Rolling Thunder 2

Arcade Video game published 31 years ago by NAMCO

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Listed and emulated in MAME.

Rolling Thunder 2 © 1991 Namco.

A straight sequel to the superb 1986 original, Rolling Thunder 2 sees one or two players taking control of secret agents in this scrolling, platform shoot-em-up. The agents once again find themselves up against the sinister GERDRA organization and its many armed agents. Gameplay is very similar to the original, with doors both releasing enemies and hiding weapons and ammunition for the players to collect.

Rolling Thunder 2 improves on its illustrious predecessor in a number of ways; the most obvious one being the vastly improved and incredibly colourful graphics. The most striking improvement, however, is the addition of a simultaneous, co-operative two player mode; which adds immeasurably to the game's appeal. For the sequel, the one player agent is a woman, with a second player taking the role of a male agent.

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Namco System 2 hardware
Game ID : RTS

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 12.288 Mhz), M6809 (@ 3.072 Mhz), HD63705 (@ 2.048 Mhz)
Sound Chips : C140 (@ 21.39 Khz), YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2 (ATTACK, JUMP)


Even if the titlescreen says '1990', Rolling Thunder 2 was released in March 1991.

Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Rolling Thunder 2 : Namco Game Sound Express Vol.5 - VICL-15005) on June 21, 1991.

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1. Rolling Thunder (1986, Arcade)
2. Rolling Thunder 2 (1991, Arcade)
3. Rolling Thunder 3 [Model T-14096] (1993, Genesis)


Directed by : T. Negoro
Programmed by : K. Nikaido
Designed by : H. Kuwabara
Music composed by : Ayako Saso


[EU] Sega Mega Drive (1991)
[US] Sega Genesis (nov.18, 1991) "Rolling Thunder 2 [Model T-14066]"
[JP] Sega Mega Drive (nov.19, 1991) "Rolling Thunder 2 [Model T-14133]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] (oct.27, 2009)


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