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Touhou

The next Touhou game is getting a special edition in the west

NISA is publishing Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet in the west, and it just unveiled a pretty packed special edition that's listing at $50 this week. It comes with tons of art, pins, the soundtrack, digital themes and avatars, and a ...

 
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Raiden V

Raiden V is coming to Xbox One on May 11

Over 25 years after the original Raiden was released, Raiden V will hit the Xbox One. It'll make its North American debut on May 11, and will feature light multiplayer elements like a "cheer system," where you can buff other players (t...

 
Deathsmiles review
Just hearing the phrase "Cave shooter" evokes so many memories from just about every defining era of my life. From the very first time I ever played Espgaluda, to listening to the gang's adventures in shmups on Destructoid's ...   read

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Deathsmiles

Cave shooter Deathsmiles is free until the end of the month

Deathsmiles is basically Shmup 101 at this point, and if you haven't played it, you're free to download it on iOS until February 29. As a note, it's typically $11.99, and the touch controls actually work great -- in fact, there's even ...

 
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CAVE

Deathsmiles jetting to Steam next month

Cave's Deathsmiles is coming to Steam for Windows PC on March 10, publisher Degica Games has announced. The entrancing gothic shoot-'em-up first appeared in Japanese arcades in 2007 before later spreading to the rest of the world ...

 
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Touhou

Touhou shooter coming to PS4 in the West this summer

Touhou game Genso Rondo is coming west this summer, NIS America just announced. The shoot-'em-up fighting game hybrid will hold the distinction of being the first Touhou Project game to be officially localized for western release....

 
Shooting Stars! review
The highlight of this game for me was when a disco ball played a cheap sound-alike of Sandstorm. That should be all you need to know. But, if those words don't paint a bleak enough picture for you, read on to find out all about the sad interbreeding of laser-cats, bacon, and mediocre shooter mechanics that make up Shooting Stars!   read

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Raiden V

The Raiden series is still very much alive, V is coming soon in Japan

Raiden V heading to Japan this month, and strangely enough, will arrive as an Xbox One exclusive. Last generation -- I get it -- the 360 was a decent system for Japanese shmups, and Japan as a whole didn't outright detest the system. But wi...

 
Tachyon Project
While the shoot 'em up genre isn't the king it once was, more and more gems are coming out every passing year. New development studios are taking to Steam and mobile, and even Cave is coming out of the woodwork to become rele...   read

AIPD review
Who polices the AI Police? Good question.   read

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Waves

Waves 2 is out on Early Access, looks to channel Geometry Wars

It's sad that Bizarre Creations was shut down after Activision's purchase of the studio, especially considering the circumstances behind the situation. Whatever the case may be, Lucid Games has been doing a good job of recapturing the serie...

 
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Cave shooters

Deathsmiles is the next Cave game coming to PC

Deathsmiles is gearing up for a Steam release next spring, publisher Degica has announced. One of just a few horizontally-scrolling shooters in Cave's library, Deathsmiles initially launched in Japanese arcades back in 2007 before later com...

 
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Cave

Cave's newest shooter is out now on iOS

DoDonPachi IchimeBanchou lives! As Cave's latest experiment, this brand new game is a free-to-play shooter for iOS, and it's actually live right now internationally, including in the US. It's a bit hard to find though as the listing is rela...

 
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Cave

Cave is working on a free-to-play shooter

Try to say DoDonPachi IchimeBanchou three times fast. One of my favorite things about visiting Japan this year was the arcades, as I've said in the past. I was pretty much in heaven in the shmup sections, with tons of classics to choos...

 
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Austrania

Xbox 360 shmup Strania - The Stella Machina sups on Steam

Who wants to read a Destructoid review from 2011? Strania - The Stella Machina has come to Steam today apropos of nothing (the product page notes it's developer G.rev's "long-awaited debut on Steam," by whom I do not know). G.rev is made u...

 
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Japanese indie games!

Doujin mecha shooter Steel Strider out now

Steel Strider, the sequel to Gigantic Army, is now available on Steam, Nyu Media has announced. The new shooter comes from Astro Port, the Japanese indie team behind this summer's Tokusatsu-inspired STG Supercharged Robot Vulkais...

 
Mushihimesama
I was lucky to have been introduced to Cave shooters at a young age. I had a friend who lived in Japan and had family there, so he'd just bring games back over and we'd play them. Most were ported from the arcades to the PS2,...   read

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Mushihimesama

Cave's Bug Princess is currently free on iOS

Degica is releasing one of Cave's classic shooters Mushihimesama on Steam next week, but, in the meantime, the mobile version of the game (Bug Princess) is available for free on the App Store. It's a limited-time offer, though, so make sure...

