Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury launching May 4

Treasure-developed XBLA game to arrive with more than 100 stages, editor to make and share levels with friends.

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Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury finally has a launch date. D3Publisher of America has confirmed that the Treasure-developed action game is set to arrive on Xbox Live Arcade May 4.

Explosion Invincible Bangai-O does its thing.

Originally announced last year as a fall 2010 release, Missile Fury is the second title in the series to see a North American release under the D3 banner. Like 2008's DS revival Bangai-O Spirits (the first installment published by D3), Missile Fury mixes arcade shooter action with puzzle-solving gameplay. Also like that title, Missile Fury features more than 100 stages and a level editor tool that lets users create and share with friends.

Bangai-O is known for its near-constant barrage of explosions, but the flow of new games in the series has been sporadic at best. Bangai-O has seen only a handful of installments since its 1999 Japan-exclusive Nintendo 64 debut. That game eventually found its way to North America as a 2001 remake for the Dreamcast. The series then went dormant until the announcement of Bangai-O Spirits.

When it arrives, Missile Fury will sell for 800 Microsoft points ($10). For more on D3Publisher's first go-around with the series, check out GameSpot's review of Bangai-O Spirits.

Discussion

21 comments
DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Why do I find the Bangai-O games SO FREAKING HARD!!

mdchapel9
mdchapel9

I wish they could release the dream cast version as well... :(

Slagar
Slagar

@TheArcade I can't believe I missed this! THANKS!:)

TheArcade
TheArcade

To the best of my knowledge, Treasure is a tiny company, they cannot afford to cover would-be bandwidth costs Sony demands of them. Microsoft provides little Indie devs and Japanese publishers free bandwidth and dev kits which makes things easier. As a result companies acknowledge this and MS is awareded Japanese support. Logic suggests it's because gamers are providing funds through Xbox LIVE is why enables developer freebies such as extra bandwidth for storing cloud data, XBLA exclusives and the like, while on the other hand if developers create these games for PSN they must take care of it. This costs them big time if they're selling to a niche audience because if said item doesn't sell it's coming out of their wallet.

TheArcade
TheArcade

@HollowNinja: But they are remaking their Saturn games what do you call Radiant Silvergun for XBLA then? (coming soon)

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

What makes Japan think that releasing a game exclusively for a console that not many Japanese gamers care about in Japan will make it sell a bunch of copies? Release the damn game on both PS3 and 360! What's next, Sega announces Shenmue III but it's Japan only and it's exclusive to the 360 as well, because they believe that the game will sell five millions copies there?

Slagar
Slagar

Treasure makes awesome games. I'd kill for a modern Radiant Silvergun sequel/remake!

monson21502
monson21502

xbl is the best place for arcade games hands down...

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Needs PS3 version, though luckily I have both consoles. Also, where's my Guardian Heroes? Dammit, Treasure, remake your Saturn games for once!

DrMatta
DrMatta

Treasure needs to make a Collector's Set including Bangai-O, Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun, Gunstar/Guardian Heroes, Mischief Makers and Dynamite Hhhhhhhhhhh--- *orgasms*

Nooberman2k
Nooberman2k

I played this all the time on Dreamcast. I expect this to be at least as good if not better.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Ugh wish it could come to PSN.:x I love Bangai-O Spirits.

drswank
drswank

Please be just as good as the Dreamcast game!

IceJester45
IceJester45

Awesome. Yet another great XBLA exclusive.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

i really enjoyed the bangai-o on the dreamcast. Glad were seeing a revival on home console

TheArcade
TheArcade

Damn! I now I gotta buy this on the same day your killing me here Microsoft! What do you think my wallet is made of swiss cheese?

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

IT'S JUST FOR XBLA?!?! ASDGHAFDGHAGSDDGAHGSFDFHGFA sure, PSN is down, but IT WON'T BE DOWN FOREVER GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME. seriously, i still play Spirits on my DS.

petey3
petey3

This is geometry wars on ROIDS!