1986 arcade classic KiKi KaiKai returns on Nintendo Switch

March 14, 2020 1 min read

The week's Arcade Archives release from publisher Hamster may not be one of the most successful coin-op releases, but its certainly one of the most intriguing, as Taito's Japan-centric shmup KiKi KaiKai returns on Nintendo Switch.

Released in arcades way back in 1986, KiKi KaiKai is a top-down shooter set in feudal Japan, and sees a young shrine maiden, "Sayo-chan", bravely battle across the countryside on a quest to save the Seven Lucky Gods - spirited away by a troublesome band of Yokai monsters.

The player guides Sayo-chan through both vertical-and-horizontally scrolling stages, warding off waves of ghosts and demons with her magic scrolls and purification rod, before taking on powerful boss characters. Hidden power-ups can also be found to aid Sayo-chan in her journey. You can check out KiKi KaiKai in action in the trailer below.

1986 arcade classic KiKi KaiKai returns on Nintendo Switch screenshot

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