It’s the End of Cave as We Know It
Cave have been making top tier shoot ‘em ups since 1994’s DonPachi. They only had one more year to go before they could claim their 20th shmupaversary. But today the Japanese game developer announced that they will be focusing solely on social games from now on. DoDonPachi: SaiDaiOuJou will be their final shooter. I feel like a little piece of me died today.
Update: Some say that the demise of Cave was grossly exaggerated due to translation issues and that Cave have not announced any sort of restructuring. I totally believe that. However, Makoto Asada, the Head of Game Development, has announced that he is leaving the company. Without Asada, there’s no Cave, in my opinion. So, the above article is still pretty much valid.
Buy: Dodonpachi Saidaioujou [Regular Edition, Region Free]

It’s the End of Cave as We Know It

Cave have been making top tier shoot ‘em ups since 1994’s DonPachi. They only had one more year to go before they could claim their 20th shmupaversary. But today the Japanese game developer announced that they will be focusing solely on social games from now on. DoDonPachi: SaiDaiOuJou will be their final shooter. I feel like a little piece of me died today.

Update: Some say that the demise of Cave was grossly exaggerated due to translation issues and that Cave have not announced any sort of restructuring. I totally believe that. However, Makoto Asada, the Head of Game Development, has announced that he is leaving the company. Without Asada, there’s no Cave, in my opinion. So, the above article is still pretty much valid.

Buy: Dodonpachi Saidaioujou [Regular Edition, Region Free]
DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou Is Region-Free
Cave’s newest Xbox 360 port was released this week, and shmup lovers who opted for some quick shipping options are reporting that the game runs on Japanese, European, and American consoles. That means you should probably buy this game if you have even a remote interest in shooters. Play-Asia is currently offering free shipping. Click the link below to grab a copy.
Buy: Dodonpachi Saidaioujou [Regular Edition]

DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou Is Region-Free

Cave’s newest Xbox 360 port was released this week, and shmup lovers who opted for some quick shipping options are reporting that the game runs on Japanese, European, and American consoles. That means you should probably buy this game if you have even a remote interest in shooters. Play-Asia is currently offering free shipping. Click the link below to grab a copy.

Buy: Dodonpachi Saidaioujou [Regular Edition]
Pre-Orders are up for DoDonPachi: Saidaioujou
Get ready to be obliterated over and over again. Cave’s (presumably) final Xbox 360 port will be released on May 30. Play-Asia are currently taking pre-orders, with a shipped total of under $80. That’s for the regular edition at least. There’s also a limited edition and and super limited edition. I was able to 1CC DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu after a month or so of practice. Hopefully I can pull off a 1CC on this one.
Warning: This is an import. It hasn’t been confirmed to work on non-Japanese 360s.
Check it: Albotas' Favorite Shmups EverPre-order: Dodonpachi Saidaioujou [Regular Edition] (Xbox360)

Pre-Orders are up for DoDonPachi: Saidaioujou

Get ready to be obliterated over and over again. Cave’s (presumably) final Xbox 360 port will be released on May 30. Play-Asia are currently taking pre-orders, with a shipped total of under $80. That’s for the regular edition at least. There’s also a limited edition and and super limited edition. I was able to 1CC DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu after a month or so of practice. Hopefully I can pull off a 1CC on this one.

Warning: This is an import. It hasn’t been confirmed to work on non-Japanese 360s.

Check it: Albotas' Favorite Shmups Ever
Pre-order: Dodonpachi Saidaioujou [Regular Edition] (Xbox360)

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Shoot ‘em ups, shmups, shooters, STGs - call them what you want. They’re undeniably one of the most enduring yet progressive game genres around. From Space Invaders, the game that kicked off Japan’s arcade craze, to DoDonPachi Saidaioujou, Cave’s latest release, shooters have kept our index fingers pounding on the Shot button and our middle fingers precariously hovering over the Bomb button. Hit the link for a list of our favorite shoot ‘em ups.

