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Ikaruga creator's 3DS shooter Kokuga translated to English and rated in Germany

More hell, less bullets

Product: Kokuga | Publisher: G.Revolution | Genre: Shooter
For: 3DS
 
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Hiroshi Iuchi, the creator of the bullet-hell classic Ikaruga, surprised many fans when he announced his latest game Kokuga for the 3DS.

We were pretty excited about the card-based shooter when it was released in Japan back in September, but our excitement cooled when there was no news of a planned western release.

This may change soon, however, as Siliconera reports that a recent listing by Germany's USK board showed that the 3DS game has been translated to English.

3 dimensions, four cards


Kokuga is similar to Ikaruga in some regards, namely that it's a top-down shooter, but it's not a traditional bullet-hell experience like some might expect it to be.

Instead, each level Kokuga gives you 20 power-up cards to use. Four of these cards are selected at random and are displayed on your 3DS's lower screen.

When you find yourself in need of their particular boosts, you can tap the card to reap its benefits.

Unfortunately, we don't have much more information about a western release past the English translation and the fact that it's likely to be an eShop-only digital import as its being published by G.rev Ltd.

We'll keep you updated as soon as we have more to report.

 

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Matthew Diener 26 April 2013
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@xeroxeroxero | 18:57 - 27 April 2013
Hmmm, I might give it a miss until it comes down in price then, I do own the GameCube version :) Thanks Chris!
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Contest Chris | 15:53 - 27 April 2013
Well, for starters, it is $8. If money isn't an issue, you could get it. The only problem though is the controls. From what I've read, what makes Ikaruga great is the chaining, and this is not possible on Android. Either you turn on auto-fire to make the controls simpler, or you manual fire, all this while steering the ship, changing polarity and shooting the homing missiles. Sounds like quite a mouthful right, for a touchscreen game?

I appreciate the game despite that, and would someday love to play it on somebody's Xbox 360 at least. :)
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@xeroxeroxero | 13:24 - 27 April 2013
@Contest Chris - That would be amazing, definitely. Ikaruga's awesome on home console / arcade, but I haven't tried the Android version. Might give it a shot, do you think I should pick it up?
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Contest Chris | 19:25 - 26 April 2013
Honestly, I would love this to come to Android. I never got to play Ikaruga on the Dreamcast, so the Android version was the first time I played it. I certainly see the appeal and potential, but all of that is lost on a touchscreen.

With this game though, it seems to be well-suited to a touchscreen. So, I really do hope to see it on Android, within the next year hopefully.
 
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