Overall a very enjoyable game that offers lots of high-speed action and great replay value. You might also find this list useful if you were looking for best Dreamcast shmups. 5.9k members in the shmups community. My favorite shmup (and NES game) is Life Force. Console technology was advancing, 3D graphics were on the rise with polygonal models dethroning 2D sprites, the internet was thriving; there was no reason to go to a video arc… I don't feel that I've done a deep enough dive into SHMUPs to make a Top 25, but for sure, I prefer the old-school style (the ones before bullet hell). Not to mention this video is old and some of these opinions may have changed since the making of it. Definitely worth a look. The NES and Sega Master System (Mark III) boasted a lot of great shmups like Phantasy Zone, R-Type, and Gun Hed etc. Discuss this list and others on the Top 10 Lists board. PS2: Gradius V, R-Type Final, and Sliphead. The game plays almost indentical to Gradius except with much better graphics (That fire level still impresses me to this day), awesome music, perspective switches, different bosses in each level, and co-op play. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate … Getting hit can also downgrade your current weapon. There are also good PSX/2 shmups that can be emulated as well. The difficulty level is approachable but still pretty tough, especially later on in the game. Likewise, there's even a weird plasma-laser that works best if you shoot one stream, hold it down for a bit and then let go as it then sucks itself back at you causing more damage to enemies on its way back. The two play slightly differently as the jeep can shoot in eight directions and has to move around obstacles, while the helicopter has to avoid colliding with flying enemies. Raiden Trad is a great vertical shooter that features killer music. I don't feel that I've done a deep enough dive into SHMUPs to make a Top 25, but for sure, I prefer the old-school style (the ones before bullet hell). Galaga '90/Galaga '88 - TurboGrafx-16. First of all there's Cave, the undisputed masters of arcade shmups. I love shmups. 09-20-2002, 11:12 AM #4 The levels are varied and something crazy is going on almost non-stop. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Feel free to provide feedback or share any games that you think should have made the list. My favorite NES shmups are: 1943 Life Force Zanac Gun Nac Gunsmoke Dragon Spirit This is probably the most intense and fast paced game you find for the system. If you grew up in the '80s or '90s this may be a hard pill to swallow, but in the West the reality is apparent: arcades have become an antique of the past. It has some tough bosses, the graphics are colorful and the game runs fast. It sports great graphics and has a nice soundtrack. It has long intervals where nothing happens, and the background graphics is pretty bland. Sadly it does not save your high scores, and as far as we know switching between the three games requires you to reset the console. 0 Comments. As with the other games in the series, this is a real shmup challenge that will take a long time to memorize and master. Nintendo Entertainment System, or also well-known throughout the world as the NES – the most popular game system of 80-90s, which became the best-selling of all time gaming console – 60 million units have been sold for the entire period of the life of the device. Using a continue sends you back to the beginning of the stage. Then there's Team Shanghai Alice, the undisputed master of PC shmups. Very original. Along with fast paced shoot 'em up action, you will see graphics that look like they don't belong on the NES. One game any NES fan must have. This cartridge includes three classic NES Hudson shooters; Star Force, Star Soldier and Hector ’87. Welcome to our Top 100 Best NES games. If Darius Twin is too easy for you, then Super Nova will certainly offer you a challenge. Unfortunately, few people realize that the NES has plenty of great shoot'em ups besides Gradius and Life Force. Of all shmups I've tried, there's the ones from two companies that stand out as the very best. This one is a tough as nails horizontally scrolling shooter. Where possible, we have included a link to our review. PS2: Gradius V, R-Type Final, and Sliphead. Just ignore the stupid name and you'll have a great time. This game also has impressive techno music and trippy backgrounds. Sci-fi is of course heavily represented by about a billion different shmups, ranging from Konami’s ubiquitous Gradius series to Cave’s monstrous DoDonPachi games. You can also select the order of stages, which really allows you to utilize the weapons where they are the most effective. I find the difficulty level to be a bit on the punishing side, but I’m sure