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Promethium will see release on Nintendo Switch, casting players as Commander Braybrook and challenging them to defend Earth from an armada that is headed directly to the planet and leaving a trail of destruction behind them.

Kotaku reports that the game seeks to represent “the oppressive weight of dealing with depression using the mechanics and stylings of a retro blaster.”

Piloting an experimental deep space fighter, developer Byron Atkinson-Jones has taken inspiration from classic Commodore 64 and arcade games to deliver a hard-as-nails retro-inspired side-scrolling shoot-em-up that takes place over increasingly challenging levels.

You must hack and disable shield generators protecting the armada ships before activating a self-destruct code to destroy them – repelling swarms of enemy fighters at the same time that are determined to stop you.

Their destruction will reward you with power pods that can be used to buy power-ups, with some being single-use, others multi-use, and some timed.

Promethium will see release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2017.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.