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Bug Princess

Cave's Mushihimesama launches on PC Nov. 5

Cave's Mushihimesama -- Bug Princess, if you'e nasty -- is coming to PC on November 5. Initially released in 2004, the vertical arcade shooter has since made appearances on PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and iOS platforms. This version promises t...

 
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PixelJunk Shooter

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is great (and now on Steam!)

Mmm, fluid dynamics. Double Eleven has brought PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate to Steam at long last. This package repurposes Q-Games' darling twin-stick shooters into a cohesive, singular experience with an optional new visual style and improve...

 
Blacksea Odyssey photo
Blacksea Odyssey

Harpoon enormous space creatures to shreds in Blacksea Odyssey

Developer Blacksea Odyssey recently announced a top-down shoot-'em-up by the same name, in which you can play as a cybernetic old man with a crazy long beard and hunt down giant space creatures with a harpoon. Blacksea Odyssey features rogu...

 
Nintendo 64 photo
Nintendo 64

Unreleased N64 game surfaces after 16 years

History is littered with the bones of games like Viewpoint 2064, the unreleased sequel to Sammy's 1992 Neo Geo shooter Viewpoint. The Nintendo 64 project was first (and last) seen at Nintendo's Space World event in 1999, before being cancel...

 
Cave photo
Cave

Cave is considering crowdfunding to bring more shooters to PS4

Cave is working on getting more of its games on Steam, starting with Mushihimesama this winter for $19.99. But apparently it has bigger plans in store, and is brainstorming as to how it can achieve those goals. For starters, the c...

 
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Gun Wings

I'm so glad people are still making bullet hell games

Thanks to a tip from a reader, Gun Wings is now on my radar. It's from developer Angels Blue Digital Entertainment, and it's currently seeking an audience on Steam Greenlight. The full game is boasting six stages, and controller suppo...

 
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CAVE on Steam

Mushihimesama will be the first CAVE shooter to hit Steam

As you may have heard, Cave is getting into the Steam business. Today at TGS, the company shared some more concrete info on its move to the PC platform, starting with its debut game -- Mushihimesama. Titled "Bug Princess" in English, it's a...

 
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Cave shmups

Cave shmups are coming to Steam this year

An ominous teaser site has popped up on the web, titled caveshmups.com. According to the landing, publisher Degica will assist Cave in bringing iconic shooters to the Steam marketplace, which will go down sometime in winter of this year. Yo...

 
Steambirds Alliance photo
Steambirds Alliance

Spry Fox showing off bullet hell MMO at PAX Prime

Spry Fox (Triple Town, Alphabear) will be at PAX Prime, and in addition to the undoubtedly cute bear posters it's giving out for free, it will also be showing its newest title, Steambirds Alliance. In a newsletter, Spry Fox describes Steamb...

 
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Cute-'em-up

Shutshimi is a cute-'em-up about a muscular fish

Strong-armed fish crack me up, so I had to give this game a look. It's a cute-'em-up in which levels last around 10 seconds or so, "then the player has ten seconds to pick a power-up from the shop for the next round." Except some aren't act...

 
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Steel Strider

Doujin spin on Turrican, Contra coming to Steam

Chances are you're unfamiliar with Astro Port, which is equal parts understandable and unfortunate. Japanese independent studios don't get lavished with attention (something we're trying to change), and Astro Port's wares aren't exactly the...

 
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Sol Divide

Sol Divide makes the trek from PS1 to Steam

Out of left field this All Star week: Sol Divide has come to Steam. Looks like an emulation of the PS1 port, and early user reviews suggest it works pretty good. But where did this come from? Well, the publisher is listed as Console Classic...

 
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Astebreed

Doujin shmup Astebreed hits PS4 on June 25

Astebreed is finally warping to PlayStation 4 on June 25, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes from doujin studio Edelweiss and was actually among my favorite games released last year when it debuted on PC. In addition to being j...

 
Next Penelope review
If I told you that I wanted to mix Greek mythology with the racing and shoot-'em-up genres, you'd probably call me crazy. But that's just what developer Aurelien Regard did with his one-man show The Next Penelope, and for the...   read

Doujin shmup review
Amidst a wash of old school mecha anime and Tokusatsu-tinted nostalgia, there was a moment in this otherwise homespun shooter that left me surprised and curiously enamored. Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser doesn't come from a gen...   read

Japanese indie games! photo
Japanese indie games!

