E3 2021: Mushihimesama Now Available on Nintendo Switch

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Fantasy bullet hell title Mushihimesama is now available on the Nintendo Switch following a shadow drop revealed during the company’s E3 2021 press conference.

From developer CAVE Interactive Co.:

Reco, a human princess, protects her village from a plague in a world inhabited by gigantic insects known as Koju. Ride Reco’s trusty sidekick, a beetle named Kiniro, across five gorgeous stages filled with insectoid enemies to the heart of the Koju forest.

Guide Reco and Kiniro through evocative environments ranging from lush forests to lava-filled volcanic craters, using Reco’s own insects to cut through armies seeking to halt her journey. Weave in and out of Koju attacks as a violent and beautiful barrage of enemy bullets enshroud the screen during each encounter.

Each stage features a mid-boss, swarms of enemies, and a challenging final boss. Learn bosses’ attack patterns to avoid incoming damage from bullets raining down on Reco and Kiniro. Choose from one of three attack types to fight back, each with different combinations of move speed and shot patterns.

The S-Power attack type favors high mobility, with powerful shots fired straight ahead. W-Power fires shots more widely, but has the slowest movement capabilities of the three. Enjoy a medium speed with M-Power while firing shots in a cone that widens farther out from the character. Bombs clear the screen of shots while providing temporary invincibility, and equippable attack options offer forward-facing lasers and side guns to help clean up enemies passing by.

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The game will feature multiple difficulties, including Mushihimesama‘s original arcade launch Normal and a re-balanced Novice for newcomers. Arranged and v1.5 modes are remixes with alternate soundtracks, mechanics, and bullet patterns. Difficulty levels also offer three modes of customization: Original Mode has fewer bullets on screen but they move faster; Maniac Mode’s bullets are slower but more numerous; and Ultra Mode increases enemy attack intensity.

Mushihimesama set the standard for challenging yet rewarding shooters when it first debuted in 2004,” said Junichi Asami, production manager, Live Wire. “We are ecstatic to collaborate with CAVE Interactive to bring Mushihimesama to the Nintendo Switch where a new generation of players can experience a classic for the first time. With the inclusion of settings to rotate the display, players can turn their Nintendo Switch systems or TVs sideways to play in glorious full screen just like the original arcade experience.”

Mushihimesama is now available on Nintendo Switch for $19.99 USD/€16.99 with English, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) language support.

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Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.