Wii U SHMUP Gaiabreaker Possibly Headed West

Last generation, the 360 dominated the SHMUP market. With titles such as Deathsmiles, Mushihimesama Futari, Espgaluda and of course DoDonPachi, Microsoft’s console was home to some fantastic shoot’em ups. While this new generation is still very young, those of us in the SHMUP community have been wondering just which system will step up as the successor to the 360’s extensive library. Although it’s still far too early to tell just which way the pendulum will swing, it’s not stopping Nintendo and Ubiquitous Entertainment from possibly bringing over the Wii U’s first shoot’em up to Western shores.

Gaiabreaker was released last December in Japan for Nintendo’s latest console, but upon its release, no one really talked about it much. Since the Wii U is a region-locked machine, most SHMUP-heads never got their hands on the game, unless they lived in Japan or imported a system. Perhaps knowing that this niche market has yet to be tapped in this new generation, the big wigs at Ubiquitous decided that bringing Gaia to North America could be enough to catch some folks’ attentions. While nothing has been confirmed by the developer, it would seem that Gaiabreaker being rated by Australia’s Classification Board is indication enough to give those of us in the US hope.

For those who aren’t aware, Gaiabreaker is a vertical-scrolling shooter and also one of the very few games on the Wii U that takes advantage of the console’s HTML5/JaveScript Engine — something that normally would only be seen in some kind of doujin title. Nevertheless, be on the lookout for more news and a hard confirmation once it comes down the pipe. In the meantime, check out Gaia’s gameplay below.