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DoDonPachi: SaiDaiouJou 360 Confirmed for May 30 Release
What will likely be Cave’s final release for Xbox 360 will launch on May 30 according to the famous shoot ‘em up developer. The arcade version of the bullet hell game was released last year. This is presumably the final game in the DoDonPachi series, which started with DonPachi back in 1995, and is the followup to the very awesome DoDonPachi: DaiFukKatsu. The Japanese version will likely be region-locked, but Rising Star Games have been localizing recent Cave shooters like DaiFukKatsu and Akai Katana.
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Buy: Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition (Region Free)

DoDonPachi: SaiDaiouJou 360 Confirmed for May 30 Release

What will likely be Cave’s final release for Xbox 360 will launch on May 30 according to the famous shoot ‘em up developer. The arcade version of the bullet hell game was released last year. This is presumably the final game in the DoDonPachi series, which started with DonPachi back in 1995, and is the followup to the very awesome DoDonPachi: DaiFukKatsu. The Japanese version will likely be region-locked, but Rising Star Games have been localizing recent Cave shooters like DaiFukKatsu and Akai Katana.

Check it: More Cave posts from Albotas
Buy: Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition (Region Free)
Deathsmiles for Super Cheap
If you still haven’t played one of Cave’s only US releases, Deathsmiles, then now’s the time. Play-Asia is having a sale on the collector’s edition of the horizontal shmup for under $12. Get it here.

Deathsmiles for Super Cheap

If you still haven’t played one of Cave’s only US releases, Deathsmiles, then now’s the time. Play-Asia is having a sale on the collector’s edition of the horizontal shmup for under $12. Get it here.

DoDonPachi Saidaioujou Confirmed for Xbox 360
Phew! I was worried that Mushihime-sama HD would be Cave’s last 360 game, but early this morning they announced that the latest game in their DoDonPachi series will be getting a home version. The arcade port with spiced up visuals and several extra features will be out next Spring. No word on region-lockout but it’s not likely this one will be region-free.
[andriasang.com]

DoDonPachi Saidaioujou Confirmed for Xbox 360

Phew! I was worried that Mushihime-sama HD would be Cave’s last 360 game, but early this morning they announced that the latest game in their DoDonPachi series will be getting a home version. The arcade port with spiced up visuals and several extra features will be out next Spring. No word on region-lockout but it’s not likely this one will be region-free.

[andriasang.com]

Cave Report: Game Over?
A few months ago, there were reports that Cave would abandon their shooter roots for “social” games. When DoDonPachi: Saidaiohjou hit arcades, a lot of concern was quelled. But now things aren’t looking so great again. Andriasang.com reports that the company’s VP / COO / Representative Director has resigned and that the company has canceled both of their Playstation Vita games, one of them being a shmup. That’s a lot of bad news in one day. And the fact that they canceled bother their shmup and their social game for the Vita makes it sound like Cave might be packing it in altogether. Who know, but hopefully we get a 360 port of Saidaiohjou before that happens.

Cave Report: Game Over?

A few months ago, there were reports that Cave would abandon their shooter roots for “social” games. When DoDonPachi: Saidaiohjou hit arcades, a lot of concern was quelled. But now things aren’t looking so great again. Andriasang.com reports that the company’s VP / COO / Representative Director has resigned and that the company has canceled both of their Playstation Vita games, one of them being a shmup. That’s a lot of bad news in one day. And the fact that they canceled bother their shmup and their social game for the Vita makes it sound like Cave might be packing it in altogether. Who know, but hopefully we get a 360 port of Saidaiohjou before that happens.

Cave Report: Akai Katana out May 16, Japanese Budget Version on June 14
The North American version of Cave’s most recent 360 port will be available on May 16, courtesy of Rising Star Games and Aksys. Akai Katana is Cave’s only horizontal shooter other than Progear no Arashi. At $40, it’s a steal. But now I’ve got a dilemma. There’s no way I’m paying the $75+ for the original Japanese release. But on June 14, the “Cave the Best” budget version is being released for the same price. Do I pay $40 for an American version or do I pay $40 (plus shipping) for the Japanese budget version? Where’s my Magic 8 Ball?

