Ikaruga, one of Treasure’s most venerated vertical shooters, is coming to Switch at the end of May.
The announcement comes via indie game shepherd Nicalis, which posted a tweet and blog entry about bringing over the game today.
The perfect shooter returns to Nintendo hardware! We’re teaming up with Treasure to bring the legendary #Ikaruga to #NintendoSwitch on May 29. Get the latest info here: https://t.co/g29ny5hGXG pic.twitter.com/yOH5VjsEH2
— Nicalis, Inc. (@nicalis) May 1, 2018
The game, commonly considered a spiritual sequel to Treasure’s Radiant Silvergun, involves flipping between black and white to determine how you damage enemies and whether you take damage. The game was praised after its arcade release in 2001, warranting cult-classic status when it got ported to Dreamcast, Gamecube, Xbox 360, and PC over the last two decades.
With the Switch, players can either use it in horizontal mode, as one would traditionally use a Switch as a handheld, or in a vertical orientation similar to its arcade release, also known as TATE mode. Ikaruga lands on the Switch eShop on May 29 for $14.99.
I played the hell out of the game on the Gamecube, but I’m definitely interested in getting another shot at it. Hopefully Treasure starts porting its old back catalog to modern systems again.