BATSUGUN Saturn Tribute Boosted announced


City Connection has announced BATSUGUN Saturn Tribute Boosted for PC and consoles, the latest in their classic game re-releases.

The first in their Saturn Tribute Boosted series, BATSUGUN Saturn Tribute Boosted is launching on May 25th worldwide for Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Switch, and PS4.

BATSUGUN was the last game developed by Toaplan, and was originally released back in 1993 for arcades and was later ported to the Sega Saturn.

Here’s a rundown on the new re-release, plus its first trailer:


A Toaplan classic is back! Batsugun is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game released in 1993 by Toaplan.

The game attracted attention for the large number of bullets shot by both enemies and allies. This led many games to adopt the same kind of play. Batsugun thus became the pioneer of the bullet hell genre. The “Special” version of the game was then released on home consoles. The Special version offers new features with a better sound.

Basic rules

The player can choose between 3 types of aircraft. The goal is to destroy all approaching enemies with your shot and bombs.

By doing so, you can collect power-ups and experience points. When the experience gauge reaches a certain point, the player’s aircraft evolves and become more powerful.

There is no difference between the types of aircraftin terms of performance, but the aircraft changes between Player 1 and 2. Likewise, the dialogues and endings change according to the pilot you choose.

  • About “Original Ver.” mode – This is the original arcade version of the game. The game consists of five stages with one ending.
  • About “Special Ver.” mode – The Special Ver. mode is a revised mode of the game. The balance is better and various features have been added. The game repeats itself from stage 1 to stage 5 (14 stages total).


This title is the first installment of the new “Saturn Tribute Boosted” brand, which is a port and reproduction of the previous “Saturn Tribute” series using the Zebra engine, but with more new features and additional elements. The “Boost Up HUD” is a new UI that displays the experience gauge, the current score (+hidden bonuses), and the title of the BGM currently playing. The game also features an online ranked mode and the maximum score has been increased for more challenges.


The far reaches of a distant universe…There was a revolution on one of its planets.

The Gladebaran Revolutionary Army, which rebelled against the government, finally started Project Epsilon.” In just nine days, the Revolutionary Army conquered all the government bases.

They will do anything to achieve their plan… The government forces no longer had the strength to stand up to the Revolutionary Army. “At this rate, we’ll all be slaughtered…?”

Just when everyone was about to lose hope, the government received an urgent message. Coincidentally, one of the latest special fighters was still in the undersea base, undamaged from Project Epsilon.

This is the only way… The government chose the Skull Hornets group from the remaining troops and start their final operation to save the world.

But little did they know that the Revolutionary Army was listening to their conversation. And so, the Skull Hornets group headed for the secret undersea base…followed by the Revolutionary Army.

A fierce battle for the fate of the world is about to begin…

English trailer

Japanese trailer

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