Cave Report: Akai Katana out May 16, Japanese Budget Version on June 14

The North American version of Cave’s most recent 360 port will be available on May 16, courtesy of Rising Star Games and Aksys. Akai Katana is Cave’s only horizontal shooter other than Progear no Arashi. At $40, it’s a steal. But now I’ve got a dilemma. There’s no way I’m paying the $75+ for the original Japanese release. But on June 14, the “Cave the Best” budget version is being released for the same price. Do I pay $40 for an American version or do I pay $40 (plus shipping) for the Japanese budget version? Where’s my Magic 8 Ball?

DoDonPachi: Saidaiohjou Gets a Trailer

Cave’s latest shooter hit arcades on Friday and if you’re wondering what it looks like, check out the above video. The big question for me is if this will get a 360 port. On one hand, I doubt it because there is usually a three-year gap between a Cave arcade release and a console port. So this may get ported to a next-gen console. On the other hand, Cave have heavily supported the 360. And if the 360 can handle Dai-Fukkatsu without a problem, it should be able to propertly represent Saidaiohjou.

Cave Report: Mushihimesama Futari Hits iOS on April 5

An iOS port of Mushihimesama Futari [AKA Bug Princess 2] will be available on April 5 for $5. That’s less than a week away. If you dig it, buy the 360 port [it’s originally an arcade game]. The 360 version is region free and will ring in at less than $40 shipped since it’s been given the Platinum Collection treatment. Futari is one of only three games I gave a perfect score back when I wrote for TheBBPS (Border Down and Bayonetta being the others). Seriously - buy this game.

(Source: twitter.com)

A Little Bit on the Mushihime-Sama Side: So we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Mushihime-Sama HD will be out on May 24. The bad news is that the standard edition will cost nearly $90 and the special edition (which includes alternate cover art and a soundtrack) will cost over $110. And that’s before import shops like Play-Asia jack up the prices. Is that going to stop me from buying it? Hell no.

A Little Bit on the Mushihime-Sama Side: So we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Mushihime-Sama HD will be out on May 24. The bad news is that the standard edition will cost nearly $90 and the special edition (which includes alternate cover art and a soundtrack) will cost over $110. And that’s before import shops like Play-Asia jack up the prices. Is that going to stop me from buying it? Hell no.

A Little Bit on the Mushihime-Sama Side: Here’s our first look at Mushihime-Sama HD from Cave. I can’t wait for this game. Hopefully it has as many features as its sequel, Mushihime-Sama Futari.

A Little Bit on the Mushihime-Sama Side: Here’s our first look at Mushihime-Sama HD from Cave. I can’t wait for this game. Hopefully it has as many features as its sequel, Mushihime-Sama Futari.

A Little Bit on the First Footage of Saidaiohjou Side: Cave are location testing their latest and maybe last shoot ‘em up, DoDonPachi Saidaiohjou. Here’s the first footage of the game. I’m happy to see a traditional Cave shooter rather than something like Akai Katana.

A Little Bit on the OMG It’s a New Arcade Shmup Side: Just when you thought Cave was ready to - uh - cave, they announce that their mystery game, DoDonPachi Saidaiohjou is indeed a new arcade shooter. The game will be location tested in the near future and hit the arcades at some point later in the year. Hopefully there will be a 360 port, but I don’t think we’ll hear anything about that for several months at the least.

A Little Bit on the OMG It’s a New Arcade Shmup Side: Just when you thought Cave was ready to - uh - cave, they announce that their mystery game, DoDonPachi Saidaiohjou is indeed a new arcade shooter. The game will be location tested in the near future and hit the arcades at some point later in the year. Hopefully there will be a 360 port, but I don’t think we’ll hear anything about that for several months at the least.

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