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Thursday, May 15th, 2008
4:20 pm - Looking for Writers...
tomb_raider198 I'm currently in the process of building a gaming review site, and looking for knowledgeable people to write a detailed review about Ikaruga for the Xbox 360..

If you are interested or you have questions or would like more information regarding what we are looking for and payment, please e-mail me.


Thank you.


Monday, May 8th, 2006
2:14 am

its been a while since i posted anything here.
hows everyone?
summer started for me and now i have more time to put back into games and other things.
well i was looking around youtube today and i searched for ikaruga
you guys who check other ikaruga forums might be aware of this but for those who arent.

click on these.



at first i thought it was a two player demo, but its an amazing display of ambidextrous play.

heres the link for other videos in there.


3 chain

Sunday, April 9th, 2006
2:44 pm - :o

Hullo folks, I'm Ian, and I'm an Ikaruga addict. :(

Owate that's a good thing. Either way, yeah. I've been playing Iky for a month or so now -- only like...17 hours logged/saved on my card, but I guess my progress is pretty good for that. With lots of help from the friendly folk at http://www.ikaruga.co.uk/ and the #ikaruga IRC channel on I forget what server, I've already managed almost 6 million on Arcade mode... 5.655.440 is my score to beat. I can do pretty well on both chapters 1 and 2, able to consistently get 80+ chain for each...but yeah, once I get past chapter 2, things get ugly. Surviving chapter 3 on one credit is something I just can't do. Between the tanks, Shigi, and that big donut of doom, I'll eat up another good six or seven lives at times. @_@ And I can even chain Shigi. I just can't survive him. :|

So, uh, hi. I'll let all the folk here know how a noob improves over time. I keep hitting walls, then bumping past...for example, my score-walls right now are surviving chapter three, and my inexplicable inability to keep a chain in chapter 2. If I could just not break chain, I'd easily be over 100c...

3 chain

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
7:59 am
corpselight Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to discover that this community obviously exists. So how many of you might be active? I know this game is somewhat old(2002 is old, in the gaming society) but good games never die. If they did, people still wouldn't be playing Halo, they'd all be playing Halo 2(halo sucks btw, hi) and I wouldn't be playing half of the old shmups from mid-late 1990's.

My incredibly wonderful max chain is 42. Funny that, since if anybody's read the Hichhiker's Guide to Galaxy(I said read, not seen) they'd know that number is pretty decent. Still, in the Ikaruga world, it's pathetic. I've only clocked in roughly about 2.8 hours, but I've seen probably twice that amount in videos(which somewhat helped, especially for timing in 3 and 4).

I'd also be interested in knowing what you guys play aside from this. I'd also like to know what version of Ika you own - US GC, PAL GC, or obviously the better JAP DC versions.

I've managed to find some information on a new Shikigami. It's not a shmup, though.

Has anybody visited http://nanayoduki.com/ before? If you know what Shikigami no Shiro II is, you'll know that those characters are from the game. They're making an adventure game for it, which probably won't come outside of japan, but who knows(gamecube gets ikaruga, so miracles do happen).

12 chain

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
12:56 pm - Megaman Polarity Reconstruction

I've been working on a Megaman/Ikaruga crossover game for many months, and I've finally finished/submitted it. Check it out: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/233966

4 chain

Friday, April 1st, 2005
4:28 pm - A record-shattering video

Imagine a whiny little fat kid getting drop-kicked right in the gut by The Ultimate Warrior. Now multiply that by 86. THAT is how much 0WN4G3 this guy dishes out all over the bonus balls at the end of chapter 3. This is the highest number of chains ever achieved in a single chapter run. By anyone. In any chapter. In any mode. Ever.

This video will kick your mind's ass and make your eyes bug out of your sockets. It was just made by RJ Page. Come watch it.

PS: is it me, or does that first paragraph look a lot like something Valgar might write? lol


Monday, February 14th, 2005
12:49 am - animated pics

I came across these at the ikaruga.co.uk forums today.

Here's one resized for lj iconness:

Anyone who has ever played this game knows that these are cool.

2 chain

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
12:18 pm - Ikaruga ultimate battle tournament

Hi again!

Sorry I didn't tell you guys sooner, but there's a big Ikaruga online tournament about to happen through the forums of http://www.ikaruga.co.uk/


I'm a regular at that site now btw. It's very fun and more helpful than ever. The more competitors we get, the more fun it'll be. So come on and get in on the exciting competition right now! You're all invited!


1 chain

Friday, October 15th, 2004
6:03 am - Shinra sketch

Hey, I don't believe I've ever posted here before, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post something. Just a scribble of mine I did today, thought it would interest some of you.


