Twisted Yet Silly Japanese Shmup “Black Bird” Now Available for Switch

Indie Japanese developer Onion Games has released their wacky and yet grim shoot ’em up Black Bird.

The twisted shooter is now available for Nintendo Switch, via the eShop. A Windows PC (via Steam) release is planned to come shortly.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the game’s release – we’ll have a proper review for it up soon and have a livestream planned for the title, stay tuned!

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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