more practice will make this game manageable. If you use a continue, you go back to the beginning of the stage – and the stages are long! Overall a great port of the arcade original which plays beautifully and sounds brilliant. You might also find this list useful if you were looking for best Dreamcast shmups. ----- 9. Chronologically the first of three Parodius games on the system and the only one that was released in Europe. This is a rather slow game with strange difficulty spikes. Over Horizion is one of the better Gradius clones out there. It features blazing fast gameplay, arcade like graphics and corny 90s house music. msd525: Great list; I loved G-Darius and Thunderforce V. Minor correction: Rayforce was ported to the Saturn and released in the U.S. as Galactic Attack. LOL at Shadowgate). Why Konami hasn't given this a worldwide release I'll never know. Shooters designed specifically for those glorious monolithic machines of old tend to be the more challenging ones (not exactly surprising, … Maciejewski (crazyaejay): Wow, writing this list and replaying these awesome shmups really brought back some great memories. Some very brief information is provided for each title. Supports two players in co-op mode. Your ship also has two detachable attack pods that can function as external shields. I don't know about you guys but I find controlling a small jet while avoiding nasty obstacles and blowing up screen filling bosses very fun. A.J. 5.9k members in the shmups community. There you have it folks. There’s also bonus weapons you can collect, and overall the game is a fun challenge especially with two players. The difficulty level is very high, but with memorization you’ll be able to push further and further with every game. Super Star Soldier - TurboGrafx-16. Gate of Thunder - TurboCD. Sci-fi is of course heavily represented by about a billion different shmups, ranging from Konami’s ubiquitous Gradius series to Cave’s monstrous DoDonPachi games. Shoot 'em up, in a general sense, means a 2D … Joined: 14 Feb 2005 ... Post subject: Re: Best NES Shmups? Brandon Perton. Gunbird is a lot of fun, both in its gameplay and the use of a wacky cast of characters. Acrobat Mission was only released in Japan and is a vertical shooter. Learn how your comment data is processed. Get a MAME emulator for pc, there is a massive library of arcade shmups out there. Saturn-Genesis/Mega Drive-Game Gear - Lacks FM music, but had a few original shmups, though not alot. Konami unleashed this amazing game pretty much out of the blue and it took SNES owners by storm, myself included! I do wonder about my ability to enjoy a NES shmup, but I am prepared to open my narrow judgemental mind. What sets this apart from other NES shooters is that you can customize your weapons and pod formations in one of the option screens. They weren't first with maniac shmups, but they took the genre to new heights. Perfect for fans of Gradius – Vic Viper is one of the playable ships! Overall though, this is a great bundle of shooting love. With infinite coins even bullet hells are approachable. Often hailed as a staple co-op shooter, Super SWIV is a vertical scroller where you play as either a jeep or a helicopter. Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:03 pm . Another super difficult side-scrolling shooter. Also you and a partner can fuse into a cool phoenix with massive firepower. The top 10 shmups for NES. I collect Shmups and would say one of the best ever is Skyforce Reloaded. The following is an alphabetical list of (basically) all shoot ’em ups on the Super NES. They never get old. Nintendo’s 16-bit console is mostly known for its many great adventure and roleplaying games, but what about its shooting games? But amidst all that intensity, there can also be funny and cute shmups too (or the “cute-’em-up”), like Parodius, Keio Flying Squadron, or Muchi Muchi Pork. Truxton - Genesis. This is a good game that will take a while to master with its six levels filled with tricky enemy attack patterns. As the Vic Viper fight against the Bacterions and Moai heads in 7 stages of shoot 'em action. to succeed in a shooter. Bionic Commando : Bionic Commando is a very unique platformer which actually removes the feature of jumping, it forces you to instead use a grappling hook to swing and climb. Maciejewski (crazyaejay): Wow, writing this list and replaying these awesome shmups really brought back some great memories. Mashing the fire button for every shot is just inhumane in games like this. Unfortunately for us in Europe, the EU/PAL region saw very few shmup releases for the platform. Not to mention the graphics are above average for the NES too. The Best Nintendo NES Shmups/Shooters of All Time List. Maybe not as many as lets say the Sega Genesis or Turbo Graphx-16 