With the release of Akai Katana Shin in Japan sometime next month, CAVE is making sure that everyone is ready for their 23rd game by releasing a huge batch of trailers that can be viewed after the jump. The first two trailers are tutorials demonstrating the gameplay mechanics and controls of Akai Katana and Akai Katana Shin respectivly (Shin is the equivalent of the game’s arranged mode). The third trailer demonstrates the game’s “Zetsu” mode which is another arrange mode exclusive to the console version. The fourth trailer shows gameplay by an expert at the game, showing off the advanced combo methods that can be found in the game while the fifth trailer shows what beginners can achieve from the game (and the genre in general) by displaying basic gameplay. The final trailer is a general release trailer displaying details of the game’s story (as if anyone cares about that), gameplay, music, limited edition and various other parts written in incomprehensible japanese. There is currently no word on an english release however considering the relative success of Deathsmiles in Europe and America, hopefully Aksys and Rising Star can rectify that problem.
Eschatos is a Danmaku bullet hell shooter in the same genre as that of the various games CAVE puts out and the Touhou series to name a few examples. After the recent earthquake in Japan, Qute Corporation informed its fans that the game would have its released delayed. In a move that has come completely out of left field, Qute announced today that the game would be avaliable to purchase from tomorrow.
The best thing about this announcement is that Qute has already confirmed that the game will be Region Free so anyone who has enough money to import it (the game is currently available for ~$80) doesn’t need to own a Japanese Xbox 360. As has been mentioned many times before, the game will come with two obscure Wonderswan shmups as an added extra to anyone who buys the game (Judgement Silversword and Cardinal Sins). Of course, you could always wait until the Platinum release of ESPGaluda II (which has been confirmed to be region free) however spending ridiculous amounts of money on some of the most obscure titles you could imagine has become some sort of ritual for CAVE fans which the world will never understand.
Jeez, there’s a lot of news about SHmups today! For those unaware, Fast Striker was a Neo Geo game developed by an independant team of people who missed the glory days where SHmups reigned as full retail releases instead of being pushed into the realm of digital download. The game was released on the Dreamcast last year with much acclaim from various veteran SHmup players who, like the development team, also missed such days. For anyone interested in playing such a gem on the go, NG:Dev.Team released a trailer confirming the game for an Iphone release. The game contains; 6 stages, 3D scrolling backgrounds, 17 music tracks, 4 games modes (including an Omake mode exclusive to the Iphone) 40 CGI enemies, 6 bosses (One for each stage of course) and a 60FPS rate to rival that of CAVE’s IOS efforts. The game is avaliable now and it is compatable with Iphone 3GS and third gen Ipod Touches and upwards. A trailer can be viewed after the jump.
Eschatos is a Bullet Hell SHmup for the 360 that unlike most non CAVE SHmups (as if such things exist), has been confirmed to be region free much to the excitement of Westerm SHmup fans. Qute, the publishers of the game released a trailer for the game sampling the game’s OST song by song. Eschatos will also contain two popular retro SHmups as hidden extras. This marks one of the very few times that Judgement Silver Sword and Cardinial Sins will be playable for a Western audience. The game’s website lists an interview with the game’s composer Yosuke Yasui and details of secrets such as extra characters, a level select and an extra hard difficulty setting. Eschatos was set to be released on the 24th of March (Ironically a month after the release of CAVE’s own Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets bundle) however because of the recent earthquake, the game has been delayed indefinetly. The music sampler can be viewed after the jump.
As has been mentioned many times before on this site, Moon Diver is a new 2D action game by former Strider creator Yotsui Kouichi that focuses on providing a solid multiplayer and single player experience that appeals to newbies as well as veterans of the genre. The game was released on PSN today worldwide with an XBLA version dated as merely sometime in the future.
Strania is a vertizontal SHmup created by GRev who are most famous for Under Defeat, Border Down and most noticeably, Senko no Ronde. It will be released on XBLA tommorow for the price of 800MSP with some additional DLC released soon after that GRev is currently working on. Unfortunatly, as with every other SHmup not named Mamoru Kun, There is no word of a PSN release for Strania. Both games will have Demo’s avaliable (As of right now, only the Japanese version of Moon Diver has a demo up) and trailers of both games can be viewed after the jump.
Revealed at CAVE Festa 2011, Akai Katana Shin will be a port of CAVE’s latest arcade release for the 360, boasting high definition visuals, new arrange modes, and everything you could ever want from a CAVE port. The game will recieve Standard and Limited Editions with the components of the limited edition having recieved an announcement yesterday. While the regular edition will come with just the game for the price of 7,140 Yen ($87), The limited edition will come with a special casing box containing some very vibrant and colourful arwork (See Left) along with the official soundtrack CD (Composed by Ryo Umemoto who also worked on the soundtrack for ESPGaluda II Black Label which was also rather excellent). Anyone who preorders the game gets a special Voice Pack Content Card which includes new voices for the game (Preorders are avaliable for both Standard and Limited editions). Unfortunatly the game is region locked however consider the surprising success of Deathsmiles for the 360 (especially in the UK), If enough people pester Aksys and Rising Star than a western release shouldn’t be out of the question
Some of you may remember the first news post I ever did in which during this years CAVE festival, they announced that two of their most niche games (even by their standards), Pink Sweets and Muchi Muchi Pork would get a release in one disc for the Xbox 360. CAVE themselves said that ESPGaluda II would be thei last region free release so no-one really expected that the bundle would be playable on overseas consoles. Well, it is. More after the jump.
After FIVE years, shmup developers finally get some common sense and start porting their games to the PS3 so shmup enthusiasts such as myself can import without having to worry about region locking on say, Microsofts consoles. G Revelutions are best known for making games of various Genres though their most well known series is probably Senko No Ronde, an interesting series that mixes Virtual On style gameplay with that of a more danmaku-esque shmup. More after the jump.