Rolling Thunder 2

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Rolling Thunder 2
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Publisher: Namco
Developer:
Original system(s): Namco System 2
Sound driver: Namco sound driver
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,0007,000 T-14133
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[2][3] T-14066
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1140
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[4] 1140
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[9]
CERO: B
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[5]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[6]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[10]
OFLC: PG

Rolling Thunder 2 (ローリングサンダー2) is a run and gun game by Namco, originally released in 1990 for the arcade and ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 (though Europe got a release in 1992). It is the second game in the Rolling Thunder trilogy (the first game was not released on a Sega platform; the third was released exclusively for the Mega Drive).

Story

Geldra, the evil organization who was destroyed in the original game, returns as Neo-Geldra under new leadership and is destroying the Earth's satellites. The player controls either Leila or Albatross, two operatives of Interpol's (in-game) Rolling Thunder task force.

Gameplay

Both characters play identically. C jumps, B shoots. Shots cannot be aimed and the player cannot shoot while in midair, though they can crouch with Down to shoot low. If the player is standing in front of a doorway, they can hold Up to go in and hide; releasing Up makes them come back out. Extra weapons, score secrets and healing items can be found behind these doors.

Rounds

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Round 1
Password: A ROLLING PROGRAM SMASHED THE GENIUS (hard) 
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Round 2
Password: A MAGICAL THUNDER LEARNED THE SECRET

A CURIOUS RAINBOW LEARNED THE FUTURE (hard) 

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Round 3
Password: A NATURAL FIGHTER CREATED THE GENIUS

A MAGICAL ISOTOPE BLASTED THE DEVICE (hard) 

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Round 4
Password: A ROLLING NUCLEUS SMASHED THE NEURON

A PRIVATE LEOPARD PUNCHED THE NEURON (hard) 

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Round 5
Password: A CURIOUS PROGRAM PUNCHED THE POWDER

A SLENDER FIGHTER ELECTED THE GENIUS (hard) 

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Round 6
Password: A LOGICAL LEOPARD BLASTED THE SECRET

A DIGITAL RAINBOW MUFFLED THE SECRET (hard) 

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Round 7
Password: A PRIVATE ISOTOPE DESIRED THE TARGET

A LOGICAL THUNDER SMASHED THE POWDER (hard) 

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Round 8
Password: A NATURAL RAINBOW ELECTED THE FUTURE

A ROLLING MACHINE DESIRED THE FUTURE (hard) 

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Round 9
Password: A MAGICAL MACHINE MUFFLED THE KILLER

A SLENDER NUCLEUS BLASTED THE TARGET (hard) 

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Round 10
Password: A DIGITAL NUCLEUS PUNCHED THE DEVICE

A CURIOUS ISOTOPE CREATED THE KILLER (hard) 

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Last Round
Password: A PRIVATE THUNDER CREATED THE POWDER

A NATURAL PROGRAM DESIRED THE NEURON (hard) 

Versions

Compared to the arcade version, the Sega Mega Drive version of Rolling Thunder 2 can't keep up on an audiovisual level, but contains several new stages, standard enemies and bosses not present in the original game. A password system and short cutscenes between stages have also been added. This is in line with Namco's other ports to the Sega Mega Drive, such as Dangerous Seed.

There are no gameplay related differences and the game is not region protected. The PAL version was not optimized but forcing it into 60Hz mode via console modding or emulation makes it play and sound just like the NTSC releases.

Production credits

  • Planning: Toy‑Jun
  • Programming: Fujiyama Saita
  • Visual Design: Rita Nekomoto
  • Sound Design: Shiba
  • Visual Support: Hang Chang
  • The JIRO: Sanonji
  • Hometek Team: Ken Lobb, Jim Curry, Loan Vu, Carol Munoz, Eileen Noguchi


  • Produce: Toyoda
  • Graphic: Okamoto
  • Sound: Shibano
  • Program: Saita
Source:
Internal ROM text[11]


Magazine articles

Main article: Rolling Thunder 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Game Informer (US) #3: "January/February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mega Sega (ES) #1: "xxxx 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 [15]
71 [16]
90 №5, p54/55
92 [17]
81 [18]
65 №154, [1]
85
92 [19]
60 №44
88 [20]
60 №1991-12, p88
93 [21]
91 №4
91 [22]
82 [23]
71 №9, p87
60 №16, p86/87
90 №1, p65
90 [24]
85 [25]
65 [26]
76 №33, p25
91 [27]
89 №18, p67
79 [28]
90 [29]
80 [30]
89 [31]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
28 reviews
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Rollingthunder2 md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Rolling Thunder 2 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, AU

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 3ace429b
MD5 3753ae738edf6f37203763f3a8a6e406
SHA-1 1b451389910e6b353c713f56137863ce2aff109d
1MB 1991-09 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c440f292
MD5 be1185a2620c2d64d75e8827e00e8b3d
SHA-1 e8ae09b2945eac555d6f0d39a1f768724b221357
1MB 1992-05 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 965b2628
MD5 0a8fa7fc184a55b522e728e395699ec4
SHA-1 6e15ce792fbe01b918b197deea320f953aa989cc
1MB 1991-08 Cartridge (JP)

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
  • Nintendo catalogue pages: US, UK, AU

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 78
  3. GamePro, "December 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 67
  4. Computer & Video Games, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-15), page 16
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/cw9fjJ8sqduqgq34wyF7_MZSDjAR6Hm5 (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-23 02:23)
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.nintendolife.com:80/games/megadrive/rolling_thunder_2 (Wayback Machine: 2017-07-10 02:48)
  7. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Rolling-Thunder-2-278744.html (archive.today)
  8. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/06.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 22:42)
  9. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_rthunder2/ (Wayback Machine: 2008-01-02 11:32)
  10. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19764&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 02:25)
  11. https://tcrf.net/Rolling_Thunder_2_(Genesis)
  12. GamePro, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 39
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 61
  14. Sega Visions, "May/June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 57
  15. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1991" (JP; 1991-11-08), page 36 (38)
  16. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84 (86)
  17. Computer & Video Games, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-15), page 16/17 (16)
  18. Computer & Video Games, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 94
  19. GamePro, "December 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 64/65 (66)
  20. Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 136
  21. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1993" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 50-52 (50)
  22. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 108
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 81
  24. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 34-36 (34)
  25. Mean Machines, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-27), page 110-112 (110)
  26. Player One, "Février/Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-02-10), page 107
  27. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 66/67 (66)
  28. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 88
  29. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 12/13 (12)
  30. Sega Force, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 48/49 (48)
  31. Supersonic, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 14


Rolling Thunder 2
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