Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2

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Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Technosoft
Developer:
Original system(s): Sega System C, Sega Mega Drive
Game total: 2
Sound driver: SCSP (2 tracks)
Genre: Compilation, Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥4,800 (4,944)4,800e[3] T-1808G
Sega Rating: All Ages

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Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2 (サンダーフォースゴールドパック2) is a compilation of shoot-'em-up games from the Thunder Force series, and was released exclusively for the Sega Saturn by Technosoft in 1996. It is the immediate followup to Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1, released just a few months after. Gold Pack 2 itself was not released outside of Japan, though the games within it have seen various export releases.

Games included

Versions

The port of AC appears to have scoring changes. Needs more research.

The port of IV has mostly quality of life changes:

  • There is no slowdown present.
  • Sound effects seem clearer, but lower in volume.
  • The "Styx" ship from Thunder Force III can be selected after clearing all the stages on 1 credit (no continues) and entering a special code given after the ending. At the main Gold Pack 2 game select screen, highlight Thunder Force IV, then hold X+Y and press Select. Continue this on all menus afterward until the game starts. The Styx ship as all weapons and sound effects from Thunder Force III; even the game's normal font changes to match!

Additionally, both games save scores to the Saturn's memory.

This version of Thunder Force IV was ported (with additional changes) to the Nintendo Switch as part of a new Sega Ages series. A port of this version of AC has also been announced, though it will likely also include the original arcade version.

Magazine articles

Main article: Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-13: "1996-13 (1996-08-09)" (1996-07-26)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-15: "1996-15 (1996-09-13)" (1996-08-23)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-17: "1996-17 (1996-10-11)" (1996-09-27)

Physical scans

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Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
58
[4]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-J
73
[5]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[6]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
89
[7]
Sega Saturn
70
Based on
4 reviews

Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
650,812,512 1996-11-05 CD-ROM (JP) T-1808G V1.003

Track list


1. (Data track)


2. (Data track)


3. Hunger made them desperate (Arrange Version) (04:57) 


4. Fighting Back (Arrange Version) (04:18) 
Running time: 9:15

References


Thunder Force games for Sega systems / developed by Sega
Sega Mega Drive
Thunder Force II (1989) | Thunder Force III (1990) | Thunder Force IV / Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (1992)
Arcade
Thunder Force AC (1990)
Sega Saturn
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1 (1996) | Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2 (1996) | Thunder Force V (1997)
Sony PlayStation 2
Thunder Force VI (2008)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages Thunder Force IV (2018) | Sega Ages Thunder Force AC (2020)
Thunder Force related media
Music
Best of Thunder Force (1997) | Thunder Force VI Soundtrack Demo (2008) | Technosoft Music Collection: Thunder Force III & AC (2020)