Now here¨s something a little different from the good folks at Hamster. Oh, don¨t worry, it¨s yet another old-school shmup. But this one has a distinct style that helps it stand out from most of its intergalactic contemporaries. Now available to download on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, NMK¨s Hacha Mecha Fighter has joined the Arcade Archives range.

Originally released in 1991, during the first renaissance of the arcade scene, Hacha Mecha Fighter is a horizontally scrolling shooter that features a totes adorbs kawaii aesthetic, similar to that of Konami¨s hit series, Parodius. One or two players take up the roles of animal pals Tsuchibuta the pig and Kawauso the´ otter? bear? (I¨m going with otter), as they fly their airplanes through a series of vibrant, super-cute stages, blasting away at waves of enemy critters and creative boss characters´ Why?.. You ask too many questions sometimes.

Check out the action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Shadowserg.

Thanks to its friendly nature, silly concepts, and cute `n¨ colorful artstyle, Hacha Mecha Fighter is not exactly one of the best entries in the shmup genre, but its certainly an accessible and still very enjoyable one. There¨s something delightfully unique about its stage design, as well as the fashion in which a whole zoo-full of animals are turned into waves of sky-bound enemies. It¨s no Radiant Silvergun, but it is a fun, friendly blast from the past, and a very welcome addition to the archives.

Hacha Mecha Fighter is available to download now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, priced at around $8.

Chris Moyse Senior Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.

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Jun 6, 2021 2:51PM

Stardom held an event on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the Distribution Convention Hall in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.

Full results and highlights below.

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Stardom Results (6/6)

Momo Watanabe defeated Lady C

Koguma defeated AZM and Ruaka

STARS (Mayu Iwatani & Starlight Kid) defeated Donna del Mondo (Natsupoi & Giulia)

Donna del Mondo (Syuri & Maika) vs. Queen¨s Quest (Utami Hayashishita & Saya Kamitani) ended in a 15-minute time limit draw.

Oedo Tai (Natsuko Tora, Saki Kashima & Konami) defeated Cosmic Angels (Mina Shirakawa, Unagi Sayaka & Tam Nakano)

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! We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 6, 2021

Stardom in Kanazawa begins in 30 minutes! Live news and results here! pic.twitter.com/tChXTbtU9F

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You can find results from past Stardom events in Fightful’s results section.