Steel Empire port lands on Nintendo Switch in 2023

Jerry on 2022-09-04
Publisher Mebius Games has announced a port of Steel Empire for Nintendo Switch, scheduled for release in 2023. The upcoming Switch edition is based on the updated resolution and controls of the remaster for Nintendo 3DS and Windows.

Developed by Hot-B under lead game designer Yoshinori Satake, Steel Empire depicts a fantasy vision of the 19th century—an "Age of Steel" dominated by limitless steam engine technology. The steampunk-themed sidescrolling shoot-em-up first appeared on the Sega Mega Drive in 1992, spanning seven intricately designed stages and high energy boss fights.

Steel Empire is currently available for Nintendo 3DS and Windows through Steam. Konami will showcase the title at the 2022 Tokyo Game Show as part of their parter title lineup. Music for the game is by Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera, and Isao Mizoguchi.

From the product page:
Choose to fly one of two classes of fighter aircraft: the Etopirica (ET-02R), a small and a fast plane, or the Zappellon, a slower but more resistant zeppelin. You fly in only one direction, but you can fire from behind as well as ahead. Levels are divided into a few stages to complete, each with their own boss before moving onto the next level. After a level is complete, you can change your craft, watch a replay, continue the game in your current craft, or save your progress.

During the game there is a certain number of lives and continues at your disposal. Once the health bar is depleted, a life is lost with a play continuing normally. If all lives are used, you can hit a continue, which will restart at either the beginning or midpoint of a stage depending on how far you were. When all continues are expended, the game is over. To increase your firepower, collect powerups such as experience points, health, bombs or additional lives.
Nintendo - Steel Empire for Nintendo 3DS