Raiden, a favorite from the 1990s, is this week's Arcade Archives release

 (Not the one from Mortal Kombat)

Seibu's genre-defining shmup Raiden, the latest entry in Hamster's bursting-at-the-seams Arcade Archives range, is out this week for PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Raiden, a favorite from the 1990s, is this week's Arcade Archives release


Raiden is a high-impact, vertically scrolling shmup that introduced a whole new generation of video game enthusiasts to the pulse-pounding genre. It was first released in arcades in 1990 before making its way onto a variety of home platforms. Players fly across the skies on the Fighting Thunder vessel in the year 2090, on a mission to defend Earth from an alien army known as Crystalis. The player takes part in eight phases of air-to-air battle as humanity's last hope. Even if you're outmanned, an arsenal of futuristic weapons, as well as a range of power-ups, will let you even the odds.


Raiden would go on to sell over 20,000 arcade copies after its first release, thereby saving struggling producer Seibu. Raiden would also be a tremendous hit on home consoles, allowing for several sequels, ports, and reimaginings to be made.


While the shmup genre has progressed in leaps and bounds over the years, Raiden remains a fantastic game that is still enjoyable to play three decades later.

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