Japanese shoot-em-up maker CAVE is one of the few developers responsible for keeping the shmup genre alive (and, some would argue, for the genre's ever-dwindling popularity). We've covered several of their Xbox 360 shooters in our Co-Op International column, including Dodonpachi Resurrection and Espgaluda II. Now Japanese fans who have somehow abstained from buying most or all of the company's Xbox 360 output have reason to rejoice. The Cave Shooting Collection is coming to retail overseas, complete with a whopping 9 retail shmups, all of their DLC, and the company's sole XBLA genre entry, Guwange.
The Cave Shooting Collection includes:
- Akai Katana Shin (available in the US as Akai Katana)
- Deathsmiles (available in the US)
- Deathsmiles IIX (available in the US via Games on Demand)
- DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu (available in Europe as Dodonpachi Resurrection)
- DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu Black Label
- Espgaluda II: Black Label
- Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets
- Mushihime Sama
- Mushihime Sama Futari
- Guwange (XBLA, available in the US)
The collection will retail for 29176 yen, which translates to about $354 USD. If you consider that each game besides Guwange retails for between $40 and $80, that's not a terrible deal. Also, Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets (a compilation of two quirky and impossibly difficult titles) has been out of production for a long time, so you can't get it any other way besides paying high Amazon seller or eBay prices. However, only some of these titles are region-free, so you'd need to own a Japanese Xbox 360 to take full advantage of the collection.
Get more Muchi Muchi Pork & Pink Sweets details at Hardcore Gaming101
The Cave Shooting Collection doesn't have an official release date yet, but import games dealer Play Asia already has a product page ready to go whenever preorders open up. All 10 games support 2-player local co-op.