This week sees retro publisher Hamster drop another very obscure shmup onto Nintendo Switch, as Jaleco's older-than-old-school space shooter Exerion is this week's Arcade Archive release, and now available to download from the Nintendo Store.
Released in arcades back in 1983, Exerion was a surprisingly deep game from a technical standpoint, which experimented with both parallax scrolling, depth-of-field, and inertia mechanics considered fairly advanced for the era. Players shoot down waves of enemies while gliding over the surface of strange planets. Though the small vessel can be moved through the entire screen, the ship can only shoot northwards, at times requiring some tricky negotiation to get safely in front of your target.
You can check out a video of the game in action below, courtesy of YouTuber Snake Latino.