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Toaplan’s retro Tiger-Heli coming to Switch and PS4

The ever growing retro gaming library is adding a new title to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Game developer M2 officially announced this week, plans to release Toaplan’s Ultimate Tiger-Heli in late 2021.

Part of a ShotTriggers release, it will consist of over 13 different titles. Included are Tiger-Heli and the sequel Twin Cobra, and arcade titles Get Star and Guardian. Originally released as an arcade game in 1985 in Japan and across North America, Tiger-Heli is a shoot’em up side-scroller. A port to the Nintendo Entertainment System followed in 1986, and its sequels dropped onto the gaming scene soon after. It heavily features bomb mechanics as ultimate weapons and shields, a unique idea for the time. 

Considered one of the top table arcade games of its generation, Tiger-Heli sold over a million copies on the NES. The M2 package will include the original arcade games and NES port versions. 

Tiger-Heli in game screen cap

M2 is known for its excellent emulation ports of SEGA Ages titles, Virtual Consoles for NES systems and a range of PlayStation and Xbox games. In 2020, M2 was responsible for bringing the Aleste Collection to the Switch and production of Aleste 3, an all new entry for the franchise.

Physical copies of Ultimate Tiger-Heli will retail at 7480 yen ($69 USD). Digital downloads will cost 3960 JPY ($37 USD), with additional DLC content running an extra 1980 JPY ($19 USD). Pre-orders are open now.


Alicia Graves

A bit nerdy, a bit punk rock princess, and a whole lot of mom, I'm constantly in motion. I have an enthusiasm for gaming and the cultural complexities of entertainment, both past and present. I don’t believe in limiting myself to one kind of genre in books, comics, manga, anime, music or movies. I prefer to seek out hidden gems in panned pieces, uniqueness in the mundane and new outlooks on nuances.

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