When the Switch was first revealed several (older) members of the Nintendo Life team expressed the opinion that it would be utterly perfect for hosting old-school vertically-scrolling shooters when played in "TATE" mode - basically, when turned on its side so the screen is in portrait ordination rather than landscape.
It would seem that the chaps at Hamster feel the same way, as they've included an option in their ACA Neo Geo range to change the orientation of the display, as spotted by Ars Technica.
While none of the games released in the range actually use vertical orientation (and, to be honest, we can't think of a single Neo Geo game which used this screen orientation either), it does at least show that developers are already thinking ahead for possible TATE-mode titles. Hamster's ACA Neo Geo range is part of a wider series of coin-op classics, so there's a chance that we could see the likes of Terra Cresta and Star Force coming to the console in the future.
What other vertically-oriented arcade titles would you like to see on Switch? Let us know by posting something in the comments below.
Thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the tip!
Yes please, all of them !
Get Hori to make a vertical grip for the system where you can attach the JoyCons on its side and poof
VertiShmup machine !
@Pahvi I think it would be easier for me to put my whole body sideways than "just" change the orientation of my TV !
Please bring back the nostalgia...
80's & 90's era were so memorable...
@TruenoGT I have the hori stand and yes it can easily hold the switch on its sides with joycon dissattached. I would assume if any games take advantage of this capability it will be used with the joy cons on a grip (or pro controller) with the switch on its side with no controllers attached. Would probably be restricted to handheld/table top mode as well
Just rotate your house by 90 degrees works just as well
You know what look good playing that way? Ikaruga. And pinball games.
Gamecube virtual console ikaruga would be awesome on Switch.
@AlphaJaguar Both of those are horizontal games?
I must be really old if the one people remember is Terra Cresta while me on the other hand, I only played the even older Moon Cresta (on C64 in my case)
With regards to TATE mode, the first thing that comes to my mind is Downwell. Man I'd love to have that on Switch.
After that, I'm thinking of Zen Pinball. I want as many tables as possible!
But I do love a good shmup, so Cave's awesome vertical shooters come to mind. Bug Princess, Dodonpachi Resurrection, Espgaluda II, etc.
a know it has some horizontal levels
but Axelay would be cool. Great Game!!!
@Pahvi as I once foolishly did with IKARUGA
@SLIGEACH_EIRE yeah! I loved that game on the g c for a while, and I mentioned in another comment, our tv was on its side for a while
@Kafei2006 moon Cresta was one of the few games from that era I ever completed. I can still here the mid level jingle as I type...
Also loved the arcade game too.
I think Aero Fighters 2 was a Neo Geo vertical shooter. Loved the weird pilots you could use.
@neufel I played IKARUGA lying on my side. Comfortable for not very long...
The more retro games the merrier!! Bring em on! And Nintendo get the Switch VC Service going already!!
@sinalefa Neo Geo has vertical shooters. They're just all in horizontal aspect. I do enjoy some of the silly stuff in the Aero Fighters/Sonic Wings games. Fun stuff.
@RAMYERSELL it may have vertical stages, but they're in a horizontal aspect. Tate mode for switch would not benefit Axelay.
Wii Party U had some ideas of such games where 2 players (one from each side) can compete against each other.
STAR FORCE, TWIN COBRA, SPY HUNTER
Something tells me it would only be playable in tablet (when propped securely) or TV mode. But playable nonetheless, so hey.
So many fine vertical shooters available. More than I can even remember right now. I'll just say bring on the Toaplan classics. I'd love to see Truxton, Truxton 2, Grind Stormer, Dogyuun, Batsugun, and Fire Shark.
I also have a soft spot for Namco shmups. I loved the home versions of Phelios and Dragon Saber. Bring on the arcade versions.
Good to see the Breaking New Ground Switch breaking new ground once again! Maybe Nintendo should hand over the VC to Hamster and be done with it?
@AlphaJaguar there was only ever one Herzog Zwei (and the rights to that game got bought a couple of years back.. forget by who). That, and it doesn't play in that mode either - its a split screen RTS.
Unless there is another Herzog game I'm unaware of - as far as I ever knew there was only one.
Shumups...give them to meee, I NEED them! Aero Fighters 3 please! Ok, so now I need some NAOMI/Dreamcast games on the switch.
@RAMYERSELL ur picture is one of my fav 80s movies
There is one Neo Geo game which has a 'tate' (vertical screen rotation) option: Neo XYX from NG:DEV Team, released in 2013. It is pretty good, has been out of print for a while; there is a port for the Dreamcast. More info here: http://neoxyx.ngdevteam.com/system.html
Already was considering a stand, this would make it definite. I would love a portable shm'up machine.
Although the lack of a proper d-pad on the Joycons would be an issue.
I just tried holding the switch vertically with Joy-Con attached (Similar to WonderSwan's veritcal mode). Definitely not overly comfortable, but it's doable. Getting a stand would definitely be better, but for quick, more portable sessions, I think you could play with Joy-Con attached.
Bring on the CAVE shmups!
galaga and Phoenix, best classic old school shooters ever
@SuperWeird Yes! Internet high five! I just want Espgaluda II...I need to just cave and import it. Pun intended.
One of the shooters on Wii u had this option too. Name escapes me. It's the have that was on Dreamcast first.
I honestly cant wait for the virtual console, I finished zelda and have been playing a lot of fast rmx and shovel knight to keep me busy but I really want to play wind waker or metroid prime on my switch
Get the Saturn and Dreamcast Shmups on there!
@OzHuski It's been confirmed that Sega acquired the rights to Herzog from Twenty-One company (the parent of defunct Technosoft) during the 2016 Tokyo Game Show.
Not Terra Cresta but what a great classic game Moon Cresta is! Have on the PS4 hope it and many other Hamster NON NEO GEO games like scramble, contra, bubble bobble etc etc end up on the Switch....while Nintendo gets their act together with the Switch vc service!
Just dump all of it to Switch. Would love to see Raiden and all that.
Ghoulies wiz a classic, critters also class and mibby the toxic avenger?
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