Thunderdome

Thunderdome

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A compilation series regarding an event-concept created by ID&T which – on the contrary of what people might believe – did not start out as a gabber/hardcore event at all, as these subgenres didn't exist those days. It started out as a rave offering party people multiple styles and genres and especially a good vibe.

It were Irfan, Duncan & Theo (I. D. & T.) who came up with the idea to throw a massive final exam party on a never-seen-before scale. Hence this rave carried the name "The Final Exam". Its aftermath lead in a split-up between I., D. & T. as Theo didn't pass his final exam.

An idea of a follow-up forced its way into the heads of the two remaining core members of ID&T, as they received a phone call concerning the planning of a second event. Three guys from Drachten managed to book Thialf Heereveen, though after this they ran out of money as well as ideas. A collaboration between them and ID&T was suggested in order to make the rave possible. After a visit at Thialf Heereveen, ID&T (Irfan & Duncan) experienced the building overwhelmingly massive compared to the humans inside it, which lead them into brainstorming a name for the upcoming rave... Big hall became "dome" and the music "thunder", which combined lead to: "The Thunder Dome".

ID&T wanted to stand out from the rest of the party-organizers, so they decided to change their direction towards the harder sound that was emerging and gaining popularity. Whereas Jaydee (Robin Albers) was part of the Final Exam line-up, they now chose DJ Weirdo (Dennis Doeland; basically an old-school friend of Duncan) and four DJs who were known as The Dreamteam. The Dreamteam was made up of DJ Dano (Daniël Leeflang), DJ Gizmo (Ferry Salee), Buzz Fuzz (Mark Vos) and The Prophet (Dov J. Elkabas). They raised Thunderdome's popularity to new and yet unexplored heights.

The Dreamteam also signed a contract with ID&T to release compilation CDs. Although Thunderdome started out as an event-concept and not a sublabel, ID&T saw pretty early the opportunity of selling CDs to its fanbase. Because of this Thunderdome rose to legendary status within no time. As they were making the first Thunderdome CD, Duncan got a call from Buzz Fuzz who was mixing a House Party CD for Arcade. It appeared that Mental Theo (Theo Nabuurs) – who was working for Arcade at the time – wanted to take the name "Thunderdome" and use it for another purposes. Due to these conflicts Thunderdomes I–IV were released over and over on different labels. Eventually ID&T won her concept back and Arcade stayed as the distributor of the compilations, meaning basically free promotion for ID&T. Later distribution was also carried out by labels such as Universal Music/TV and Sony Music Media.

