As many people know the Thunder Force has been around since 1983. Since then we have seen multiple entries within series and some of them received arcade releases such as Thunder Force III which was came back in 1990. Shortly, after the release of Thunder Force III we got a chance to see the Technosoft and Sega put out Thunder Force IV between ’92-’93 which remained exclusively on the Sega Genesis until ’96 where it was it came out on the Sega Saturn in Japan. Since its release Thunder Force IV was critically acclaimed for Gavin some of the best visuals that one would ever see in a side-scrolling shooter title.
However, Thunder Force IV was never released in arcade centers which makes retro gamers wonder if it could have worked at all. It’s no secret that during the ’92-’93 time period the fighting genre of gaming was beginning to become more popular with the rise of games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II. Also, side scrolling shooter titles was starting to lose its appeal following the early 90’s so having Thunder Force or even R-Type titles in arcade centers would not have been as big of attractions as they would have been in the late 80’s.