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#1 weevles


Posted 14 October 2008 - 06:50 PM

Since the old thread got blown away, I will insert credit, push start.

Shmups won't die! Let's talk about 2D scrolling shooters old and new here: news, tactics, your high scores. Keep it OT so we can keep it going!

I'll start with some new shmup release news!

Dodonpachi Black Label Extra has been dated for Xmas release in Japan for Xbox 360. This old school-style arcade shmup has been tweeked with smaller hit boxes, a revamped scoring system, and a new beginner's mode!

Let's hope it sees a US release next year!


Pre-orders finally being taken, so here is the referral link for the CAG big ass chains fund!


Edited by gunm, 14 October 2008 - 08:20 PM.

#2 62t


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Posted 14 October 2008 - 07:54 PM

funny how the Xbox 360 is suddenly become the new platform of choice for shmup. Too bad it is one of the least import friendly system ever made.

#3 anotherpoorgamer


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Posted 14 October 2008 - 07:55 PM

^I'd buy an Xbox 360 if Raiden Fighters Aces and Raiden IV made it to the US!

I'd also like to know more Shmups that are available for PS2, GCN, Xbox, and other old school consoles.

I'll start:
Raiden III
Castle of Shikigami II
Taito Legends 2 (G-Darius and Raystorm)

Chaos Field


Gekioh: Shooting King
Raiden Project

Super Nintendo
Raiden Trad

Raiden Trad
Biohazard Battle

#4 weevles


Posted 14 October 2008 - 08:18 PM

Wow, there are tons across all systems and many are import-only. There may be too many to list!

Here are some more, but I know I'm missing stuff:

Mars Matrix
Border Down
Castle Shikigami II
Psyvariar II
Chaos Field
Gunbird 2
Zero Gunner 2
Giga Wing
Giga Wing 2
Twinkle Star Sprites
Under Defeat

Radiant Silvergun
Guardian Force
Gun Frontier
Battle Garegga
Blast Wind
Metal Black
Cotton 2
Cotton Bommerang
Layer Section/Galactic Attack
Kyukyoku Tiger II Plus
Sengoku Blade
Twinkle Star Sprites
Game Tengoku
Shippu Mahou Daisakusen/Kingdom Grandprix
Hyper Duel
Thunderforce Gold Pack 1
Thunderforce Gold Pack 2
Konami’s Deluxe Packs (Gradius, Salamander, Parodius and Twinbee)
Chatting Parodius
Sexy Parodius
Strikers 1945 (?)
Image Fight/X-Multiply
Thunder Force V
Darius Gaiden
In the Hunt

Raiden Project
Raiden DX
Gradius Gaiden
Harmful Park
Toaplan Shooting Battle vol. 1 (Kyukyoku Tiger)
R-Type Delta
Cotton Original
Cotton 100%
Night Raid
Nichibitsu Arcade Classics
Vacuum Kids
Zanac X Zanac
Dragon Spirit (Namco Museum)
Dragon Sabre (Namco Museum)
Ordyne (Namco Museum)
Strikers 1945 II
RayStorm (?)
Kaitei Daisensou/In The Hunt
Sonic Wings Special

PlayStation 2
Psyvariar (diff versions)
R-type Final
Gradius V

And here's a video of R-Type Dimensions coming soon for XBLA!

Edited by gunm, 14 October 2008 - 08:30 PM.

#5 weevles


Posted 17 October 2008 - 07:29 PM

New release date for Otomedius G, the (currently) Japan-only 360 shooter from Konami, is November 20th.

Makes me want a Japan 360. :p

#6 weevles


Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:59 PM

YES! Another CAVE shmup going to 360! courtesy of kotaku via siliconera:

Death Smiles! Loli Goth arcade shooter ftw!


Fuck, at this rate, I really will have to import a Jpn 360 to play these (still cheaper than trying to buy a Supergun setup with the damn PCBs).

Blurry youtube of gameplay from the arcade version:

#7 phear3d


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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:25 PM

^^^ very nice. i am sold.

i play shmups all the time. but since the decline of arcades in america, i've always wondered which shmups i never got to play. the only way to play them now is through mame (omg i didnt just say that word!).

i would really love to play radiant silvergun again. i only had 1 chance to play that and i remember that one of the buttons wasnt working so it was hard as hell. i would like to see it ported on the 360 or psn. but i wouldn't mind buying it on the psp as well.

did anyone play R-Type Command on the psp? if so how is it? i've always wanted to pick it up.

#8 SL4IN



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Posted 19 October 2008 - 12:09 AM

I had completely forgotten my love for Aero Fighters on the Super Nintendo. That game is still so awesome.

Aero Fighters 2

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#9 Photomotoz


    Magic Missile!!

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 02:57 AM

Did you guys see the Play-Asia e-mail? There is gonna be another new Dreamcast SHMUP : http://www.play-asia...en-70-31fr.html

Doesn't look like anything too fancy, but still very cool and decently priced. I will likely pick this up at that price if I hear decent things about it.

Edit : Speaking of Play-Asia, did anyone here try out that Soldner-X game? That game looked pretty cool and considering it was for the PC, it was also unique in that sense.

And now that I am on the topic of PC SHMUPS, has anyone played Raptor: Call of the Shadows? It is an old DOS era game, it was one of my favorites and the first SHMUP I ever played. The cool element in it was the fact that you upgraded after each mission by buying equipment. I am sure you can find it anywhere now, as it is considered abandonware.




