Back in 2004, CAVE released the manic shooter Mushihimesama (Bug Princess translated) into arcades to a warm reception from shmup fans, and two years later released a sequel called Mushihimesama Futari, which was also ported to Xbox 360 in 2009. Then, as most of you probably know, an iOS spinoff based on the Mushihimesama series called Mushihimesama Bug Panic [$6.99/Lite] was released late last year to critical acclaim. It wasn't the typical CAVE scrolling shooter, and instead was more of a dual-stick action game with similar bullet hell craziness and over-the-top enemies.

Today, CAVE has released a teaser video for their new forthcoming iOS game, and it looks like they're going back to that original title from 2004 Mushihimesama and bringing it to the App Store as Bug Princess this winter.

We don't have many solid details on Bug Princess just yet, but based on CAVE's previous iOS efforts you can bet that there will be all sorts of additional functionality over the original game, like the retooled "smartphone" modes in their other shooters. What we do know is that the game will require at least 3rd generation hardware, which is expected by now from a CAVE release, and that the game is scheduled to launch "winter 2011". While winter is a vague timeframe, the good news is that there's really only about a month and a half left in 2011, so as long as they stay on schedule we should be playing Bug Princess on our iPhones and iPod touches in the next several weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

    I wish they had kept the game's name in romanji. =/ After all, mushihime-sama is a well established and recognized name... in the world of bullet hell games that is.

    The title 'Bug Princess' has a rather juvenile feel to it, but I suppose it is all good if the port is great.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6K5MM7TCT7B42G2YF56OZOT4ZY Im not

      Well the JP version will still be called 虫姫さま, so if you're a total weeaboo you could buy that.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    You just know when you call your game Bug Princess, you're appealing to all those.... tens ... of female gamers.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares about the name; it's fucking Mushihimesama on the iPhone!

  • Anonymous

    I woke in the morning.
    I went to google news.
    I saw there was 1 RSS feed from CaveWorld.
    I began watching the youtube video.
    I heard the music.
    I smiled.
    I am buying this . . . as I have done with all their danmaku shooting ports so far.

  • http://twitter.com/christianvogel Christian Vogel

    I love Cave's shooters but could not really get on with Bug Princess, because of the controls. It controls as well as it possibly could on an iPhone or iPad, but there just is not the perfect synergy with the touch screen that their bullet hell shooters provide.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Good luck. The hardest bullet hell boss is in this game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQZuidKexBQ 

    • Anonymous

      That's Mushihimesama Futari. :) The port is of the original Mushihimesama. And I still don't think Larsa beats Zatsuza... ;)