Receiving a Steam release earlier this year (to positive reviews) followed by a Japanese Switch release back in July, publisher Regista has announced that the sci-fi shoot 'em up Moon Dancer will be flying in for Western consoles on September 29th.

After having a blast with Radiant Silvergun earlier this week, our little shmup bellies were full of fly-ey shooter-y goodness. But just as there is always room for dessert, there is always room for more shoot 'em ups.

In a similar vein to other titles in the genre, Moon Dancer is a vertical space shooter in which you take control of the titular ship and blast waves of enemies — it's a shoot 'em up, what did you expect? Dancing on the moon? Locking on to your targets is really the name of the game here, so no more random button holding while you move your ship left to right, this is about tactical aim.

For more details on Moon Dancer, check out the following summary from its Switch eShop game page:

- Moon Dancer is a vertically scrolling shmup featuring exhilarating lock-on lasers.
- Exhilarating lock-on lasers
- Operate the fighter "Moon Dancer" equipped with shots and lock-on lasers to defeat the enemy.
- This game requires you to quickly defeat the enemies that appear one after another.
- The feature of this game is the balance that prioritizes attacking the enemy rather than avoiding bullets.
- Pop and cool art style
- The Nintendo Switch™ version has enhanced graphics by Tenmaru.
- Includes "Arcade Mode" and "Caravan Mode"
- Arcade mode consists of 8 stages. You can choose from 3 levels of difficulty.
- If you break through all the stages, the mission will be completed.
- Caravan mode is a 3-minute limited challenge to get a high score.
- In all modes, Local ranking and online ranking are supported.
- Two types of music are included: the original version by HIROKKEY and the chiptune arrangement version using the NES sound source by Taku Shiiba.
- Music can be switched in the option menu.

Moon Dancer is currently available to pre-order on the eShop, with the game receiving a tasty 40% discount (until October 21st) to mark its release. This brings the RRP of £15.99 down to £9.50, making it a far more enticing offer to anyone who is still on the fence about purchasing.

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