Europe getting "ultimate" Deathsmiles

Deluxe Edition packs in extras.

The "ultimate" version of mental Japanese shmup Deathsmiles will launch in Europe early 2011, publisher Rising Star Games has said.

Deathsmiles Deluxe Edition exclusive to PAL territories includes the complete version of the game, the Mega Black DLC (an expanded version of the game with special features, an additional stage and an extra playable character), a desktop accessory pack and the original soundtrack.

The Cave-developed shooter features three modes: Arcade (original Arcade game), Xbox 360 (Arcade conversion) and Version 1.1 (conversion designed specifically for the Xbox 360).

There's also a two-player co-op mode playable locally or online over Xbox Live.

Deathsmiles is based around witches on broomsticks rather than spaceships. Pick a lady and begin, blasting hordes of enemies that come from both sides of the screen with rapid-fire spells. That means you'll be shooting behind you as well as in front. Luckily, you'll have a bit of help: each witch will have a familiar (pet) that flies along with them. It was released three years ago in Japanese arcades.

New screens are below.

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