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I was just on lunch break at work and perusing the regional eShops on Nintendo Switch for new releases and sales, as I like to do on a weekly basis.  It's awesome to be able to download a game onto my Switch at work and be able to begin playing it right then and there and then continue it later on the big screen at home.  While doing so today, I discovered that Strikers 1945 has been released on the Japan eShop currently with a 42% discount.  With the discount, the game is currently 500 yen ($4.52 USD).

Strikers 1945 is a Japanese shoot 'em up (SHMUP) from 1995.  I have and enjoyed the Sega Saturn import version (considered the superior console port over its Play Station counterpart).

Strikers 1945, like Namco Museum, makes good use of being able to reorient the Switch screen for vertical arcade scrolling.  The detachable joycons make this a lot less cumbersome than if the controllers were permanently attached to the device for obvious reasons.  Anyway, just thought I'd share for anyone who enjoys classic SHMUPS, so they can take advantage of the discounted price.
Here's some info on the game for those unfamiliar:

Strikers 1945

Psikyo’s most prolific series started here, and it gets a nice conversion to the Saturn – the presentation is slightly downgraded from the arcade version, but nowhere near enough to make any real difference, especially seeing as it plays so faithfully. That said, the only real “extra” here is a “fighter index” where you can listen to a guy talk (in Japanese, of course) about the airplanes featured in the game – nice for history buffs who can speak the language, I suppose, but the rest of us will just get right to the game.

Otherwise, Strikers sticks to the standards of the series, and Psikyo’s output as a whole – you blast your way through a combination of random- and set-order stages, all brimming with unfriendly orange bullets. The setting is, ostensibly, World War II, but you’re able to select several aircraft (including prototypes that were never actually produced) from both the Axis and Allied sides, who have apparently united to face a greater threat – I don’t recall my school’s history books ever mentioning giant mecha rampaging around in the 40’s, but maybe I just wasn’t paying attention that day.

As with most Psikyo shooters, memorization is as important to success as your dodging skills are – the bullets are pretty fast and your hit area is pretty big, so you’re best off knowing in advance which patterns are navigable and which you’d best avoid altogether or bomb through. Scoring is straightforward except for the gold bars some enemies leave behind – watch them closely and you’ll see them sparkle and glint, and the shinier they are when you snag them the more points they’re worth. Unlike its sequel, the Saturn port of Strikers is considered the superior version over the PS1’s, and is not prohibitively costly to buy, so it’s a no-brainer for Psikyo fans and a pretty sure bet for most others.
  

quoted from:  http://www.racketboy.com/retro/sega/saturn/sega-saturn-shmups-2d-shooters



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Ooh, looks cool!! I may check it out then if I get an action replay to play import games.



Wow nice, it's awesome to see you took some time to write about a game people (like me) may not know and recommend it! I'm actually really interested in it. Do I need to add money to the Japanese eshop, or can I use my American eshop credit?



Fededx said:
Wow nice, it's awesome to see you took some time to write about a game people (like me) may not know and recommend it! I'm actually really interested in it. Do I need to add money to the Japanese eshop, or can I use my American eshop credit?

You'll need to create a Japanese account and add funds to it.  It's pretty simple really.  I created an account for each eShop the first night I had my Switch and it didn't take much time at all.  I also got a digital code for a 5000 yen eShop card a while back.  At the time, I was hoping Romance of the Three Kingdoms or Nobunaga's Ambition would go back on sale (they are both over 10,500 yen each, yikes!), but that hasn't happened.  So, every once in a while, when a title comes out on the Japan eShop that interests me, I dip into that.



Played it on Arcade when I was a kid, I hope they also bring Giga Wing and Air Fighters 3



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Saw strikers and immediately thought Mario Strikers, color me disappointed



A7XRayDog247 said:
Saw strikers and immediately thought Mario Strikers, color me disappointed

Same, I was hoping for a football game set in a Mushroom Kingdom absolutely ravaged by World War II.



Whoa, a shmup.
Tagging so I don't forget about this



 
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AltarofKez said:
A7XRayDog247 said:
Saw strikers and immediately thought Mario Strikers, color me disappointed

Same, I was hoping for a football game set in a Mushroom Kingdom absolutely ravaged by World War II.

Idk if you ever played Mario Strikers Charged but some of the stages made it feel like it was in post-WW2



A7XRayDog247 said:
AltarofKez said:

Same, I was hoping for a football game set in a Mushroom Kingdom absolutely ravaged by World War II.

Idk if you ever played Mario Strikers Charged but some of the stages made it feel like it was in post-WW2

Awesome Wii game.  My friends and I logged tons of hours playing the Cup tournaments.