Hamster has announced that the next title coming to the Arcade Archives series is Metal Hawk, a multidirectional shooter arcade game originally released by Namco back in 1988. The game will be released on Nintendo Switch on December 22nd, 2022, priced at $7.99.

About the game (via Wikipedia):

Metal Hawk is a multi-directional shooter video game, described as a cross between Namco’s own Assault and Sega’s Thunder Blade.[1] Assuming control of the titular attack helicopter, the player is tasked with scoring a certain number of points in each level before the countdown timer runs out. Gameplay involves shooting down enemies and avoiding collision with either their projectiles or the ground below. The Metal Hawk is equipped with a machine gun for destroying air-based enemies and air-to-surface missiles for destroying ground-based enemies. Enemies awards points when destroyed, and earning the required number of points will allow the player to progress to the next level. An arrow icon will point in the direction of the nearest enemy. The Metal Hawk can change its altitude via a throttle lever attached to the arcade cabinet, allowing it to either rise higher into the air or lower towards the ground, which is used for destroying air and ground-based enemies. The map rotates around the player, who remains in the center of the screen at all times, a concept previously used in Assault.

You can take a look at a gameplay video for the arcade version of the game below.

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1+ y ago

Last weeks Arcade Archives game hasn't even released outside of japan yet, for some reason.