Bangai-O Spirits haunting US

D3Publisher handling DS adaptation of Treasure's Dreamcast 2D shooter; four-player action and level editor headline new features.

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Treasure's original Bangai-O on the Dreamcast was known for two things: an absurdly nonsensical English translation and screen-choking volleys of missiles and lasers. Although the hectic 2D shooter never emerged from its obscure niche, D3Publisher of America is giving the US another look at the franchise.

I was just going to say that.

The publisher has announced that it is bringing Bangai-O Spirits, the DS revamp of the original game, to US shores in the second quarter of the year. More than a straight port, Bangai-O Spirits adds cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes for up to four people locally, as well as a level editor, and a novel way to share created stages with other gamers.

D3 is touting the game's "Sound Load" feature, which will let the DS output data as a sound file. Other DS systems can then receive the file by using their built-in microphones, allowing players to not only trade levels locally, but also get new levels from the Internet by downloading and playing back other users' Sound Load recordings. High scores and gameplay footage will also be transferable as sound files.

Bangai-O Spirits is being developed by Treasure, a Japanese studio notorious for its niche 2D action and shoot-'em-up games. Previous Treasure games include Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun, and Gunstar Heroes.

Discussion

22 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I still need to pick thus up. It's technically impressive for a DS game. The stuff going onscreen all at once is sick.

Archon_basic
Archon_basic

I'll be all over this one. Treasure + shmup = win. I just hope no difficulties arise in porting a frantic DC game to the DS.

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

I loved the Dreamcast game, so I am definitely getting this game.

IPwnNooBs666
IPwnNooBs666

I absolutely loved the Dreamcast original of this game and I must say that this version sounds mighty sweet. I might just pick up a DS just for this game ( that and Crisis Core and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2)

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@robotecha5 Bangai-O was originally o the N64 in Japan only th Dreamcast version was the one that made it to the States.

B_O_B_
B_O_B_

I loved this game on DC alot of my freinds bought a DC just for this game!! Im not sure how well it will do on the tiny screen and tranfering through sound??...I predict a lot of interference.

robotecha5
robotecha5

Further proof of how awsome the Dreamcast and its Library of Games were, unfortunatly most of Treasures other SHUMPS on DC were JP release only. If only more people had just bought a Dreamcast...I mean cmon it was like $100 is 2000, fkin Sony whores

magicaldropking
magicaldropking

actually, the Sound Load thing sounds kinda.. pointless wouldn't it be much, much easier just to directly acquire maps through wi-fi?

blackace
blackace

On the DS. That screen is way to small for this game. They should have released in on the Wii or XBox 360 Arcade. All of Treasures shooters were awesome. Gunstar Heroes was a trip. Took forever to beat that damn game, but it was a blast.

Surllio
Surllio

Yea!! The original killed my DC. Its again time to see how long I can keep 999 up on the screen!!!!

NightRain
NightRain

Oh yeah!!! This is awesome! :)

bacchus2
bacchus2

The sound load feature sounds rather innovative.

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Awesome! Must buy for me. I'm so happy publishers still care to bring those awesome 2D shooters...

Zonic505
Zonic505

I should look for this on the Dreamcast (& Ikaruga for GCN). I hope that Treasure's other games make it on the VC someday...

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

Good day today! Two Dreamcast games making a comeback - Triggerheart on the 360, and Bangai O on the DS.

curua02
curua02

Bangai-O was such a fun game. Years ago, my friends and I would have contests to see who's explosions could ruin the framerate the most. I can't even imagine what it would be like with four robots wreaking havoc at the same time, but it's got to be insane.

Snake329
Snake329

As an actual owner of the game on the Dreamcast, I am greatly excited for this. That game is hella fun, and hella hard.

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

Should be good. I love Treasure's classic games. I just hope that the horrible translation remains because it was hilariously bad a la Castle Shikigami 2.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

I can't wait I Treasure makes some of the best games.

Cristallis
Cristallis

Can't wait, I haven't touched my DS since December (but I recently imported Etrian Odyssey 2).

kejigoto
kejigoto

Sounds kinda cool, I loved the Dreamcast version and can't wait to get my hands on the DS version.