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Developer(s) SETA, Micronics (NES version)
Publisher(s) American Sammy (NES version)
Platform(s) Arcade
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Entertainment System:
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter [2]
Mode(s) Single-player [3]
Multiplayer [3]

Thundercade, also known as Twin Formation and 特殊部隊UAG (Tokushu Butai U.A.G., "Special Forces U.A.G. (Un-Attached Grenadier))", is a shoot 'em up video game developed by SETA and originally released for video arcades in 1987. A port for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in 1989.


The NES version's manual describes a story, casting players as a part of Operation Thundercade, a special forces operation battling against the nuclear threat of Atomic Age Terrorist Organization of Miracali (AATOM). [4] [5]


Trying to find a way to shoot two tanks and two soldiers without being destroyed. ThundercadeScreenshot.PNG
Trying to find a way to shoot two tanks and two soldiers without being destroyed.

Players control a motorcycle equipped with sidecar cannons and backed up by a B-7 bomber. [4] There are four levels in the game: an unnamed city, the terrorists' military base, the woodland regions, and the fortress containing the nuclear power plant. [5] Bosses include a submarine along with other screen-filling enemies.

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In Japan, Game Machine listed Thundercade on their December 15, 1987 issue as being the seventh most-successful table arcade unit of the year. [6]

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