This news is a few days old, but I do not think many people have heard of this game so I thought that I’d mention it here. Mushihime-sama Futari is an arcade bullet hell-style shoot’em up game from CAVE. Curiously, CAVE is porting this game to the Xbox 360, and even more curiously, they’re not region-locking the game. Region locking is the second worst aspect of the 360, and virtually all Japanese games are locked so I’m happy that CAVE is dispensing with it here. Note that they aren’t actually localizing the game; the language is still going to be in Japanese, but I figure that these sorts of games aren’t really difficult to figure out.
One of the game’s protagonists is named Reco, and she may be familiar to figure collectors due to Max Factory putting out a 1/7 scale figure of her a few months ago. She’s gotten a character redesign since her first appearance, but I prefer her earlier look:
Curiously, both renditions seem to be done by the same artist. I guess he wanted to change up his style.
I don’t have much experience playing bullet hell shoooters … maybe Trigger Heart Exelica qualifies? I dunno. I did spend a good chunk of youth playing shooters in the arcade though; Tiger Heli, 1942, and Carrier Air Wing were some of my favorite games growing up. I don’t play them as much now since there aren’t very many of them, but I enjoy them nonetheless. I think I’m going to put in a preorder for this game; it looks like a lot of fun, and I’m happy to support a developer willing to risk making shmups.