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Using the vibrating joystick, fly your chopper through different stages of combat. Over land, you fly through a city, canyon or industrial zone obliterating enemy choppers and tanks. Over water you destroy boats, ships or fighter planes. In the air, by bombing a rocket. Your mission is to destroy the evil machine. Control air speed with throttle. Easy play.

Thunder Blade was produced by Sega in 1987.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Thunder Blade was produced include: War Ball, Slap Shooter, Gigas, Wonder Boy Deluxe, Wonder Boy, After Burner, After Burner II, Center Court, Chrono Soldier, and DakkoChan Jansoh


Name Thunder Blade
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10094
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Sega After Burner
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: Analog stick with trigger - Fire
  • Throttle Lever
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Deluxe/Themed (motion) - 1
  • Cabaret/Mini
Bezel Thunder Blade Bezel Image
Control Panel Thunder Blade Control Panel Image
Side Art Thunder Blade Side Art Image
PCB Thunder Blade PCB Image

Thunder Blade KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 5.00 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 5.00

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

Technical Rating: 5.00

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 5.00
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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Cabinet Information

In the sitdown version, the joystick doesn't vibrate. The player sits on a bright orange seat and the seat moves in sync with the non-motorized joystick (the player controls the movement of the seat). The monitor of the sitdown version is decorated with all sorts of dials and graphics to simulate the look of a real cockpit.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Thunder Blade Census

There are 14,949 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,546 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,389 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 80 known instances of this machine owned by Thunder Blade collectors who are active members. Of these, 72 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 7 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Thunder Blade machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Thunder Blade. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Thunder Blade circuit board set.

This game ranks a 18 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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



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Thunder Blade Arcade Marquee 26" x 8"

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Sega THUNDER BLADE Arcade Video Game Manual - good used original

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Original Sega Thunderblade Thunder Blade Arcade Board PCB Cage

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Sega Thunder Blade Deluxe Arcade Decals Brand New ThunderBlade

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Thunder Blade Arcade Marquee/Sign (26" x 8")

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Sega THUNDER BLADE Arcade Video Game Manual - good used original

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Thunder Blade Sega Arcade Marquee For Reproduction Backlit Sign

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Used Sega THUNDER BLADE marquee - great shape!

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Auction Results

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2018 3 88.50 137.67
All Years 3 88.50 137.67


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