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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 beginning a new game
Raiden Jaguar an end of level boss
Raiden Jaguar your auxilary weapon in action
Raiden Jaguar stage 2 is now clear!

Promo Images

Raiden Other Front
Raiden Other Back

Alternate Titles

  • "雷電伝説" -- Japanese SNES/Genesis/FM Towns spelling
  • "雷電" -- Japanese spelling
  • "雷电" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Super Raiden" -- PC Engine CD title
  • "Raiden Trad" -- SNES/Genesis title
  • "Raiden Densetsu" -- Japanese SNES/Genesis/FM Towns title
  • "Arcade Hits: Raiden" -- PlayStation title

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Oct 19, 2000 A- 91
IMPLANTgames Oct 09, 2009 8 out of 10 80
neXGam 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1994 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1994 8 out of 12 67
Retrogaming History Oct 29, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
Mega Fun Feb, 1994 63 out of 100 63
GamePro (US) Mar, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Play Time Mar, 1994 60 out of 100 60
Atari ST User Sep, 1994 40 out of 100 40


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Raiden appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled versions

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.


The game system in Raiden has often been compared to Toaplan's vertical shooters, and indeed Seibu Kaihatsu used Twin Cobra for research during the development of Raiden.

Two versions

Two versions were released - a 3.5" floppy disk version and a CD-ROM version which features over 42 minutes of CD audio music.

Information also contributed by Игги Друге
Servo (57393) added Raiden (Jaguar) on Jun 11, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25969), haynor666 (4421), FatherJack (62754), firefang9212 (52368), RKL (5736), Sciere (529433), Игги Друге (46422), Tomer Gabel (4646) and Majestic Lizard (676)