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Raiden
雷電
(1990)


[Arcade ]

[FM Towns]

 
Raiden Densetsu
雷電伝説
G.S.M. 1500 SERIES / SEIBU
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 5 Dec 1990
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00047
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The complete soundtrack to Seibu's arcade mega smash, courtesy of Pony Canyon's 'G.S.M. 1500 Series'.
The score is spread over 9 tracks, followed by a 3-track 'S.E. Collection'.
View [back] for track listing.

CD case, 12-track audio CD, booklet, spine card.

Raiden Densetsu
雷電伝説
MEGA DRIVE
DETAILS
Format Mega Drive
Released 6 July 1991
Publisher Micronet
Product ID T-22043
Size (cm) 17.8 x 12.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Micronet deliver a decent (if a little choppy) one-player conversion of the arcade favourite for the Mega Drive.
A good version, sure, but by today's standards it's just not sharp enough to cut any mustard.
It does feature an additional 'Bonus Stage' at the end, though.

Standard MD case, 8Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

Raiden
雷電
PC ENGINE
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 22 Nov 1991
Publisher Hudson
Product ID HC91049
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The PC Engine Raiden was easily the best version of its day - if you leave the FM-Towns one aside.
Hudson got the PC Engine to pump out a far smoother port than its MD and SFC counterparts - the only thing that's missing is the 2-player mode.

Standard PCE case, 6Mbit HuCard, colour booklet.

Raiden Densetsu
雷電伝説
SUPER FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Super Famicom
Released 29 Nov 1991
Publisher Toei
Product ID SHVC-RD
Size (cm) 19 x 10.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
Looks like the MD and PCE versions were 1P-only for a reason: Toei's Super Famicom port manages to keep the 2-player mode, but the machine simply can't handle it - and more often than not the game completely falls apart in a nasty swamp of glitches and slowdown.
What a mess this is.

Standard SFC packaging, 8Mbit cartridge, booklet.

Raiden Densetsu
雷電伝説
FM TOWNS
DETAILS
Format FM Towns
Released Late 1991
Publisher Kid Corp.
Product ID ?
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
And here you have it: the FM Towns 'Raiden Densetsu' is by far the best early home conversion of the game.
It is near-perfect in fact: the resolution is the same as the arcade, the action is fast and fluid, and the remixed CD soundtrack is superb.
Such a shame that the FM Towns was never distributed outside of Japan - this is just yet another taste of what could have been.

Super Raiden
スーパー雷電
PC ENGINE SUPER CD-ROM²
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 2 Apr 1992
Publisher Hudson
Product ID HCD2023
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Hudson knew they were onto a winner with their PC Engine port of Raiden: 6 months after their HuCard version they release a 'Super' update of the game for the Super CD-ROM².
The game itself remains identical to the HuCard version listed above, but goes that little bit further thanks to its enhanced CD soundtrack and 2 bonus stages.

CD case, PC Engine Super CD-ROM² disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Raiden Project
雷電プロジェクト
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 27 Jan 1995
Publisher Nihon System
Product ID SLPS-00013
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Superb 2-in-1 pack released shortly after the PlayStation itself, featuring nigh-on perfect versions of:
- Raiden (1990)
- Raiden II (1993)
This was hands-down one of the best early releases on the PS: both games are perfectly converted, presented with tons of great options (horizontal & vertical TV modes, original / arranged sound etc.).
Sheer brilliance.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

Raiden Project [Best]
雷電プロジェクト [ベスト]
PLAYSTATION THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 12 July 1996
Publisher Nihon System
Product ID SLPS-91002
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The excellent 'Raiden Project' pack was one of the first top-selling titles to get itself a 'PlayStation the Best' re-issue. No surprise there then.
Contents remain identical to the original 1995 print:
- Raiden (1990)
- Raiden II (1993)
Essential!

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

Arcade Hits - Raiden
アーケードヒッツ 雷電

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 28 Nov 2002
Publisher Hamster
Product ID SLPM-86613
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Raiden gets itself a celebrational re-release in 2002, courtesy of the Major Wave Arcade Hits label.
Note: this version contains the original Raiden (1990) only (as featured in the PS 'Raiden Project').

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, 12-page monochrome booklet, spine card.

 

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