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Raiden (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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In the year 2090, Earth is invaded by extra-terrestrials. The World Alliance of Nations has developed a supersonic attack fighter, Raiden, to defend the Earth. A pilot must take control of the experimental fighter to destroy the alien warships that just happen to look like odd variations of typical military tanks and planes with gadgets attached to them.

Raiden (called Raiden Trad on the Genesis and SNES) is an over-head vertical-scrolling shooter, based on an arcade game of the same title. It features two forms of weapon upgrades and two types of missiles (normal or homing). You start the game with several bombs which you can use to destroy most enemies on the screen to get yourself out of a jam. Each level ends with a large boss or bosses.


Raiden Genesis The level starts.
Raiden Genesis Main menu
Raiden Genesis Firing at a tank.
Raiden Genesis Options screen

Alternate Titles

  • "雷電伝説" -- Japanese SNES/Genesis spelling
  • "雷電" -- Japanese spelling
  • "雷电" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Raiden Trad" -- SNES/Genesis title
  • "Raiden Densetsu" -- Japanese SNES/Genesis title

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2010 A 100
Mean Machines Jan, 1991 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) Nov, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1991 7.25 out of 10 72
Consoles Plus Sep, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Nov, 1991 56 out of 100 56 Jun 26, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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Ports to both Atari Falcon and Amiga were well underway, undertaken by Imagitec Design, but both were eventually scrapped. Unfinished versions have been circulating on the net and pirate BBSes for some time. Unlike most Raiden versions, these computer ports featured a "marquee" covering much of the screen, a move which had been out of fashion since the eighties, when it was often used to cover up the bad scrolling hardware of older computers.
Majestic Lizard (655) added Raiden (Genesis) on Nov 17, 2006
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