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RAIDEN DENSETSU
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雷電伝説
©1991 Toei Animation Col, Ltd.
©1990 Seibu Kaihatsu Inc.
Release: 1991-11-29 (¥8700)
Cartridge SHVC-RD
Shoooter / Vertical

American Version
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Released in America as
RAIDEN TRAD
( SNS-RD-USA )
Here is the only Raiden title ever released for the Super Famicom system. The original and now very influential classic arcade game came out in 1990 and was originally released by Seibu Kaihatsu. This version is supposed to be nothing more than a straight conversion and most of the original features are present here : spread Vulcan gun, blue laser beam and all the secondary weapons, including homing missiles and the huge bombs that certainly made this title famous for. However, stages happen to be shorter than the ones of the original arcade. Some backgrounds elements have also disappeared. The tinny cows and farmers from the first stage, for instance, are nowhere to be found. Then all the ships, including the players's, have lost their ground shadows. A two simultaneous player mode is available though.
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Raiden Densetsu is a disappointment on many levels. Graphics are way off what the Super Famicom is capable of and most of the original gorgeous explosions and animations are gone down the drain. The blue laser is probably the worst offender and has lost all of its original beauty. Sounds effect are also appalling and do not go beyond irritating putt-putt noises. Raiden Densetsu is however better than its Sega Megadrive counterpart though and is, at least, full screen. When I look back at how great the PC Engine version was, I wonder why this version is so substandard. It could have been a great conversion but just ended up being a bad imitation of the original.




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