Well, that was unexpected. Andro Dunos might not be at the top of your list of must-have side-scrolling blasters from the early '90s, but it's just been announced that it's getting a sequel, and it's coming to Switch.
The original game launched on SNK's legendary Neo Geo system in 1992, with Visco Corporation handling development. The existence of Andro Dunos 2 (and its 2020 release window) was actually teased by publisher PixelHeart earlier in the year, but this is the first time we've seen the game in action.
Do you recall the original from your days in the arcades? Are you a shooter fan who will be picking this one up? Let us know with a comment.
This looks like an old game
This looks really good. I have never heard of Andros Dunos but after watching some gameplay, I want to play it. Hopefully the original will be included with the sequel. If not, maybe Hamster will bring it over, although they seem to be done with Neo Geo games.
The original was a decent cartoony shooter akin to Arrow Flash/Whip Rush. This is a nice (and way out of left field) surprise.
This looks pretty cool and may have a look. The snynth music was quite cool
Looks cool. Only concern is I find when they try to do high resolution sprites, they tend to look slightly worse than the older lower rez sprites of the past. Still looks nice and a very likely purchase.
I thought it was the Raiden ship for a second
Might not be on the top of your list, but the original is one of my favorite Neo Geo shooters. Super excited for this!
Wow! This is outstanding news! I love the original and furthermore, this classic style of sidescrolling shooter, which also looks to have that made in japan quality, is one of the biggest reasons I love vintage gaming. This looks awesome. It could make my year, truly
Also, I love love that it’s 4:3, man I love that. More retro stuff should just go for it, sensibilities be damned!
Its nice to see a new game in it's series, but this is clearly being done by Astroport and it's clearly got the same grainy visuals as the Shmup collection, the problem is those games are nearly ten years old where as this is not. You can also see some background sprites look as though they were lifted directly from their prior games.
So their Twitter is floating the idea of a 3DS version? Because that would be even better than Switch if it had autostereoscopy. Just the other day was was lamenting that so few shootemps came out on the 3DS
Now this is incredible news, love the first game so underrated. Think it got a tough time because it wasn't the usual bombastic neo experience. Nonetheless a great shooter.
I’ve never heard of this Neo Geo game before. Looks pretty cool though so I might get it. I still want Iron Clad on Switch though.
Ah, I love these kinds of games but I'm so horrible at them.
Still buy them all the time, though!
The original's graphics were excellent, but the gameplay wasn't up to a similar standard.
Right up my alley. Looking forward to it.
@Moistnado that's the point 😄
@Axelay71 Any new shooter is welcome but incredible news would have been a Treasure G. Rev developed Gradius VI or Taito completing the sequel to Rayforce, R-Gear.
At least it isn’t another re-release for a change.
Not played this one. Looks ok. Nothing mind blowing. Will certainly give it a go.
Technosoft called; they want their ThunderForce games' stages back.
Hate to say it, but this game is at least borderline plagiarism of Technosoft's ThunderForce series, which looked and sounded far better on technically inferior hardware (Genesis, although it can be argued that the enemy lurking beneath the waves in the trailer is mimicking the one from ThunderForce V for the PSX and Saturn). Not saying that shmups don't have a lot of commonalities to begin with, but anyone who's played ThunderForce III and IV in particular knows exactly what I'm talking about here.
Obscure game by obscure company.
Nobody remembers Visco, except maybe a few hardcore arcade fans.
MAYBE people remember Cowboy Kid for the NES, but that's because it's a somewhat famous good rare game.
But "IGS" in the trailer. I doubt anyone remembers either the (I think unaffiliated) Japanese or Taiwanese companies that used that name.
Yes I agree, but beggers can't be choosers. A new Thunder Force, Axelay, last resort, Alpha mission, Parodius, would be my dream.
@Ratking "Shmups" has been shorthand for old-school horizontal and vertically-scrolling shooters for decades now, both among hobbyists and industry journalists. It also helps distinguish them a bit further from first and third-person shooters (the former of which has its own abbreviation: FPS).
I love 2D shooters, but I never heard "shmup" until about five years ago. It sounds idiotic.
On to the game itself, the video on this page got a copywriter strike before I could watch it so I looked up the original 1992 game on YouTube. It looks OK, but kind of substandard by Neo Geo Standards. Hopefully, this sequel isn't too faithful to the original.
@AtlanteanMan the original game blatantly ripped off all kinds off shooters too, I think that’s what it’s going for
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