I don't feel that I've done a deep enough dive into SHMUPs to make a Top 25, but for sure, I prefer the old-school style (the ones before bullet hell). Galaga '90/Galaga '88 - TurboGrafx-16. Another super difficult side-scrolling shooter. Lots of paralax layers in backgrounds and detailed bosses and enemies. A classic Capcom arcade shooter ported to the home console! Each playable ship can transform into three different forms, all of which have different weapons that can be powered-up independently. We aim to represent the best of all genre's, we try to limit the number of sequels included to allow more underrated games to shine, and also tend to avoid games that have been ported from earlier systems that don't use the hardware to its full potential. Getting hit can also downgrade your current weapon. It’s highly enjoyable in every way – the graphics are colorful and fast, the music is great and the gameplay is intense. Now we are getting to the great games that never had American releases. NES/Famicom-Sega: Dreamcast - Short lived console that saw quite a few iconic STG exclusives. It has some tough bosses, the graphics are colorful and the game runs fast. R-Type - TurboGrafx-16. Along with fast paced shoot 'em up action, you will see graphics that look like they don't belong on the NES. You can also select the order of stages, which really allows you to utilize the weapons where they are the most effective. This is a vertical shooter that really shows the strengths of the hardware both graphically and sound wise. 1943 - NES. msd525: Great list; I loved G-Darius and Thunderforce V. Minor correction: Rayforce was ported to the Saturn and released in the U.S. as Galactic Attack. Definitely worth a look. Fans of the series will recognize remakes of classic songs and the graphics look crisp as ever. Guardian Legend is a port from the original computer version. Also when you hold down the B and A buttons while turning on the game, you'll play the game with funny looking sprites! This cartridge includes three classic NES Hudson shooters; Star Force, Star Soldier and Hector ’87. Overall a very enjoyable game that offers lots of high-speed action and great replay value. On the downside, it has annoying sound effects and some really weird weapons that are almost useless; the built-in charge up shot among them. Maciejewski (crazyaejay): Thanks for reading my top 10 shmups for SNES. The game feels a bit slow, has numerous frame rate problems and has a brutally big hitbox on your player ship. Some of the weapons are pretty useless, which takes away from the fun. Gunbird is a lot of fun, both in its gameplay and the use of a wacky cast of characters. Get a MAME emulator for pc, there is a massive library of arcade shmups out there. On Shmups, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "Best NES shmups! This is probably the most intense and fast paced game you find for the system. You also now fight battleships in addition to the planes of the original game. For the first time in the series, you can select your weapon gauge. I have to vote NES because that was the system that got me into shmups. A.J. Plus, you wont die in one hit thanks to the fuel gauge in the game. This game also has impressive techno music and trippy backgrounds. With infinite coins even bullet hells are approachable. 09-20-2002, 11:12 AM #4 Here it is folks. Probably the most ignored game genre today. Shoot' em ups like fighting and puzzle games age like wine. In my opinion, I think it was a crime for Konami to not release this in the US while they already had released Gradius and Life Force. I'd like to give honorable mentions to Abadox, Zanac, Gun Nac, Parodius Da!, Twinbee, Stinger, Twinbee 3, and Uchuu Keibitai SDF. In this 2-player co-op game fight as a winged soldier against bizzare semi-mechanical mutants in a setting that looks like a futuristic version of ancient Greek ruins. A.J. This is another arcade original which is lovingly ported to the home console. The NES version of Strider was significantly different from the arcade original and the heavily hyped Genesis version, and in many ways was the best of the bunch. This Japanese exclusive co-op game is a marvel to look at. The game has great production values and is sure to satisfy fans of Darius. Sci-fi is of course heavily represented by about a billion different shmups, ranging from Konami’s ubiquitous Gradius series to Cave’s monstrous DoDonPachi games. Even though its main competitor, Sega's Master System, had better specs, the NES had a much wider game library, thanks to colossal third party support. LOL at Shadowgate). This is a vertical shooter that’s also a merciless hardcore challenge. 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