Nicalis has announced that Ikaruga will release on Nintendo Switch this month, the legendary vertically-scrolling arcade shoot ’em up from Japanese developer Treasure.
First released in arcades way back in 2001, it has since made a return on Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox 360, and Steam, and now adds the portable home console to that list.
You play as the rebel freedom fighter Shinro, and, piloting the advanced Ikaruga aircraft, you must defeat the relentless forces of a conquering nation by not only dodging and shooting but switching between black or white polarities to absorb enemy bullets that match their colour.
This widely praised gameplay mechanic adds a tactical, puzzle-like element to the action, and, as you absorb bullets, you will power up your ship’s homing laser to unleash to overwhelm your enemies.
Blasting enemies of the opposite polarity will let you inflict double damage, but you must be careful, as one hit from an enemy’s opposite polarity bullet will instantly destroy your ship.
With Arcade and Prototype modes, the chance for a second player to join in for local co-operative multiplayer, three difficulty settings, a chapter select option, and the ability to play using either a horizontal or vertical screen orientation (otherwise known as TATE mode), this will surely prove to be a popular addition to the console’s game library.
Ikaruga will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on May 29th, priced at $14.99.