Like its Playstation predecessors, Macross M3 is mission-based 3D shooter where players chose from several playable pilots, each with their own unique variable fighter. Combat was dependent on players taking advantage of their variable fighter's three distinct modes: Fighter, Gerwalk and Battroid. The final game consisted of 8 episodes, which totalled to 18 playable levels.
Macross M3 is set in a previously unexplored period of the official Macross scenario (2014 and 2030). The game is noted involving series creator Shoji Kawamori, character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, and animation director Ichiro Itano. Kawamori stated he wanted to flesh out what transpired between Maximilian Jenius and Milia Jenius, and how the events in the game led to Macross 7. In addition, one of the big selling points of the game was the inclusion of previously unseen variable fighters, the VF-3000 Crusader and VF-9 Cutlass. Shoji Kawamori helped to refine their design.
Space War I ended with the destruction of much of the Earth's surface. Mankind and Zentradi formed a society that led to a space colonization program in 2012, hoping to preserve their species. As humanity and their new Zentradi allies expanded across the galaxy, many were convinced that they had finally entered a new era of peace.
However, not everyone was keen to join this new order. Rogue Zentradi began mobilizing on several planets in the frontier section of the galaxy. Many began engaging in acts of terrorism, which terrified the population. Responding to these attacks, UN Spacy organized a secret military force known as the "Dancing Skulls", led by ace pilots Maximilian Jenius, Milia Fallyna Jenius.
The Dancing Skulls were stationed aboard the cruiser Arugenikusu, allowing them full autonomy in how they carry out their confidential operations. Due to their status as a secret military group, the two ace pilots didn't expect much in terms of friendly military support. They employed military "dances" in the battlefield, claiming it helped their combat effectiveness. At one point, the couple rescued a young Zentradi named Rania Moaramia-Jifon during a battle on a planet's crust and adopted her as their daughter.
- Variable fighter
- VF-1J Valkyrie
- VF-4 Lightning III
- VF-3000 Crusader
- VF-5000 Star Mirage
- VF-9 Cutlass
- VF-14 Vampire
- (Opening) "BRING IT ON"
- Lyrics: Brian Peck / Masaaki Iizuka Arrangement: Masaaki Iizuka song: Yusuke Nakamura
- (Ending) "NEVER ENDING WORLD"
- Lyrics: Brian Peck / Yusuke Nakamura Arrangement: Yusuke Nakamura song: Yusuke Nakamura, Yukino Someya
Limited Edition Release
A limited edition boxed version of Macross M3 was released, which included a laminated card and a special certification was included.
Macross M3 SOUND FILE - BGM, the game's soundtrack, included 12 songs, including the theme song, was released on February 21, 2001 by Victor Entertainment.
The game was poorly received by the gaming press and public due to poor control scheme and uneven difficulty.
- The game includes a special "quiz page", and you could obtain a special pasword on the official Macross M3 page. (The link is dead however). Entering this password allows you to use the variable fighters from Macross Plus, including the YF-19 and YF-21 on Free Mission mode.