Rolling Thunder 2

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Rolling Thunder 2
Publisher: Namco
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Sound driver: Namco custom
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,000 T-14133
Sega Mega Drive
$59.95[1][2] T-14066
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[3] 1140
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1140
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1140
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1140
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?

Wii Virtual Console
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?

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).

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.


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


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

Version differences

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

Magazine articles

Main article: Rolling Thunder 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


GameInformer US 003.pdf

Print advert in
Game Informer (US) #3: "January/February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[4]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[5]
  • Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[6]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №154
90 №5, p54/55
92 №122, p16/17[3]
81 №139, p94[7]
92 №29, p64/65[8]
60 №44
88 №40, p136[9]
93 №16, p50-52[10]
91 №4
91 №23, p108[11]
82 №1, p81[12]
71 №9, p87
60 №16, p86/87
90 №1, p65
90 №2, p34-36[13]
85 №16, p110-112[14]
65 №28, p107[15]
76 №33, p25
91 №3, p66/67[16]
89 №18, p67
79 №1, p88[17]
90 №1/93, p12/13[18]
80 №13, p48/49[19]
89 №7, p14[20]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
25 reviews

Mega Drive, US
RollingThunder2 MD US Box.jpg
RollingThunder2 MD US Cart.jpg
Rolling Thunder 2 MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
RollingThunder2 MD EU Box.jpg
RollingThunder2 MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
RT2 MD JP Box.jpg
RollingThunder2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
RT2 MD JP Cart.jpg
Rollingthunder2 md jp manual.pdf

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