PC, Switch

Released all of the way back in 2001, Ikaruga from programmer Treasure and writer SEGA in recent years since was considered as one of the most difficult greats for its shoot ’em up genre, and it seems that the studio is currently working its way to bringing the traditional on-the-go.

Developer Treasure shared an image on its official Twitter account of what appears to be   Ikaruga operating on the Nintendo Switch, with the game displayed in the conventional horizontal format to your machine and at a vertical orientation which’s accurate to the format and design of the original game as it first launched in arcades and on succeeding platforms later.

Alongside a picture of this game running on the system, Treasure stated that although the game (thus far) appears to operate well in the machine’s default configuration, the studio said that the vertical orientation appears to still require work to execute correctly.

While this isn’t quite a confirmation yet of the game publishing on the machine any time soon, it’s nonetheless reassuring to watch Treasure working on adapting Ikaruga for the Switch, and hopefully we’ll get verification of its launch for the system sometime in the near future.

Ikaruga initially released in arcades in December 2001, and was released subsequently on Dreamcast, GameCube, and Xbox 360 from the years since, with its most recent launch being on PC in 2014.

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