Trivia / Raiden

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Despite being one of the most iconic arcade shmups, Raiden II has not had a rerelease since 1995 when it was included on The Raiden Project, which is long out of print. However, in 2014, after well over a decade of dealing with encryption issues, the game was finally brought to a working state in the MAME arcade emulator.
  • No Export for You:
    • The Playstation port of DX was only released in Japan.
    • The Windows version of III was also this when it was released exclusively in Japan during 2006. However, the port got rereleased internationally through Steam service in 2014, EIGHT YEARS after its original release.
    • The physical release of V is Japan-only; North America and PAL regions get digital-only releases. That said, the Xbox One is region-free and the Japanese version has the English-language option available (after an update) if you live outside of Japan and really want a physical copy.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Raiden V, a straight-to-console title for Xbox One, was supposed to have a late 2015 release (to coincide with the series' 25th anniversary) after being revealed in Tokyo Game Show in September 2014. However, due to unknown reasons, the development has been subsequently delayed, possibly to have some of its features perfected. During its development lifecycle, there was no news about it until December 2015, when the game was finally confirmed to have a release date of February 2016, somewhat later than it was expected.
    • Milestone Celebration: Coincidentally, 2016 was the 25th anniversary of Raiden Trad (the first Raiden consumer port) as well as 20th anniversary of Raiden Fighters spinoff, which Word of God never explicitly mentioned on. However, Raiden V could compensate the lack of new Raiden Fighters release since it is a Spiritual Sequel.
  • Sleeper Hit: As revealed in this interview, the original game was a low-expectation project only made because the developer's previous game flopped and a vertical shmup was all they could do with the alloted budget. The game initially sold poorly, but eventually ended up being very successful thanks to positive word-of-mouth.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There are some rumors regarding scoring rank requirements on reaching True Final Boss in V being S-rank, which is Harder Than Hard. However, some fans who played the game disapprove of this.
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