Next month will see a retro-styled revival, as Konami today announced a July 19 North American release date for the side-scrolling shoot-'em-up Otomedius Excellent on the Xbox 360.
A spin-off successor to Konami's seminal Gradius series, Otomedius Excellent has players pick from a roster of nine anime-styled female pilots--many of them scantily clad--and take on wave after wave of enemy fire. The game will include a gallery with more than 150 extra images, as well as three-player competitive and cooperative play, either locally or through Xbox Live. Postlaunch downloadable content is expected to add new characters, levels, and more.
When it arrives, Otomedius Excellent will be available in a $30 standard edition as well as a $50 special edition bundle. Otomedius enthusiasts who spend the extra $20 will receive a package that includes an art book, a soundtrack, and a two-sided pillowcase featuring the game's female characters.
For more Otomedius Excellent, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.