Adorable bullet hell: hot screens from Mamoru-kun is Cursed!

Our friends at Guili in Japan were kind enough to share these new screens from the upcoming Japanese Xbox 360 shoot-em-up Mamoru-kun wa Norowarette shimatta, or Mamoru-kun is Cursed. This is a vertical anime-styled shump originally released in arcades for Sega’s Naomi arcade system, but is now coming home with a new story mode and characters (available via DLC). 

On top of some *cough* shota-kon action, the game has a cursing system that allows players to put a spell on enemies, putting them in a rage. This changes their attack pattern and temporarily makes them weaker, and also increases scoring items earned when they are taken down. Players can even curse themselves as a short-term power up.

Japan will see the release of this collaboration between Guilti and G.rev (makers of Senko no Ronde) in June 2009. It will come in both a standard (6,279 yen) and limited editions (8,925 yen), with the latter coming with a play guide DVD and soundtrack. 

I don’t know if Mamoru-kun will come overseas, but we don’t have enough cute-’em-ups yet, and this one looks really good. Maybe if we make enough noise about it, someone will take notice.

For now, check out our screenshots in the gallery below.

Dale North