Rolling Thunder (NES)

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Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Arc System Works Corporation
Buy: Amazon
This page is for the North American release. For the original Japanese release, see Rolling Thunder (FC).

Rolling Thunder is a port of the arcade of the same name. It was released in the USA as an unlicensed title by Tengen since Namco did not have a headquarters in the USA at the time, so they chose Tengen for publishing their games.

In this game, you play as a secret agent codenamed "Albatross". An evil organization known as Geldra have taken your girl Leila Blitz, and you must save her and stop the evil Maboo from trying to take over the world. The game features identical gameplay to Code Name: Viper (NES), except Rolling Thunder came out first. However, the Nintendo port of Rolling thunder had some problems which make Code Name: Viper look better. One problem is you can't move while in midair; you can only jump straight forward. Another problem is that near the beginning in the game, there are parts where you need to kill bats, and because you can't shoot up or diagonally, they are near impossible to hit. To the game's credit, it does feature a short password system.


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The title screen.

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Killing an enemy in the first stage.

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The music in Rolling Thunder is ported from its arcade counterpart. The music fits the game in that it has an action-packed pace to it, but the music can get annoying after playing the same level over and over again. The Japanese version has better music in that it utilizes Namco's 163 chip, giving it a higher fidelity in the auditory department. The game lacks credits, but it has become common knowledge that Junko Ozawa composed the music for Rolling Thunder. A composer at Arc System Works arranged Junko's work, but it is unknown who. The only composers at Arc at the time were Junya Kozakai and Atsuko Iwanaga.

The USA soundtrack starts with a 1 and the Japanese soundtrack starts with a 2.


# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Junko OzawaUnknownMinoru Kidooka 0:03
02 In-Game 1 Junko OzawaUnknownMinoru Kidooka 3:23
03 In-Game 2 Junko OzawaUnknownMinoru Kidooka 2:36
04 Final Boss Junko OzawaUnknownMinoru Kidooka 0:48
05 Area Clear Junko OzawaUnknownMinoru Kidooka 0:08
06 Ending Junko OzawaUnknownMinoru Kidooka 0:38


(Source: Game lacks credits.)

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  Japan.svg   Japan
Rolling Thunder - FC.jpg
Title: ローリング·サンダー (Rolling Thunder)
Platform: FC
Released: 1988-03-17
Publisher: Namcot Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
Rolling Thunder - NES.jpg
Title: Rolling Thunder
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-??-??
Publisher: Tengen