|Platform(s)||Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Sharp X68000, ZX Spectrum, Nintendo 3DS|
|Genre(s)||Combat flight simulator|
|Arcade system||Sega X Board|
Thunder Blade (Japanese: サンダーブレード, Hepburn: Sandāburēdo) is a helicopter-based third-person shooter originally released in arcades in 1987. Players control a helicopter to destroy enemy vehicles. It has similarities to the Blue Thunder film and TV franchise of the early 1980s.
The game was released as a standard stand-up arcade cabinet that introduced the use of force feedback, as the joystick vibrates during gameplay. A helicopter shaped sit-down model was released, replacing the force feedback with a cockpit seat that moves in tandem with the joystick.
Versions of the game were later released for the Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, TurboGrafx-16, Sharp X68000, and ZX Spectrum. The Nintendo 3DS remake was released as a 3D Classic in Japan on August 20, 2014,in North America and Europe on May 14, 2015, and in Australia on July 2, 2015.
A follow-up, Super Thunder Blade , was released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
The game's plot and setting resemble the 1983 film and 1984 TV series of Blue Thunder . The player controls a helicopter gunship using its chain gun and missiles to destroy enemy tanks, helicopters, and other vehicles and structures, to save his home country. Levels are in either a top-down or third-person perspective view. The boss levels are in the top-down view.
The game was well-received. In Japan, Game Machine listed Thunder Blade on their January 15, 1988 issue as being the fourth most-successful upright arcade unit of the year.Your Sinclair stated that "Thunder Blade is probably the game which took most of your money in the arcades this summer, probably one of the most eagerly awaited coin-op conversions".
The game earned the Golden Joystick Console Award in 1988–1989.[ citation needed ]
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