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Earth Defense Force (not that one) is this week's Arcade Archives release

September 20, 2020 1 min read

It's shmup news a-plenty this week, as the latest Arcade Archives release from the retro fans over at Hamster is none other than Jaleco's early '90s endeavour Earth Defense Force, which is now available to download on Nintendo Switch.

Released in arcades in 1991, before later being re-imagined for the SNES, Earth Defense Force is a horizontally scrolling intergalactic shmup, set in that narrative staple of 20XX. Players pilot a state-of-the-art ship through a number of stages, taking on the invading Azyma Empire and its devastating master vessel, the Orbital Satellite Buster.

Check out the action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Martinoz.

Earth Defense Force (not that one) is this week's Arcade Archives release screenshot

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