Psikyo killers coming to Switch

Strikers 1945, Gunbird, Samurai Aces and more!

NIS are bringing a non-baker's dozen of Psikyo shoot-them-right-ups to your Nintendo Switch! Unless you don't buy them, obviously. But nonetheless, the option to own Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha and Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo is almost upon us. Next year. Early next year. When exactly? I just don't know.

What I do know is that us happy lil' Switchers will soon be able to play all manner of arcade shmuppy goodness, with six games per collection. And here is that list in full!

Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha contains Strikers 1945Strikers 1945 II, Strikes 1945 IIISol Divide, Dragon Blaze and Zero Gunner 2.

Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo contains Samurai Aces Episode I, Samurai Aces Episode II: Tengai, Samurai Aces Episode III: Sengoku Cannon, Gunbird, Gunbird II and Gunbarich.


Phew! What a pair of scorchers!! For my money (which, sadly, the games will cost), they're worth it for the Gunbird games alone, though I assume Gunbird 2 won't be based on the Dreamcast version and will therefore lack the playable Morrigan Aensland that made the Sega port so appealing. Nonetheless, you're looking at many hours of terrific blasting fun with these two brilliantly balanced games, as well as their unusual spin-off Gunbarich that marries shooting with Breakout for a frantic Arkanoid on 'roids.

The Strikers 1945 series, as well as being great fun to play, is a terrifically faithful representation of the real-life horrors of World War 2 with its transforming battleships and giant flying mecha. Alongside the aforementioned Gunbird trilogy they're my highlights of this collection - entertaining and educational.

Strikers 1945!

The games are being released in yer bog-standard eShop format or the proper, correct means of consumption, big boxes full of valueless tat such as soundtrack CDs and artbooks so you can go through the art for Tengai and go "hmm, this is horny in the main".

Get your 2020 diaries and mark every single day in January, February and March as "possible Psikyo collection release date". More info as it comes down the game-pipe. Yes! Retronauts now has a game-pipe.