Hamster has released 1986 3D shooter Thunder Ceptor II for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The game, part of the Arcade Archives, is available in digital format from March 16th, 2023.
In 1986, Namco introduced Thunder Ceptor – a 3D rail shooter arcade game that surpassed the popularity of its 8-bit arcade game predecessors, Libble Rabble and Toy Pop. Notably, it also marked Namco’s debut of an analogue joystick in their games. Thunder Ceptor II arrived later the same year, prompted by the success of the first title.
Originally released by NAMCO (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc), it a shooter game that challenges players to navigate energy corridors between star systems to reach the Federation Base. This updated version includes brand new stage layouts and enemies, providing a fresh gameplay experience for fans of the original title.
However, the 3D visuals of the arcade version, which utilized a 3D scope, are not reproduced in this release. Priced at just $7.99, this single-player game with is demoed above.
Meanwhile, you can view Hamster’s official show, “Arcade Archiver,” which broadcasts live on YouTube Live and niconico Live concurrently with new Arcade Archives title releases. The program includes game introductions, development talks with developers and other engaging content. You can catch the “THUNDER CEPTOR II Special” broadcast on Hamster’s YouTube channel (Japanese language).