Japanese conversion specialist Hamster – famous for its superb line of Neo Geo ports on the Switch eShop – has just revealed that it has gained the licence to bring some of Irem’s most beloved shmups titles to Nintendo’s Switch console. One of these new ports is the famous shmup R-type released for the Commodore Amiga in 1987. The game is composed of several sequential levels, with a boss enemy at the end of each. The player controls a small spacecraft and must navigate terrain and fight enemies using the various ship weapons. The player’s spacecraft has, by default, a weak but rapid-firing main gun; and a more powerful gun called a wave cannon, which requires the player to hold their fire to build up power for the cannon. it was also infamous for its relentless difficulty. The gameplay of R-Type is noticeably distinct among shoot ’em ups. Invariably the player will lose, not because of an inequality in firepower, but because of the design of the levels themselves. Release and pricing TBA…

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