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Rejoice shmup fans!!! CAVE Interactive has just announced their latest release, “DoDonPachi MAXIMUM”, an exclusive title for Windows Phone 7, will be available for download on March 7!

CAVE has already released ports of some of their popular shoot’em ups on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. This will be their first release for Windows Phone 7 and it is an exclusive title.

This new entry in the long running “DoDonPachi” series appears to be just as manic as it’s predecessors! It is a “Danmaku” (bullet hell) for a reason.

The game has you test piloting a new ship developed by EVAC (From CAVE’s 2003 shooter “Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi”). Each mission has you dodging entire screens full of bullets and enemies. Ships and enemies from CAVE’s past titles such as “DoDonPachi BLISSFUL DEATH (Dai Ou Jou)” and “DoDonPachi RESURRECTION (Dai-Fukkatsu)” will make an appearance.

This game will cater to all gamer levels. If you’re a novice at these types of games, the game difficulty will adjust to your playing skill. If you’re a pro, then watch as the game throws even more bullets and enemies your way!

Composer, WaSi303, provides the music for “DDP MAXIMUM” and will feature remixed tracks from “DDP BLISSFUL DEATH (Dai Ou Jou)” and “DDP RESURRECTION (Dai-Fukkatsu)”.

The game will be available on March 7 for $4.99 on the Xbox Live Marketplace for Windows Phone.

Check out the teaser trailer and some screenshots below and be sure to go to CAVE’s official website for even more info on the game! http://www.cave.co.jp/gameonline/maximum/en/

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By Shawn Wilson On 17 May, 2011 At 11:20 PM | Categorized As News, Previews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Shmup fans rejoice! CAVE has graciously decided to release DeathSmiles IIX for the Xbox 360 in the US! There are a couple of catches: it’s downloadable only and in Japanese only.

It appears CAVE themselves have decide to publish DeathSmiles IIX in the US, but instead of physical media they have decided to make it available on Microsoft’s “Games on Demand” section of the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Starting May 17, for $29.99 (or 2400 Microsoft Points), gamers in the US can now play the sequel to one of my personal favorite games of last year. Hopefully this does well and paves the way for more previously region locked available only in Japan titles such as: DoDonPachi Resurrection or even recently released Akai Katana Shin.

Expect a full review of DeathSmiles IIX soon. Until then, you can check out some screenshots and read past articles about the first game below.

Original DeathSmiles review can be read here.

Top 2010 list can be seen here.

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Official press release:

CAVE Co. Ltd. (located in Tokyo, CEO: Takano Kenichi, Hercules Stock Code: 3760) announces the release of Deathsmiles IIX (previously only released in Japan) to North America on Xbox LIVE, starting Tuesday May 17th, 2011.

GAME OVERVIEW
About Deathsmiles IIX for Xbox 360
“Deathsmiles II” is the sequel to popular arcade shooter “Deathsmiles”.
Characters from the last game are back and cuter than ever, and new characters have been added as well! Deathsmiles IIX features upgraded 3D graphics and a new scoring system! Defeat enemies with the “Lock-on Laser”, and fill the screen with “suicide bullets” to maximize your high score.

The Xbox 360 version of “Deathsmiles II” was released in Japan on May 27th, 2010.
Adding new features to the home console port, “Deathsmiles IIX” is an upgraded version of the arcade original and was a hot topic among Japanese shooter fans.

Differences from the Arcade Version of “Deathsmiles II”
Full 16:9 display and high-definition graphics. Visuals upgraded from the Arcade Version.

A difficulty selection option is available for each level. Choose the difficulty right for you!

Two characters added in response to fan demand, to a total of 6 characters.

New stages added! Fight your way through the misty maze of Labyrincia and the twisted amusement park of “Hello Land”!

Minigame “Tsukaima Race” added as an Extra Mode

GAME OVERVIEW
Product Name : Deathsmiles IIX ~ “Makai no Merry Christmas”
Compatible Hardware : Xbox 360
Genre : Shooter
Release date : May 17th, 2011 (TUE) *North American time
Price : $29.99
Language : Japanese
Rating (ESRB): T (Teen)

Please note that ”Deathsmiles IIX” Games on Demand version has not been localized.
The game cannot be purchased with Microsoft Points. *(editor’s note: it has been confirmed that purchase CAN be made with Microsoft Points)*

By Shawn Wilson On 3 Aug, 2010 At 06:54 PM | Categorized As Reviews, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

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Shmup fans rejoice! The Xbox 360 port of DeathSmiles finally comes to North America. In fact, this is the first time in video game history that a CAVE developed shmup (or Shoot ‘Em Up game) has been released domestically on a console.

DeathSmiles is a classic 2D horizontal shoot-em-up that was released to Japanese arcades in late 2007. It was ported to the 360 in Japan early last year. Thankfully, AKSYS Games bought the North American publishing rights and released this gem to us…IN ENGLISH!

CAVE is mainly known for their “bullet hell” vertical shooters. This is only the 2nd time that CAVE has created a horizontal shooter. Their first being Progear developed for Capcom’s CPS2 arcade hardware in 2001.

DeathSmiles features a unique shmup feature in which you can shoot right or left at will. Typical shmups only allow you to shoot bullets directly in front of your character. With tons of enemies and bullets coming at you from both directions, this makes for an exciting and fun feature.

The first thing you’ll notice about DeathSmiles is how beautiful the 2D art is and the soundtrack is amazing as well. The 360 port also features many different game modes. The original Arcade mode is selectable as well as a graphic-enhanced Xbox 360 mode and a very fun arranged mode called 1.1 in which you have full control of your familiar with the right analog stick.

In each mode, you are given a choice between 4 girls. Each with their own unique “shot” and familiar. From there, you are able to choose your starting stage as well as it’s difficulty level. This is also another welcome feature to DeathSmiles. Making this an easy to pick up shooter for novices.

Different from the Japanese version, the North American version also includes the JP only DLC “Mega Black Label” modes on the disc at no extra charge. In MBL, a character named Sakura (previously only a boss) is selectable. MBL also features a new scoring system, new stage and extra difficulty level called “Lvl 999”. This is for hardcore shmup players only. Definitely not for the weak at heart.

An online co-op mode is available as well as leaderboards for each game mode. The leaderboards also allow you to upload and download the top players replays. Being able to download replays is essential in learning how the top players score high!

Oh, did I forget to mention the extras you get when you buy this game? Not only do you get a wonderful “shoot-em-up” developed by CAVE, you also get a Special Arranged Soundtrack CD and a beautiful faceplate only available with the North American version.

Hopefully this sells well enough and CAVE decides to have more of their games ported outside of Japan. If you are a fan of shmups and just 2D games in general, you owe yourself to pick this game up.