Gate of Thunder

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Gate of Thunder
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Red Entertainment
Publisher(s) Hudson Soft
Platform(s) PC Engine Super CD-ROM², TurboDuo, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network
Release PC Engine Super CD-ROM²:
February 21, 1992
October 10, 1992
Virtual Console:
October 15, 2007
PlayStation Network:
March 17, 2010
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player

Gate of Thunder (ゲート オブ サンダー) is a 1992 scrolling shooter by Hudson Soft and Red Entertainment for the PC Engine Super CD-ROM². It was also a pack-in game for the TurboDuo in North America,[1] where it was bundled with Bonk's Adventure, Bonk's Revenge, and Bomberman (the last one playable only after entering a code) on the same disc. It was released on the Wii Virtual Console on October 15, 2007 in North America and on December 4, 2007 in Japan. The game is the first CD based game on the American Virtual Console.[2] It was released on the PlayStation Network on March 17, 2010 in Japan.

The game received a sequel, Lords of Thunder.


The player controls the spaceship Hunting Dog, piloted by a space cop named Hawk. Along with ally Esty and her ship the Wild Cat, Hawk must stop General Don Jingi and his Obellon army from taking a powerful energy source called "Starlight" from the planet of Aries.


Gate of Thunder received generally positive reviews. It was rated one of the Turbo CD's best games by The PC Engine Software Bible,[3] Gaming World,[4] and Retro Game Age.[5] GameSpot gave the Virtual Console release a 7/10, saying that the game is overly short and lacking in innovation (particularly noting the lack of any way of dealing with enemies other than shooting them), but that the memorable level and boss design, well-conceived weapons system, and consistently outstanding soundtrack make it a worthwhile purchase.[6] IGN gave it an 8.5, concurring with the GameSpot review on most points, but arguing that Gate of Thunder makes a number of innovations to the shooter genre.[7] gave Gate of Thunder a 9/10, saying it remains one of the best reasons to pick up a Duo[8]

Gate of Thunder was awarded Best Music for a CD Game of 1992 by Electronic Gaming Monthly.[9]


  1. ^ TOP TURBO GAMES: Gate of Thunder Archived 2015-03-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Hudson Soft: Gate of Thunder
  3. ^ Gate of Thunder: The PC Engine Software Bible
  4. ^ GNP: Gate of Thunder Archived October 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ (January 28, 2013). Gate of Thunder review, Retro Game Age.
  6. ^ Provo, Frank (18 October 2007). "Gate of Thunder Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. (8 November 2007). "Gate of Thunder Review". IGN. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gate of Thunder -". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide". 1993. 

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