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser invades Steam next week

A blast of '70s-inspired action is bombarding Steam next week in Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser. Announced for a western release nearly two years ago, the mecha shooter from doujin studio Astro Port (Gigantic Army) is finally launching o...

 
Evoland 2 photo
Evoland 2

Evoland 2 is part shmup, part platformer, part RPG, part puzzler...

After watching this debut trailer for Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder, I regret missing the first game. The basic concept of an adventure that evolves from 2D to 3D and spans multiple genres is the same, only now i...

 
Touhou review
As I've said in the past, I consider myself lucky when it comes to meeting fellow gamers over the years that have had a positive impact on my life. I was fortunate enough to discover the Touhou series back in 2002 at the...   read

Touhou photo
Touhou

Japan's most popular indie series arrives in the West

The Japanese indie sensation Touhou has been around for nearly two decades. Since debuting in 1996, the series has transformed from a collection of obscure shoot-'em-ups into a cultural phenomenon, spawning a myriad of derivative works acro...

 
Touhou photo
Touhou

More Touhou is coming to PlayStation 4

Touhou seems to be everywhere these days. The series is making its western debut tomorrow. A demo for the next mainline entry isn't too far behind. And even some of the fan-made games are on their way to PlayStation 4. The cult doujin pheno...

 
Karous 3DS photo
Karous 3DS

Trailer for 3DS shmup asks 'is life meant to be shitty?'

Karous is a vertical shmup about two hugging sisters that was released by Korea-based developer Milestone Inc. back in 2006. It was later ported to the Dreamcast, and then again to the Wii as part of the Ultimate Shooting Collection. Stran...

 
Touhou 14 photo
Touhou 14

Touhou makes its western debut on May 7

When it comes to Japanese indie games, there's Touhou and then there's everything else. Over the course of two decades, the property has transformed from an series of obscure bullet hell shooters into a cultural phenomenon. However, despite...

 
Japanese indie games! photo
Japanese indie games!

Playism is localizing doujin games for PS4, Vita

Good news for fans of Japanese indie games: Playism is bringing its wares to consoles.  We've known this was happening for a while, but now it's official. The company has announced plans to localize a number of Japanese indie games for...

 
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Resogun

Resogun developer Housemarque offers post mortem thoughts on its PS4 shooter

Housemarque did a fantastic job with Resogun. While I enjoyed it at launch somewhat it wasn't until the subsequent custom ship updates and extra mode DLC came out that I really started to play it in earnest. Now you can get a look at the g...

 
Touhou localization photo
Touhou localization

Doujin shooter Touhou 14 targets western release

Japanese indie games distributor Playism scored the rights to one of the Touhou titles last year, putting us one step closer to a possible English-language adaptation of the popular doujin series. That was the speculation, anyway. And indee...

 
Dual iOS impressions photo
Dual iOS impressions

'Dual' is a really cool mobile shoot 'em up that functions over two devices

The other day I ran across a newly released shooter for iOS and Android called Dual. The whole gimmick is that it uses two devices to function, with a screen that spans between them. By forming a tenuous Voltron-esque link you can play...

 
Crimzon Clover review
Every so often, something will come across my desk that I completely overlooked at the time. Valdis Story: Abyssal City was a perfect example of that. For a while now readers have been asking about Crimzon Clover World Ignition, and I finally set aside the time to play it. That ended up being a good choice.   read

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The joy of bullet hell

The joy of bullet hell

Shoot-'em-ups started innocently enough. Spacewar blasted its way onto computers back in the 1960s, and after Space Invaders was released, the rest was history. Galaga and Galaxian would go on to further popularize the genre, and R-Type and...

 
Pythetron Kickstarter photo
Pythetron Kickstarter

Gorgeous 2.5D shoot-'em-up Pythetron now on Kickstarter

Talented game designer and artist TJ Townsend has taken his visually stunning 2.5D shoot-'em-up Pythetron to Kickstarter, looking to secure -- in today's crowdfunding terms -- a very reasonable $5,000 to finish up ...

