My first contribution to Continue is this updated version of an article I wrote back in 2008. You can look forward to more features and reviews of shmups from me in the future – among other things!
I think it’s fair to say that 2D scrolling shoot ’em ups, or “shmups”, don’t sell nearly as well as they used to. Back in the days when arcades were the ultimate hang-out spot and the Super Nintendo’s Mode7 effects were impressive, it seemed like every game was either a platformer or a shmup. Nowadays, mainstream reviewers and gamers alike seem thoroughly disinterested in the genre. What the heck happened?