Bangai-O Spirits (バンガイオー魂 Bangaiō Supirittsu) is an action game for the Nintendo DS, and the sequel to Bangai-O which was released on the Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast.
Bangai-O Spirits is a side-scrolling shooting game with free-scrolling levels that extend horizontally and vertically. The player controls a robot with the ability to fly, but is still affected by gravity. He has seven weapons to choose from, and can perform melee attacks using a baseball bat or sword.
The game has 160 levels, and features a level editor to create more. Edited levels can be encoded in a sound that can be recorded with a computer and shared between players. This technology was inspired by the datacasettes used by some older computers, including the Sharp X1 on which Matsumoto learned to program.
The player is able to choose two weapons from a list that includes various missiles, melee weapons, and a defensive shield.
The player is also able to choose two EX weapons from a list of homing, napalm, rebound, break, direction, reflector, and freeze. The use of the EX Attack unleashes loads of missiles. More missiles will be fired the longer one charges the attack, and the closer one is to enemy projectiles. The exception is the freeze EX Attack, which "freezes" the screen, but this is still affected by the amount of projectiles en route to the player. The direction EX attack sends all of the attack at a single enemy, while the reflector EX attack reflects all the enemy fire.
Also added is the ability for the player to dash. While dashing the player moves forward faster than normal and is able to both damage and travel through enemies and scenery but cannot fire.
A new defensive skill is the ability to knockback enemies and objects. The bat, dash, and reflect EX are the only ways to knockback enemies. Enemies that are knockedback can knockback other enemies which could cascade into a very large and damaging "wave" of knockedback enemies.
Developer(s) Treasure Co. Ltd
Publisher(s) JP ESP Software
NA D3 Publisher
AUS AFA Interactive
Designer(s) Yoshiyuki Matsumoto
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) JP March 19, 2008
NA August 12, 2008
PAL August 29, 2008
Genre(s) "Missile Action"
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone 10+
Input methods D-Pad, buttons, touch screen
Media - NDS ROM (.nds)
Language - ENG