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A cool jet shooter where you can pick from several different jets. This was released in America by Fabtek.

Raiden Fighters was produced by Seibu Kaihatsu in 1996.

Seibu Kaihatsu released 26 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Seibu Kaihatsu was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Seibu Kaihatsu during the time period Raiden Fighters was produced include: Viper Phase 1, Battle Balls, Raiden DX, Zero Team, Raiden II, Gun Dogs, E-Jong High School, Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Dive, Raiden Fighters Jet, and E-jan Sakura aka E-Jong Sakura So


Name Raiden Fighters
Developer Seibu Kaihatsu (Japan)
Year 1996
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9246
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireBomb
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Raiden Fighters PCB Image

Game Introduction

Choose from among seven high-powered fighters (including the Raiden MkII and Judge Spear from Viper Phase 1) and take to the skies in three dangerous missions. The first two missions are comprised of three stages each, the first two of which may appear in either order. Stage 1-3, Stage 2-3, and the final mission are all the same.

This game is often referred to as "Raiden on steroids."

Game Play

Maneuver your plane through the enemy's territory, dodging the vast amounts of fire directed at you. Take out each of the enemy's huge weapons to move on to the next stage. Each mission culminates with an assault on a huge enemy vehicle or fort that requires attacking multiple points. Once this super vehicle has been defeated, the mission is complete. Finish the game by completing the final mission.

You can choose from any of seven different fighters. Two of them, the Raiden and the Judge Spear, come from prior Seibu games, although the Judge Spear will not perform like it does in Viper Phase I. The remaining five are new.

The Raiden MkII and the Judge Spear have both lasers and missiles, which can be combined together. They each also possess their own signature bombs (Raiden's Thermonuclear Bomb and Judge Spear's Plasma Bomb) and start each life with three of them. For all the other planes, you either have missiles or a laser (not both), but in return you have the ability to charge (hold down the fire button until an aura forms) and release massive power shots. The planes also share the Firestar bomb and start each life with two of them. By holding down Bomb, you can allow the bomb to fly forward and then detonate it by releasing the button.

Raiden Fighters KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.78 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.80

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

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Quickshot Bonus - Take out a large plane before it gets a chance to shoot.

Defended the House Bonus - A large tank in a forest will start firing on houses. Keep a house from going down to receive a bonus.

When approaching the second mission objective (the flying fortress), Quickshoot all the big planes you come across.

If you destroy all the targets on the air fortress, it will actually explode.

When you come up to the big gun (main gun in the center of the boat) destroy the gun before you are forced away from the ship and a fairy will pop up catch it, but be careful as you can kill it if you shoot it.

If you destroy the second big gun on the main boat before you are forced to move to the left of it you will get another fairy.

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The Seibu SPI system is cartridge-based with all game data on the daughterboards, so a game can easily be switched in except for Raiden Fighters Jet, which uses a modified version of the SPI motherboard. To switch a game, simply swap the daughterboard.



Licensed to Fabtek for US manufacture and distribution.

During development, the game was tentatively titled Gun Dogs but was later changed to its current title to take advantage of the popular Raiden name. It cannot be truly considered a sequel of Raiden DX but rather a spinoff of the series in general.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Raiden Fighters Census

There are 14,829 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 94 known instances of this machine owned by Raiden Fighters collectors who are active members. Of these, 7 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 85 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Raiden Fighters machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Raiden Fighters circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Raiden Fighters circuit board set.

This game ranks a 20 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]



Raiden Fighters runs on Seibus SPI architecture. Its main CPU is an Intel 386DX at 25MHz. A Z80 at 8MHz functions as the sound CPU driving a YMF271 8channel digital sound chip. It features the Dallas MCU for strong protection and a backup battery to save high score data. Contrary to popular belief, though, this is not a suicide battery.


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2015 4 172.50 165.31
2016 1 172.50 172.50
2017 3 143.75 135.42
All Years 8 145.63 155.00


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