Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date


  • JP 25th Mar 1988
  • US 1989

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 25th Dec 2006, 800 points
  • EU 29th Dec 2006, 800 points

Wii U eShop

  • JP 30th Apr 2014, ¥600
  • US 14th Jul 2016, $7.99
  • US 28th Jul 2016, $7.19
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  • Review R-Type (Wii U eShop / TG-16)

    More like our type

    You can't have a conversation about shoot-'em-ups, or shmups, without mentioning R-Type. Back in the late '80s and early '90s the game was synonymous with the genre. Unfortunately for Nintendo fans at the time one of the best ports of the arcade classic was on the TurboGrafx-16, an also-ran console that never found its place in...

  • Review R-Type (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

    This is R type of game!

    R-Type is widely considered one of, if not the greatest shooters every created. But kick off any conversation with a shooter fan about R-Type and you're likely to get a 10 minute rant on how excruciatingly difficult the game is. Over the years, shooters have come and gone. Some have been good and some have been bad, but in...

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About The Game

Pitted against the Bydo Empire, the "R-Type" class ship is humanity's last hope of thwarting the impending invasion. Equipped with a sphere like object, called the "Force," this weapon contains the only form of energy strong enough to destroy the Bydo. Unfortunately, you've been chosen as the delivery system for this weapon - so it rests upon you to complete the mission.

Imagine a weaponized organic form, much like a virus, but millions of times larger and you have the Bydo. They are completely manevolent, and like a virus, seek only to infect and destroy all in their path. Mankind has fought these creatures for hundreds of years and it's come down to this moment.