Microsoft Secures Classic Japanese Titles: Ikaruga and Rez Heading to XBLA

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At its pre-Tokyo Game Show briefing, Microsoft today revealed several new Japanese titles on the way to its Xbox Live Arcade platform in the coming months.

Chief among the announcements is that of Tetsuya Mizuguchi's trippy rail-shooter Rez (PS2, DC). According to Microsoft, the game will be rendered in high definition for maximum stimulation--although sadly, no vibrator peripheral was announced.

Treasure Co's classic vertically-scrolling 2D shooter Ikaruga (GC, DC) was listed as "available soon" for download. The challenging title will feature the standard two-player cooperative mode of the original.

Rounding out the list of confirmed Japanese shooters are Mizuguchi's Every Extend Extra Extreme, developer Warashi's Triggerheart Exelica (DC), and Hudson Entertainment's Omega Five. Taito's PSP action-puzzler EXIT will join the scroller-heavy lineup.

From The Chatty

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    September 12, 2007 1:53 AM

    ikaruga and rez

    my penis just transformed into an transformer robot and shot plasma into the atmosphere

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      September 12, 2007 2:39 AM

      Rez was fun on ps2 and I think I remember seeing Ikaruga videos way back when and it was so ridiculously hard that just watching the video make headdasslpoode

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        September 12, 2007 3:52 AM

        I had Rez on the PS2 and never found it all that hard - I got stuck on the last boss, but the rest of the game was fine. And I SUCK at most games.

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          September 12, 2007 4:41 AM

          Reading skills -1

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            September 12, 2007 5:50 AM

            Hahaha, oops. I lose at the internets. Again.

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          September 12, 2007 9:28 AM

          Rez is hard in that its hard to get 100% on various things to unlock stuff. Beating the game isn't supposed to be the challenge.

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      September 12, 2007 4:58 AM

      skeetatron