Intergalactic shmup Armed F rockets onto Nintendo Switch

It was acceptable in the ’80s

Hamster have added another old-school arcade title to their expanding Arcade Archive catalogue. Nichibitsu’s sci-fi schmup Armed F is now available to download on the Nintendo Switch.

Originally hitting the arcade market in 1988, Armed F (also known as Formation Armed F), is a vertically-scrolling shmup in which players guide the Vowger RC30 spaceship into a deep space anomaly – Point X1Y7Z94 – which has suddenly opened in the galaxy. What will be found on the other side of this black hole? (Hint: it’s aliens and shit).

Armed F follows the tropes of your standard shmup; patterned enemy attacks, power-ups and weapon variants, and multiple stages guarded by monstrous bosses. It’s actually a pretty slick title, with great music and brash, colourful visuals, even if the Vowger isn’t quite as smooth and slickly controlled as other shmup battleships.

Armed F is available to download now on Nintendo Switch, priced around $8.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.