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Posted 19 October 2008 - 03:23 AM

they got this on PSP now:

for a while actually...

but I heard u need 4.05FW so first I gotta wait til 5.00M33 becomes more standardized.

same w/ Star Soldier collection

#11 XxSmityxX


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Posted 19 October 2008 - 02:33 PM

well its nice to see a thread like this on these forums...

Only Cave game i've been playing on my cabinet is ESPGaluda, I hit stage 5 couple days ago top score is 18.6 million.

Currently looking for Deathsmiles on the 360 since I cant really afford the pcb@ $1000
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#12 62t


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Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:40 PM

btw R-Type Command is a SRPG.

Now I really hope that some of those Xbox 360 games will get a PS3 release.

#13 weevles


Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:19 AM

Hm, my Ketsui DS shipped from P-A today. I'll post my impressions when I receive it in a few weeks. :p

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:01 PM

I wish the third parties in Japan didn't stop putting them on DC. I don't know if there are any recently produced Naomi shooters that didn't get ported though.
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#15 weevles


Posted 24 October 2008 - 07:06 PM

Thunderforce VI review from Famitsu (7/7/6/6) = 26 :-|

#16 Halo05


Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:15 AM

Meh. That could mean anything. They probably give every shmup that same score.

As many of you know, black ops 2 is plaid with bugs, lag etc which many people have been suffering including me.

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#17 weevles


Posted 31 October 2008 - 07:48 PM

Death Smiles Xbox360 pre-orders are up @ Play-Asia! Mods feel free to re-linkify for CAG big ass chains fund!

Regular Edition

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#18 weevles


Posted 31 October 2008 - 09:41 PM

Rec'd my copy of Ketsui DS just now! Will try to post some impressions this weekend, if I get a chance.




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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:35 PM

I saw this on slowtaku, sum1 made a Gradius level in LBP

still... I'd rather play Gradius

#20 Halo05


Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:05 PM

Adorable but... I dunno, seems pointless and hard to see the enemy shots.

I'm tempted to go on a shooter buying frenzy. Unfortunately to really get the stuff I'm interested in, I'd also have to go on a Japanese 360 console buying frenzy and there's no way I can afford that at the moment.

As many of you know, black ops 2 is plaid with bugs, lag etc which many people have been suffering including me.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 03:37 AM

dood! get Ultimate Shooter Collection for the no Wii!!!

3 game in 1!!!

#22 weevles


Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:50 AM

Meh, I don't care for Milestone's recent shmups. I do have Radilgy for DC, though. :/

I need to make an otomedius, sengoku, or triggerheart LBP level. Although I'm sure someone made it already.

#23 hankmecrankme


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Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:10 AM

Those 360 shmups need to get released in the US. I'd buy them all.

I played the Raiden Fighters Aces demo that's on the 360 JPN XBLM. It's pretty sweet.

Come on, bring this shit out here somebody!! :pray:

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 06:13 PM

oh yah!! thanks for reminding me why I bought a 360!!


#25 weevles


Posted 07 November 2008 - 11:20 AM

Quick impressions of Ketsui DS: the controls are quite responsive, but considering how small the DS d-pad is, some may find it awkward or difficult at first. The framerate is quite good considering the amount of moving objects on screen at any given time. While the graphics are good for this type of game, I have to say that staring at the small screen tires my eyes pretty quickly and certain enemy bullets are just too small to see at times, often getting lost among other larger bullet patterns.

And as far as the bullet patterns go, it's pretty intense--there are a number of different spreads and there is a pretty heady mix of homing and non-homing shots to avoid.

Luckily the hit box seems to be right in line with the bullet hell theme, and you never feel like a hit was undeserved, beyond the smaller bullets which are simply just too hard to see.

There is a good selection of modes from training stages, to wifi multiplayer (which I haven't tried), to multiple difficulties that need to be unlocked.

There are only boss/mini-boss fights, which does detract from potential long term playability (IMO) as it just doesn't feel like a fully fleshed out game without the buildup between lesser enemies and end-level ones, but given the limitations of the hardware, I can see why this was done.

Overall, though, there really isn't anything like this out on DS, so if you're a 2D scrolling shooter fan, I'd recommend giving this one a shot. My copy came with a "SuperPlay" DVD bundled in as part of the retail package, so it's not too bad of a value, either.

#26 Captain_Insano16


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Posted 18 November 2008 - 01:15 AM

OK - dumb question that has been covered many times probably..... is there any way to play Raiden IV or Raiden Fighters on a US Xbox360? Is there anything like the Freeloader disc for the 360?

If not, anyone know a place to get a cheap Japanese 360?
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#27 weevles


Posted 18 November 2008 - 04:56 AM

There are, but we can't discuss that kind of thing here. Me personally, I'll just get an import 360. Death Smiles! Otomedius! So many cool shmups I doubt we'll see here soon.

#28 limelight022


Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:43 PM

Has anyone played Soldner X for the PC? Im thinking about the ps3 version, but havent heard much info.

My faves are:
Gradius V
U.N. Squadron (snes version)

#29 shotaro68


Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:32 AM

Thunder Force IV for Mega Drive and DoDonPachi for the arcade are some of the coolest SHMUPS ever.

#30 weevles


Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:33 PM

Has anyone played Soldner X for the PC? Im thinking about the ps3 version, but havent heard much info.

Here's a review.