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.