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  • Summary: A rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra's ship can be absorbed, while the opposite colorA rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra's ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage - this polarity-switching mechanic is the game's core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design. It's now up to Shinra makes his final stand, as the Ikaruga might be the rebel federation's last chance to defeat the oppressive Horai regime. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 11, 2018
    100
    In the last fifteen years, I’ve purchased this game four times, and happily agreed to acquire it again for a fifth. Find me another game that can still fill me with sheer elation after conquering it for the fifteenth time, and I’ll tell you that it’s not possible because one doesn’t exist. Ikaruga is a flagship title that’s been cherished for nearly two decades, and will continue to be relevant for many, many more. There’s no better way to spend money in the e-Shop.
  2. Jun 4, 2018
    95
    Ten years since the last home console release and some fifteen since it was last on a Nintendo platform, it’s great to see this classic game available again. It’s a timeless blast from the past that’s easy to recommend to anyone looking for not only a piece of gaming history but a game that still thrills to this day.
  3. May 31, 2018
    92
    Ikaruga on Switch instantly becomes the definitive version of Treasure's masterpiece, without any misstep in a truly excellent package.
  4. 90
    If you're a Switch owner with a penchant for arcade games or shoot-em-ups, this is an easy recommendation. Just be sure to put on your learning pants if you're a newcomer: Ikaruga is a difficult beast to wrangle.
  5. May 25, 2018
    90
    karuga is simply a work of art. It has aged significantly well and still feels profound and fresh even by today’s standards. Its high difficulty will undoubtedly put a lot of gamers off, but the deep and addictive replay value will concrete its status as one of the finest offerings of its kind. Add that to the portability of the console along with plenty of helpful tools to improve your game, and you have the perfect arcade shooter that you can possibly own for your Nintendo Switch.
  6. Jun 11, 2018
    85
    Ikaruga is undoubtedly one of the best games in the shoot'em up genre. A game with its own personality that stands out for its mechanics of polarity change, which makes it as fun, frenetic and challenging as few.
  7. May 25, 2018
    70
    At the end of the day, if you've not played Ikaruga before and you love a good shooter, you'd be doing yourself a disservice missing out on its latest release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 29, 2018
    10
    Bullet heaven in bullet hell. The classic Dreamcast and Arcade title Ikaruga is now on Switch with brilliantly smooth gameplay, updated HDBullet heaven in bullet hell. The classic Dreamcast and Arcade title Ikaruga is now on Switch with brilliantly smooth gameplay, updated HD graphics, ridiculous difficulty and the added bonus of being able to play it co-op with the joy cons add to that the portability of the Switch and the glorious ability to utilise handheld or table top mode to enjoy the game in its original 'vertical' aspect ratio and you can relive the glory days of the arcade pretty much in your pocket. The game is short but sweet, hard yet fair and is a welcome addition to the Switch. Expand
  2. May 30, 2018
    10
    Um ótimo porte do antigo jogo, está tudo melhor, os controles são incríveis, e os gráficos melhoraram muito, recomendo para nostalgia.
  3. Jun 3, 2018
    9
    It's a incredibly good port of an already great game!
    It's a beautiful experience with refined graphics, and it's totally worth buying.
  4. May 29, 2018
    8
    It's Ikaruga on the Switch. So far, the port seems flawless. The game looks really crisp on the Switch, but in handheld mode with the defaultIt's Ikaruga on the Switch. So far, the port seems flawless. The game looks really crisp on the Switch, but in handheld mode with the default settings, the size of the game screen is pretty small (as expected). To get a bigger picture, it is possible to rotate the screen and hold the Switch vertically, but you won't be able to use the buttons on the left joycon for shooting, only on the right joycon (unless you detach the left joycon, of course). Not a big problem since you can also use the right stick for movement. Also, rotating the HUD will also rotate the controls. This means that if you decide to hold the Switch vertically, the HUD won't be easily readable. Kind of an oversight from the devs, but no big deal, it's still perfectly playable. Double Play (for which there are control settings, too) is probably a different story, but I have no plans to ever even attempt that.

    Alternatively, you can also play it as a horizontal shooter or detach a joycon and find something to prop up the Switch vertically. No problems there. If you have a monitor that can be rotated into a vertical position, that works too.
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  5. Jun 7, 2018
    7
    The switch has become a dumping ground for ports. This is just another port with a few very small small bells and whistles. If you don't ownThe switch has become a dumping ground for ports. This is just another port with a few very small small bells and whistles. If you don't own it and enjoy challenging shmups pick it up, if you already own it then it's not really worth the double dip. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2018
    5
    This is probably on the top of my list of the most overrated games of all time. It definitely isn't bad, but it definitely isn't this amazingThis is probably on the top of my list of the most overrated games of all time. It definitely isn't bad, but it definitely isn't this amazing incredible game that it's fans make it out to be. It is just a shoot-em-up, and definitely not my favorite in the genre. The game is tough but it isn't this masterful thing that some people make it out to be. To be honest it is just a remarkably average game considering the amount of praise it gets, which is why I gave it the most average of average scores. Expand