One of the Best Shmups Ever is Now Available on Switch

One of the Best Shmups Ever is Now Available on Switch

Treasure's beloved classic is now on the Switch.

One of the best and most difficult shooters ever released is finally out on the Nintendo Switch today. Ikaruga, the cult-classic treasure shoot-em-up is on the Nintendo eShop today for $14.99.

Published by Nicalis, Treasure's beloved shooter makes its Nintendo Switch debut today. Ikaruga was previously released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2003 by Infogrames.

Ikaruga is a classic bullet hell shooter best known for the polarity system where players can switch the polarity of their ship between two colors. If the ship's color matches the color of the bullets, the damage is absorbed instead of taken. The system is the same for enemy ships who can take either more or less damage depending on their own polarity.

The Switch version of Ikaruga has the option of being played either horizontally or vertically for that classic arcade feel. There are three difficulty settings, just like in the original, and two modes, Arcade and Prototype. The latter mode is even more difficult as player ammo will be limited to the number of bullets you absorbed through polarity matching.

Ikaruga on the Switch is currently sitting at a 88 on Metacritic as reviewers continue to praise the timeless classic. If you're a fan of punishing but rewarding shoot 'em ups, you'll probably want to check out Ikaruga.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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