Mushihime-sama Futari Ver 1.5 Has English Menus

By Spencer . November 23, 2009 . 12:40pm

Mushihime-sama Futari Ver 1.5 is region free. Awesome, but how are you going to tweak settings like frame delay if the menus are in Japanese? Oh, wait. That’s not a problem!


Mushihime-sama Futari Ver 1.5, like many of Cave’s home releases, has English menus. See for yourself and peruse the staggering amount of options in this video.



In addition to porting the arcade game, Cave added new features like arrange mode. Take a look at that below.


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  • Yea…saw the video about a week ago. I was pushing that fact in a forum I go to about how very freaking easy it would be to port this over to English if someone took the time.

  • thaKingRocka

    seriously, the one thing i hate about vertical shooters is that so few of them allow you to shut the wallpaper off. raiden fighters aces allowed you to adjust the opacity, which meant i could make the wallpaper disappear. i emailed ufo about raiden iv, and they said that ms wouldn’t allow them “negative space.” that is the dumbest load of crap i’ve ever heard. i can’t stand wallpapers and i want companies like cave to include workarounds.

    • Aoshi00

      I actually don’t mind them so much and I even change wallpapers around to keep things fresh since the illustrations are so nice to look at (maybe distracting for gameplay).. would be nice if they let us turn it off completely I suppose. Too bad I wouldn’t get my copy until after Thanksgiving :(…

      • thaKingRocka

        i find them obnoxious and distracting. they tend to produce wallpapers with colors that either clash with the game onscreen (mark of the wolves for xbla) or they make them so busy that it’s hard to find the tiny game screen in all that mess (see above).

    • I don’t know how it works with 360 shooters, but in all the vertical shooters I’ve played going into tate mode removes the wallpaper. Have you tried that? Or do you not like having to flip your tv/monitor?

    • You should watch the video. :)

      The “SimplifyDraw” setting, at about 1:34 in, appears to turn off everything save your main screen—even the other screens, with some of those crazier settings.

      • thaKingRocka

        nice. i watched up until they finished going through the wallpapers, so i didn’t see all the other settings. why didn’t i think to look for the “simplifydraw” setting? it’s so obvious. :P
        seriously, thanks. even with the crappy wallpapers, the recent $8 play-asia coupon had me ready to buy it anyway so i could lend some support to a cause i believe in: shooters.

  • That second video is enthralling (wish it was HQ)

    Now I need the sountrack!

    • Aoshi00

      Pure ecstasy! Always cool to see master play footage… these 1cc are way beyond me :(…

  • Aoshi00

    OK, I need to throw out a question (sry Qoo I know you have given me huge lessons and suggested SF4 tourney one before…), in short, is the “Xbox 360 Real Arcade Pro. EX-SE” good for shmups? Seems like it has Seimitsu parts.…While I enjoy danmaku a lot I’m nowhere near hardcore and don’t feel like I’m up to doing any modifying myself. All my fighters are on PS3 (seems like Sanwa is better for fighters?), but I have Ikaruga, Mamoru-kun, Deathsmiles and such on 360, and now Mushihime-sama. Recommendation? Again, I don’t want to go thru the trouble of opening up anything, I just want to get a decent stick out of box that’s suitable for shumps.

    • Actually, Aoshi, from all the stuff you told me in the past, this stick would more than suit your needs for your Xbox games. Especially since you don’t plan on doing anything (though in the future, if you did want to, I don’t think it would be a huge chore for you).

      I’ve got my Mushihima-sama Futari custom stick all warmed up from Deathsmiles. =3 The saddest part is this is one of the few shmups I didn’t get to play in the arcade so I’m really excited to finally get my hands on it considering Mushihime-sama is one of my all time favorites. I’ve heard that this one’s Arrange Mode was slightly easier, but it still looks fun enough to me. I can’t wait to finally play some HD Mushihime!

      • Aoshi00

        Sounds good, I would jump on this and prepare for some Mushihime goodness. Let’s see if I could play better w/ the stick for the full arcade experience. Maybe I would do some modding in the future, but for now I like the look and color on this Hori stick.PS. Just saw the unboxing video of the Jpn ver, stick looks pretty tight and clicky, but the metal box very solid..

