August 8th, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
Clearly, Nyu Media are doing something right. They’ve not even released the first wave of games they announced – Fairy Bloom Freesia is still some way off – and they’re already gearing up for another five. One 2D platformer, a trilogy of old-school spaceships n’ lasers shmups and a 3D hack n’ slash arena brawler are on the cards for the rest of the year.
First of the games announced is Eryi’s Action by Xtal Sword. Heavily inspired by Kaizo Mario, this is cruel and unusual punishment in videogame format, very much in the style of I Wanna Be The Guy. Expect pain, death and spikes. Oh, so many spikes. As with IWBTG, this game was popularized by Japanese gamers producing Let’s Play videos for Youtube and Nico Nico Douga (the Japanese equivalent) for an audience to laugh along with. Here’s one of them as an example:
Less cruel is the middle offering – three Rayforce/Raystorm-inspired shmups by Siter Skain. Alltynex Second, RefleX and Kamui are all very well regarded by genre fans. More old-school arcade style games, rather than exercises in bullet-wall navigation, they’re far more about just wiping out waves of enemies as quickly as possible before they can counterattack. Solid late-16-bit to early-32-bit sprite graphics here, with all the chunky pixels you can eat in the first game, turning into solid polygon graphics by the third. Here’s some gameplay of Alltynex Second:
Third in this lineup is Croixleur by Souvenir Circ. An unusual choice, given that it only just surfaced on the radar even for Japanese indie fans recently. Good to see it getting an official localization though, as it’s a surprisingly solid bit of arcade hack n’ slashery. There’s some light RPG elements in here, but it’s primarily about blazing your way through a pit full of monsters as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here’s a gameplay trailer:
All of these games are set to be out through Fall/Winter of this year. Windows PC releases one and all, of course. No word on whether they’ll be landing on Steam, but with Capcom’s quiet backing of the localization group, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them landing there eventually, even if they are somewhat delayed, ala the eXceed trilogy. We’ll be getting our hands on these for review as quickly as Nyu Media’s translation-monkeys can pump them out, so keep an eye on IGM for more news on these five.