We’re getting another Arcade Archives release on Switch tomorrow, as the Japan-only platformer Yokai Dochuki is the next game to launch in the series, but with a slightly different name in the West, however — Shadowland.
Originally released in arcades in 1987, the game sees you platforming through jigoku (essentially, hell or purgatory) to reach Yama, the Buddhist deity who will determine your final fate. There are five levels to play through, and all of them are based on different regions within jigoku. You can fire spirit energy bullets — ki — at your enemies and run and jump your way through each level. Shadowland truly embraces its mythology and Buddhist inspirations.
One interesting thing about the game is that there are five different endings. Which ending you get depends on how much money you collect and how many enemies you’ve killed. Later versions of the game allow you to track your “good deeds” with a bar that you can use to see what ending you might get at the end. However, this is unlikely to make it into this release, as this will be based on the original arcade game.
Arcade Archives Shadowland drops on the eShop tomorrow, 28th April, and as with the rest of the series, it will cost $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29. Take a look at the gameplay below, and let us know whether you’ll be grabbing this for the digital collection in the comments!