All this leads to an impressive catalogue of released material distributed all over the world. Thunderdome achieved success: awards, re-releases, adoration and glorification. On the other hand they also faced claims of plagiarism and even abandoning its fans when renouncing retirement. Friend of foe, this giant remains a legend and one of a kind.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
4 The Dreamteam - Thunderdome 4 The Dreamteam Thunderdome 4(CD, Album, P/Mixed) Dureco, Dureco, ID&T Music, ID&T Music 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
6 Megamix Various - Thunderdome 6 Megamix Various Thunderdome 6 Megamix(CD, Single, Ltd, Promo) ID&T 6 Megamix Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
'96 Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (Comp) '96 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
'96 Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems) Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems)(12") ID&T '96 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
'96 Anthems Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems) Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems)(CD, Maxi) ID&T '96 Anthems Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
'96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems) Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems) Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems) (Maxi) '96 - Dance Or Die! (The Thunder Anthems) Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
'96 MC1 Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (MC 1 Live Recorded DJ Sets) Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (MC 1 Live Recorded DJ Sets) (Comp) '96 MC1 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
'96 MC2 Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (MC 2 Live Recorded Sets) Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (MC 2 Live Recorded Sets)(Cass, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade '96 MC2 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
'97 Various - Thunderdome '97 Various Thunderdome '97 '97 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
'97 Various - Thunderdome '97 Various Thunderdome '97 '97 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
'97 Various - Thunderdome '97 - MC 2 Various Thunderdome '97 - MC 2(Cass, Mixed) Arcade '97 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
'97 MC Various - Thunderdome '97 Various Thunderdome '97(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Arcade '97 MC France 1997 Sell This Version
'97 PCP - Special Various - Thunderdome '97 PCP - Special Various Thunderdome '97 PCP - Special(CD, Mixed) ID&T, ID&T '97 PCP - Special Europe 1997 Sell This Version
'98 Various - Thunderdome '98 - Hardcore Rules The World Various Thunderdome '98 - Hardcore Rules The World(VHS, PAL) ID&T '98 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
'99 Various - Thunderdome '99 Various Thunderdome '99 '99 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
2005-1 Various - Thunderdome 2005-I Various Thunderdome 2005-I(2xCD, Comp) ID&T, Universal TV 2005-1 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
2006 Various - Thunderdome 2006 Various Thunderdome 2006 (Comp) 2006 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
2007-1 Various - Thunderdome 2007-1 Various Thunderdome 2007-1(2xCD, Comp) Universal Music, ID&T 2007-1 Netherlands 2007 Sell This Version
2009 Fight Night Day-Mar Vs Unexist / The Outside Agency Vs Mindustries - Thunderdome 2009 Fight Night Day-Mar Vs Unexist / The Outside Agency Vs Mindustries Day-Mar Vs Unexist / The Outside Agency Vs Mindustries - Thunderdome 2009 Fight Night(2xCD, Mixed) Dance-Tunes B.V. 2009 Fight Night Netherlands 2009 Sell This Version
2021 Various - Thunderdome 2021 Various Thunderdome 2021 (Comp) 2021 Netherlands 2021 Sell This Version
018450.4 Various - Thunderdome (F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell) Various Thunderdome (F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell)(Cass, Comp) Arcade 018450.4 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
018450.6 Various - Thunderdome (F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell) Various Thunderdome (F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell) (Comp) 018450.6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
302123 Various - Thunderdome - Judgement Day Various Thunderdome - Judgement Day(CD, Comp, P/Mixed + CD, Album, P/Mixed) Arcade, ID&T 302123 France 1994 Sell This Version
981 376-0 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xCD, Comp) ID&T, Universal TV 981 376-0 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
982 191-2 Various - Thunderdome 2nd Gen Part 1 - Malice To Society Various Thunderdome 2nd Gen Part 1 - Malice To Society(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, P/Mixed) ID&T, Universal TV 982 191-2 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
982 667-1 Unexist - Thunderdome Turntablized By Unexist Unexist Thunderdome Turntablized By Unexist 982 667-1 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
1158012 Gizmo* / Buzz Fuzz / The Prophet / Dano* - Thunderdome Gizmo* / Buzz Fuzz / The Prophet / Dano* Gizmo* / Buzz Fuzz / The Prophet / Dano* - Thunderdome(CD, Album) Dureco 1158012 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
3200131 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xLP, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade 3200131 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
3200132 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome (Comp) 3200132 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
3200134 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xCass, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade 3200134 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
5847832 Various - Thunderdome 2003 Various Thunderdome 2003(2xCD, Comp) ID&T, ID&T, ID&T, Omnisounds, Omnisounds, Omnisounds 5847832 France 2003 Sell This Version
7000075 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome "The Best Of '97" Megamix(CD, Mixed) ID&T 7000075 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
7004222 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome (Comp) 7004222 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
7004742 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xCD, Comp) ID&T 7004742 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
7005192 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome (Comp) 7005192 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
7006682 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xCD, Comp) ID&T 7006682 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
8805050 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Arcade 8805050 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1997 Sell This Version
9902278 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome "The Best Of" (Hardcore Will Never Die) (Comp) 9902278 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
9902309 Various - Thunderdome - The Best Of Various Thunderdome - The Best Of(3xCD, Comp, Mixed) Arcade 9902309 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9902340 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Arcade, ID&T 9902340 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
9902345 Various - Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 Various Global Hardcore Nation Part 2(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 9902345 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9902352 Various - Thunderdome - Live Recorded At Mystery Land, The 4th Of July 1998 Various Thunderdome - Live Recorded At Mystery Land, The 4th Of July 1998 (Comp) 9902352 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9907278 Various - Thunderdome (Hardcore Will Never Die) Various Thunderdome (Hardcore Will Never Die)(Box, Ltd + 2xCD, Comp, Mixed + CD, Mixed) Arcade, ID&T 9907278 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
9907309 Various - Thunderdome  - Various Thunderdome - "The Best Of" (Comp) 9907309 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9907387 Various - Thunderdome - The Box Various Thunderdome - The Box (Comp) 9907387 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
9908176 Various - Thunderdome Video Collection Various Thunderdome Video Collection(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908176 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
