Konami shmup Thunder Cross is this week’s Arcade Archives release

’80s blaster returns on Nintendo Switch

It’s shmup time once again, as Hamster reaches into its portfolio of unreleased Arcade Archives and pulls out a Konami classic from the genre’s first golden era, Thunder Cross, which is now available to download on Nintendo Switch.

Released exclusively in arcades in 1988, Thunder Cross is a horizontally scrolling shmup that is pretty typical of the era. One or two players pilot the Blue Thunder M-45 and Red Thunder M-45 against an intergalactic attack from the ominous “Black Impulse.” Our heroes can choose from a selection of unique weaponry before battling their way through seven stages (twice in a row, as is the Konami fashion.)

Like most of Konami’s classic shmups, Thunder Cross holds up well today, with enjoyable action, ground-breaking parallax-scrolling effects, and a typically cool soundtrack. Available to download on Nintendo Switch now at around $8, it should be noted that the title is also included on compendium release Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection.

Check out the action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Martinoz.

Chris Moyse
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