A great translation of the arcade blast'em up is making its way to the Genesis in a big way, 8-Meg of memory that is. Raiden delivers solid shooting action in the same category as Twin Cobra and Truxton. The two main weapons can be powered up to immense proportions. Other weapons such as homing missiles and air to air missiles can be picked up as well as a super destructive smart bomb.
Chill, space jockeys! If you're craving a nerve wracking, thumb- numbing dose of good old-fashioned, arcade-style shoot-or-be-shot action, Raiden Trad, of arcade fame, may be just what you're looking for.
ProTip: To instantly snag full power weapon-wise, grab the "P" power-up when it appears.
Raiden Trad for the SNES is a one or simultaneous two-player shooter that uses an overhead vertical scrolling perspective. Your mission is a familiar one: save the Earth from yet another horde of alien invaders, wave after wave of them in each of the game's eight stages.
The fighting begins over a country pasture, continues high above a ruined metropolis, and eventually takes you into outer space for a climactic battle with a giant alien boss. In fact alien bosses abound and you'll have to contend with an oversized nasty at the end of each stage.
The Raiden itself may look small, but it packs some firepower. Blasted enemies turn into power-ups: blue for the Laser Cannon and red for the Machine Gun. Exploded supply crates , yield Nuclear Missiles, Homing Missiles, or Medals.
Collect mucho Medals for end-of-stage bonus points.
A Configuration Option enables you to after the difficulty of the game. Easy is... well... easy for all but novice gamers. But Pro should challenge even the most diehard shooter veterans. Simultaneous two-player play is a nice change of pace, but super slowdown mars the fun. Raiden Trad is well-done, standard shoot-em-up fare, and a nice version of the arcade title. Although there's nothing new or different here, the game packs more than a few hours of good shooter action. P.S: If you're experiencing déjà vu, not to worry. This game has been previously released for the Genesis and the TG-16!
- Grab the Fairy when you see her. The next time you die, she'll reappear and give you power-ups.
- The Laser Cannon and the Nuclear Missiles pack more firepower than the Machine Gun and the Homing Missiles.