 
Bug Princess photo
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...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
Steel Strider photo
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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FullmetalJ

I cant believe it never dawned on me

 
KnickKnackMyWack

So, I thought Id survey you I wrote a short college bio on Hatsune Miku and the Vocaloid process and Would any of you care to read that paper? Kudos to Zetta for giving me the idea to share

 
Vadicta

Okay, so my works admin officially started supporting Chrome, as it turns out, which means they blocked cookies, plugins, and just about everything on So, now I have to use FireFox for a proper experience -_-

 
Vadicta

Okay, so my works admin officially started supporting Chrome, as it turns out, which means they blocked cookies, plugins, and just about everything on So, now I have to use FireFox for a proper experience -_-

 
Torchman

Game gave me Black Getter mission Love Although Viral is hanging around as an npc :( Gurren lagann soon maybe?

 
Oridan

So apparently the new Uncharted has graphics filters? Im really liking the cel shaded Id play that,

 
Nathan D

So this PS4 Neo, hows that supposed to work if you already have an original one and want to transfer everything on your old HDD over?Youd probably just have to do it all THAT would blow I dont plan on getting one, but

 
StriderHoang

Astro Figgter Sunred theme is stuck in my Anyone want to watch a few episodes with me say Saturday via Rabbit?

 
Alphadeus

Thank God For Me & The Jimquisition (Jim Sterling) (2012) - Song from Songs for Gamers, written for the one and only Jim Its actually two I went with a church type song for the first part, and an action song for the second

 
Vadicta

So, instead of being able to see my updates, Disqus keeps telling me to make an account when I click on my red Im already logged on through Destructoid, Anyone else having this issue?

 
Torchman

Does anyone know where to find a list of the Angels from Evangelion? Im not too familiar with them and I have to defeat certain ones under certain conditions for

 
Oridan

Ive spent this day watching the Stellaris multiplayer Twitch DAY WELL

 
BigDoniel

Somethings wrong with my Destructoid, I can never see posts from the people constantly praising Nintendo with all the free passes I always see Get it fixed now mod folks!

 
Jiraya

I was looking for things to buy and stumbled on this and thought of Nekro no real

 
jake oti

Started Star Fox Guard I wish it had gyro But, then again, some of the gameplay is dependent on how slow the cameras turn, which would be awkward with

 
ACESandElGHTS

Robot Shuffle Man is always

 
Asterion

Unsure if I agree with the guy but this Guardian article on a crisis for the FPS is worth a

 
ACESandElGHTS

I was sitting at lunch and my buddy was eating Chik Fil A & muttering about bigotry in delicious chicken form and before long he just started spewing a bunch of weak liberal bullshit for no reason at See why I steer conversations toward video games?

 
Amna Umen

How come none of you told me about Crypt of the Necrodancer and that it was so fun?! I hold you all

 
SpielerDad

After gaming for many years, I tea-bagged someone in Halo last He was an Wife walks into the room and asked me why I was pressing my peaches up against the TV Apparently, tea-bagging in a game is different than in real

 
Dr Mel

New Game+ better watch This fuckers in

 
Kaleido Ruby

Dengeki put up more visuals for The Disappearance of @Nekrosys This

 
Nathan D

Been having a crappy week so far, but then I found Week: Its the little

 
Chris Bradshaw

Somebody already said it and I cant remember who, but he/shes The next form of handheld gaming is exclusively in the hands of Lets hope that they make a system with all the brilliance of Nintendo packed in the all the aesthetic of Sony

 
ikiryou

My job features co-workers who lack communication/interpersonal skills & these people get upset with me because they leave little important details out of their Details are kinda Not sure this is going to work out

 
Sarah Jane Farron

I love Windows 10 and Im all for Microsoft making an attempt on PC gaming again but they need to get this stuff On my third time downloading Quantum Break as the update refused to download there and the game wouldnt show up in the Start

 
Shinta

Going through my 2nd run in Nioh trying to play unarmed, and katana Unarmed counters are an instant kill and Im landing them ~70% of the time so its pretty If I mess up, I go for the Check out this video Dudes not human

 
ShadeOfLight

Nuzlocke update: lucked out and caught a male Nidoran, but by now Ive already gotten so attached to Edward the Sandslash that I dont plan on using I guess that means its working!

 
Luca Blight

That feeling when your halfway through a blog and you forgot what to

 

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