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SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by ExedExes Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:01 pm

The 2016 Shmup Of The Month calendar is finally here! My apologies for the delay, I was waiting on one last pick but they relinquished it back to me, so I chose a faithful SOTM member over the years, ChrisHaha2049, as an alternate. Thank you Chris!

A few interesting facts from next year's calendar -

- The time period covered in these picks spans 21 years, the largest spread in SOTM history.

- This year's calendar features the most horizontal shmups we've had in a year with 5!

Finally, before I begin, a friendly reminder to please don't do anything to the guy behind the scenes. I just put the thing together, and remember that this was community driven!

What are we waiting for? Let's HORI up and get to the games!

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January's pick by Nyukki -

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Espgaluda (2003 Cave)

Ports: Arcade, Playstation 2 (Japan)

February's pick by EllertMichael -

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Ryujin (1993 Taito)

Ports: Arcade

March's pick by DocHauser -

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Change Air Blade (1999 Sammy)

Ports: Arcade

April's game with Together Retro -

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R-Type (1987 Irem)

Ports: Arcade, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Sega Master System, MSX, TurboGrafx-16, PC-88, Game Boy, Amiga, Atari ST, X68000, Game Boy Color, Virtual Console, XBLA, PSN, iOS, Android

May's pick by ChrisHaha2049 -

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Sengoku Blade (1996 Psikyo)

Ports: Arcade, Sega Saturn (Japan), Playstation 2 (Japan & Europe)

June's pick by noiseredux -

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Triggerheart Exelica (2007 Warashi)

Ports: Arcade, Dreamcast (Japan), Playstation 2 (Japan), XBLA

July's pick by ExedExes -

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Side Arms (1986 Capcom)

Ports: Arcade, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine CD, DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Playstation 2, Xbox, PSP, Xbox 360, PS3

August's pick by mjmjr25 -

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Progear (2001 Cave)

Ports: Arcade

September's pick by foxhound1022 -

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Aero Fighters 2 (1994 Video System)

Ports: Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD

October's pick by TSTR -

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Blazing Lazers (1989 Compile)

Ports: Turbografx-16, Virtual Console, PSN

For November, mjmjr25 will be heading up the RB STGT for its 4th successful year (tournament open to all RB members)

December's pick by dsheinem -

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Boogie Wings (1992 Data East)

Ports: Arcade

I'm liking this calendar a lot. Lots of old school represented here, as well as good stuff from Cave and even a few I've never played before!

Job well done, community!
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by TSTR Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:03 pm

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Looking good! Can't wait to dig in.
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by Tiduas Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:01 pm

So many games that I haven't heard about, but many of them looks really fun. Really looking forward to be able to play the games with you all. :)
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by alienjesus Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:47 am

ExedExes wrote:April's game with Together Retro -
R-Type (1987 Irem)

July's pick by ExedExes -
Side Arms (1986 Capcom)

August's pick by mjmjr25 -
Progear (2001 Cave)

October's pick by TSTR -
Blazing Lazers (1989 Compile)

December's pick by dsheinem
Boogie Wings (1992 Data East)


Hey, there's a few here I'd definitely be up for joining in on this year. I have Side Arms Special and Blazing Lazers, I'll be picking up R-Type, I adore ProGear (having played it in an Arcade a few times) enough to actually try emulating it for this, and I've always been interested in trying Boogie Wings.
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by retrosportsgamer Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:23 am

Awesome list - noise's pick is a nice lead for a XBLA purchase.

Wanted to note as another avenue - Side Arms (original arcade) is on the Capcom Arcade Cabinet (PS3, 360).
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by ExedExes Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:17 pm

alienjesus wrote:Hey, there's a few here I'd definitely be up for joining in on this year. I have Side Arms Special and Blazing Lazers, I'll be picking up R-Type, I adore ProGear (having played it in an Arcade a few times) enough to actually try emulating it for this, and I've always been interested in trying Boogie Wings.

We'd love to have you join us! I'm liking the old-school emphasis this year. I also feel that we have a wider range of developers here as compared to the past 2 years. My boys did well!

retrosportsgamer wrote:Wanted to note as another avenue - Side Arms (original arcade) is on the Capcom Arcade Cabinet (PS3, 360).

It's got a ton of ports and it's good to see 2 more. I'll make a change to the OP.
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by EllertMichael Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:02 am

Great calendar, fellas!

ExedExes wrote:My boys did well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N6EecRJu60
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by Nyukki Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:11 am

Thanks Exed, looking forward to it!
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Re: SOTM 2016 Calendar Reveal

by alienjesus Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:39 am

ExedExes wrote:
alienjesus wrote:Hey, there's a few here I'd definitely be up for joining in on this year. I have Side Arms Special and Blazing Lazers, I'll be picking up R-Type, I adore ProGear (having played it in an Arcade a few times) enough to actually try emulating it for this, and I've always been interested in trying Boogie Wings.

We'd love to have you join us! I'm liking the old-school emphasis this year. I also feel that we have a wider range of developers here as compared to the past 2 years. My boys did well!


Of note, 4 of those 5 are horizontal scrolling shooters.

Maybe they're just more welcoming to outsiders than verts?

Or maybe it's just more stuff that has console ports and I got lucky, I dunno.
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by hashiriya1 Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:32 am

Oh man, I gotta wait a year for Boogie Wings. :(
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