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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 FM Towns Vulcan is a spread weapon
Raiden DOS Bonus points
Raiden FM Towns P item maximizes the player's current weapon sets to full power.
Raiden Genesis Game over

Promo Images

Raiden Screenshot
Raiden Other Front
Raiden Screenshot
Raiden Screenshot

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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User Reviews

Worst version of Raiden on any console. SNES Majestic Lizard (676)
Best home version of Raiden. TurboGrafx-16 Majestic Lizard (676)
Oh, the humanity! DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Genesis Feb 18, 2010 A 100
The Video Game Critic Jaguar Oct 19, 2000 A- 91
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1991 81 out of 100 81
neXGam Jaguar 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Dec, 1991 30 out of 40 75
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
Edge Jaguar Mar, 1994 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Mar, 1992 4 out of 12 33


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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.

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