I love scrolling shooters and when somebody asks me what my all-time favorite, I have a stock answer: Raiden. Originally launching way back in 1990, Raiden was the first shmup to really catch my attention with its huge enemies and flashy special effects. The shooter genre has advanced a lot since then with tons of amazing titles, but Raiden will always hold that special nostalgic spot in my heart.

Now, a moment I’ve long wanted to happen is finally going to be a reality: the original Raiden and 3 of its later spinoff games are coming to iOS as part of a package called Raiden Legacy. It’ll include Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters II, and Raiden Fighters Jet.

Best of all, the package is being handled by retro porting experts DotEmu, who are responsible for the excellent iOS ports of classics such as Metal Slug 3 [$2.99], Blazing Star [$0.99], and R-Type [$0.99]. It’s a pretty safe bet they’ll do proper justice to a legend like Raiden.

No other details are available currently, but you can keep tabs on the official Facebook page for Raiden Legacy and look for the game to hit sometime this fall.

  • heronymo

    I had a disc for PS1 that had Raiden and Raiden 2. Awesome games!

  • metalcasket

    DotEmu are handling this? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • http://twitter.com/JyriKilpelainen Jyri Kilpeläinen

    Universal with iCade support? Pretty pleaaaaseeee!

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  • TheShahnameh

    Wow, FINALLY some news to get excited about! Put on the hurry up with these, please!

  • Brian Dougher

    Been waiting for this for my lifetime. That is all.

  • syntheticvoid

    I'm with casket!SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY... NOW!!! Damn I'm so excited!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    I was excited until I saw DotEmu's name. I'm afraid I found Metal Slug 3 and R-Type's controls just didn't agree with me. R-Type's controls in particular needed a re-think as the joystick in the bottom left totally obscured enemies and bullets.

    If its cheap enough or there's a demo I'll definitely give it a chance.

    • soldat7

      DotEmu is the best in the business. In a sea of bad news, this is refreshing!

    • chespace

      Not sure how to take this R-Type control comment as you could easily use the (more superior) relative touch controls to control your R9. That said, touch controls sort of negated the need for speed up boosters but i was willing to live with that little advantage.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBNMJGLGCBQOSH2BM264QIHLI Bridget

      Agreed.  I saw the article, was like "HOLY CRAP RAIDEN", and then saw DotEmu, and...... yeah, my interest is utterly gone.

      Those dolts left out autofire with Blazing Star, for instance.... HOW DO YOU SCREW THAT UP?  Every freaking shmup ever on iOS has that going either by default or as an option.  Hell, console shmups these days have that too.  Sitting there poking the fire button 2025470247607248962797 times while playing one of these causes my arm to flare up, so I bought Blazing Star.... and then found I cant even play it, so it was deleted within 5 minutes.  And I strongly doubt I'm the only one that has such a problem.

      And of course similar problems as you mention with their other games.  It's SERIOUSLY not that hard to get this right, but they keep managing to not do it.

      I mean, seriously, if literally ANYONE ELSE was doing this, I'd be excited for it.  But DotEmu?  Hahahahaha NO.  Thanks, I'll pass.

      • http://twitter.com/dotemu dotemu

        Hi Bridget. I am from DotEmu. We understand your concerns about Blazing Star. The auto-fire option has not been done for the launch because this feature would have break too much the gameplay. We also need to mention that we are always working with right owners and they can be conservative in some ways. The GOOD news is that a major update of Blazing Star is on the way, not only including auto-fire but also a 1:1 fast touch mode. 

        As for other games, we had very good feedback like a 9/10 for Another World iOS on IGN. We always try to do our best in our niche and we care a LOT about users feedback, believe me. 

        I cannot disclose much about RAIDEN LEGACY, but rest assured that we would cover pretty much everything requested in the comments we saw so far. 

        So wait a few weeks try again Blazing Star and have a look by yourself! 

      • Unadan

        Thanks for checking in with the fans. Looking forward to the Blazing Star update.

  • ducksFANjason

    Never played any of the Raiden games (guess they passed me by) but judging from the universal praise, even I'm excited for this!

  • lancheta

    I remember playing raiden in the arcades with my friend til we beat the damn thing...was the best 20 bucks I spent back then!

  • Duane Locsin

    Ive been waiting so long for this.

    I have Raiden using the Turbo graphics app, but the control just are not fine and sensitive enough for moving you ship in between enemy fire, there was no full screen mode. Other then that it's an excellent port that is hampers by those two problems.

    I'm hoping they will have Raiden II as an add on later down the road.

    I can't wait for this. Keep the arcade classics coming,

  • Unadan

    If u love Raiden pick up Raiden Fighter Aces on the 360

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spammo-Twatbury/100002426967566 Spammo Twatbury

    This is amazing news, if it's done right. Would rather have had Raiden 2 or the amazing Raiden DX than any of the Fighters games, but I'll be happy to hand over the cash just for Raiden. Better have autofire and decent controls, though.