 
More Geometry Wars photo
More Geometry Wars

Geometry Wars 3 is evolving with 40 new stages and Hardcore Mode

This is unexpected. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is rolling out a free update across all platforms (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) on March 31, 2015 that's large enough to warrant a name change. Going forward, the game will be known as G...

 

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Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst...

 

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Double Monocles

I have a 16 hour road trip this week (round Ill be driving part of the way, but will have time for some handheld Any suggestions? I was thinking Shantae from the humble bundle, but I could whip out my GBA and finally play A Link to the Past

 
Gundy

I suddenly want to play a Hyperdimension Neptunia point and click adventure

 
lokhe

So Ive been hunting secrets and hidden areas in DS3 Some still elude me but my latest one felt really Blessings of the Dark Moon upon yall!

 
Bardley

Went hiking up in the Great Smoky I saw three deer, five bears (from inside a car), and chatted with a bunch of nice folks hiking the Appalachian Perfect weather and a gorgeous

 
KnickKnackMyWack

You have to admit, this is pretty

 
Amna Umen

Wheres the Offworld Trading Company review so I can complain about a score for a game that I already own?! #Hardcore #CaucusForOuyaSanders

 
Kaleido Ruby

Precisely how Puyo Puyo was meant to be

 
RenaudB90

Purpals get the best landed in a world with the host, a sunbro and a Attack the faithful, get a sentinel dropped on me for my I finish him off and get my shackle, the Sunbro and host die to the Archer love

 
Torchman

I DONT WANT TO BE AT WORK, I WANNA BE HOME PLAYING SUPER ROBOT WARS Z3!

 
whatsacow

Beat the dancer of the boreal valley at level Suffice to say, i am a fucking god! Either that or ive spent way too much time with this game and really need to get back to

 
gajknight

Beat the first boss of I can safely say, this game could turn out to be something real I got a few gripes that Ill highlight in the comments but I could still play it with no changes fairly

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

I made a small change to the length of the table, and I realize I didnt show the finished white shirt version, so here it is! Thanks for all your feedback and help, everyone!

 
Sr Churros

Godammit, Jake Kaufmans music is so awesome! This game has beeen pure ear joy so

 
Luca Blight

I was watching my brother trying to beat the nameless king numbers of tries then I played Fist of the North Star opening and he whooped his

 
Megas75

I havent went online with the Master Chief Collection Is the online still fucked or did they ever fix it?

 
OverlordZetta

My head is pounding and it wont be tonight until Why must it be this way?

 
FakePlasticTree

Yus! Physical copy of God Already own it on PSN but nothing beats having a physical copy Also wanted the first Bayonetta on Wanted to play it

 
Zer0t0nin

I cant even say why, but there is something incredibly soothing about Mid-90s Rave

 
iam16bit

Ok so this morning I showed my Street Fighter cover to my teachers and they really liked it but suggested putting in more shadows and showing energy coming from the They also suggested bringing Akuma down a bit to leave space for a

 
guitarvillain

Crom, grant me

 
Pixie The Fairy

I hope Axiom Verge for Vita has a patch coming because the occasional action-halting hiccups are a bit Ive seen some slowdown, too, but my brain rationalizes that as it trying to be an NES

 
Nathan D

*sees a quarter on the ground with tails side up* Ooh, a quarter! Wait, does tails side up being unlucky only apply to pennies? Oh god, should I pick it up?

 
OverlordZetta

Hey, Pokemon trainers! The Zygarde, Shiny Yveltal, and Shiny Xerneas events are a May event it looks like! Zygarde is this week and a little extra and the other two will follow that in the Check your country for specifics!

 
Gundy

I love me some dill

 
Fuzunga

This is already worth at least $60, which is double what I paid for Along with my three (PS4, Vita, DOS) copies of Retro City Rampage, Im going to be rich

 
Luca Blight

Is it weird to not care for Devil May Cry 1 but absolutely love the 3rd Maybe it was the mood I was

 
RiffRaff

Star Fox tip: Well, I just discovered that if you plug your headphones directly into the gamepad, all of the audio is routed through the Not optimal for fixing the fixing the audio, but a lot better than the shit quality of the gamepad

 
Confuseddalek

Im having more fun playing Shantae than I ever was with Dark YEAH I SAID IT

 
iam16bit

Also Nintendo posted the full Squid Sisters concert on

 

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