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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 Jaguar your auxilary weapon in action
Raiden TurboGrafx-16 My gun is too crappy for this!
Raiden SNES Fighting a big enemy
Raiden DOS Highscores

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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User Reviews

Worst version of Raiden on any console. SNES Majestic Lizard (655)
Best home version of Raiden. TurboGrafx-16 Majestic Lizard (655)
Oh, the humanity! DOS Tomer Gabel (4416)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Lynx Feb 26, 2004 A 100
The Video Game Critic Genesis Feb 18, 2010 A 100
GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1991 4 out of 5 80
neXGam Jaguar 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
All Game Guide TurboGrafx-16 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Consoles Plus Genesis Sep, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Retrogaming History Jaguar Oct 29, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
ST-Computer Jaguar Jul, 1994 60 out of 100 60
Power Play DOS Jan, 1995 59 out of 100 59
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1991 56 out of 100 56


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Two versions were released - 3.5" floppy disk and CD-ROM which features over 42 minutes of CD audio music.
Contributed to by Fred VT (15063), haynor666 (629), FatherJack (19304), RKL (5614), Sciere (234307), Servo (55896), Игги Друге (38168), Tomer Gabel (4416) and Majestic Lizard (655)