[Nintendo Switch] SHINORUBI Review

by EdEN, Owner

SHINORUBI from Last Boss 88 and Red Art Games is a challenging bullet hell shoot ‘em up on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our SHINORUBI review!


SHINORUBI from Last Boss 88 and Red Art Games is a challenging bullet hell shoot ‘em up on Nintendo Switch. It’s a shmup of the vertical variety with a 16:9 presentation, which means that there are going to be a ton of bullets flying in from all over the place. As for the game’s premise, it goes a little something like this: A powerful compound was discovered many, many moons ago. It can only be obtained in the whole universe in one place. Yes, you guessed it. It was found on the titular planet. This compound gives its owner infinite power and great longevity, which is why the BAAA family has ruled over SHINORUBI for a thousand years.

Its ruler, King R. LOYD III, has six sons and a daughter. The King and his sons left 150 years ago to go to war against the TRADDESS and ZOOGT empires, a battle taking place lightyears away from planet SHINORUBI. NEMEZIYA BAÄA, the King’s only daughter, is the one left behind to rule over the planet thanks to the help of five powerful generals loyal to the royal family. Eight mercenaries will try to overthrow the kingdom, and you’ll be taking on the role of one of said eight mercenaries.

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Each one will pilot a different spaceship, and each of those spaceships will have different values for you to consider for speed, power, and shot cover. Your options are Gammary, Darkkaen, Vippyer, Optopsy, Boombee, D-Control, Scratcher, and Double-X. Gammary is the most balanced of the bunch. Darkkaen favors power over speed. Vippyer goes all-in for power and has solid speed but low shot cover. Optopsy has a high shot cover and lower shield and power. Boombee has a ton of power and shot cover but a much lower speed. D-Control has very high speed and shot cover but low power. Scratcher has a lower shot cover in order to have higher speed and power. As for Double-X, it forgoes power and shot cover for a boost in speed.


You’ll control your ship with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you shoot with the B button, which is conveniently mapped to auto-shoot. The Y button will activate your laser, which will concentrate and focus your attack power while slowing down your ship. The always classic bomb that will deal considerable damage to enemies and bosses while also removing all bullets from the screen will be activated by pressing the A button.

Scoring in SHIBORUBI is based on a medal system. What this means is that if you want to truly boost your overall score, you’re going to have to collect as many medals as possible. Oh, and you know, don’t die, and don’t use a bomb! The higher your combo and the more medals you collect, the bigger the payoff will be. You can fill up the Fever bar by getting good so that you can activate Fever to generate purple stars and further increase your score.

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You can play this one in one of four different difficulty settings: Super Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard. Super Easy is a good option for those of you who are new to shoot ‘em ups and bullet hells since it will allow you to get a better feel for what the game will throw at you. Easy is a good starting point for gamers who have some shoot ‘em up experience. Normal is the standard difficulty setting, balanced to be as challenging as possible for those with some more experience with the genre. Hard dials things up to 11, and any mistake you make will be your doom. As for Very Hard, it’s reserved for bullet hell veterans looking for a solid challenge.


Along with the main mode, SHINORUBI also features additional options. You can take on Boss Rush Mode, which, as expected, will have you fighting against the bosses as you try to see how good you really are. Boss Rush Mode is available in Easy, Normal, and Very Hard difficulties. There’s also a pair of options that the game calls Caravan Stage 2 and Caravan Stage 5. Each one will take place in the corresponding level and will give you two minutes to get the best score possible without using bombs or Fever.

Shield Mode will require you to protect your ship by staying behind a shield that will stop all bullets. Another one is Cancel Mode, which asks that you defeat red-flying enemies to void all bullets. You could also try out Super Rank Mode, which will allow you to choose your difficulty rank by shooting at enemies and filling up the Super Rank Gauge, which will increase how many points you can get while also boosting the overall challenge. Journey Mode will have you taking on the whole game in order for you to try to complete 3 full loops, with each one increasing the overall difficulty.

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There’s also the Scratch Mode, in which the closer you get to enemy shots, the bigger a boost to your scratch point multiplier, with the aim being to keep it as close to max as possible. Pink Pig Mode will have you trying to catch all pigs, especially those of a pink color. None of the pigs better escape from you! The last one is Laser/Shot Mode. You’ll be asked to choose between your regular shot or the laser, and you can only defeat enemies if you are in the correct attack mode.


SHINORUBI is a challenging bullet hell shoot ‘em up on Nintendo Switch. As one of eight mercenaries, your mission will be to defeat all five generals so that you can overthrow the BAAA family, which has ruled over the titular planet for over 1,000 years thanks to the power of the special compound found there so many centuries ago. In my experience, the game ran at a better framerate and had a better feel when playing in Portable or Tabletop mode compared to having it feel a bit chopped when in docked mode. SHIBORUBI is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This SHINORUBI review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Red Art Games.

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