but there are a few noteworthy NES titles that fans of the genre should check out. Play these now and thank me later! A subreddit dedicated to shoot 'em up games of all kinds. NES was first released in 1983 in Japan, under the name of the Famicom. Maciejewski (crazyaejay): Thanks for reading my top 10 shmups for SNES. Play these now and thank me later! S.C.A.T. Just like Life Force, the game switches perspectives from vertical to horizontal making the game seem less repetitive. Konami unleashed this amazing game pretty much out of the blue and it took SNES owners by storm, myself included! The Best Shmups on Super NES. "NES Classic (FBX)" An all-new digital rip of the NES Classic colors. As far as SNES shooters go, it doesn’t really get much better than this. If you are a diehard NES fan, chances are that you might have played this great spinoff to the Gradius series. A.J. Even though its main competitor, Sega's Master System, had better specs, the NES had a much wider game library, thanks to colossal third party support. It's got a lot more depth than most with the ability to buy upgrades, collect cards and technicians which grant special abilities, has great graphics and a rocking soundtrack. Amazing game with addicting scoring mechanics, insane power-ups and lots of tricky attack waves to battle. Shoot' em ups like fighting and puzzle games age like wine. For the NES, Gunnac, Recca, Salamander (Life Force) and Contra are the only really great ones I can think of. It was around the mid-nineties when the shift to consoles became increasingly apparent. The Best Undiscovered Shmups. The power-ups are rare and dying will make you lose them. Unfortunately for us in Europe, the EU/PAL region saw very few shmup releases for the platform. Then the 16-bit era flew in, and the enhanced visuals and ability to flood the screen with more stuff brought in faster and more intense shooters. Despite its cute graphics, it plays like a real hardcore arcade shooter, featuring multiple different playable ships and numerous tricky attack waves. Gradius has been a fan favorite for decades now, and this SNES port does full justice to the arcade original. 1943 - NES. Everything that was good about Gradius and Life Force (minus the co-op play) is better in Gradius II. 12 years ago Retro Gaming - The stuff we Love . The Mega Drive, Saturn or Dreamcast are the best consoles for SHMUPS, specially the Mega Drive and Saturn. Lots of paralax layers in backgrounds and detailed bosses and enemies. It features a great two-player co-op mode, four different playable ships and has random level order for some extra replay value. They have a huge variety of SHMUPS, and better ones than the Raiden series. "Now you're playing with power." Really great stuff overall – a massive game that definitely should have been released in the west! The game runs smoothly despite being very busy with enemies, explosions, bullets, destructible background props and nice special effects. The NES version of Strider was significantly different from the arcade original and the heavily hyped Genesis version, and in many ways was the best of the bunch. Otherwise the graphics are pretty colorful and varied. ... deblur, scanlines) that justified its cost. The game feels a bit slow, has numerous frame rate problems and has a brutally big hitbox on your player ship. Fans of the series will recognize remakes of classic songs and the graphics look crisp as ever. and Jikkyô Oshaberi Parodius), Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie, Pop'n Twin Bee (too easy, but funny), and UN Squadron. The difficulty level is a bit unbalanced, as it heavily depends on whether you have managed to collect power-ups or not, and what’s more, you are only given one continue to clear the entire game. ". It has incredible hardware defying sound and graphics, crisp gameplay and lots of different playable ships to choose from. An absolutely adorable cute ’em up in the Twinbee series. Very original. For instance some are best left to holding down the shoot button, while others are better off with rapid tapping. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate … The top 10 shmups for NES. This one easily becomes a favorite. m9715: Check out Zanac x Zanac on PSN - it was Compile's last. Super vague “best of” list of 19 North American shmups for the SNES. Gradius and Life Force were ports from the arcade. R-Type - TurboGrafx-16. It has four different playable ships and features tricky bosses, large stages and wicked humor. In my opinion, I think it was a crime for Konami to not release this in the US while they already had released Gradius and Life Force. It sold a million copies in Japan for a good reason. Top quality game! It mixes elements from the first two games in the series and adds new levels and monsters. This game is simply epic. This is not the strongest in the line-up, but it’s worth checking out if you are collecting shooters on the platform. However, I recommend you the other two Parodius titles (Parodius Da! Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), ← Toki for Nintendo Switch releases November 27th 2018, Exclusive Dead or Alive 6 Steelbook Available for Pre-Order →. Now we are getting to the great games that never had American releases. If you’ve played through the first two R-Type games, you really should try the third in the series, as it delivers more of the same but with fresh new twists. This is a vertical shooter that really shows the strengths of the hardware both graphically and sound wise. You are given three continues to beat the entire game, and each continue sends you back to the beginning of the stage. I'd like to give honorable mentions to Abadox, Zanac, Gun Nac, Parodius Da!, Twinbee, Stinger, Twinbee 3, and Uchuu Keibitai SDF. For instance some are best left to holding down the shoot button, while others are better off with rapid tapping. The shoot 'em up. The bell power-up system makes it tricky to get the exact power-ups that you want, but it’s definitely worth it as the power trip that ensues is both addicting and satisfying. It has a two player mode, which makes for some quality couch co-op action. "Now you're playing with power." It has great arcade like graphics, fantastic music and exactly the kind of challenging gameplay that you would expect from a Gradius title. What games would you have included? The level design is pretty weak on this one as there’s occasionally long segments where absolutely nothing happens. All three games are faithfully ported and run just great, allowing for some really competitive scoring in each of these games. Have your own Top 10 in mind? All that being said, just because the genre first sprung to life in the arcades doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leap headlong into its gaping, toothy maw right off the bat. Guardian Legend is a port from the original computer version. Shoot 'em up, in a general sense, means a 2D … Looking outside our own region however, we can find more of them – and some really good ones, too. Friendly reminder: These are only my opinions, nothing more. Even though its main competitor, Sega's Master System, had better specs, the NES had a much wider game library, thanks to colossal third party support. In this highly under appreciated NES game, you'll find graphics and sound that are good, but not great—neither can compete with Life Force or Crisis Force . I have to vote NES because that was the system that got me into shmups. The NES (really, Super Mario Brothers) popularized the platformer which began to dominate as a genre on the NES. My favorite shooter for the NES. This is a pretty good horizontal shooter with great graphics and music. Saturn, PC Engine, any Japanese computer, Genesis and the NES. It features lightning fast gameplay and really great music. This is the Super NES version of Thunder Force III and it is a viciously tough horizontal scrolling shoot ’em up. Amazingly this even manages to make most SNES shmups look bad! Strangely enough, the NES has little in the way of great horizontal shooters, but it has several excellent vertical shmups, such as Gun-Nac, The Guardian Legend, or the import-only Crisis Force. A brutally difficult horizontal scroller where you can play as three different characters. Another great co-op game. Which traditional shmups do you consider the best? Thunder Force III - Genesis (and Thunder Spirits on SNES) MUSHA - Genesis. Gone are the stupid beeping "music" and the choppy visuals of the original. You have an energy bar, so you won’t die from one hit but you only get one life. I have to vote NES because that was the system that got me into shmups. Gunbird is a lot of fun, both in its gameplay and the use of a wacky cast of characters. Euro-shmups usually aren't the best, but this game is really good. Not to mention this video is old and some of these opinions may have changed since the making of it. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This Japanese exclusive co-op game is a marvel to look at. Raiden - TurboGrafx-16. Axelay (1992). This is a very well made arcade port. This game has really good music but unfortunately also some really shrill sound effects. Super vague “best of” list of 19 North American shmups for the SNES. Another arcade game that was ported to the SNES. 1 The NES 1.1 The NES List Often called the machine that resurrected a dead industry, the NES was the uncontested winner of its generation. Here it is folks. Create and submit your own Top 10 List today. The game comes off as a bit slow and jerky due to it being a little rough around the edges when it comes to the animation, but it is fully enjoyable regardless. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Here you get to select a weapon before each stage and killing enemies will eventually level up your selected weapon. It has great visuals and audio, but its gameplay suffers a bit due to the strange 3D perspective and the punishing hitbox of your ship. It wasn't long before shmups began picking up traction on the home consoles. Get a MAME emulator for pc, there is a massive library of arcade shmups out there. This particular version does not have any auto fire functionality, which severely hampers the enjoyment of the game. Some of my favourites include: - Einhander (easily my favourite SHMUP) NES/Famicom-Sega: Dreamcast - Short lived console that saw quite a few iconic STG exclusives. 2. Unfortunately this is one of the rarest games for the system but unlike something stupid like Bubble Bath Babes, this one really is worth hunting down if you are a diehard. But amidst all that intensity, there can also be funny and cute shmups too (or the “cute-’em-up”), like Parodius, Keio Flying Squadron, or Muchi Muchi Pork. As is the norm, most shmups didn't make it over to the west (I'm really getting tired of typing this fact) but a heap of smelly platformers from the US and Europe did. Went a little bit slower than they do now also so I would tend not to die as much! PSX: Dezaemon, Einhander, G Darius, Gradius, Omega Boost, Raycrisis, Raystorm, and R-Type. Probably the most ignored game genre today. In this highly under appreciated NES game, you'll find graphics and sound that are good, but not great—neither can compete with Life Force or Crisis Force . The improved sequel to 1942. Some of my personal favorites: Life Force, S.C.A.T., 1943, Burai Fighter, Isolated Warrior, Zombie Nation, Dragon Spirit, Abadox, and Gun.Smoke. Tempest 2000 - Jaguar Plus, you wont die in one hit thanks to the fuel gauge in the game. Each playable ship can transform into three different forms, all of which have different weapons that can be powered-up independently. A delightful horizontal shoot ’em up with super colorful graphics and cuteness overload. Some of my favourites include: - Einhander (easily my favourite SHMUP) Due to its similarities with the Sega NAOMI arcade system board it was a bastion for arcade ports that ran on NAOMI/Capcom CPS-2 hardware. 1 The NES 1.1 The NES List Often called the machine that resurrected a dead industry, the NES was the uncontested winner of its generation. Some very brief information is provided for each title. ccovell Post subject: Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:13 am . A classic Capcom arcade shooter ported to the home console! For the first time in the series, you can select your weapon gauge. ... Graphically it was impressive, and pushed the NES without dealing with a ton of sprite flicker. 4 years ago. Blazing Lazers - TurboGrafx-16. It’s highly enjoyable in every way – the graphics are colorful and fast, the music is great and the gameplay is intense. We aim to represent the best of all genre's, we try to limit the number of sequels included to allow more underrated games to shine, and also tend to avoid games that have been ported from earlier systems that don't use the hardware to its full potential. NES was first released in 1983 in Japan, under the name of the Famicom. Some of the weapons are pretty useless, which takes away from the fun. 2. Fun Fact: This was the very first Konami game to have the now famous "Konami Code". There are a few different weapons and sub-weapons you can collect and the ship can expend energy to form four blue energy orbs that can either act as a shield or be sent forth to attack enemies, causing massive damage. shmups.system11.org Shmups Forum FAQ: It is currently Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:25 am ... NES mods for high video quality are pretty expensive, selling a HDMI mod is a bit easier when the alternatives are pretty expensive too. Konami really pushed the system to its limit with this sadly obscure vertical shoot 'em up. Play these now and thank me later! A Super Nintendo exclusive entry in the Darius series. You also now fight battleships in addition to the planes of the original game. This is the third Parodius game on the platform and easily one of the best games overall that’s available on Super NES. This is a vertical shooter that’s also a merciless hardcore challenge. On Shmups, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "Best NES shmups! As is the norm, most shmups didn't make it over to the west (I'm really getting tired of typing this fact) but a heap of smelly platformers from the US and Europe did. 09-08-2003, 06:10 PM #10 Sadly Capcom never ported their 1988 