Over the past month or so, we’ve been keeping a pretty close eye on the HAMSTER Corporation’s ever-expanding Arcade Archives series, which brings a selection of arcade classics to modern systems (with all the niceties that entails). And rightly so; it’s a fantastic resource for gamers looking to tap into a bit of nostalgia, or perhaps experience some seminal titles for the very first time. Nothing to make you feel old like knowing there are likely some twenty-somethings out there who don’t even know what an arcade is. Slow down, please, time. Ta.
Following on the heels of Namco’s Dragon Buster and Super Pac-Man (sorry, SUPER PAC-MAN, have to keep it shouty), another blast from the past is now available on the Switch eShop and the PlayStation 4 store under the Arcade Archives label.
As GamesPress reports, it’s 1993’s Gunnail, a shooter courtesy of NMK, and it represents a very, very, very common genre of the period: the vertical, top-down shmup. I am not exaggerating when I say these things were absolutely everywhere, and not just in arcades. The NES and Genesis were absolutely riddled with ’em, and frankly, for me there’s only so many times you can hop into a plane from an overhead perspective and gun down hordes of gormless enemies before it becomes…. samey. Not an adjective I’d ever have associated with that scenario.
Nevertheless, Gunnail is here, and here are the deets: “GUNNAIL is a shooting game released by NMK in 1993.” Great, I have to capitalise that title, too? Was everyone in the early 90s deaf? The screeching continues: “This game has a feature called the MULTIPLE SHIELD SYSTEM where you’ll get a higher score the fewer shields you have. Experience hardcore gameplay mechanics typical of NMK, and an intense scoring system!”
Another fine addition to a stellar line-up of historical greats. Got any hot picks you’d like to see make the cut? Let us know!