed to be Garcia.

The creators planned to have a section of the game where the heroes rode the same motorcycles as some of their enemies but they couldn't get it to work 100% before the game was released. Shots of this appeared in early magazine previews of the game and a buggy version of this is hidden in BK3 and can be unlocked with cheat devices.

Shiva, Mr. X's bodyguard from Streets of Rage 2, is an unlockable character. What you need to do is defeat him and hold the B-button until next round begins. The mid-boss of Round 1 in Bare Knuckle 3 was Ash, a character who becomes playable by holding the A button after defeating him and holding it until the next scene section begins. Ash was likely removed because... well, here's a screenshot with Ash in it. Sega probably thought that someone would've protested about him. The second secret character is a kangaroo with boxing gloves named Roo in the U.S. and Victy in Japan. The key to unlocking him is to beat up his evil trainer without beating Roo to death even though the animal is smacking you around with haymakers and hurricane kicks. Knock out the trainer and Roo hops away and will be available the next time you choose a character. BTW: the evil trainer of the Australian animal was renamed Bruce and that may not be a coincidence.

Mona and Lisa, the twin female bosses from the end of Round 2, are the infamous the Blaze palette swap bosses from Streets of Rage 1. They're known as Onihime (demon princess) and Yasha (female demon) in Japan. The laughing, overweight bad guys from Streets of Rage 2 return with the ability to run and breathe fire like the bosses from Streets of Rage 1.
Player Characters:
Axel Stone Blaze Fielding Eddie Dr. Zan Roo
Enemy Characters:
Donovan Electra Garcia Jet Mr. X Shiva Mona and Lisa Yamato
Other Characters:
Adam Hunter Max Thunder (cameo in the ending)
Screenshots (click to see full-sized):
ScrollBoss Section Links:
Sprites - SoR 3 sprite page
Custom Sprites - Streets of Rage gallery
Mugen Items - MugenBoss - Streets of Rage index
Tips and Cheats - Tips
Logos - Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle logos
Mini Logos - Mini Logos

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