Espgaluda II Soars Onto The Japanese Switch eShop In September

Espgaluda II brings bullet hell action to the Japanese eShop on September 9

Espgaluda II


Earlier this Summer, CAVE, and Live-Wire brought the beloved bullet hell shooter Mushihimesama to the Switch. Now, they’re preparing to port another classic shmup to the platform – at least in Japan. According to Live-Wire’s official website, Espgaluda II will arrive on the Switch eShop in Japan on September 9, 2021.

The follow-up to CAVE and publisher AMI’s 2003 classic, Espgaluda II first arrived in arcades in 2005. The game was ported to the Xbox 360 in Japan and iOS and Android devices worldwide in 2010.

The Espgaluda series is perhaps best remembered for its vibrant fantasy art style and unique Kakusei, or Awakening, system. Activated by spending the gems you collect, bullets and enemy ships slow down to a crawl in this mode, and, once defeated, their remaining bullets become gold ingots to boost the player’s score. It’s an interesting mechanic. And, once you get the hang of it, it becomes incredibly addicting.

Thankfully, this isn’t the only release fans of the company have to look forward to soon. CAVE and Live-Wire also plan to bring DoDonPachi Resurrection to the Switch later this year. Unfortunately, there’s no firm release date for this one yet. However, we’ll be sure to bring you more details on that upcoming release as they become available.

So, are you looking forward to picking up Espgaluda II when it arrives on Nintendo’s hybrid console? Additionally, what other CAVE shmups would you like to see ported to the hardware? Personally, I’m holding out for Muchi Muchi Pork or Guwange. As always, we love to hear what you think. So, be sure to sound off in the comments section below and let us know.

Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)

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