Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2

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Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2
Publisher: Technosoft
Game total: 2
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Sega System C, Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: SCSP (2 tracks)
Genre: Compilation, Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥4,800 T-1808G

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 a "sequel" to Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1. The package includes Thunder Force AC and Thunder Force IV, both previously released for Sega System C arcade hardware and the Sega Mega Drive, respectively. The package was not released outside of Japan. This is the only way to play Thunder Force AC on a home system , aside from "Thunder Spirits", which was ported to the Super Famicom.

The port of Thunder Force IV included in the game has some changes made from the original version: there is no slowdown present, sound effects sound more clear but also more silent and the "Styx" ship from Thunder Force III can be selected, along with its weapons, after clearing all the stages on 1 credit (no continues) and entering a special code given after the ending: At the game select screen (TF4 or TF:AC) highlight Thunder Force 4 and hold X+Y and press Start. Continue this on all menues until the game starts. The Styx ship as all weapons and sound effects from Thunder Force III, even the font of the game changes

Both games save the players score to the system memory, a feature missing in the console versions.

Games included

Track list

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2. [data track 2] ({{{time}}})

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

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

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material


SSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdf

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

SSM JP 19960913 1996-15.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #29: "1996-15 (1996-09-13)" (1996-08-23)

SSM JP 19961011 1996-17.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #31: "1996-17 (1996-10-11)" (1996-09-27)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 №417, p33
60 №1996-22, p271[1]
89 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[2]
Sega Saturn
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, JP
TFGP2 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgTFGP2 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
ThunderForceGP2 Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
ThunderForceGP2 Saturn JP Disc.jpg


  1. File:SSM_JP_19961227_1996-22.pdf, page 273
  2. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11

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)
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)
Thunder Force related media
Thunder Force VI Soundtrack Demo (2008)