Nicalis is bringing the vertically-oriented sci-fi shmup Ikaruga to Nintendo Switch at the end of this month.
Ikaruga on Switch has single-player and local, two-player coop play, along with “global leaderboards that can be accessed online for tracking high scores.”
The Switch version also lets you flip the Switch vertically for “arcade-style TATE mode action,” making it true to its arcade roots.
The top-down, bullet hell shoot ’em up has a lot of descriptors, but essentially combines the fast action of a shmup with a polarity system for strategy. Whereas most games in the genre will end quickly if you can’t avoid the multitude of on-screen dangers, Ikaruga’s ammo system means you have to take hits. As long as they’re the correct color, they’re absorbed.