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Nicalis is bringing the vertically-oriented sci-fi shmup Ikaruga to Nintendo Switch at the end of this month.

Ikaruga on Switch has single-player and local, two-player coop play, along with “global leaderboards that can be accessed online for tracking high scores.”

The Switch version also lets you flip the Switch vertically for “arcade-style TATE mode action,” making it true to its arcade roots.

The top-down, bullet hell shoot ’em up has a lot of descriptors, but essentially combines the fast action of a schmup with a polarity system for strategy. Whereas most games in the genre will end quickly if you can’t avoid the multitude of on-screen dangers, Ikaruga’s ammo system means you have to take hits. As long as they’re the correct color, they’re absorbed.

Ikaruga was first released in Japanese arcades at the end of 2001. When it came out in Japan for the Sega Dreamcast the next year, it was noticed by importers in the West, garnering a cult following.

Nicalis worked directly with developer Treasure to bring the game to Switch. The game can be purchased on the Nintendo eShop beginning May 29 for $15 USD.

Nicalis just announced the final booster for The Binding of Isaac, available on PC right now and coming to consoles at a later date.

Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor and loves games both old and new. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.

 





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