'Gothic-Lolita Shmup' Deathsmiles Gets LE

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CAVE's "gothic-lolita shmup hit" Deathsmiles is coming to North America in Xbox 360 form this June, and to commemrate the occasion, publisher Aksys Games has unveiled a goodie-filled limited edition for those enamored with the "bullet-hell smash hit."

Priced at $49.99, the "lolitastic first run limited edition" includes a custom Xbox 360 faceplate "featuring four cute angels trapped in a creepy gothic cage," plus a soundtrack and extra-wide packaging "to compliment the shmup orientation."

By the way, this isn't an April Fools' joke. There really is a game called Deathsmiles, and it really features gothic lolitas, complete with whips and chokers. Besides, Aksys already blew its April Fools' load on the $299.99 BDSM Uber Edition of Deathsmiles.

From The Chatty

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    April 1, 2010 4:28 PM

    I like how SHMUP games have adopted the anything goes approach to game design. The gameplay is refined and tweaked to cater so perfectly to the hardcore SHMUP crowd that it seems everything else goes right out the door.

    Art direction? what's that? We just have 8 bajillion bullets on screen at once.

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      April 1, 2010 4:49 PM

      It really does look sort of like glowing neon vomit.