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‘Touhou Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax’ Getting a Physical Release on Switch

  • Pre-orders for the game opens today.
  • Over 70 music tracks to listen to.
  • Limited edition comes with goodies.


It was announced in Japan during the Autumn Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai 2019, which you can watch here, that Area Zero will be releasing a physical version of Touhou Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax for Nintendo Switch. It’ll come in two versions, a standard and a limited, and pre-orders opened up today. Touhou Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax is currently available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. In Japan, a PS Vita version was released.

If you opt for the limited edition, it’ll include 10 new songs that will be redeemed through a code and 20 songs arranged of Touhou popular music. You’ll also get the Touhou Kuenka -FINALE- which features 10 tracks of new battle songs to listen to. To me, the best part of this edition is the inclusion of the Touhou Kuengarou -COMPLETE-, which is a 60 page art book for fans to enjoy.

You’ll get to rule the sky of Touhou Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax with bombardments and music. The roster has 20 playable characters, but each one has two styles of play, opening the roster to really feel as if there are 40 characters. Gameplay is frenetic, with anime school girls flying around in the sky firing kamehameha waves at each other. Rokugen Alice, A-One, BUTAOTOME, and other famous Japanese doujin artists contribute to the game’s over 70 tracks. More are available as DLC. The game uses what is called a Fired-up Battle System which has abilities change depending on the song playing.

Gameplay offers a variety of game modes for you to enjoy this arena aerial fighter. You have the traditional Arcade Mode, where you’ll go through each of the character’s story. Sky Adventure sees you fight through branching series of battles in order to earn Reigyoku, these are boosts that are equipped to fighters. Survival Mode has you fighting as many enemies as possible until you’re defeated. Battle Mode lets you face off against the PC, or up to four players locally. Online takes things up a notch and allows up to eight players to fight one another through connecting nearby Switches. You’ll have plenty to do in this game and trying out the fighters and learning them is the best aspect of it.

Physical collectors who also love fighting games will know that this is a great announcement. To stay up to date on the game, make sure to follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website. If you do not want to wait for the physical release, you can pick it up on the eShop here.