Thunder Dragon brings ’90s shmup action to PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Thunder Dragon brings ’90s shmup action to PS4 and Nintendo Switch

2021-03-13 14:00:00by Chris Moyse

‘200 miles above the Earth!’

It’s Saturday, so it’s time to take a gander at the newest entry in the Arcade Archives range, courtesy of the retro fans over at Hamster. This week sees the publisher fall back on the tried-and-tested shmup genre, with the release of NMK’s sky-high battler Thunder Dragon.

Released in arcades in 1991, Thunder Dragon puts players in the pilot seat of a highly advanced helicopter, fending off an almighty invasion by what appears to be an alien force but – according to the game’s flyer – is actually a terrorist organization piloting stolen military technology. Huh. Thunder Dragon offers fast-paced, vertically scrolling action in efforts to capture the gameplay style of the then mega-popular Raiden series, but with a super patriotic U.S. aesthetic. Amusingly, the bootleg version of the Thunder Dragon JAMMA board actually went as far as to rip-off the Raiden’s actual OST. 

Despite being packed with explosive effects, flashy weapons, and a head-bangin’ soundtrack, the forgotten shmup did not receive a home conversion and, as such, is a very welcome addition to the Arcade Archives range. Thunder Dragon is available to download now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, priced at around $8. Check out the action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Urien84.

Chris Moyse

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Chris has been playing video games since video games began… still terrible at them. Former Saturday Night Slam Master, rambles nostalgically like Abe Simpson. I ain’t here to fight, so let’s no… more + disclosures

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