About this product
|Originally released in Japanese arcades in 2001, Treasure's Ikaruga steers its way onto GameCube as the system's first vertical scrolling shooter. While inspired by traditional games in the genre, Ikaruga sets itself apart by doing away with power-ups and featuring the unusual element of absorbing certain types of enemy fire. As Shinra, the lone hope for mankind's salvation, players must travel across five levels of futuristic laser-blasting action to save the universe from an evil ruler named Tenro Horai. One of Ikaruga's key features is the ship's ability to switch between two distinct forms: light and dark. Enemies also appear in both light and dark forms.|
To make it through each level unscathed, players can absorb the energy of same-colored enemies while avoiding incoming fire from the opposing color. Players can also switch between forms at any time during the game. Storing absorbed energy allows players to activate homing lasers that are more powerful than the default blasters. Completing a stage reveals a ranking screen based on points and combos, with the latter achieved by destroying three or more similar-colored enemies in one shot. The GameCube version adds multiple difficulty levels as well as bonuses in the form of artwork, additional modes, and more. Two players can also team up together for simultaneous shooting action.
Other notable features include a demo mode that players can watch to learn how to complete certain stages to attain a perfect rating as well as passwords that let players post their high scores to the official web site at www.ikaruga-atari.net. Display options offer a vertical, horizontal, or letterboxed view. The letterbox setup has black bars on the left and right of the playfield to show more of the screen along the top and bottom. The vertical display reduces the screen's length by stretching the environment on both sides to fill the entire television screen. The horizontal option simply flips the display so the action is moving from left to right instead of from bottom to top.
|UPC||3546430106051, 4560124290078, 722242519781, 7222425197810|
|Number of Players||1-2|
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- cmoney78Nov 3, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
Amazing game! Amazing graphics and gameplay!
- lunalamiaMay 10, 2014by
Excellent retro game!
Excellent game. Super fun and really great to find an older game for gamecube in such perfect condition. Classic games are still the best~
- darkmana2001Dec 8, 2006by
Ikaruga (Nintendo Gamecube)
Ikaruga is a solid shooter from Treasure, the company responsible for many classic hits such as Gunstar Heroes for Sega Genesis and more modern creations from classic brands such as Gradius V. The team at Treasure is composed of former Konami employees who worked on classic shooter games such as Axelay and Castlevania IV for the SNES. Ikaruga is no exception to the list of great shooter games, and should be in the collection of any fan of shooter games.<br><br>The main essence of the game revolves around the idea of positive and negative polarity. Each enemy and elements of each boss are either colored black or white, each relating to the black and white beam weapons of your ship. But it's not that simple either. If you take hits from enemy weapons that are the same color as your ship, they are absorbed into a cache, allowing a more powerful attack to be performed. Also, if you attack an enemy of similar polarity or color, they take double damage. The game is also built where you can perform chains, that is, destroying enemies of the same polarity one after the other. This allows for the game to become more challenging for those who desire it.<br><br>The game itself is very, very difficult and often times incredibly fast-paced. This keeps you from blowing through the levels in one fell swoop. That in itself is the main pro AND con, it's simple design that allows for very different gameplay in comparison to other shooters as well as the incredible difficulty presented even on the easiest skill level.Read full review
- yakomiJun 3, 2013by
Old School Glory
Great game. It has a sort of old school arcade flair but in a new school setting. This is the type of game you'd expect to find in the arcades in the 90s but with futuristic graphics and an excellent soundtrack.<br><br><br><br>Also like the old school games its amazingly hard. If you can get to the final level you truly have the skill, the guts and the hand eye coordination of a great gamer.
- dot.hack_buyNov 11, 2012by
one of the best bullet hell games
If you like bullet hell games no collection will be complete without ikaruga. There are many different levels of difficulty to allow for a decent learning curve, but be warned you will die a lot.