Share and enjoy,


Friday, September 17th, 2004
11:51 pm - Tragedy and comeback.

Day 64. It's been a bittersweet day.

So I was playing a few Easy Mode runs early today, and was breaking one Easy Mode record after another. I stopped playing, turned off the Gamecube, and came back to it a few hours later this afternoon and turned it on.

The Ikaruga game file was corrupt and cannot be read. All my data is gone. ARGH! I went into Gamecube's options interface and checked my memory card. There was a blank cube with no graphic taking up 4 blocks of memory, giving no options to move or copy; only to erase. Oh no. All proof of my playing and progress is gone, including my 20 million run. I gotta start over.

Now I'm pissed. So I go right to it and try to get my new file and scores back up to snuff. I did a Normal Mode run with a score of 16 milion. Then another where I one-credited the game for the second time ever, but it was only 19 million. So I go for one more run where I made it to the Stone-Like part where I got finished off. 21,245,960 points. A new record! But I passed two milestones there: I finally got my first S++ rank, and that was at chapter 4, no less. Wow! I got 188 chains on Chapter 4; not one single break the whole way! Now I rest content with a new ch-4 score of 6,276,300. It took me 85 hours, but I finally got my S++

current mood: content


Saturday, September 11th, 2004
5:29 pm - I DID IT!! HOOYA!


After 75 hours of Ikaruga asskickery, the Champ has done it. 20 million, one credit, biatch. Hell yes!

Normal mode
stock: 5
extend: every 2 mil.
total: 20,228,760
ch1: 2546370 46 chain
ch2: 4165540 124 chain
ch3: 3839440 57 chain
ch4: 5264790 57 chain, a new personal record! A+
ch5: 4336620 40 chain

Oh man. My neurons are still smoking. What an awesome run. Just as I had finished off 3-1, I glanced down at the life counter and was like "holy shit, I got 7 lives. I'm going all the way!" I totally chained chapter 4 up to when I was seconds away from the sped-up part where the beams kick in, when I finally died. I just kept on chaining and chaining those utatsugumi with single shots. 57 chains; I really amazed myself there. By the time I got to Tageri my stock was down to 2, so I'm like "ok man, DO. NOT. DIE." The stone-like thing had me down to my very last ship when it was over. It was pure glory.

And it's only been 8 weeks since I first picked up the game! HOOYA!

current mood: ecstatic

1 chain

Monday, August 30th, 2004
10:17 am - For the first time ever on video,


CVM (ne ChrisM-UK) has recorded a 236-chain chapter 4 run.

I don't want to play this up TOO much - there are a couple other players who've gotten 236 chains in chapter 4, and this video isn't a world record score. However, I believe this is the first time a 236 chain run has ever been captured on video.

BTW this is a good time to download all the other videos on the site, as well - we have about 700 gigs of unused bandwidth for the month of August, and it's a shame to see it go to waste.

4 chain

Monday, July 26th, 2004
3:10 am - Megaman: Polarity

I believe I've mentioned before my crossover series of two of my gaming loves: Megaman and Ikaruga. I'm making three "sequels" to my series, one of which is a game which I'm trying to make a perfect balance of the two gaming worlds. Hopefully this, along with the other two chapters, will be released by the end of the year. If you want to take a look at the demo for the game (it's basically just the opening sequence followed by a demonstration of Megaman's jumping and firing abilities), check out the 2nd SWF demo on the Alpha page I submitted for it.

If you have any suggestions for things I should put in there (or questions of what I'm already planning) please ask!

9 chain

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
2:45 am - Day seven.

Well, after logging in only 12 hours of game time in my first week of playing, the Champ has made some progress.

In normal mode, my new top score is 2609910. In chapter 1, I got a score of 1757290 with a max chain of 42. I've come very close to one-crediting the first 2 levels. And with 68 seconds left on the clock, Eboshidori is my bitch!

I've learned a little more about the game, and now I have a few more questions.

1. Is there some prologue or background story to the game & characters? I've opened up the first 2 galleries and see these characters, so I was just wondering.

2. While playing normal games, I noticed I was getting more and more credits. First 6 credits, then 7, then 9, Now it's a free play with infinite credits! (Tangent)Collapse )
How's this happening?!

3. I watched several Dreamcast videos by RJpageuk at ikaruga.co.uk
One trick I see is that he fires ridiculous quantities of missiles, one huge salvo right after another. It looks like some kind of glitch. How could he have the energy for that? How does he do it? Can I do it in the GCN version?

