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  • Raiden (Atari Jaguar)

    Raiden (Atari Jaguar)


    Raiden was a vertically scrolling shooter released in arcades in 1990. It was ported to a variety of home systems starting the following year though different ports were done by different teams and there was a lot of variation. Perhaps the closest to the arcade original is the Atari Jaguar version.

    The Atari Jaguar version got mediocre reviews but it wasn’t so much a reflection of the quality of the port as of the game itself. Reviewers generally felt that the pace was too slow and it was not an advanced enough game for the hardware it was running on. Still, if you are looking for an arcade shooter on the Jaguar, Raiden is not a bad choice.

    In addition to the Atari Jaguar, Raiden was also released on DOS based PCs and on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo as Raiden Trad (it’s unclear why the name changed). There was also an unreleased Amiga version and a version for the Atari Falcon (an Atari ST successor). Raiden (and Raiden II) were also later ported to the PlayStation as a release title (Raiden Project).

    Despite the sometimes mediocre reviews, Raiden was a successful game and a successful series as a number of sequels have been released.

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 69 – April 1995


    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 69 – April 1995

    I think the mid 1990s had more video game systems actively marketed at the same time than any other time in history. Electronic Gaming Monthly was covering at least the following systems: Super NES, Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, 3D0, Saturn, PlayStation, Jaguar, CDi, Neo Geo, Game Boy and Game Gear.

    The April 1995 issue of EGM includes the following:

    Cover Story

    • Mortal Kombat III and Street Fighter Legends



    • Super NES – Spider-Man, Warlock, Syndicate, Oscar, Whizz and more!
    • Genesis – Stargate, No Escape, Spider-Man, Knuckles Chaotix and more!
    • 32X – Brutal: Unleashed
    • Sega CD – Rapid Deployment Force
    • Game Boy
    • Game Gear – Stargate


    • Begin the Mortal Kombat III Kountdown Inside This Issue of EGM
    • Capcom is Bringing Back a Winner – Street Fighter Legends is Coming Soon
    • While in Tokyo, EGM Gets An Exclusive Preview On Hot, New Arcade Games

    …and more!

  • Chips & Bits


    Source: EGM 2 – Issue Number 5 – November 1994

    Chips & Bits was one of many mail order companies that sold video game hardware and software in the early 1990s. This was before the days of ordering through the Internet. This particular ad is from the November 1994 issue of EGM 2. There were simply a huge number of systems available in those days. In this ad there is stuff related to the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, Atari Jaguar, 3D0, Neo Geo, CD-i and probably something I’m forgetting. The magazine this ad is in had more than 320 pages and it was EGMs second publication of the month.

    It’s also easy to forget how expensive games could be. Many of the new game prices in this ad are in the $50 to $60 range which might not sound terrible by today’s standards but when you adjust for inflation that’s the equivalent of $80 to $95 today. Part of the problem had to do with how expensive cartridges were to produce, particularly those with a lot of memory. Going to disc based media helped to reduce prices and no doubt also increased the profit margins for game makers.