Arcade Video game published 33 years ago by Seibu Kaihatsu, Inc.

Listed in MAME

Raiden screenshot

雷電 © 1990 Seibu Kaihatsu.

In the year 2090, Earth has suddenly become the target of deranged aliens. Following the invasion, a new cutting-edge weapon, the Raiden Supersonic Attack Fighter, based on the destroyed alien craft, is created for humanity's hope for survival.


Main CPU : (2x) V30 (@ 10 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM3812 OPL2 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), OKI MSM6295 ADPCM (@ 1MHz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 2048

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2


Raiden was released in April 1990.

The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Thunder and Lightning'.

Raiden is the name of a Japanese WWI Fighter, the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden.

Licensed to Fabtek for US distribution, to Liang HWA Electronics for Taiwan distribution, to I.B.L. Corporation for Korea distribution and to Wah Yan Electronics for Hong Kong distribution.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Raiden Densetsu - PCCB-00047) on 05/12/1990.


* Items list:
- Red beacon: Gives the Vulcan firepower to the player who obtains it.
- Blue beacon: Gives the Laser firepower to the player who obtains it.
- M: Gives the Nuclear missile sub-weapon to the player who obtains it.
- H: Gives the Homing missile sub-weapon to the player who obtains it.
- 1-UP: Gives the player who obtains it an extra life stock.
- P: Maximizes the players current weapon sets to full power.
- B: Increases bomb stock by one.
- Medal: Gives a score of 300 points.
- Miclus: Seibu Kaihatsu's dragon mascot appears in Raiden and it's series, giving a score of 3,000.
- Fairy: A small humanoid creature that gives whoever obtains it 10,000 points and restores your powers once if you loose one life.


1. Raiden (1990)
2. Raiden II (1993)
3. Raiden DX (1994)
4. Raiden II NEW (1996)
5. Raiden Fighters (1996)
6. Raiden Fighters 2 - Operation Hell Dive (1997)
7. Raiden Fighters Jet (1998)
8. Raiden Fighters 2 - 2000 Operation Hell Dive (2000)
9. Raiden III (2005)
10. Raiden IV (2007)
11. Raiden V (2016, XBOX One)


NEC PC-Engine (1991)
Sega Mega Drive (1991) "Raiden Trad"
Nintendo Super Famicom (1991) "Raiden Densetsu"
Nintendo Super Famicom (1992) "Raiden Trad"
PC Engine Super CD-ROM (apr.1992) "Super Raiden"
Atari Jaguar (1994)
Sony PlayStation (1995) "The Raiden Project"
Atari Lynx (1997)
Sony PlayStation (2002) "MajorWave Series"

FM Towns PC (1991) "Raiden Densetsu"

Google Play (dec.2012) "Raiden Legacy"
Apple App Store (dec.2012) "Raiden Legacy"


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