The PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 is famous for its amazing selection of shmups. Titles like Gunhed, Super Star Soldier, R-Type and many, many more ensured that the system was beloved by shooter fans in the '80s and '90s, giving Sega's Mega Drive a run for its money in the genre.
Released towards the end of the console's lifespan, Soldier Blade is one of the most polished examples of a PC Engine shmup.
In fact, if you didn't know better, you might assume this was a 32-bit blaster at certain points; the game moves at such a rapid pace it's often hard to keep up, while the visuals are of such a high standard it's genuinely hard to believe that console producing them is technically 8 and not 16-bit.
Soldier Blade fetches a high price on the secondary market today in both its Japanese and North American forms. We'd like to imagine that some of this is due to the fact that famous artist Yuji Kaida created the amazing cover artwork.
We really do need a "Soldier" collection on modern consoles.
Stone cold classic. Sign me up for that Soldier Collection too please!
What a coincidence. I downloaded this on Friday. I've been trying to fill out my Wii U collection before the March closure point.
From what I've played it's really fun. It's also a good game for SHMUP amateurs like myself. It doesn't kick you in the teeth straight away. If anyone has any must buys on the Wii U before it's last hurrah let me know.
Grab it on the Wii U Virtual Console before the end of March next year if you want a legit digital copy.
One of my favourite shooters on the Engine and there are plenty. Along with Lords and Gates of thunder, Sapphire, but as a Hu card game this is the best 👌
This one absolutely lives up to its reputation. Such an amazing game. I am a big fan of MUSHA on the Genesis, and this immediately felt similar to me in a lot of ways. The level of challenge is well judged too. It's not too demanding to beat it, but it doesn't feel too easy either. While I wouldn't pay collector prices for the card, I did manage to pick up the collection for the PSP, so I have a physical copy that I'm happy to have. This is one of those PC Engine games I'd want in physical form, and I do in a roundabout way. Again, absolutely fantastic game.
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