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Seibu Kaihatsu
Seibu Kaihatsu is another one of them obscure developers, but not too obscure. They were founded as Seibu Denshi, and back then, they produced their first game with the company label known as Stinger. This arcade game is notable for being a horizontally scrolling shooter with a vertically oriented screen, a rather uncommon design. Here is a non-MAME gameplay video.

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But their first arcade game with the Seibu Kaihatsu label was probably Wiz, released around 1985 (sorry, no gameplay footage found). All of the arcade games they developed later on (including Stinger) didn't become smash hits, except for the 1989 Dynamite Duke. To prove that it was a smash hit, I have a photo of Seibu Kaihatsu president Hitoshi Hamada, sent to me by former Fabtek and Irem America general sales manager Drew Maniscalco. Drew said, "He is a Big KENNY G and EAGLES fan , One day I was in Seattle and who do I run into...Kenny G. Told him about Mr Hamada and he signed an autograph. I had it framed with a photo and sent it to Mr Hamada he was thrilled! On my most recent trip to Japan, I went to see him and sure enough in his office after all of those years was the photo I sent him! Just a great guy!! Below he is holding an arcade award for Dynamite Duke.He gave it to me when I left!"

What made Dynamite Duke such a hit was that its gameplay genre was becoming popular back then by the success of TAD Corporation's Cabal, though this genre was most likely started by Data East's 1985 Shootout. Unlike Shootout and Cabal however, Dynamite Duke features close combat, a feature later used in the Sin & Punishment series. Dynamite Duke is also a spiritual successor of Seibu Kaihatsu's two arcade games: Empire City: 1931 (1986) and Dead Angle (1988).

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But the franchise that forever makes Seibu Kaihatsu best known for started a year later. It became known as Raiden, a button-mashing, vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up. Here is a gameplay video of its first game and here is HG101's article about the franchise.

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Besides the Raiden franchise, some of their later games include an overhead soccer/football game called Seibu Cup Soccer, and a beat 'em up titled Zero Team. Neither one became quite successful.

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Zero Team Playthrough PART 1

Zero Team Playthrough PART 2

Anyone appreciate Seibu Kaihatsu?
Cool article. The only Seibu Kaihatsu game that I played was Raiden II.

Did they also made the Raiden Fighters series, or was that by another company? Also, did they made Raiden 3 & 4 or was that by another company?
The Raiden series and Raiden Fighters series are awesome shooters. I'm a big fan of
Dynamite Duke too. Mixing the Cabal style gameplay with close combat was a nice idea.
There's also a two player version called The Double Dynamites which has a few differences e.g. more enemies on screen. The Master System and Mega Drive versions of Dynamite Duke are very good too from what I remember.

marktheshark wrote:
Did they also made the Raiden Fighters series, or was that by another company? Also, did they made Raiden 3 & 4 or was that by another company?

Perhaps you already found the answer to this Mark since posting but just in case, Raiden III & IV were developed by Moss and The Raiden Fighters games are by Seibu Kaihatsu.
However, MOSS's employees are full of former Seibu Kaihatsu employees.
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