Three new shmup-related releases on XBLA

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 27, 2011 3:00pm PDT

Two titles absent from Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb of Xbox Live's recent Xbox Live Marketplace schedule update have popped up on Xbox Live Arcade today, which is always a pleasant surprise. Trouble Witches Neo and Nin2-Jump both arrived alongside today's better-publicised launch of Outland.

There's a shoot 'em up vein running through all of this week's new releases, in one way or another.

Trouble Witches Neo is a bullet hell-style shmup starring an assortment of wacky witches, because why not? Developed by Adventure Planning Service, it's priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

Legendary shmup developer Cave's new game Nin2-Jump, on the other hand, is not a shmup at all but rather an action-y platformer. It's decked out with interesting shadow puppetry stylings, complete with an audience watching you play. You'll still be collecting mega-points as per usual, mind. It'll run you 400 MS Points ($5).

And, as expected, XBLA also got Outland for 800 MS Points ($10) today. From the maker of shiny shmup Super Stardust HD and drawing a little inspiration from the colour-switching ways of Ikaruga, it's a kill-y platformer with a gorgeous look.

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