Gaming History 101

Know Your Roots

Podcast: What the Shmup

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One of the oldest and most popular genres in gaming is the “shoot-em-up” or “shmup” for short.  Whether you’re a space ship, a young girl, or even a winged pod the basic goal is to navigate the screen, rack up points, and don’t die.  Fred and Jam dive into the origins of the shmup, the sub-genres that exist, and some of their personal favorites.


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  1. Uh oh. It’s me again and you know what that means… Yes. Time for one of my patented corrections for long running small errors!
    Ready? Okay… here we go…
    The SNES game was not Lylat Wars. It never had that name. In UKland, the original was known as… Starwing. There were license issues in the UK over the existing title Starfox on the microcomputers;
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfox
    And the boxart;

    And I remain envious of that Starfox 2 repro cart Fred. I was a huge fan of the original and still have the “certificate” from participating in the pre launch “Starwing Challenge”, along with a lot of old issues of Total! magazine and a few others with all the coverage of Starfox 2.

    Stalkid64

    March 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  2. Uh oh. It’s me again and you know what that means… Yes. Time for one of my patented corrections for long running small errors!
    Ready? Okay… here we go…
    The SNES game was not Lylat Wars. It never had that name. In UKland, the original was known as… Starwing. There were license issues in the UK over the existing title Starfox on the microcomputers;
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfox
    And the boxart;

    And I remain envious of that Starfox 2 repro cart Fred. I was a huge fan of the original and still have the “certificate” from participating in the pre launch “Starwing Challenge”, along with

    Stalkid64

    March 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    • Oh wow, I’m super envious of your “Starwing Challenge” box. That’s awesome.

      Fred Rojas

      April 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm


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