9908205 Various - Thunderdome - The Video (Live In Jaarbeurs Utrecht 27 Nov 1993) Various Thunderdome - The Video (Live In Jaarbeurs Utrecht 27 Nov 1993)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908205 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9908212 Various - Thunderdome - Köln The Video Various Thunderdome - Köln The Video(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908212 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9908228 Various - Thunderdome - The Collection Various Thunderdome - The Collection(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908228 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9908241 Various - Thunderdome - The Tour Various Thunderdome - The Tour 9908241 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9908263 Various - Thunderdome Oberhausen Various Thunderdome Oberhausen(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908263 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9908277 Various - Thunderdome - Thunderdome vs. Hellraiser Various Thunderdome - Thunderdome vs. Hellraiser(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908277 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9908294 Various - Thunderdome XII (Caught In The Web Of Death) Various Thunderdome XII (Caught In The Web Of Death)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908294 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9908298 Various - Thunderdome XIII - The Joke's On You Various Thunderdome XIII - The Joke's On You(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908298 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9908299 Various - Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! Various Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die!(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908299 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9908307 Various - Thunderdome XIV - Death Becomes You Various Thunderdome XIV - Death Becomes You(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908307 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9908312 Various - Thunderdome XV (The Howling Nightmare) Various Thunderdome XV (The Howling Nightmare)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908312 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9908317 Various - Thunderdome XVI (The Galactic Cyberdeath) Various Thunderdome XVI (The Galactic Cyberdeath)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908317 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9908320 Various - Thunderdome XVII (Messenger Of Death) Various Thunderdome XVII (Messenger Of Death)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908320 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9908332 Various - Thunderdome XVIII (Psycho Silence) Various Thunderdome XVIII (Psycho Silence)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908332 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9908333 Various - Thunderdome XIX (Cursed By Evil Sickness) Various Thunderdome XIX (Cursed By Evil Sickness)(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908333 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9908336 Various - Thunderdome - The Best Of '97 Various Thunderdome - The Best Of '97 9908336 France 1997 Sell This Version
9908340 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation(VHS, PAL) Arcade 9908340 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9914309 Various - Thunderdome - The Best Of (MC 1) Various Thunderdome - The Best Of (MC 1)(Cass, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade 9914309 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9914340 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (MC 1) Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (MC 1)(Cass, Comp) Arcade 9914340 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9914345 Various - Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 (MC1) Various Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 (MC1)(Cass, Comp) Arcade 9914345 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9914352 Various - Thunderdome Live - Recorded At Mystery Land The 4th Of July 1998 (MC 1) Various Thunderdome Live - Recorded At Mystery Land The 4th Of July 1998 (MC 1)(Cass, Mixed) Arcade 9914352 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9918340 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (Free Copy) Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (Free Copy) 9918340 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
9918345 Various - Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 - The Cosmic Journey (Free Video) Various Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 - The Cosmic Journey (Free Video)(VHS, Promo, PAL) Arcade 9918345 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9918352 Various - Thunderdome Live - Recorded At Mystery Land The 4th Of July 1998 Various Thunderdome Live - Recorded At Mystery Land The 4th Of July 1998(VHS, Mixed, Promo, PAL) Arcade, ID&T, Arcade International 9918352 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9924309 Various - Thunderdome - The Best Of (MC 2) Various Thunderdome - The Best Of (MC 2)(Cass, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade 9924309 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9924340 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (MC 2) Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (MC 2)(Cass, Comp) Arcade 9924340 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9924345 Various - Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 (MC2) Various Global Hardcore Nation Part 2 (MC2)(Cass, Comp) Arcade 9924345 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9934278 Various - Thunderdome The Best Of (MC3) Various Thunderdome The Best Of (MC3)(Cass, Mixed) Arcade 9934278 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9934309 Various - Thunderdome - The Best Of (MC 3) Various Thunderdome - The Best Of (MC 3)(Cass, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade 9934309 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
63291-14302-2 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(CD, Comp) Arcade America 63291-14302-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
ARC 475821 2 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xCD, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade ARC 475821 2 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
ARC 475821 4 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(2xCass, Comp, P/Mixed) Arcade ARC 475821 4 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
BYMCD090 Various - Thunderdome - Die Hard Various Thunderdome - Die Hard(3xCD, Mixed + CD, Album) Be Yourself Music BYMCD090 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
BYMCD108 Various - Thunderdome - Die Hard II Various Thunderdome - Die Hard II(3xCD, Mixed + CD, Album, Mixed) Be Yourself Music BYMCD108 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
BYMCD120 Various - Thunderdome - 25 Years Of Hardcore Various Thunderdome - 25 Years Of Hardcore(4xCD, Mixed) Be Yourself Music BYMCD120 Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version
BYMCD141 Various - Thunderdome 2019 Various Thunderdome 2019(3xCD, Comp) Be Yourself Music BYMCD141 Netherlands 2019 Sell This Version
BYMD1D4 Various - Thunderdome - 25 Years Of Hardcore Various Thunderdome - 25 Years Of Hardcore(96xFile, WAV, Comp, 320 + 4xFile, WAV, Mixed) Be Yourself Music BYMD1D4 Netherlands 2017
BYMD081 Various - Thunderdome The Golden Series Various Thunderdome The Golden Series (Comp) BYMD081 Netherlands 2014
BYMD090 Various - Thunderdome - Die Hard Various Thunderdome - Die Hard(88xFile, MP3, Comp, 320 + 3xFile, MP3, Mixed, 320) Be Yourself Music, Be Yourself Music BYMD090 Netherlands 2015
BYMD108 Various - Thunderdome - Die Hard II (Digital Version) Various Thunderdome - Die Hard II (Digital Version)(72xFile, MP3, Comp, 320 + 3xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed) Be Yourself Music BYMD108 Netherlands 2016
BYMD120 Various - Thunderdome - 25 Years Of Hardcore Various Thunderdome - 25 Years Of Hardcore(96xFile, MP3, Comp, 320 + 4xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed) Be Yourself Music BYMD120 Netherlands 2017
BYMD126 Various - Thunderdome - Die Hard III Various Thunderdome - Die Hard III(89xFile, MP3, Comp, 320 + 4xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed) Be Yourself Music BYMD126 Netherlands 2018
BYMD141D1 Various - Thunderdome 2019 Various Thunderdome 2019 BYMD141D1 Netherlands 2019
Chapter XXI Various - Thunderdome - Chapter XXI Various Thunderdome - Chapter XXI (Comp) Chapter XXI Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
Chapter XXII Various - Thunderdome - Chapter XXII Various Thunderdome - Chapter XXII (Comp) Chapter XXII Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
Die Hard III Various - Thunderdome - Die Hard III Various Thunderdome - Die Hard III(4xCD, Mixed) Be Yourself Music Die Hard III Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version
DM0324 Various - Thunderdome Never Dies Various Thunderdome Never Dies(3xLP, Comp, MP, TP, W/Lbl) The Third Movement DM0324 Netherlands 2019 Sell This Version
DNA0084 Various - Thunderdome (F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell) Various Thunderdome (F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell)(CD, Comp, P/Mixed, RE, RM) ID&T, Central Station DNA0084 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
DT2008029 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(3xCD, Comp, Mixed) Dance-Tunes B.V., ID&T DT2008029 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
DT2009029 Various - Thunderdome Various Thunderdome(3xCD, Mixed) Dance-Tunes B.V. DT2009029 Netherlands 2009 Sell This Version
ER001 Various - Thunderdome Australian Tour Vol 1 - World Tour 95 - Thunder-Downunder Various Thunderdome Australian Tour Vol 1 - World Tour 95 - Thunder-Downunder(CD, Ltd, P/Mixed, Promo, S/Edition) Enrave Productions ER001 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
EST.1992 Promo - Thunderdome - Promo 'The Ultimate Megamix' Promo Thunderdome - Promo 'The Ultimate Megamix' (CD, Comp, Ltd, Mixed + Box) The Third Movement, Thunderdome Records EST.1992 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
F9902340 Various - Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation Various Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation(CD, Mixed + CD, P/Mixed + Dou) Arcade F9902340 France 1997 Sell This Version
Hardcore Rules The World Various - Thunderdome  - Hardcore Rules The World Various Thunderdome - Hardcore Rules The World (Comp) Hardcore Rules The World Europe 1999 Sell This Version