arcade classic Forgotten Worlds to the NES at the time but before all of the Harvest Moon junk, Natsume decided to make a homage to the great Capcom game. © 2020 GAMESPOT, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Went a little bit slower than they do now also so I would tend not to die as much! All NES fans must check this one out. Great game to play with a friend if you are bored of Life Force. That may not surprise you when you look at my account name but seriously folks this game is awesome! The difficulty level does scare me away, but I can also appreciate when a game does not pull punches. The third Compile title to make this list—whether it was the TG-16, Genesis, or NES—this developer knew how to create shmups that set the standard for the hardware. However, it does feature a ton of different sub-weapons and the game runs smoothly. What games would you have included? The game has great production values and is sure to satisfy fans of Darius. It's only very subtly different on the RGB values from my previous captured video workup on the NES Classic, so the human eye won't notice the difference. Known for its devilish difficulty level, R-Type III demands perfect memorization and split second decision-making. I'd like to give honorable mentions to Abadox, Zanac, Gun Nac, Parodius Da!, Twinbee, Stinger, Twinbee 3, and Uchuu Keibitai SDF. It wasn't long before shmups began picking up traction on the home consoles. This is another arcade original which is lovingly ported to the home console. It does also feature a two player co-op mode, where a dead player gets to re-enter the game for every new stage. Which traditional shmups do you consider the best? The controls may feel awkward at first (B shoot left, A shoot right, B+A shoot middle) but you'll get used to it. Friendly reminder: These are only my opinions, nothing more. Where possible, we have included a link to our review. Axelay, Gokujô Parodius and Gradius III are my favourites for SNES. 09-08-2003, 06:10 PM #10 The object of this article is to provide a thorough guide to SHMUPs across the NES, Famicom, and Famicom Disk System, all in one place. You’ll also notice that power-ups are more rare here compared to other games in the series and dying sends you back to the beginning of the level. ... outside of the arcade, the first Alpha Mission was ported to the NES, the sequel made it to the Neo-Geo CD and both are downloadable on the PSN, so give ‘em a whirl if you’re not too afraid of having to utilize a third button (madness!) Another must have. The third Compile title to make this list—whether it was the TG-16, Genesis, or NES—this developer knew how to create shmups that set the standard for the hardware. Gradius III - I am a huge Gradius series fan, and this game is one of the best ever, slowdown or no. Axelay (1992). At first glance it looks like a clone of Commando in a wild west setting but this is really a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up. The NES and Sega Master System (Mark III) boasted a lot of great shmups like Phantasy Zone, R-Type, and Gun Hed etc. Arcades are dead. Another obscure gem from Japan that pushes the system to its limit. With infinite coins even bullet hells are approachable. A subreddit dedicated to shoot 'em up games of all kinds. A fan-favorite side-scrolling mecha shooter. Axelay is a Super NES exclusive shooter that relies heavily on the Mode 7 graphics mode to create a 3D illusion for its vertically scrolling levels. The top 10 shmups for NES. The NES version of Strider was significantly different from the arcade original and the heavily hyped Genesis version, and in many ways was the best of the bunch. Unfortunately for us in Europe, the EU/PAL region saw very few shmup releases for the platform. Instead you control your pod weapons with the A button. Nintendo’s 16-bit console is mostly known for its many great adventure and roleplaying games, but what about its shooting games? Galaga - Arcade. But before that, many games were shmups. On the downside, it has annoying sound effects and some really weird weapons that are almost useless; the built-in charge up shot among them. A real challenge for shmup fans. ... deblur, scanlines) that justified its cost. If the original R-Type was too easy for you; Super R-Type is sadistically difficult, even on the default Easy setting. It plays almost the same except there are no shops and your guy doesn't rotate. Also when you hold down the B and A buttons while turning on the game, you'll play the game with funny looking sprites! Legendary Wings - NES. Shoot down bandits, indians, and even ninjas to buy better weapons and look for a warrants to fight the boss of the level. I hope you enjoyed reading it. For the SNES. 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