Ikaruga aiming for PC release via Steam

The shoot 'em up wizards at Treasure are hoping to bring the classic Ikaruga to PC, but first must survive the Thunderdome of Steam Greenlight. The colour-swapping bullet hell shmup first hit arcades in 2001 but has proved enduringly popular for what's really a niche genre, later coming to Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox 360, and Android.

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The shoot 'em up wizards at Treasure are hoping to bring the classic Ikaruga to PC, but first must survive the Thunderdome of Steam Greenlight. The colour-swapping bullet hell shmup first hit arcades in 2001 but has proved enduringly popular for what's really a niche genre, later coming to Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox 360, and Android.

The trick to Ikaruga is that all enemy ships and bullets are either black or white, and your ships can switch from one to the other. You absorb all shots the same colour as you and deal extra damage to others, so you flit between the two, dodging, shooting, and 'sploding.

This PC port is based upon the 2008 Xbox Live Arcade release, which ruffled a few feathers amongst the shmup hardcore for making a few minor changes but should be just dandy for most. It will support controllers as well as keyboard and mouse.

Go vote for it if you're interested.

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    October 7, 2013 6:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Ikaruga aiming for PC release via Steam.

    The shoot 'em up wizards at Treasure are hoping to bring the classic Ikaruga to PC, but first must survive the Thunderdome of Steam Greenlight. The colour-swapping bullet hell shmup first hit arcades in 2001 but has proved enduringly popular for what's really a niche genre, later coming to Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox 360, and Android.

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      October 7, 2013 7:06 AM

      Like another shacker said, bring on GRADIUS V!!!! It's the reason I bought a PS2.

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        October 7, 2013 7:31 AM

        This can only happen with Konami's approval, being the publisher.

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        October 7, 2013 8:27 AM

        I never got to play that game, which is a shame because i played 1, 3, rtype, super rtype, un squadron, axelay, and more till my damn fingers fell off.

        I love shmups.

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          October 7, 2013 8:11 PM

          You must play Gradius V. It is so pure and so good in terms of shootemup action.

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        October 7, 2013 8:11 PM

        Holy crap, me too! In fact, I bought the game well before I had my own PS2; I borrowed a friend's PS2 for an entire semester at school just to play the one game.

        I sank more than 100 hours into it, easily one of my favorite games of all time (whenever it comes up here I gush about it).

        Making it to 7-2 on a single credit is one of my proudest gaming moments.

        "What the hell?!"

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      October 7, 2013 7:58 AM

      http://www.squigiliwams.net/internet/mother_of_god.jpeg

      this is... not good. not good at all.

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        October 7, 2013 11:03 AM

        Why not?

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          October 7, 2013 3:55 PM

          Because I am addicted to that fucking game. Now i have a reason to play it all over again.

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      October 7, 2013 8:05 AM

      Ikaruga is serious business, count me in.

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      October 7, 2013 12:43 PM

      Someone at valve needs to get with it and fast track this one.

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      October 7, 2013 4:08 PM

      On a related note, here is one crazy good 1cc super play of ikaruga on hard difficulty. The slugfest he gets into at the end of stage 5 to maximize score is jaw dropping for anyone who has ever played this game before

      http://youtu.be/R8MoniJKCjY

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        October 7, 2013 4:56 PM

        that made my brain explode

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          October 7, 2013 6:13 PM

          Yeah, during the height of my Ikaruga addiction I only beat hard once, could beat normal fairly regularly, and could only 1cc easy but not regularly. To see someone play like that is just mind boggling to me. I just can't, even in my younger/faster days, track everything and manage polarity switches with that efficiency.

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            October 7, 2013 7:46 PM

            just going to pretend like that never happened

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            October 7, 2013 7:49 PM

            No idea what happens.

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            October 7, 2013 7:55 PM

            Fucking hell. Now I want to play this stupid fucking game again.

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        October 7, 2013 8:13 PM

        There is a feeling of zen at the end of Ikaruga when you are fighting the final boss and you have your polarity shifts perfectly in sync with his and it's oddly calming despite the absolute chaos going on about you.

        Considering the entire game is an allegory to accepting your own death, I don't think that's an accident.

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        October 7, 2013 8:20 PM

        I can appreciate the skill involved, but watching just stresses me the fuck out.

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