Quirky Yet Twisted Japanese Shmup “Black Bird” for Switch Launches October 18 in Japan

Indie Japanese developer Onion Games has announced the release date for their upcoming shoot ’em up, Black Bird.

The quirky yet twisted shmup will launch for Nintendo Switch on October 18th in Japan, via the eShop. Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the game’s release date.

While the PC version and international Switch versions weren’t dated, Onion Games confirmed to Niche Gamer the game is currently being evaluated by Nintendo of America and Europe, but should be wrapped up soon and get proper release dates.

The game’s Steam page was also published, which you can find here.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

A bird of happiness, or fowl fortune? Feathers black, all lives consumed!

This is the tale of a young girl who dies one day on a street corner and is reborn as the ominous Black Bird. The bird is one of the great calamities, spoken of in the kingdom since ancient times.

Become the calamity, ‘Black Bird’, and destroy the kingdom

  • What fate awaits this girl-turned bird?
  • Will you, the Black Bird, destroy the world?
  • Will this lively, fun-filled kingdom tread the path to destruction?

Key Features:

  • A darkly humourous world, built with loving care, pixel by pixel.
    Visuals which recall a classic era of gaming portray a rich, picture book world.
    Completing each stage will reveal more of the mysteries which shroud the dark, fairytale-like exterior.
  • A unique audio/visual mix combined in an action-packed shooting game
    Your enemies’ movement synchronises with the operatic soundtrack, sung in a bizarre, fictional language, creating a truly unique experience.
  • 8 different endings!
    A high score is the key to the real ending and unlocking the story’s secrets.
    Your skill will guide how the story concludes; practice really does make perfect!
  • Extra Features Galore!
    Unlock True Mode after completing the game to see new enemies, hidden bonus characters and more!
    Learn the combo system, bomb system and hidden characters, then mix and match to find your own play style.
    When you’re confident, aim for the top of the leaderboards in Score Attack.


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