Review: Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha (Nintendo Switch)

Bring the arcade home by blasting through these shooters vertically in the popular ‘TATE’ mode for the ultimate shoot-’em-up experience.


  • Combination of retro and modern graphics.
  • 617mb download size.
  • English and Japanese voice options.
  • Six games- Strikers 1945, Strikers 1945 2, Strikers 1945 3, Sol Divide, Dragon Blaze and Zero Gunner 2.
  • Supports screen rotation including tate (portrait) mode.
  • Text-original or new style.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Change controller orientation to match the screen rotation.
  • CRT effect filter–On/off.
  • All seeings are independent of each game.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Excellent piece of history.
  • Bullet hell elements.
  • Nice variety of the genre.
  • Difficult.
  • A handful of difficulties for each game.
  • Arcade presentation.


  • No touchscreen support.
  • No leaderboard support.
  • Difficult.
  • The slight learning curve in terms of new players learning the mechanics.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


I have said many times that I am recently converted to the way of the Shmup. Getting my hands on this collection allowed me to expand even further into the genre. I loved the variety and how each game played differently. The love gone into making it play no matter how you want to is worth mentioning. It has tate mode but also allows you to keep the Joycons attached and instead of claw hands the button layout changes with the screen, this needs to be the new de facto thing. The games themselves are an absolute blast to play, some age better than others I think but I wouldn’t kick any of them out of the collection and highly rate this for nostalgia and new players alike.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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