Nintendo Brings Bullet Hell To DSiWare

By Spencer . August 28, 2009 . 11:40am

Arika, the developer that released Ketsui: Death Label on the Nintendo DS, is working with Nintendo on a downloadable DSiWare shoot ’em up. Aa Mujou Setsuna is exactly what it sounds like — a ruthless moment.


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The game has two types of ships. Type A (left) has a wide shot and a bomb attack that hits everything on the screen, but drains a third of your special gauge. Type B’s basic shot is slightly tighter than A. The real difference is the ship’s special move, a piercing laser and a bullet absorbing barrier. Absorbed bullets turn into point cubes, which you can pick up. Nintendo posted a movie that demonstrates the system.


image Similar to medals in Raiden Fighters cubes “level up” if you leave them on the screen. They start out as a purple block and turn goldenrod at level eight.


Players will have a chance to upload their high scores and replays over Nintendo Wi-Fi. For 500 DSiWare points ($5) you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Aa Mujou Setsuna (loosely translated as A Ruthless Moment) arrives on DSiWare in Japan on September 2. A North American release has not been announced, but the game has English menus… and someone developing the game has a thing for aquatic life.

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  • “and someone developing the game has a thing for aquatic life.”

    Probably has NOTHING to do with Arika being the developer of Endless Ocean HMM? :P

    • Hahaha… oh man the fact that they did Everblue and Endless Ocean slipped my mind :P

  • MadMirko

    Thankfully shooters are easily localized. Come to daddy!

  • whorl

    Touhou is still harder.

    • ECM

      Some of us hate Touhou with a burning passion, so the less Touhou the better.

      As far as Arika goes, it’ll be interesting to see how an original shooter from them turns out–hopefully it isn’t just a clone of one of their PS2 Cave ports with a new coat of paint.

  • Aoshi00

    Sounds like the best DSiware game so far, still haven’t touched the 1000 free pts that came w/ the system yet. (just plucked down almost $200 on playasia for Otomedius, Shikigami 360, & Death Smiles, wallet cries :(…)

    • Dragon Quest Wars is pretty good for online play. It’s like a great 10 minute diversion. So far, it’s the only DSiWare purchase I’ve been impressed with. This might be the second.

      • Aoshi00

        Seems like it, it would be nice if they give us a demo of this, let us know if you’re doing a playtest.

        I’m not too big on DQ, so…

        I actually wanted to get some Game & Watch, not sure if it’s worth it to trade the DS copy w/ Nintendo club points.

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