Rolling Thunder 2
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The 1990 arcade run n' gun action title Rolling Thunder 2 is coming to PS4 & Nintendo Switch, as part of Hamster's Arcade Archives series on May 25th (as spotted by Gosokkyu).

This arcade version of the game (which was originally developed for Namco's System 2 arcade machines) is already available on Nintendo Switch via the 2017 release Namco Museum, which includes the 1986 original Rolling Thunder and 9 other classic Namco arcade games. However, should you want to pick it up on its own for a fraction of the price, this new release seems like a decent way to do it.

Set in the 1990s, Rolling Thunder 2 is a James Bond-esque arcade game that sees players take command of two members of the World Criminal Police Organization's Rolling Thunder task force, Leila and Albatross. Their mission is to fight back against the evil terrorist group known as Geldra (the villain from the first game), who is intent on destroying the world's satellites in order to sow chaos across the world. Players will have to travel across a bunch of colourful locations, blasting away Geldra's masked henchmen, while using environmental features like crates to duck out of harm's way. The game also features a terrific and varied soundtrack from the accomplished composer Ayako Saso (who later worked on Ridge Racer).

Following its initial release in 1990, Rolling Thunder 2 also received a popular port for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. This has also seen its fair share of reissues in the past, including most recently being featured on the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 as part of that console's library of games.