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atari lynx

This ver­sion uses the Lynx’s ver­ti­cal ori­en­ta­tion to keep the ar­cade game’s as­pect ra­tio. Sadly it was re­leased in­com­plete, so it’s miss­ing the mu­sic and gives you near-lim­it­less bombs. That aside, the de­sign is pretty au­then­tic.

pc en­gine

There are two ver­sions of Raiden for the con­sole, the orig­i­nal Hu-card edi­tion and a Super CD-ROM port re­leased a year later. The only real dif­fer­ence is the en­hanced CD sound­track with both ver­sions of­fer­ing up solid ports of the orig­i­nal.

pc Dos

The PC DOS port of Raiden is an al­most ex­act port of the Jaguar ver­sion us­ing the same graph­i­cal as­sets. The two main dif­fer­ences come in the form of a remixed sound­track and the re­moval of the large side panel.

plays­ta­tion 3

This is the same game as the PSP port, a down­load-only ver­sion of the Plays­ta­tion’s Raiden Legacy that was sold via the Ja­panese Plays­ta­tion store. It’s sad that Sony never re­leased it in the west, es­pe­cially given the game’s huge pop­u­lar­ity.

FM towns

Def­i­nitely one of the most faith­ful con­ver­sions from the orig­i­nal line-up, this port for the ob­scure com­puter (and Marty con­sole) fea­tures a remastered CD sound­track and a widened play area. It also of­fers dif­fer­ent play modes.

atari Fal­con

The Fal­con ver­sion was never fin­ished and ex­ists as a four-player demo that was picked up and pub­lished by 16/32 Sys­tems af­ter Atari Cor­po­ra­tion’s demise. It’s a shame as this con­ver­sion shows real prom­ise.

psp

The first por­ta­ble ver­sion of the game since the Atari Lynx, you won’t be sur­prised to learn that this PSP port is in fact just a con­ver­sion of the Plays­ta­tion game and was sold ex­clu­sively in Ja­pan for down­load via the Plays­ta­tion store only.

Mega Drive

This Sega port is sim­i­lar to the SNES and goes by the same name too. It’s also lack­ing the two-player sadly but does add a sta­tus panel at the side to pre­serve the as­pect ra­tio. The graph­ics and sound are both weaker than its ri­val con­ver­sion.

atari Jaguar

A launch game for Atari’s 64-bit con­sole, Imagitec’s port is of­ten crit­i­cised for the huge sta­tus panel. But this keeps the game to the cor­rect ra­tio and keeps the orig­i­nal de­sign in­tact. It also fea­tures a su­perb Jaguar-only sound­track.

plays­ta­tion

Re­leased as Raiden Project, the Plays­ta­tion game fea­tures nigh-on ar­cade-per­fect ports of both the orig­i­nal game and the se­quel . It also fea­tures a remastered CD sound­track and a new FMV in­tro as well as a TATE mode for the purists.

snes

Us­ing the ti­tle Raiden Trad, this port is mostly good. The graph­ics are au­then­tic and there’s a good ver­sion of the orig­i­nal sound­track too. Where it falls down mas­sively is in the re­moval of the si­mul­ta­ne­ous two-player mode, which is a shame.

ps vita

You will be un­sur­prised to learn that this is once again the same game as the PSP and PS3 and cod­ing du­ties are once again han­dled by Ham­ster Cor­po­ra­tion. Again, this was only made avail­able in Ja­pan via down­load.

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