Tag: Shmup

  • News Deathsmiles Collection Brings More Shoot 'Em Up Action To Switch In 2021

    Japan only, for now

    If you're seeking more shoot 'em up action, Deathsmiles I & II is one to keep an eye out for when it launches in Japan next year. During this year's online version of the Tokyo Game Show, publisher City Connection and bullet hell specialist Cave Interactive announced this supernatural gothic style collection containing Death...

  • News Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade And Console Bring More Shmup Action To Switch eShop On 16th June

    Two collections, 10 games, 16 versions

    Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade and Darius Cozmic Collection Console will both land on the Switch eShop next week, on 16th June. The Arcade collection includes four different titles across seven different versions, and the Console version includes six titles across nine different versions. Here's a rundown of...

  • News Retro Shoot ‘Em Up Cotton Making A Surprise Comeback On Switch


    Great news for shoot 'em up aficionado as Beep has officially confirmed it is working on a brand new Cotton franchise reboot – heading to multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch. While there isn't much information about this new entry at the moment, the company has revealed it will be based on the X68000 Japanese computer home...

  • News Shoot 'Em Up Raiden V: Director's Cut Rated For Switch In Taiwan

    Save earth, again

    Another incoming Switch release has been revealed by a classification board. This time it's the Moss-developed shoot 'em up Raiden V: Director's Cut. It appears the enhanced title, based on the 2016 Xbox One release, has been classified by the Digital Game Rating Committee of Taiwan. The series began in 1990 and like all good...

  • News It Looks Like Johnny Turbo Is Entering The Shmup Business On Nintendo Switch

    "Gues whats next"

    If the Nintendo Switch is your system of choice for shoot 'em up games, you'll be glad to hear another retro one is making a comeback. Johnny Turbo - one of gaming's worst mascots - and now the face of Flying Tiger Entertainment's classic line recently hopped on Twitter to tease another old school Data East title coming to the...

  • News Prepare For More Shmup Action When Hucast Releases Ghost Blade HD On Switch In 2019

    Physical and digital release confirmed

    As niche as the shoot 'em up genre might be, on the Switch it’s growing in size by the day. If Ghost Blade HD sounds familiar, that’s because the developer Hucast Games previously released this bullet hell shooter on the Wii U eShop in 2017. The German-based developer has now announced the game will be...

  • News Bullet Hell Shmup Mars Chaos Menace Takes A "New" 3D Approach To Arcade Shooters

    Out next month on Switch

    Byte4Games, StarCruiser Studio and BadLand Publishing will bolster the shoot 'em up genre on the Switch eShop in the second half of November with the release of Mars Chaos Menace. No exact release date has been announced. After "successfully reintroducing" the twin-stick shooter genre with Demon's Crystals - released on...

  • News Psikyo's Strikers 1999 Bringing More Shmup Action To The Switch

    Finally confirmed

    The Switch eShop already has a healthy selection of shoot 'em up games and soon there will be another one added to the digital library. Psikyo's arcade title Strikers 1999 (also known as Strikers 1945 III) appears to be on the way. The news was teased a while ago, and following this year's Tokyo Game Show has now been confirmed by...

  • News Indie Shmup Astebreed Announced For Nintendo Switch

    "Hope turns to an unlikely hero"

    The shoot 'em up genre is a perfect match with the Nintendo Switch, so it should come as no surprise yet another one is on the way. Japanese indie developer Edelweiss, with the help of Active Gaming Media, will be bringing the 2014 title Astebreed to the Switch eShop in the near future. A release date has not been...

  • News Shmup Twin Pack R-Type Dimensions Coming To Switch This Winter

    Japan only for now

    Tozai Games will release R-Type Dimensions for Switch in Japan this winter. The remastered two-in-one shmup package contains the original eight-stage R-Type and the six-stage R-Type II. Dimensions was first released in 2009.  As can be seen in the trailer above, you'll be able to swap from the classic 2D pixel...

  • News Retro-Style Shmup FullBlast Is Making A Comeback On Switch Next Month

    Previously released on Wii U eShop

    Being able to place the Switch in a vertical position is very handy considering how many shoot 'em up games continue to get released on the Nintendo eShop on a regular basis. According to a PR from Ratalaika Games, the next one due out sometime in September is FullBlast by UFO Crash Games. If the name...

  • News Danmaku Unlimited 3 Is Bringing Bullet Hell Brilliance To The Switch

    TATE mode confirmed!

    We love a relaxing bullet hell shmup here at Nintendo Life, so we were delighted to hear that Danmaku Unlimited 3 will be heading over to the Switch eShop later this year.  Developed by Doragon Entertainment, a one-man indie game studio based in Vancouver Canada with a passion for old school shooters and Japanese...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Ghost Blade HD

    Bullet heaven?

