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“Gross! There’s goo on my wang!” (Guwange Released on North American XBLA)

Posted in Game News, Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by Mat$kat

Here we have it (albeit a tad late on my part, sorry folks)Cave’s magnificent feudal Japanese manic shooter : GUWANGE! Only 800 MSP on Xbox Live Arcade!

Anyone who reads my blog or knows me personally can attest to the fact that I am a big fan of the Japanese arcade game developer, CAVE. Some time ago Cave held a survey asking which one, of several of their back-catalogued games, the fans would like to see fully localized and released on XBLA. Among the choices were Progear, Dodonpachi, ESP Ra.De., and Dangun Feveron (aka Fever SOS).

Votes were cast and Guwange (pronounced GOO-WANG) came out the victor! On November 10th 2010 , Cave fans around the globe saw the interspectacular sight of Guwange available on XBLA for ten bucks!

I encourage Cave fans in the USA to go ahead and drop a Hamilton on this game. Consider it your vote for more Cave games released in the US. Officially the only North American releases thus far have been Deathsmiles NA and Guwange.

What’s up next for Cave on XBLA?

The discomen collecting romp known as DANGUN FEVERON! Keep checking back for news on a release date, etc.

But back to Guwange

I’m not going to bother reviewing this game…I’ve seen several game sites with the headline “REVIEW: Guwange is Bullet…HEAVEN?” – so I’ll spare you all the pun laden review. I’ll just say that the game is a faithful port and also incluses two interesting extra modes of play : Xbox360 Arrange Mode (basically a novice mode) and the PUNISHINGLY difficult “Blue Label” Mode. Blue labe mode is a port of a very rare, specially made version of the original Guwange arcade PCB. Originally given to the three highest scoring players at a Cave hosted event in Japan, the “Blue” version is an extremely tough arrange mode. Imagine walking without an umbrella in a severe rainstorm, where the rain is bullets…

Well, whether or not my attempt at evoking an image just now was successful or not, I digress…

How about some pictures and video? Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!

The History of Shooting Games

Posted in Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Mat$kat

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be devoting a series of posts to some of the biggest, most influential names in shooting games. From the commerical studios like Cave, Raizing, and Toaplan to the underground “doujun” developers like Siter Skain, Kenta Cho, Shanghai Alice (aka ZUN), and Platine Dispositif – we’ll try and cover both ends of the spectrum.

To whet your appetites, and to give a little history lesson, I’ve included below a wonderfully made series of videos I found on YouTube. This three part series covers the history of the shooting genre – there is a TON of good information included here and it gives everyone from hardcore players to casual readers of my blog an educated perspective on THIS author’s favorite gaming niche.

So without further ado – I’d like to present the three part documentary “The History of Shooting” masterfully created by GameOne Documentaire.

Enjoy!

Deathsmiles (360) US Release Looms – Preorder NOW!

Posted in Game News with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Mat$kat

Cave’s killer horizontal shmup, Deathsmiles, is finally getting released stateside.

It’s up for preorder on Amazon, and Gamestop’s sites. I advise purchasing two copies…one for a friend – our dollars are our votes for Cave to localize their games and send their awesome shmups to the US.

Deathsmiles has been localized by Aksys games, who you all may be familiar with for their involvement in the US release of BlazBlue : Calamity Trigger, and the famous Guilty Gear series.

Check out Aksys’ website HERE.

Everybody get out there and buy the damn game.

Pic below of the super-cool Limited Edition….

Deathsmiles II (XBox 360)

Posted in Game News with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by Mat$kat

Cave announced today their newest Xbox 360 arcade port.

Deathsmiles II , the sequel to their gothic lolita smash hit.

Horizontal shooting at it’s best! Let’s hope this get’s localized for the West – as the original Deathsmiles was popular enough to warrant a full translation and impending US release.

If this looks good to you, show the love by buying the US version of Deathsmiles (release date pending)

The trailer for Deathsmiles:

Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Review Posted!

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mat$kat

Mushihimesama!

Bug Princess!

Shooting legend CAVE releases their first region-free game for the Xbox 360!

Bullet hell at it’s finest, now available for all of us outside Japan.

Witness the splendor and read my rambling review here.