Hoping you’ve had a great 2014 and wishing you a prosperous 2015! 😀
I’m ending this year with a few doujin shmups and other shmup related items.
Espgaluda (エスプガルーダ) released in 2003 by CAVE. It is the spiritual prequel to CAVE’s renowned ESP Ra.De. and was followed by Espgaluda II.
Espgaluda is widely considered to be the most accessible of CAVE’s shoot ’em up titles. The basic mechanics of the game are simple compared to other CAVE titles but still offers a challenge to any player aiming to score high.
A complete arcade PCB kit consists of game PCB, four PCB feet, instruction sheet, marquee, pop, instruction strip, 50 A5 sized flyers with inserts for Arcadia magazine/mobile games, a letter from CAVE and, of course, a box.
Espgaluda was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The PS2 version contains different playing modes; such as arcade, arrange and simulation; gallery, and a walkthrough DVD video featuring replays by Clover-TAC and KTL-NAL. In simulation mode the player can change different parameters of the game play. Arrange mode offers redesigned stages, new fighters and a remixed soundtrack.
In 2005 Espgaluda was ported to the i-mode mobile phones in Japan.
AmazonJP is now taking pre orders for CAVE’s Shooting Collection.
Still not much info revealed about the contents and release date is still not yet announced. From what I know this far it will contain the games below for the Xbox360 on 7 discs plus downloadable content and two booklets. Pre order price is set at ¥ 24,800 (ordinary price is ¥29,176).
Preliminary game listing:
There’s still no information if this will be a multi region or Japan only release. The bundle can be pre ordered from the CAVE Shooting Collection pre order page at AmazonJP.
A quick update from a hotel room in Lima, Peru:
Cave plans on a simultaneous world wide release of DoDonPachi Saidaioujou for the Xbox360.
Siliconera interviews Cave’s Makoto Asada.