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Switch Retro Spotlight: S.C.A.T.

Get ready for some Action in New York

A.J. Maciejewski

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There are plenty of superb shmups for Nintendo Switch so let's join the Special Cybernetic Attack Team and fight some dastardly aliens.

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team is a classic NES game that's available with a basic Nintendo Switch Online subscription. 🎮

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Shooting backwards? That's awfully tricky!

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team originally released for NES back in 1990 and considering it's such a hard-to-find cartridge, the fact that it's available with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is just awesome. One thing that's surprising about it is that it was developed by Natsume because they certainly weren't known for their shoot 'em ups. Heck, the only other shmup I can think of that they made is Abadox and that one is almost unplayable as it's relentlessly and absurdly difficult. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Thankfully, S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team is a much more manageable experience but it definitely isn't easy. You start by choosing either Arnold or Sigourney which I still think is hilarious then once you start playing, you'll be delighted by its core gameplay. As the stages automatically scroll, you can fly your character wherever as well as aim left or right. What makes it special is that you tap a button to have 2 option satellites move around your character then tap the button again to lock them in place. This mechanic is intuitive and allows you to focus your firepower in whichever direction you want. Of course, you could always just let them keep moving as your shots fire all over but having that lack of direction will make concentrating your shots on tougher foes much more challenging. 😅

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team Review

This clever gameplay mechanic is similar to Capcom's 1988 arcade hit Forgotten Worlds which you can play via Capcom Arcade Stadium and it's truly quite impressive how well they handled it in S.C.A.T. seeing as it was made for NES which only has 2 face buttons. Anyway, to make the gameplay even more diverse, you can collect 3 other weapons that are actually stronger in the form of a wide shot, laser, and bomb. These will come in handy when you're traversing the trickier stages and fighting the inventive assortment of bosses. 💥

I should mention that S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team features simultaneous multiplayer for 2 players which is great considering many other NES games force you to take turns. This is especially cool because you can play online thanks to this Nintendo Switch port so if you have a distant chum who also digs shoot 'em ups then this will be an excellent choice for your next gaming session. 🧑‍🤝‍🧑

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The first boss of any horizontal shmup is bound to look something like this

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team is one of the most underrated shoot 'em ups ever made so check it out and let me know what you think. If you want to play it with me, leave your friend code in the comments and perhaps we can fight some aliens together. 👾

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