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Bonzaibeats

Bonzaibeats

November 9, 2021
Great series one of the best known hardcore/gabber series in the Netherlands. Very glad to own a lot of the cd's
Boyzz78

Boyzz78

July 30, 2021
Legendary serie of gabber hardcore:
- 5 is the more terror one, fast & furious
- 4 has many "low speed" tracks but is always a killer if you skip them
- 3 has to be sorted to the half.
After 5 it's the happy core era and i advise:
- 8 the clown (good speed, tracks are not the same)
- 13 the joker (good speed & fat kicks all the time)
- 11 chucky (happy and not bad)
I think 10 & 12 are the baddest ;)
I miss this time when this good music could be fine in any "no name" market. Crazyness and raving was a reality.
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filipe_santos

filipe_santos

July 16, 2019
Well this is some proper mothafuckin' shit right here man!
SKIZO_Maniac

SKIZO_Maniac

April 8, 2019
wow after all these years. No credit to Mental Theo maybe the the first 5 complications after that nothing...
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12inchrules

12inchrules

February 21, 2019
edited over 3 years ago
Funny how ID&T always get the credits for this series. It was actually Mental Theo who as a rookie A&R manager at Arcade had the idea to make a compilation of the sound he played as a underground dj. This was before het joined forces with Charley Lownose and blew up as an Happy Hardcore act. It was his persistence and knowledge of underground music that drove Thunderdome 1 to 5 to be a success of unseen proportions. "Thunderdome" at that time only existed as a rave event, but the lads at ID&T managed to work out a deal with Arcade (Theo did steal the name a bit) and managed the future releases of the Thunderdome series on their own without the input of Arcade.
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