About this game
Content Rating: Everyone
A rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra's ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage - this polarity-switching mechanic is the game's core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design. It's now up to Shinra makes his final stand, as the Ikaruga might be the rebel federation's last chance to defeat the oppressive Horai regime!
Gamer Reviews34 Reviews
Critic Reviews16 Reviews
Gonçalo Lopes — May 25, 2018
So it's no great surprise it not only remains an incredibly compelling experience but it lands smoothly on top of the currently available shmup list on Nintendo’s hybrid console library. Beyond portability what truly drives this version above all others is the possibility of throwing a Joy-Con to a friend for a spot of co-op play anytime, anywhere as easy as your ship switches polarity. The perfect shmup on the perfect system. The old king sits once again in its rightful throne atop the shmup mountain.
Jordan Devore — May 25, 2018
Ikaruga is one of those games I'll happily rebuy and replay every time there's a new port, but with this Switch version, I should be set. Being able to easily bust out the Joy-Con controllers for co-op and flip the system on its side for a vertical screen orientation is the real deal. Ikaruga is a timeless classic, and for those of us without a swiveling monitor, the Switch is just about the ideal way to experience it.
A.J. Maciejewski — May 26, 2018
Ikaruga is a classic shoot 'em up in every sense of the word and I'm happy to say that it holds up beautifully after over 15 years. Its polarity mechanic and breathtaking atmosphere certainly put it head and shoulders above many other entries in the genre.
Mollie L Patterson — May 25, 2018
It’s long been known that Ikaruga is one of the true classics of the top-down shooter world, but going back to the game again on the Nintendo Switch really cements that legacy. This is a brutal but beautiful, relentless yet rewarding, and frantic yet fun bullet hell challenge that feels as fresh now as it did 17 years ago in its original arcade release.
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Zachary Miller — May 25, 2018
Ikaruga is great—everyone should play it unless you’re fundamentally opposed to the genre. It can be frustrating but I found that I got a little farther almost every run. Maybe someday I’ll even try to get through Arcade Mode with the default settings (on Easy) so that I can actually post a high score!
Justin Sharp — Jun 11, 2018
Overall, Ikaruga is a great shooter but not quite what I was expecting. The length of the game combined with the difficulty may deter most people but the game is customizable enough to be fun for anyone. The game even features a couple 2-player options so you can invite a friend along for the ride. If you’re a fan of shooter games, Ikaruga is definitely worth checking out.
Jordan Helm — May 26, 2018
One of the genre’s most accomplished works so far as gameplay mechanics, soundtrack and overall presentation goes — one that easily rivals the likes of R-Type III, Soldier Blade, Space Harrier and even Rez to name a few — Ikaruga remains, seventeen years on, a truly inventive shoot-em-up and addictive experience to master wholesale. Not just a cult-classic, but a classic full-stop.
Michael Chow — Jun 01, 2018
Overall, Ikaruga remains a treasure in the shoot ‘em up genre due to its tight gameplay, challenge, and overall design. While the game continues to stifle me at multiple points, its smart design and ease of entry keep me coming back for more punishment. While I missed out on the title on the Nintendo Gamecube, I can safely say that Ikaruga will remain on my Nintendo Switch to challenge me for the foreseeable future.
Richard Seagrave — May 30, 2018
If you've ever been a fan of Ikaruga and own a Switch, this port is absolutely essential. It's also essential if you've never played the game before but have an interest in bullet hell shooters. Demanding you to remain alert at all times and change polarisation to suit your situation, Ikaruga is a shooter that stands in a class of its own. Its ingenious twist on a tried and tested formula makes it an unforgettable classic, and being able to play it on Switch is simply glorious.
GameCentral — May 31, 2018
Treasure’s cult 2D shooter remains as uniquely entertaining as always and works extremely well on the Nintendo Switch. Central gameplay premise is beautifully simple and yet allows for far more variation in tactics than usual for a 2D shooter. Stunning level and art design. Nicely inexpensive.
Rudy Lavaux — Jun 07, 2018
Small performance hiccups on boss explosions aside, which were already present in an even worse state back on the GameCube, this is the new definitive edition of the great classic on Nintendo Switch.
Ric Cowley — May 25, 2018
Ikaruga hasn't changed over the last 15 years - and that's a good and a bad thing.
Andrew Rockett — May 27, 2018
The Switch version of Ikaruga is the same cult classic that fans know and love, this time with a few new handheld options making it possible to take the game with you for the first time ever. If you have played Ikaruga before, and you like portable gaming, I should not need to tell you that the Switch version is well worth it. If you have never played Ikaruga, you have made a grave mistake that fortunately can and should be immediately corrected. Play this game.
Carlos Forcada — Jun 21, 2018
Ikaruga, convertido ya en uno de los grandes shoot em up de la historia del género, era una apuesta segura para Nintendo Switch, consola que termina por recibir la versión más completa de todas. Las posibilidades del sistema en cuanto a multijugador, portabilidad y rotación, así como su enorme rejugabilidad -totalmente vigente 17 años después-, son motivos más que sobrados para dar otra oportunidad a este juego de dificultad más fascinante que desesperante. Aunque, eso sí, no lleve grandes novedades para quienes lo hayan disfrutado en cualquiera de las anteriores ediciones publicadas estos años.
Vitor Carvalho — Jun 17, 2018
Ikaruga é um "shoot’em up" clássico com quase duas décadas que chega agora à eShop da Nintendo Switch devido à sua reconhecida qualidade. É simples, apresentando níveis bem desenhados e com uma boa mecânica, ainda que talvez seja bastante difícil para os dias de hoje. Nesse seguimento, será certamente apreciado pelos veteranos e fãs do género, mas também será certamente um pouco frustrante para outros.
Gianluca Arena — Jun 03, 2018
Un acquisto assolutamente imprescindibile per tutti gli amanti delle sale giochi e degli sparatutto, ma estenderemmo l'obbligo anche a tutti i possessori di Switch (tranne che ai giovanissimi, per l'elevato livello di difficoltà) perché la qualità complessiva del prodotto e della conversione non meritano nulla di meno.