Trigon (video game)

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ReleaseFebruary 1990[1]
Genre(s)Vertically scrolling shooter
Mode(s)Single-player or two-player
Arcade systemKonami TMNT Based

Trigon (トライゴン), released in the US and Europe as Lightning Fighters, is a 1990 arcade game by Konami. As a scrolling shooter it is commonly compared to Raiden, though the two games were released very close to each other, and they were both meant to compete with the works of Toaplan.[citation needed]


The three composers for the game were also working on the music for the Famicom title Crisis Force.[2]

It was released in arcades in May 1990.[3]


The story involves a gigantic alien spacecraft which crash lands into a future Earth, carrying an army of alien warriors with it. The precise reason as to why or how the ship arrived is never revealed though their intention is made very clear: apparently led by some sort of a self-aware biomechanical life form, the aliens directly attacked Earth and the only thing that was able to stop them were a pair of prototype starfighters with extremely advanced equipment including a "dragon laser" which was some form of self-aware life form in the form of a fiery dragon, seen on the title screen and box cover.


In Japan, Game Machine listed Trigon on their June 15, 1990 issue as being the fifth most popular table arcade unit at the time.[4]


Though Trigon has become an obscure arcade-only title, Konami has referenced it multiple times over the years. Gradius Gaiden features a boss modeled after the ship and weapons from the game, and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards such as "Trigon", "Delta Tri" (based on the mentioned Gradius Gaiden boss), and "Dragon Laser" also represent the game. It runs the same hardware as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game.

It was eventually re-released for the first time as part of Hamster Corporation's Arcade Archives series on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on August 20, 2020.[5]


  1. ^ "Overseas Readers Column: Many Videos Unveiled At AOU Expo '90 Chiba" (PDF). Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 377. Amusement Press, Inc. 1 April 1990. p. 26.
  2. ^ "クライシスフォース SOUNDTRACKS (FC版) | プロジェクトEGG | EGG MUSIC". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  3. ^ "トライゴン [アーケード] / ファミ通.com". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  4. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 382. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 June 1990. p. 25.
  5. ^ Doolan, Liam (August 20, 2020). "Hamster's Arcade Archives Brings A Konami "Masterpiece" To Switch This Week". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved August 20, 2020.