Tempest 4000 is coming to Nintendo Switch next month

There is a storm brewing…

One of the best arcade shooters of all time, Atari Stormwill come back to life next month, when the hyper-kinetic Storm 4000 is coming to Nintendo Switch. Llamasoft’s compelling sequel will be available to download from Nintendo eShop from March 22.

Storm 4000 is the latest iteration of the legendary shmup series, first designed by Dave Theurer in 1981. Just like the legendary 1994 release from Llamasoft Storm 2000, Storm 4000 retains the series’ signature “in-screen” gameplay, while sprucing up the audio/visual with a psychedelic color palette and bass-enhanced dance soundtrack. The trailer above – which asks you to “Feed Your Head on the Web” and “Eat Electric Death” – showcases the flashy new iteration in all its daytime glory.

For the uninitiated, Storm sees the player controlling a somewhat creepy claw-like ship around a series of strange geometric combat zones, blaster-laden with a variety of enemies as they weave their way through infrastructure. From a design perspective, Storm was light years ahead of its time in 1981, and has frantic, fast-paced, and precise gameplay that’s as engaging today as it was over 40 years ago. If you haven’t checked yet Storm 4000maybe take a look at this port when it arrives on March 22 on Nintendo Switch and the Atari VCS… Yes, it’s out.

Storm 4000 is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam).

Chris Moise

Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former master of Saturday night slam. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse

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