Update: M2 has revealed that Toaplan Arcade Garage: Hishou Same! Same! Same! will launch in Japan on April 28th, 2022 (thanks, Gematsu).
The collection will come in both digital and physical forms, with the latter shipping with a download code for Sennou Game Teki Paki. Players will also have access to DLC which includes the console ports of each game in the series, with the action platformer Wardner coming as a bonus. The digital verison, on the other hand, will contain the coin-op versions of Hishou Zame! and Same! Same! Same!, plus Sennou Game Teki Paki.
There's no word on a western release as yet, but we wouldn't get your hopes up. Previous M2 ShotTriggers games have remained exclusive to Japan.
The games included are:
- Hishou Zame!
- Hishou Zame! (arcade version)
- Sky Shark (arcade version)
- Flying Shark (arcade version)
- Sky Shark (Nintendo Entertainment System version)
- Same! Same! Same!
- Same! Same! Same! (arcade version)
- Same! Same! Same! 2P Version (arcade version)
- Fire Shark (arcade version)
- Same! Same! Same! (Mega Drive version)
- Fire Shark (Genesis version)
- Wardner (overseas version)
- Pyros (North American version)
- Wardner no Mori (Famicom Disk System version)
Original Story [Wed 27th Oct, 2021 16:15 BST]: Like shmups? Then listen up – port specialist M2 has just announced Hishou Same! Same! Same! for Switch and PS4 as part of its ongoing M2 ShotTriggers / Toaplan Arcade Garage series.
Like the just-released Toaplan Arcade Garage: Kyukyoku Tiger-Heli, Hishou Same! Same! Same! will include ports of the 1987 arcade title Hishou Zame! (Sky Shark in North America and Flying Shark in Europe). It will also include the 1989 sequel Same! Same! Same! (Fire Shark), which was famously ported to the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis.
Both games will include additional elements, such as 'M2 Gadgets' and a Super Easy mode. Hishou Same! Same! Same! launches in Japan in spring 2022.
[source mtwo.co.jp, via gematsu.com]
Sky Shark is one of my favorites. Can't wait.
Getting more use out of the Toaplan licenses, eh. Bring them on, I say.
Id never heard of these games, and yet the image of the wrinkly pilot guy is burned into my brain.
Ah! Its called Sky Skark in the US! Thats why. This was one of the few games my dad was really good at, and would play frequently. He got to the point where he could beat all 5 stages about 3 times through without getting game over.
Good times. May pick this one up for nostalgia's sake
Just please bring these M2 ShotTriggers ports to western eShops. Please?!
How many westerners will be challenged to read the title correctly, I wonder? And no, I wasn't immune either.😅
I love M2's work. These ports and collections they're pumping out are a great addition to the Switch library.
This is awesome though I do wish they included the NES version with its super addictive soundtrack as well. The arcade version look nice but I just could not go back to the blip and blops of that version when Tim Follin did a fantastic job with the 8-Bit version.
I'm sure they announced this earlier this year, but it's nice to hear about it! I love Flying Shark!
@Specter_of-the_OLED That's awesome! Not played the NES version! (Did you mean Tim Follin or is he some relation?)
Haven't played this since my C64 days which must be about 35 year's ago....
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Same! Same! Same! It's the same WW2 themed shmup I've seen a million times!
All jokes aside, that artwork is amazing.
@Fake-news It was awesome on the C64 wasn't it!
@GrailUK Yeap Tim Follin, the guy who upload that video credit him as John so it was his mistake (yes I'm blaming him instead of myself 😁).
I have one rule regarding M2 ShotTriggers releases, and that is, I buy them regardless. They're the best in the business when it comes to preservation and enhancing old shooters, and they deserve all the support they can get.
Looking forward to getting Tiger-Heli next week!
@Specter_of-the_OLED ...stupid Youtuber O.<
@NicolausCamp Lol. Good rule!
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I'm getting strong 1942 vibes. I think I may have actually played this game and it's right up my alley too.
Wish they could port Toaplan's Out Zone someday.
This is great news!!!! I only played the ms-dos version
I have a lot of shmups and this one just looks like more of the same same same...
I'm surprised at seeing Russian speaking people here!?
Flying Shark on the C64 was an incredible conversion! I absolutely adored that game.
I’m sad M2’s work has been staying in Japan lately..
Sweet!!! Played Fire Shark to death on my Genesis!! Day 1 👍☺️
Too bad the NES port of Sky Shark isn't included.
It was a Software Creations port, so that means the music was a banger... if you were able to hear it, which would include not dying constantly.
Awesome! I want another Aleste collection, but I'll buy anything M2 releases.
@Specter_of-the_OLED That is really good music. Hope they can get the NES version included!
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@XE77 I've seen here Spain-speaking or Italian-speaking or Mexican-speaking users, so... You not need to be surprised at seeing Russian-speaking users here. ☺️
I'm pointing that it's surprising to see comments in Russian when Community Rules clearly state: Do not post in foreign languages.
If it's like Tiger Heli, the home ports come as DLC.
Looking forward to seeing the fantastic M2 'Gadget' on this one! All shmups should have one like Esp.Ra.De
I love the switch. Handheld arcade right there. I just need some of the 90s licensed side scrolling beatem ups to appear and I am all set.
Oh man... all of this, and Wardner too!!! I loved that in the arcades. I imported the Genesis conversion which was good, but not great.
I'm still waiting for a copy of Tiger Heli to drop below $50 shipped.
I've heard of some of these but I don't know much about them. They do intrigue me though...
I'm interested since I've never played any of these, but I don't know that I'm interested enough to pay $70 for an import.
Yes the console versions are what I remember especially the NES and Genesis games. This is fantastic.
I love these M2 collections to death but man, I wish they would put in that little bit of effort to translate the menus…
They will. They're doing every Toaplan game.
It's just the Same! Same! Same! thing over and over again.
Anyway, why are comments being removed for not posting in English?
So wait for M2 to release each Toaplan game at a snails pace for the sake of “gadgets” or get practically all of the Toaplan and Raizing games in a plastic box with an LCD on it?
@BloodNinja You're not trying to hide anything are you? You're on an English own website, of course English is the only acceptable language here.
@Specter_of-the_OLED Just curious. I only speak English and bad English, and I’ve never seen comments removed for speaking in another language. I figured since the site is European that multiple languages might be allowed.
"super easy mode"
oh boy, you will need that.
Switch. undisputed king of shmups
This is great. I'm looking forward to Out Zone and FixEight.
I might add that I would literally finance a M2 collection of Twin Eagle I+II for Switch at this point.
Twin Eagle II is my fav shmup of all times. It might be a bit too easy but its such a blast(literally) to play. holy crap.
You can blow up everything on screen. Houses, skyscrapers, trees, cars.
it makes absolutely no sense why this shouldn’t get a western release in digital format. The cost of publishing it must be low, very low commercial risk given the majority of work has been done on emulating them, and a significant market of M2 /shmup / retro fans willing to part their money. Will keep my fingers crossed M2 reconsider releasing this outside Japan.
I wish they would put at least half a dozen different games on a cart. At this rate its gonna take 10 years to get Tatsujin 2 or Dogyuun.
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