Archive for the ‘Shmups’ category

Another school project arcade game – Starcell XF-1

October 5, 2008

I’ve stumbled across another homebrew arcade school project and maybe it’s just me but it seems like these are becoming more common lately. This particular project, called Starcell XF-1 is an original game running on original hardware that the students designed and you can see it in the video below. The game was inspired by another arcade shmup, Raiden and it looks like it could easily fit into the style of games you’d find in the early 90’s. It’s pretty good work (I especially like the music used in the video which you can hear by visiting the link below) – I just wonder how many of these students are interested in pursuing careers in the actual arcade industry down the line, I think that there is certainly a lot of room for people to get into the industry.

[Starcell XF-1 page] [Discuss on the Forum]

DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu released

May 31, 2008

[Image via Killercabs Forum]

I am a little late on this as i wanted to research it a little if I could find the time but forum member Molloy pointed out that the new shmup DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu was released in Japan this week and for those who love their shmups loaded with bullet hell patterns and lots and lots of firepower, this is a game for you. Interestingly enough it reminds me a little bit of Mars Matrix which I got a chance to play today although there are some obvious differences between the two. Embedded below is a video of the game in action, reports suggest that this one is for casual players of the series and you receive more bombs than in previous installments of the game but from the video it looks like there is enough going on to keep shmup fans of any kind happy.

For better quality videos, visit this link.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Otomedius launched in Japan

October 16, 2007


I almost missed this earlier today. Konami’s latest well-endowed anime girl shooter is now available in Japan, bringing with it side-scrolling shmup action – along with a touch screen. The chances of seeing the game outside of Japan are pretty low but one has to wonder why Konami doesn’t try to test games like this out in foreign markets. There still are a good number of shmup fans out there and something as different as Otomedius could bring more people to the genre but I suppose we’ll never know for sure. The otomedius website has received a facelift since I last checked it, it appears that updates will be coming (or as it says on the website “Comming”) soon. Well they aren’t shy about the innuendo are they?

[Otomedius Website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Raiden IV now shipping

June 5, 2007


Arcade Renaissance has reported that a Raiden IV kit that they ordered has now shipped, I assume from Coinopexpress (who still has the game listed as coming soon but they don’t always update the site right away) and that it should be arriving before too long where they will post a review with plenty of impressions to go along with it. I have been rather interested in seeing more about Raiden IV – the official Raiden IV website doesn’t show much of anything except the date 6/7/2007 which I assume is the “official” release of the game, at least in Japan. In case you are looking to import the game yourself, you can buy it from Coinopexpress for a mere $1576 (plus shipping) and you need an Erget II cabinet. Or you can wait for the Xbox 360 version which should also be hitting the shelves before too long. It’s too bad that it probably won’t see a wide-release in arcades in the States although with the game coming soon to a console near you that wouldn’t matter much anyways.

[Arcade Renaissance – Raiden IV shipped]

[Fairly lame Official Raiden IV site]

[Discuss on the Forum]