Deathsmiles 2X currently unavailable in Canada or Mexico

Deathsmiles 2X was the first title to be released directly onto Games on Demand in North America in an effort to bring more Japanese titles to American shores, but it turns out that the title is actually only available for residents in the United States at the moment. Those who want to obtain the title in Mexico or in Canada currently are not able to due to unknown reasons at this time. In a respo...

Deathsmiles 2X releasing directly to Games on Demand

A few weeks ago we reported that Cave would be handling Deathsmiles 2X’s publishing on their own according to an ESRB rating. This would be the first time that Cave had published a title in the United States to retail release. But that apparently is no longer the case because Cave will be skipping a retail release entirely and going straight to Games on Demand for North America. Cave is also...

SHMUSICUP is now out of Beta

SHMUSICUP, the rhythm-inspired shoot em up from Tzai Entertainment, has received quite a bit of attention lately for its custom soundtracks, music based bullet patterns, and all around badassery. That makes it even more exciting to finally announce that today SHMUSICUP has finally left its beta stage and is out for full release. Players who pre-ordered the game can download the PC client here and ...

Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury – XBLA Review

Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury Developer: Treasure Publisher: D3 Publisher Genre: Bullet Hell, Shoot ’em Up Price: 800 MS Points Platform: Xbox Live Arcade Bangai-O started out on the Nintendo 64 in its home country of Japan, before reaching foreign shores on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 and 2001 depending on your region of choice. The game has since become somewhat of a cult classic, which isn’t a...

SHMUSICUP Released for Download and Upgraded

Tzai Entertainment has announced today that SHMUSICUP, their rhythm driven shoot ’em up, is now available for download onto PCs. While the game is still in its beta release, there are several enhancements that this downloadable version includes over its browser-based counterpart. First of all, the game now supports tons of file types instead of only MP3. In case you aren’t familiar wit...

ESRB rates Death Smiles 2X; published by Cave itself

Now last year a title was released in the U.S. called Death Smiles. It was a classic Japanese bullet hell styled game that was brought over with the help of Aksys Games and developed by Cave. Now this year it seems that Cave will be handling everything themselves because in the ESRB rating for the game they are listed as the publisher for the title as Cave Co. Ltd. Whether this is because they tho...

Otomedius Excellent given some details from Konami

There are some games that are released in Japan that you know will be localized eventually. Popular RPG franchises, sequels to successful franchises, etc. But then there are games that you are surprised to hear are coming out of Japan and onto Western shores. One such pleasant surprise is Otomedius Excellent from Konami. Konami America has released some details about their to be localized eventual...

Trouble Witches Neo arrives on XBLA in a few short weeks

There may be a lot of bullet hell styled games out on the XBLA but not a whole lot of them draw upon the Japanese nature to include anime-stylings in most of their products. The most recent one that comes to memory is Deathsmiles from Aksys but that was released in full retail format over a year ago. Now SNK Playmore had announced Trouble Witches Neo last year and had slated the title for a releas...

Fast Striker is out on iPhone

Fast Striker was a game released at the very end of 2010 for the Neo Geo MVS arcade system and the Sega Dreamcast by German indie team NG:Dev.Direct. It gave many people who were into bullet hell shooters a reason to dust off their Neo Geo arcade machine or Sega Dreamcast. For those of us who don’t have our Dreamcast and don’t feel like spending a ton of money on a arcade machine there...

99Bullets Gets a Teaser Trailer…

EnjoyUp Games are gearing up to release their retro-style shoot-em up, 99Bullets. If you haven’t heard of EnjoyUp Games before, they are the same people who brought us titles like Chronos Twins and Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ which have both seen much success on the handheld’s online shop. With the release of a new trailer today, it certainly seems that this title will ha...

SHMUSICUP: Shoot Music Up – PC Review

SHMUSICUP: Shoot Music Up Developer: Tzai Entertainment (website) Publisher: Tzai Entertainment Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up, Rhythm/Music Price: $14.99 ($9.99 for pre-orders) Platform: PC Release Date: TBA Hybrids are usually risky when it comes to video games, but sometimes when pulled off right they can be revolutionary. SHMUSICUP: Shoot Music Up claims to be a hybrid of the shoot em up and rhythm/music...

SHMUSICUP blends rhythm and shoot ’em up gaming

I will gladly admit that rhythm games are one of my favorite genres of games. PaRappa the Rapper, Elite Beat Agents, and Taiko Drum Master are permanent parts of my collection, and I just played through the entirety of Gitaroo Man last night. The only way rhythm games can be made even better in my book is by combining them with another genre to create a hybrid of epic proportions like the Bit.Trip...

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