Nicalis Blasting onto 3DS eShop with Guxt
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Shmup from Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, creator of Cave Story
Nicalis may have a rather questionable record of localising its download titles in all regions — mention Cave Story on DSiWare or the 3DS eShop to a European and see what happens — but it does actively seek to bring high-quality indie releases to Nintendo systems. When you consider that titles such as VVVVVV and NightSky are amongst the very best on the eShop platform, it shows that the publisher is bringing some top-notch gaming to the handheld.
The various releases of Cave Story also show that Nicalis has a fondness for Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's games, with confirmation from Nintendo, courtesy of an eShop sizzle reel, that Ikachan will finally arrive on 3DS before the end of the year; it was previously linked with a DSiWare release. Nicalis seems to be bringing us another title from the famous indie developer, this time in the form of Guxt, a retro-themed vertical scrolling shmup that forgoes complicated power-ups in favour of the basic, simple act of flying around and shooting everything in sight. Little's known at this stage, but we assume this PC original will get the usual remaster treatment, while Nicalis man Tyrone Rodriguez has tweeted that it'll also have a vertical display option for arcade fans.
You can check out footage of the PC version below — actually a play-through, the original is evidently very short — so you can see what it's all about.