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Trivia / Raiden

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  • Fan Nickname: "Toothpaste Laser" for the Bend Plasma laser.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Despite being one of the most iconic arcade shmups, Raiden II has not had a rerelease since 1997 with its Windows PC version, 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. Similarly, the aforementioned Windows versions can be found elsewhere in the internet.
  • Name's the Same: Raiden is also a sword-wielding cyborg, an Elder God who commands lightning, a Valkyria who also commands lightning, a Virtuaroid and a masked wrestler.
  • 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.
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  • 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.

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