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Traditional Konami motion as ’90s shmup Xexex joins the Arcade Archives

‘Tis the season to be shmuppy

It might be the vacations, however that gained’t cease the retro lovers over at Hamster from resurrecting one other basic coin-op on PS4 and Swap. This week’s entry is a doozy, as Konami’s anime-infused shmup Xexex joins the Arcade Archives vary.

Initially launched in 1991, Xexex is a horizontally scrolling interstellar shmup impressed by a number of the classics of the style — together with Irem releases R-Sort and X-Multiply, in addition to Konami’s personal Gradius. The participant takes up the function of a valiant area pilot on a mission to liberate the planet E-Sq. and rescue its chief — the truthful princess Elaine — from the clutches of nefarious warlord Klaus. Whereas the gameplay is sort of similar to that of R-Sort with reference to tempo, management, and even weapon mechanics, Xexex got here into its personal due to its vibrant visuals, dazzling particular results, and its well-known intermission, which sees a tearful Elaine begging the participant for assist. Solely a monster would refuse to Insert Cash.

Take a look at the motion within the video under, courtesy of YouTuber Media Pool.

Whereas Xexex was a reasonably standard title on the arcade scene, it surprisingly was not ported to any dwelling platforms — significantly stunning given Konami’s penchant for bringing different arcade releases of the day, resembling Sundown Riders, Deadly Enforcers, Salamander, Contra, Rush’n Assault et al to Nintendo platforms. It will appear as if “Tremendous Xexex” was an inevitability, nevertheless it was to not be. Xexex wouldn’t obtain a house port till 2007, when it was included in Japanese launch Salamander Moveable for Sony PSP. As such, this Arcade Archives version is the primary official dwelling launch for Xexex… Higher late than by no means? I’m undecided. However not less than the choice is there for completionists.

Xexex is offered to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Swap, priced at round $8.

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor – Chris has been enjoying video video games because the Eighties. Former Saturday Evening Slam Grasp. Graduated from Galaxy Excessive with honors.

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