    • neo_firenze

      “in short, is the “Xbox 360 Real Arcade Pro. EX-SE” good for shmups? Seems like it has Seimitsu parts.”

      In short, HELL yes. It’s the best out-of-the-box retail 360 stick there is for shooters. I imported one of the VERY limited initial Japanese ones, and I’m seriously considering getting one of the US released ones as a spare while they’re still around.

      Seimitsu = generally preferred by hardcore shooter fans, Sanwa = generally preferred by fighting game fans.

      The RAP EX-SE is a 100% Seimitsu arcade stick, both stick and buttons. Good sturdy case, great quality product. IIRC, Hori made a very limited “SE” version of their PS2 Real Arcade Pro back in the day, but that stick and this SE are the only retail 100% Seimitsu sticks I’m aware of ever having been released. Otherwise it’s custom only.

      BTW, in Hori speak:
      SA = “Special Addition”, which is a full SAnwa (stick & buttons) stick
      SE = “Special Edition”, a full SEimitsu (stick & buttons) stick

      • Aoshi00

        Thanks for the great tip! Good to know it works well w/ shooters right out of the box, since that’s what I’m looking for. I don’t think I’m handy enough to do modding, I tried changing the analog stick on my Dual Shock 2 before and it’s not working so well now, though I have spares and the Logitech wireless one. I’m going to order the Hori SE from Amazon now. Excited!

    • malek86

      I use a normal Hori EX2, because back when I got it, I didn’t feel like importing (customs screwed you up a lot, now they are a bit looser), and this was the only one I could find in the area (that wasn’t from some unknown brand). It’s ok enough for shmups. I guess it would give some trouble with fighters, where you need to input all kind of combos, but for shmups it gets the work done. I’ve managed to improve my plays a bit with it. Of course, I’m nowhere near hardcore either. I can’t even get past the fourth stage in EspRADE. Although at least I never continue.Well, since I’m no hardcore player, I don’t need much, so that might be why I find the EX2 to be ok. Maybe I’ll eventually buy a RAP and find out it’s much better, who knows?

      • Aoshi00

        I kept dying in Ikaruga too, I think I got to the 3rd boss w/o dying for my best record.. and stage 4 & 5 are just pandemonium (of course what separate the men from the boys is the combo scores and time to take out bosses).. All my fighters are on PS3 so far and I only got the cheap Hori PS3 fighting stick, works better than regular controller I guess. I just want to make sure the stick would serve its purpose (since some have sticks or btns that serve better w/ shmup or fighter) if I’m dishing out $100 for an arcade stick. Too bad these sticks don’t work for both 360 and PS3.. I hear you on the customs, major pain in the butt, they charge VAT in Europe right?

  • I never was good at shmups… I really sucked at Ikaruga, so would anyone recommend this to me? I would love to support this import friendly thing they have going, but I don’t want to waste money on a game I may get pissed off at after 15 minutes of play.

    • Aoshi00

      I have actually never played this on the arcade or PS2, but this looks to be one of the hardest Cave shmups. I sucked at Ikaruga at first but gradually improved once I kept at it (still a novice of course). Too bad Deathsmiles is region locked though, I would say it’s very beginner friendly as there are many difficulty settings and unlimited continues from the get go, instead of games that make you play for hours to earn credit, so casual players of the genre could enjoy it tremendously. I’m not sure how many credit does this game start w/…

      • Neo is very correct on that being a good stick. Hori’s S-editions are always nice “stock” sticks. I am still a firm believer that nothing beats a custom stick built from the ground up but for the price (and the parts you’re getting inside) with a sturdy case you really can’t beat the price. It’s like a stick beginner’s delusion of grandeur! Not in a negative context, mind you, but in a sense that you’re going to feel all-powerful with that big stick in front of you. =3 Let me know how you like it. If you ever feel the Seimitsu stick is too tight [is there too tight for Mushihime-sama? Cu~urtain!], you could always loosen up the spring/swap it out or put in a Sanwa stick with spring to your preference. I know you would be able to do it in time, Aoshi! Don’t fret.

