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Radiant Silvergun Radiant Silvergun - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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A vertically scrolling shoot-em-up.

Radiant Silvergun was produced by Treasure in 1998.

Treasure released 3 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1998. Treasure was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Treasure during the time period Radiant Silvergun was produced include: Gun Beat, and Ikaruga


Name Radiant Silvergun
Developer Treasure (Japan)
Year 1998
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9239
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Sega Titan ST-V - JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - Vulcan Laser|Homing Shot|Spread Shot
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Radiant Silvergun PCB Image

Game Play

There are actually four other weapons besides the three buttons. They are activated using the following button combinations:

  • A + B = Homing Plasma
  • A + C = Backwards Wide Shot
  • B + C = Homing Spread
  • A + B + C = Radiant Sword

What makes Radiant Silvergun unique is that you have all your weapons in the beginning.

At first, the weapons are very weak, but they can be improved by shooting same-colored enemies ("chaining") - similar to gaining experience for a weapon in a role playing game.

Radiant Silvergun KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.78 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.80

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.75

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Widely acclaimed as _the_ best shoot'em up ever. So far everyone who has played the game agrees...

A PlayStation port of this game was planned, but eventually scrapped, as the console did not have enough power to pump out all the 2d-sprites the game requires.


The only console port exists on the Sega Saturn.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Radiant Silvergun Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 59 known instances of this machine owned by Radiant Silvergun collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 53 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Radiant Silvergun boards sets.

This game ranks a 17 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


The motherboard must be configured for two players, otherwise the game will not boot. The number of players can be changed in "System Assignments"-service menu.

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