4. The end boss of Chapter 4 is kickin' mah ayass. How do you guys beat it without using the trick above or blowing through 3 whole credits?

yeah, I know...Collapse )

6 chain

Friday, July 16th, 2004
3:01 am - "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

Day one. Picked up the game and played it for the first time ever today. Ikaruga is da bomb diggety shiggety SHIZNIT! I haven't been this excited about a Nintendo game since Zelda Ocarina of Time. All this reading about it on the net has really had me looking forward.

So I dive right in. Finished the trial mode in 3 or 4 tries, read that bad motivational speech and grinned.

I've been playing it all afternoon and evening. Now it's almost 3:30 AM. Whew.

I guess watching all those downloaded videos and reading up on all these tips is getting me off to a good start. It's like I knew what I was doing right off the bat.

With all the settings at default, I made it as far as the miniboss in 3-2. Chapter 3 is fun. And those moving, opening and closing barriers and those big fat beams as you're speeding down that corridor. Mad crazy. And you gotta love the way the action is timed to the music.

By tweaking the options for extra credits, lives, and extends, I managed to make it all the way to the beginning of the Misago merry-go-round.

In normal mode at default settings, my highest overall score is 1,410,110. In one run or another I think I got a B++ rank. This pre-owned game didn't come with a manual so I don't know the ranking system. What are the ranks? Is B+ or B++ a good one for a newcomer?

Anyway, I earned a Chapter 1 score of 1,272,550 with a max chain of 27. Not bad for a first timer, eh? Looks like the Champ has some good potential!

current mood: accomplished

6 chain

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
2:00 pm - Greetings.

I haven't played Ikaruga yet, but that's about to change.

I first learned of Ikaruga through Maddox's rave review a while back. He tends to exaggerrate, but golly, I agree with everything there. I though I was the only one who hated football games. Then I saw the good things he wrote about Contra III and concluded: this man has damn good taste in video games! I guess great minds think alike:-)

I've lurked here, downloaded kiken's videos and concluded:

1. Ikaruga has damn good sound, music, gameplay, and explosions.
2. kiken is the man, and has set a fine example. He plays Ikaruga even better than I play Contra.
3. I deserve a little graduation present. I'm buying Ikaruga for Gamecube.

My question for you is where can I get the lowest price on Ikaruga for GC? Online or otherwise? Wal-Mart, Kmart, Blockbuster Video, and BestBuy don't have it. Know where to get a bargain? Thanks a lot.

current mood: hopeful

15 chain

Sunday, June 6th, 2004
8:27 am - miltonfriedman


If any of you folks have a longing for the old Gamecube netranking scoreboard, there's a pretty decent scoreboard up at http://ikaruga.co.uk/ which supports GC netranking passwords. Not to mention it has lots of video downloads.

Thought somebody might be interested.

3 chain

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004
3:17 am - Rant.

So tuesday night is TV party night with my friends because of 24, and usually afterwards the house host puts it on G4 because it's neutral and can be on in the background while we start our ritualistic post-24 shenanigans and goings on. Tommy Tallarico is on at the E3 spouting off about what makes good games.
How the fuck did this guy become a respected member of the gaming industry?
Besides the fact that all of his game compositions sound like mid 90's porno music (and I get to say that as a classically trained musician/professional DJ/former music teacher/producer),
he has got to have the most egalitarian taste in games I've ever witnessed.

Anyway, I'd like to see his acquitted-date-rapist-looking-ass play Ikaruga.

11 chain

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
7:53 pm - Coolest. Thing. EVAR.


I would totally push a nun to get this.

5 chain

Sunday, May 16th, 2004
10:45 pm - Chapter 2 Randomness

My passing to Normal Mode didn't go without bumps unfortunately, and even if I managed to survive my first credit up to Chapter 3, I lack a bit in the chain department. I found a good pattern in Chapter 1, practiced it and so far I get B+ rank if I'm daring enough - I just need s'more fluidity, which will be brought on with practice. However, Chapter 2 poses a bit of a problem...

So I get to meet a few of those round balls at the beginning. Not bad, easy chains. However, the jetplane swarm baffles me. I can't seem to find any pattern whatsoever in there to allow me to chain up. I can't just leave them be, as I risk bumping into one of them. On the other side, I don't want to break my chain... I went to find some inspiration by watching a video on Ikaruga Replays, but the player there seems pretty much as random as I am!

So that leaves me with two goals: Number one, rack up some chains during the jetplane swarm. Number two, survive the maneuver. How should I tackle this puzzle?

current mood: thoughtful

10 chain

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