    Bullet hell shooters - also known by fans as "shmups" - are a niche genre due to their often extreme difficulty. Hucast Games and 2Dreams' Ghost Blade HD aims to be a shmup for everyone, and is largely successful at easing new players into the experience. Ghost Blade HD is a vertical, top-down game in which the player controls a ship...

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    Review Kaite Tsukutte Asoberu Dezaemon

    Super shmup construction kit

    How would you like to make your own video game? The incredible Super Mario Maker was not the first time a company gave players the tools to produce their own interactive entertainment. In fact, such titles predate the online infrastructure which modern examples of the genre rely on for growth, idea exchange and level...

  • News ​Masato Maegawa Talks Shoot 'em Up Designs and Sin and Punishment

    A blast from the past

    The shoot 'em up genre is one that's seemingly been around for nearly as long as video games have. While they do certainly have a limited appeal, these types of games offer up what could certainly be argued as the purest arcade experiences, with lightning fast reflexes and pattern recognition being absolute musts. Treasure is...

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    Review G.G Series SHADOW ARMY

    Bob and weave

    The next title in the G.G series opts to go once again into the shooter genre, and the interesting gameplay manages to set G.G Series SHADOW ARMY apart from its predecessors in a meaningful way. While some aspects of it may be dull and somewhat uninspired, the continuously variable and fast paced nature of its gunplay make it an...

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    Review G.G Series ASSAULT BUSTER

    Mega Buster

    The G.G series keeps on going, and next up is another shoot 'em up; yet this one presents a unique and dynamic combat system that's surprisingly engaging. In an experimental series that's pretty hit or miss depending on the genre being attempted, G.G Series ASSAULT BUSTER provides a fun, arcade style shooter that's easily the most...

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    Review G.G Series WONDERLAND

    ​We're all mad here

    It's not often that a new DSiWare game shows up on the eShop, as that particular line of software is on the brink of extinction. Imagine, then, the shock when the G.G Series made its return to the service when Genterprise chose to localise the remaining games in the series. G.G Series WONDERLAND marked the beginning of the...

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    Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo

    Review Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force

    All buck and no bang!

    Its certainly no secret that the 16-bit era of gaming was a great time to be a shoot em' up fan. Not only were there a large number of titles released, there were also some of the best the genre ever had to offer on display. While the Sega Mega Drive and NEC PC Engine were the definitive hot spots to get your shooter fix, the...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden-

    ​Not exactly the beast

    The "shmup" genre is relatively niche but is also, among its devoted fans, one of the great pleasures in gaming. It's a difficult genre to create games for, however, as the nature of the gameplay is rather limited and simple, with innovations being hard to come by. After all, there's only so many ways one can pull off...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Steel Empire

    The Empire strikes back

    Side-scrolling shoot-‘em-ups were a force to be reckoned with in the early ’90s, gracing every arcade and home system under the sun with seemingly limitless variations on Gradius-style gameplay. Perhaps surprisingly, given the genre’s popularity, they also tended to stick rather closely to each other in terms of theme;...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Ice Cream Surfer

    Ice Cream Snorer

    Shoot 'em ups aren't really a popular genre these days, but there seems to be a bit of a resurgence on the downloadable front. Not long ago we received Gaiabreaker, and now here we have Ice Cream Surfer, a game which had an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign, but nonetheless ended up being developed anyway. Upon launching the game...

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    Wii U eShop


    Shoot meh up

    Although there are plenty of shoot 'em ups to pick from on the Wii Virtual Console, new games in the genre tend to be quite rare; as a result it's always exciting to see a new addition to a challenging field. Developed by a relatively unknown developer that's only dabbled in mobile phone games before, this particular shoot 'em up is of...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Gradius

    Just keeps shooting

    To say that the original Gradius was influential on the evolution of the side-scrolling shoot 'em up would be a gross understatement. When it hit arcades in 1985 it was lauded for its amazing level designs and simple, yet wildly playable, power-up system. This NES release was one of the first home ports of the game and has become...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Summer Carnival '92 RECCA

    For shoot 'em up experts only

    The release of this game on the 3DS eShop is a bit of a strange occurrence. Summer Carnival '92 Recca was, as you might guess from its odd name, created for a shoot 'em up game competition held in 1992, exclusively in Japan. It was only available from those competitions, so the supply was quite limited and, as a result,...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Chain Blaster

    Blastin’ makes me feel good

    It’s been just over a month since G.Rev’s Kokuga hit the 3DS eShop, and now we’re already being treated to another shoot ‘em up with the release of G-Style’s Chain Blaster. Though shoot ‘em ups have been few and far between since the home console took over the industry and put countless arcades out of...