Akai Katana shmups its way to retailers today

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The shoot 'em up, or "shump" as all the cool kids say, is one of the oldest genres of videogame out there with roots stretching all the way back to the arcade classic Defender.  And for me, Defender was the last shump I was any good at.  Even this Akai Katana tutorial video is enough to make my nose bleed and send me under my desk to hide from all the colors.

Akai Katana is Rising Star Games's very first North American release, and just to ensure nothing gets lost in translation, this tutorial video is literally the most literal tutorial video I've ever seen.

Akai Katana is available starting today exclusively for the Xbox 360 console.  To learn more, follow the jump.


Rising Star Games' Ships First U.S. Title

TORRANCE, Calif. -- May 15, 2012 -- Buckle up, flyers...it's time for take-off! Rising Star Games, Inc. today announced that its action-packed shmup (shoot 'em up) arcade game Akai Katana has shipped to retailers nationwide. Released exclusively for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Akai Katana places gamers in a parallel world resembling Japan's Taisho period.

"As our first North American title, Akai Katana solidifies our global position in the interactive entertainment industry," said Martin Defries, president of Rising Star Games. "The support from fans and the community, combined with our future plans has been fantastic to see as the newest publisher on the block.'' 

Akai Katana puts the sword in players' hands as they take on a tyrannical empire of bloodshed to restore peace and order to the world they once knew. Presented in stunning HD graphics and featuring three gameplay modes, Akai Katana provides a true side-scrolling experience with the adrenaline-filled action that fans of the genre have come to expect.

Akai Katana features include:
·       Gorgeous hand-drawn artwork

·       Full HD 16:9 support

·       Three modes of gameplay
o   Origin (Arcade)

o   Slash

o   Climax

·       Fully animated UI

·       Original Arcade settings (optional) for an authentic experience

·       Online leaderboards and replays

·       Local two-player co-op

·       Frantic 'bullet hell' action

Developed by CAVE Interactive and published by Rising Star Games, Akai Katana is currently available for $39.99 at retailers nationwide. The game is also available for £29.99 in Europe. Akai Katana is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and is available exclusively on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.

For more information on Akai Katana, visit: http://www.akaikatana.com/

About Rising Star Games
Rising Star Games is a video games publisher for Microsoft Xbox 360®, Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo Wii™, Sony PlayStation 3™ and Sony PlayStation Portable™. Rising Star Games is now in its eighth year of trading and has published nearly 100 titles. Their portfolio in PAL territories includes popular franchises and original gaming properties such as BIT.TRIP, Harvest Moon, Little King's Story, No More Heroes and THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII. In January 2012 Rising Star Games opened an operation in California, USA, which will publish titles for the American and Canadian markets, bringing decades of combined experience, unique knowledge and a genuine passion for interactive entertainment to a larger Western audience.

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