        • Aoshi00

          Delusion of gradeur lol you crack me up Qoo :) The thing weighs like a ton, like 6 lbs or something. Would keep that in mind if the stick feels too tight. Hopefully it would serve me well and enhance my shmup experience.

    • I’d say Ikaruga and Danmaku games in general can be a very different thing. Ikaruga’s polarity can mess with someones head quite a bit and I think it makes your left and right brain crash into eachother at times, especially when trying to keep Max Chain. That being said, Mushihime-sama may still enrage you if you get angry with shooters. It’s definitely up there in the difficulty if you’ve never really played many. I want to tell you to buy it because I love Danmaku games, but I wouldn’t want to steer you wrong. Watch some videos and get a feel for how it would play and then decide? Your support would be greatly welcome. =p

      • Aoshi00

        You’re right, the polarity in Ikaruga does mess w/ your brain! I’ve d/l’ed the video from the top scorer, w/o breaking the chain once from beginning to end, it’s crazy yet godly :(…

        Though I would like to tell everyone on siliconera to support this so Cave would bring us more region free shumps, I like your objective advice, the genre could be tough as nails but reward awaits at the end of the challenge.

        BTW, I got the RAP SE stick and Amazon shipped it alrdy! Let’s see if I would be pleasantly surprised on Friday, a big Thanksgiving treat for myself!

    • I don’t know if you watched either video, but there are Novice versions of both Ver 1.5 and Arrange. Even the normal Arrange has Auto-Bomb — if you hit a bullet/enemy with a bomb in stock, you’ll throw the bomb instead of dying — so all of the Novice modes probably have that too. But I can’t confirm.

      Still, if you get frustrated and pissed off by repeated failure instead of viewing it as a challenge (or just being able to enjoy yourself anyway) I would be very wary of rushing out and buying this. Wait until someone records video of Novice mode to make your decision.

      Futari seems to be in very high demand so it will be available for a while, and you’re not missing out on much by not getting the “first print”. (read: a DLC card to download an even more difficult version of the game lol)

  • kupomogli

    Shmups aren’t really my kind of thing. Seems like a dime a dozen to me. They add more and more bullets to entertain people but truth is, you’re playing a variation of the same game you’ve played 100 times.

    This game seems like a play through of DoDonPachi to me. Obviously as it’s by the same developers, but yeah.

    Eventually I guarantee we’ll see a shmup where the entire screen is covered in bullet spread and you have to go through the entire stage nonstop with that going on before you can damage the one shooting it(the boss.) All while other enemies are shooting at you as well.

    • “Seems like a dime a dozen to me. They add more and more ____ to entertain people but truth is, you’re ____ing a variation of the same ____ you’ve ___ed 100 times.”

      One could say this about almost anything. Fill in the blanks and you’ve got just about everything that humans do for entertainment, hobby, or just life. Wait…is this an equation for the meaning of life? =(

      I like your idea for a game. I’m looking forward to that one day!

  • Cool, here’s hoping they don’t charge $90 to import this bad boy!

  • Aoshi00

    Update: NCSX says they would only be able to ship out 5/8 of the LE pre-orders tmw, and maybe some more on Friday after Thanksgiving. I hope my order doesn’t fall thru :(… keep my fingers crossed.

    • I got that message too, Aoshi. I know I ordered mine just a little before you so I’ll let you know if I hear anything about my copy. This will most likely have an effect on several retailers as it was a distributor that is not getting their shipment until a few days later. Here’s hoping we make the first batch!

      • Aoshi00

        I know, I’m a little worried since I ordered later than you, and I’m not sure where I stand on NCSX’s queue. Guess I’ll find out when I check my e-mail tonight to see if there is UPS tracking no. provided :) It would be so nice if we get the game this Friday or Sat instead of next week. RAP stick still hasn’t been shipped out from Amazon though :(

  • A dude has posted videos of Novice Original — and Novice Ultra:

    I hope people see these videos. They’re proof that the game doesn’t HAVE to be extraordinarily difficult unless you want it to. That one “HARDEST BOSS EVER OMG” clip is not the entirety of Futari. Newbies can enjoy this one too!

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