We were pretty excited back in August when we got word that a compilation of games in the classic Raiden series of arcade shooters was coming to the App Store, especially since it was in the very capable hands of developer DotEmu who has done a killer job in the past porting older titles to the iOS platform. Well, bucking the trend of releasing on a Thursday, Raiden Legacy [$4.99] popped up in the US App Store last night and is now available worldwide.

The Raiden Legacy iOS compilation includes the original arcade versions of Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2 and Raiden Fighters Jet. Four complete games in one package. They all come equipped with the additional features we've come to expect from DotEmu games too, like adjustable controls and screen sizes, optional video filtering, multiple difficulties, an auto-fire toggle, and iCade compatibility. Here's the official launch trailer for Raiden Legacy.

Other noteworthy features include Game Center integration for achievements and leaderboards, Universal iPad support, and widescreen display support for the iPhone 5 and newest iPod touch line. Players in our forums seem to be incredibly pleased with Raiden Legacy so far, so if you were a fan of the original games or just a newbie looking for some solid '90s shooter action then definitely check it out.

  • 4ppleseed

    Odd that Raiden II is missing. Did Mircosoft by the rights when they ported it to PC?

    • Cheeseball

      This may be the first compilation pack. I believe Raiden II would be coming in a second pack, along with Raiden DX, III, and Viper Phase 1. Raiden IV was on the XBOX 360.

      • emofox41

        There is little to no chance of Raiden 2 and DX being included, because of piracy protection issues.

    • emofox41

      It isn't odd, because the arcade versions of Raiden 2 and DX are not fully emulated because they use a anti-piracy protection that no one has been able to crack yet.

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    iCade support? Come here 8-bitty I need you for something...

  • Gamer_Kev

    Thanks for the heads up. Grabbed it as soon as I saw in your article that it supported iCade. Nice to see a new arcade compilation that still supports the original iPad and it plays great. I've only played the first one yet, but I managed to beat the starting high score. It was a lot of fun. I'll be enjoying this collection.