Feature: ‘Arcade Perfect’ Be Damned: R-Type DX Is Still Portable Perfection

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R-Type may be 34 years old but the beyond-enthusiastic reception for R-Type Final 2‘s Kickstarter proved Irem’s long-running series is much more than a nostalgic memory held close by a few greying fans, or vintage shmup still hazily respected from a great distance. R-Type can still generate hype and open up wallets; the thought of more was enough to see the game’s Kickstarter campaign raise double (and then some) its initial funding goal. The series is an evergreen classic and rightfully so, and one that has at times made a happy home for itself on Nintendo hardware, with the arguable highlight landing on an unexpected format: the humble Game Boy Color.

1999’s R-Type DX was an ambitious project from the start, cramming the two original Game Boy ports into one cartridge and not only colourising but also enhancing both (make sure you take a minute to enjoy the new and more arcade-accurate intro used in the colour version of R-Type II), and then combining these new portable takes on two arcade legends into one epic shmup package. DX never aimed to be anything less than the most definitive handheld experience you could possibly have with these titans of the genre; a small squarish black cartridge that left you wanting nothing else other than an infinite supply of AA batteries and a long sunny day.

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