Raiden Trad

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Raiden Trad
Publisher: Micronet
Distributor: Bignet USA (US)
Publisher(s) of original games: Seibu Kaihatsu
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 T-22043
Sega Mega Drive
$? 22036
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

Raiden Trad, known as Raiden Densetsu (雷電伝説) in Japan, is a 1991 shoot-'em-up published by Micronet for the Sega Mega Drive exclusively in the US and Japan. Though other third parties have ported it to various other systems, Mega Drive version was ported by original developer.

It is an expanded port of Seibu Kaihatsu's 1990 arcade shoot-'em-up Raiden and the only game in their Raiden series of shoot-'em-ups on a Sega console. Exclusive to the Sega is a 9th stage simply called "special stage", accessed after clearing the game once. This stage has all new graphics and a new boss.


A and C fire. By default, holding down the button will fire repeatedly but with delay between each shot. By turning on rapidfire in the options, C will fire three shots in a row before a short delay (A remains unchanged). B drops a bomb, which you have a limited supply of. Powerups are both collected from enemies and by destroying objects found throughout the levels (such as crates). Weapon upgrade powerups will cycle between two options.

The main weapon upgrade powerup, which is just a solid red or blue color, serves dual purpose. Bullets are "red," lasers are "blue." If you collect a main weapon upgrade of the same color as the weapon you have, the weapon is upgraded; otherwise, your current weapon is lost and you switch to the other one.

Two types of sub weapons are available: "missile" and "homing".


  • This is a multregional release, the title changes depending on the systems coutry setting.
  • When played on "normal" difficulty level, the game is the closest port of the 16bit era. The SNES content has cut content, the PC-Engine versions have more colorful graphics, but slight changes in stage layout and scrolling speed.

Production credits

  • Program: K.KONDO, H.MORI
  • Music: AKIRA

Magazine articles

Main article: Raiden Trad/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


SegaVisions US 06.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[3]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) 1992 Video Game Buyer's Guide (199x-xx-xx)[1]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
67 №1, p73[4]
76 №28, p51[5]
78 №4, p42
91 №40, p142[6]
70 №19, p195
81 №1, p81[7]
79 №1, p79[8]
81 №15, p132/133[9]
60 №15, p106[10]
80 №23, p54
68 №24, p23
76 №2, p66[11]
58 №5, p33[12]
44 №18, p66
91 №12, p33[2]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
RaidenTrad MD US Box.jpg
RaidenTrad MD US Cart.jpg
Raiden Trad MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US ("Bignet" Version)
RaidenTrad MD US Box Bignet.jpg
RaidenTrad MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
RaidenTrad MD JP Box.jpg
RaidenTrad MD JP Cart Top.jpg
RaidenTrad MD JP Cart Back.jpgRaidenTrad MD JP Cart.jpg
Raidentrad md jp manual.pdf
RaidenTrad MD JP Postcard.pdf
Reg Card
Mega Drive, BR
Raidentrad md br cover.jpg


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:EGM US BuyersGuide 1992.pdf, page 15
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:Supergame BR 12.pdf, page 33
  3. File:EGM US 027.pdf, page 71
  4. File:ConsolesPlus FR 001.pdf, page 71
  5. File:GamePro US 028.pdf, page 55
  6. File:Generation4 FR 040.pdf, page 142
  7. File:MDAG UK 01.pdf, page 81
  8. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 79
  9. File:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf, page 134
  10. File:PlayerOne FR 015.pdf, page 106
  11. File:SegaPro UK 02.pdf, page 68
  12. File:SegaPro UK 05.pdf, page 33