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1:00 PM on 01.25.2014

Shoot-'em-up studio Cave Interactive retreats to Japan

Cave appears to be giving up on the Western world. The studio behind acclaimed shooters like Deathsmiles and Akai Katana made an important announcement this week, revealing its English-language blog and Twitter presence will ...

Kyle MacGregor


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




6:00 PM on 11.10.2013

Cave bringing a little RPG to their next shooter

Best known for manic console arcade bullet-hell shooters, like Deathsmiles and Akai Katana, Cave is mixing up the formula slightly with their next mobile shmup release, Don Paccin. The vertical shooter, slated for both ...

Wesley Ruscher

7:00 PM on 04.09.2013

Bug Princess 2 Black Label, other Cave shmups on sale

Cave is celebrating three years of selling its wares on mobile platforms by slashing prices on a number of its shooters until April 14. It's largely the same sale we see from them every few months, but there's one notabl...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 03.20.2013

Rejoice! A Cave shooter finally coming to PlayStation 3

The unthinkable has happened. One of Cave's illustrious shoot-'em-ups has been announced for PlayStation 3. Despite some saying it would never happen, the latest edition of Weekly Famitsu reports 5pb will bring Ketsui: K...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 02.25.2013

Cave Shooting Collection heading to Xbox 360 this March

Cave's prohibitively expensive shooting collection has a release date. The ten disc bundle of danmaku goodness is slated to hit Japan on March 28 for the steep price of ¥ 24,800 (roughly $300), though it's still not ...

Kyle MacGregor



New releases: Ni no Kuni arrives at last photo
New releases: Ni no Kuni arrives at last
by Fraser Brown

It's Monday, and that can only mean one thing: it's the beginning of another week of new releases!

And what a great week it is, most notably containing the release of the long awaited Ni no Kuni, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's sumptuous RPG. Jim's review is now live, and it sounds like an absolutely delightful, if traditional JRPG. Just what the doctor (if I can find my fake medical license) ordered.

In addition, we've got Ron Gilbert and Double Fine's inventive underground adventure, The Cave; the TrackMania-style FPS, ShootMania Storm; Strike Suit Zero, a space combat sim inspired by Colony Wars and Freespace; Croixleura hack-and-slash brawler for PC; an alien-slaying FPS for the Vita, Gun Commando; and a whole bunch more arriving this week.

Blimey, that's a lot of gaming. Anything tickling your fancy?    

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6:00 AM on 12.21.2012

Cave World Winter Sale has begun on iOS and Android

It's wintertime and you know what that means. Everywhere you turn someone's looking to bleed you dry. If you've yet to spend next month's rent on the Steam's holiday sale, why not throw a few bucks at Cave and pick up a new s...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 12.01.2012

Do want: Cave Shooting Collection coming to Xbox 360

One of these days I'm going to go out and splurge on every shooter available for the Xbox 360. No, I'm not talking about Halo and Gears of War. Microsoft's console has been home to many of this generation's finest bullet hell...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 10.22.2012

Make your iPhone happy with DoDonPachi Maximum

Cave is arguably the best thing to happen to mobile gaming. There. Said it. I seriously suck at bullet hell-type games, but I still have to get everything that Cave sends your way for iOS devices. They're that good. The next ...

Dale North

1:00 AM on 08.17.2012

PSA: Cave shooters on sale for iOS platforms this week

[Update: Today, August 17th, is your last opportunity to take advantage of the Cave World Summer Sale.] Summer is here and just about everyone and their brother is having a seasonal sale to help part you from your hard earned...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 06.09.2012

Cave's Bug Princess 2 Black Label flying to iOS platforms

Oh would you look at that, Cave Interactive will be ferrying yet another shooter from the arcades to the pockets of shooter fans everywhere. After releasing Akai Katana on the Xbox 360 last month, the Japanese deve...

Kyle MacGregor







Review: Akai Katana photo
Review: Akai Katana
by Allistair Pinsof

I spent $80 on a double-pack of Cave’s Muchi Muchi Pork and Pink Sweets when I visited Tokyo last fall. Some people might think I’m crazy for paying that much on what could easily be a $5 downloadable game. But if you’ve been bitten by the shmup bug then you know who CAVE is and why such a purchase isn’t only acceptable but absolutely necessary as a fan.

There are some things money can’t buy, however, such as a way to play a region locked game on an American Xbox 360. This was the case with the overseas release of Akai Katana. Okay, so I could have just bought a Japanese 360 but even I have my limits. Good thing I didn’t because the game has finally reached the West and Rising Star Games has given it the most polished packaging to ever grace a CAVE release. Akai Katana deserves it too, because it is among the developer’s best.

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6:00 AM on 05.17.2012

Things aren't looking so good for Cave Interactive

Sorry all you bored PlayStation Vita owners! While Cave Interactive announced its support for Sony's new portable at TGS last year that's not happening anymore. The latest issue of Famitsu magazine listed both titles amidst a...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 05.05.2012

Cave shooter Akai Katana descending onto the Xbox 360

Good news fellow STG enthusiasts! Cave's side-scrolling bullet-hell adventure Akai Katana is making its way to the Xbox 360, courtesy of Rising Star Games. Publishers of everything awesomely Japanese on the other side o...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 04.14.2012

Cave teases strategy game set during Japanese civil war

Cave has just revealed a teaser site for a browser-based strategy game, Gun Blood Days. The forthcoming project from the popular shmup publisher is set during a Japanese civil war in the near future. Also involved with t...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 03.30.2012

Cave announces Bug Princess 2 for iOS

Cave just loves churning out iOS ports like ice cream. As a follow-up to the recent Bug Princess, the shoot 'em up expert is releasing the sequel very soon -- as in, next week on April 5th. If you recall, Bug Princess is the ...

Chris Carter