If you appreciate Japanese retro games, then chances are you're already familiar with the work of Japanese studio M2, which has been the industry leader when it comes to adapting vintage games for modern systems. It worked with Nintendo on the original Wii Virtual Console, and has also been involved with Sega's recent efforts to open up its back catalogue to new players via the 3DS and Switch. It also developed the software side of things on the Mega Drive Mini and the upcoming PC Engine Mini.
However, while M2 clearly has a talent for adapting the work of other companies, it also creates new games. It was responsible for the underrated Gradius, Contra and Castlevania ReBirth on WiiWare, and has just announced that it is releasing a brand-new vertically-scrolling shooter in arcades.
Currently known by the temporary title of Ikusaba [EDIT: we've since been told that the game's Japanese name, #戦刃, is actually closer to 'Senjin' or 'Senzinit' when translated] will launch in Japanese arcades later this year and runs on Sega’s arcade platform ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 (APM3) – try saying that twice as fast, we dare you.
The other titles confirmed to use Sega's new arcade standard are:
- Guilty Gear Strive
- Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition APM3 ver.
- Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
- Otoshoo DX
- Umihara Kawase Fresh!
- Rolling Gunner
- Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai Version3
- Goonya Fighter
- Sega Classics (1st game: Fantasy Zone)
Given M2's close relationship with Nintendo – and the massive popularity of the Switch – we're hoping that a Switch port of Ikusaba will be forthcoming in the future. After all, the console is becoming the go-to platform for shmups, so it would make sense.
[source twitter.com, via siliconera.com]
The genre that Japan is so proud of that they don't want Westerners to be able to play them...
Castlevania Rebirth is pretty legit. Yeah, I wouldn't mind having some more cool shooters on the Switch.
A quick info: according to M2, the working-title is Senjin/Senzin.
WiiWare Contra underrated? Naahhh... it just wasn't very good, unfortunately.
I'm still waiting for the physical release for ESP Rade to go on deep discount.
Hey this is offtopic but Tetris 99 turns a year tomorrow and I was just wondering if you were going to do a retrospective a year later or something
@Magician It won't.
It's only going to get more and more expensive from here.
It's already $140 on Amazon.
Of course it's coming out on Switch! And I'm buying it on day one.
I would also buy Castlevania Rebirth on the Switch.
@AllieKitsune - $140 for the collectors edition, maybe. But the standard edition is hovering around $55. I'm waiting for it to hit $30. https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07W916S8B
Just hook it to my veins!
I am terrible at shmups but they are super fun. Know this is an incredibly long shot but a physical version of this would sit nicely amongst my collection.
@Magician Highly unlikely that will ever happen. It will go out of print first. They usually keep fairly low print volumes anyways and after about six months they tend to start rising as they become less. ketsui now costs about five more than it did at launch and that was 18 months ago.
@Daniel36 definitely underrated, and definitely a great game. Still play it often. All the rebirths need a physical release.
Praying for Dengeki Bunko to be ported to Switch 🙏
Yeah they do good work. Is castlevania rebirth the same game or very similar to castlevania chronicles on the ps1? I played a bit of both forever ago and it seems in sound and graphic they were identical.
I’m looking forward to the turbografx mini. Rondo of blood, military madness, the bonk games, and ton of great shooters make it worth it to me.
Oh boy Castlevania Chronicles. I wish that one got a rerelease one day, I know 99% of people seem to prefer SC4 as their Castlevania 1 fix but both games are different enough that they both deserve to be available I think.
A Switch version of this game definitely needs to happen.
I'm also happy to see Rolling Gunner getting a arcade release.
We really need to get back to the old release order of arcade release first, console release a year later for shmups.
Phones and Steam turned out to be a failure for shmups, serious shmup developers should simply give up on those platforms.
I want this very much.
Does anyone know when we can expect the Toaplan games to be released?
Cool. I want their Aleste game more though, whenever that’s happening?
What makes you think you deserve this?
You got the right idea.
@TheOpponent We don't.
Hopefully Sega bring all of these new games to switch.
I doubt it but i really hope they do.
I like horizontal shmups but have never been able to get into vertical ones even though they seem to be the most popular
@YANDMAN Well, I am glad you enjoyed it so much. It just didn't do it for me. I felt it had a very childish vibe compared to the "originals" (NES and SNES).
Those felt grittier. On a scale of SNES Contra to Megaman, ReBirth really skewed far more towards the Megaman scale in terms of how it looked, and it wasn't a vibe that I could get behind.
But I am glad you liked it.
@Daniel36 Interesting take, i don't get anything even remotely mega man from it at all. It's a modern made Contra game with pixel sprite artwork, that in itself is amazing. It has a good amount of SNES mode 7 sections as well as several throwback levels scenarios and enemies from Contra games of SNES, Megadrive and NES. Fantastic music as always. It's basically like a greatest hits package. I really enjoy it.
Castlevania Chronicles was a PS1 remake of Castlevania 1 (NES).
Castlevania Rebirth (WiiWare) is a remake of Castlevania The Adventure (GameBoy).
Tatsujin series is one of my all time favorite. Zerowing and OutZone as well. I played a lot with emulator until now.
Day 1 from me.
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