Atari Jaguar Review: Raiden on The Jag Bar
By Brian Thomas Barnhart |
Hey everybody welcome back to The Jag Bar! BTB here! Got my good friend, my good and talented friend, Mister Bobby Collins joining us today.
Hey, uh, obviously we are not in the Jag Bar right now, we are in a basement. And not only are we in a basement, but we’re in the basement of the Tibbies Center Stage Theater in Fontana, CA and probably in about an hour from now we’ll be getting ready to do a show.
That’s how we know each other, because of this theater. I’m a Director here and Mister Bobby Collins was in a show with my wife. We’ve had a lot of fun. We’ve done a lot of shows together now, and probably some of the best shows that I’ve been a part of, that I’ve directed or hand a hand in, Bobby has had a major part in. But this is the first time that we’ve probably sat down and played a video game.
So, true story. We actually tried to shoot this episode about a week and a half ago. And uh, unfortunately, I forgot to hit the record button. It was a rookie mistake, yeah yeah yeah. It was good fun, but that did happen. Now we’re getting ready to play Raiden again for the second time.
Now we’re all set up with a makeshift man-cave in the basement beneath the Tibbies Center Stage Theater in Fontana, CA, getting ready to play Raiden. I’ll do a 360° in a little bit and you can see our setup here, definitely the man cave has the Atari Jaguar. Gotta represent.
The cameras are rolling, the Jag is purring, and we’re going to be playing a truly awesome game for the Atari Jaguar, one of the best shmups of the 1990s, Raiden!
Raiden was a vertically scrolling shump arcade game that was developed by Seibu Kaihatsu and released to arcades in September, 1990. It was the first game in the Raiden series of scrolling shooter arcade games. Raiden arcade games were distributed in Japan by Tecmo and in North America by Fabtek.
Raiden in Japanese translates to “Thunder And Lightning”. (“Rai” means thunder, and “den” means lightning) It was also the name of a Japanese fighter plane during World War II. Raiden was released on a ton of video game systems at the time, including TurboGrafx-16 and Atari Lynx.
“Mother Earth has fallen under siege by militant aliens. Now, as pilot of the Raiden Supersonic Attack Fighter, it’s up to YOU to mount a daring counterattack. Rip through enemy lines and take back our cities… touch Gatling units with your homing missiles… and teach these galactic pirates why nobody messes with your planet!”
– Atari Jaguar Raiden Manual
Round 2: Raiden! We’re gonna get this. We’re rolling here, we’re rolling here. Everything’s on and good. Two credits. No autofire. I think I’m the red ship. No cheats. No codes. This is men’s stuff here. Get ready! We’re going the distance.
You know, I miss this “couch co-op gameplay.” Everything is played online now. I miss playing games together with somebody on a couch. It’s sort of passé now, unless you’re playing retro games. Everything is online, you’re playing by yourself, you’re playing with people, but you’re not playing with them on the couch and they’re not there in the moment experiencing the game with you.
When’s the last time you sat on a couch in a strange basement and played co-op video games with a friend? I miss those days of gaming, I think we’re past that now. I will hand it to companies like Nintendo, that’s like their whole business model is family co-op type stuff. We do that at home with the kids and we love it and we have a great time. Part of the experience of playing classic video games on classic consoles is getting back to those basic essentials. Good friends, a couple of buttons and a d-pad.
“I think that if you’re going to compare the arcade game with the Atari Jaguar version, it holds up really, really well. I’m sure you’ll have some naysayers that say “oh, the sound is different…” or whatever, but you know what, you’re splitting hairs at this point. You’d really be splitting hairs.”
– Brian Thomas Barnhart, The Jag Bar
There are very slight differences between the Arcade and Jaguar versions of Raiden. But with the Atari Jaguar version you’ve got Raiden at your house, you own it, you can play it anytime. Is Raiden not as good on the Jaguar as compared to the arcade game because it’s not in a cabinet and I’m not standing up? Give me a break people. These naysayers want to pick pick pick at everything. Raiden is a very good Jaguar game, I love it.
Okay, Round 2 of Raiden. It was good. Awesome game. My thumb is sore. Any reason why the Auto-fire was not programmed into this game? I don’t know. Maybe it was too easy. Maybe it was too easy with Auto-fire and you just kind of got lazy and you were just able to shoot through the game. Or maybe they just wanted to give that “true arcade feel”.
This is a good Jaguar game. Very good Jaguar game. I love it, I think it’s fun, I think we had a good time. And we got far too! I bet that was the last boss. Good times.
When you’re on a busy production schedule you gotta squeeze the Jag Bar in, even if you have to go down to the basement to do it.
I want to thank everybody for tuning in! Thank you guys for subscribing, appreciate it. Keep up the good reviews. Be sure to check out the episode at the top of this page! And tune in to the next episode of The Jag Bar, or to the Lynx Lounge, or to the new show 7800 Avenue! You’ve got three shows, your choice. Watch them all.
Anyway, we will see you guys later! Cheers!
Raiden was programmed at Imagitec Design Inc. Produced by The Legendary John Skruch. Tested by Joe Sousa, Andrew Kim, Sean Patten, Tom Gillen, Ted Tahquechi.
Brian Thomas Barnhart is a classic gaming aficionado, retro pop culture connoisseur, and a Senior Fellow at Atari I/O. He is host of The Jag Bar, Lynx Lounge, 7800 Avenue, and the Atari I/O After Hours Podcast. Brian is a Moderator in the Atari I/O Forums under the name btbfilms76. You can follow him on Instagram and at his YouTube channel.
model # J9005