Ray’z Arcade Chronology

One of the most revered arcade shooting game series Taito produced in the 1990s, the Ray Trilogy is coming back with new features and in HD quality. Ray’z Arcade Chronology includes three titles: RayForce, RayStorm and RayCrisis with the latter two 3D titles include enhanced, HD versions. Rediscover the trilogy with 5 Versions of 3 titles in a box full of collectibles and limited-edition items and relive the excitement of epic battles from outer space to cyber space.

One of Taito’s classic SHMUPS, the Ray Series’ outstanding feature has always been its lock-on mechanics and attack layer system. The former allows the player to target multiple enemies at once and destroy them with one deadly homing attack, while the latter features enemies on the same plane as the player as well as the one below them, necessitating a keen eye and quick reflexes to not be caught out. All three were pushing the boundaries of graphic fidelity at the time of their respective releases and still are a feast for the eyes today.

Story wise, in RayForce, humanity has entrusted itself to the supercomputer Con-Human, which regulates everything from infrastructure to the military. However, gaining sentience, it starts running amok, wiping out almost every human on earth, with the last remaining few fleeing into space. The human race’s last hope is the RVA-818 X-LAY fighter, which must penetrate the earth’s defenses and destroy Con-Human.

In RayStorm, a semi-sequel taking place in a parallel universe to RayForce, the R-Gray fighters are dispatched to fight back the Terran colony of Secilia’s federation army which threatens to destroy the Earth.

Finally, in RayCrisis you get to experience the events leading up to RayForce, with an attempt to destroy Con-Human from the inside, via a cyber space-based attack on the supercomputer.

Features:

  • The Chronology includes arcade ports of the vertically scrolling shooters, RayForce, RayStorm, RayCrisis and for the first time ever as an official release, the prototype of R-Gear, the cancelled sequel of RayForce!
  • RayForce (1994, Taito F3 Arcade Hardware): Pilot the RVA-818 X-Lay into battle against the Con-Human neuro-network.
  • RayStorm (1996, Taito FX-1B Arcade Hardware): Choose between the R-Gray1 and 2 with their differing weapon systems, to fight against the rebellious Secilia Federation of colonies for the future of Planet Earth.
  • RayCrisis (1998, Taito G-NET Arcade Hardware) Pilot a Waverider and penetrate the Con-Human neuro-network in an attempt to avert the catastrophe which triggered Operation RayForce in this prequel. Stop the spread of Con- Human before it gets to 100%.
  • Use the “two attack layer” system to destroy enemies below and on the same plane as you
  • Use different attack systems, like lock-on laser and a variety of shot types
  • Each game features:
    • Breath-taking graphics and vistas, be it in 2D or 3D, pixels or polygons, supported by a striking art style
    • The very best music shooting games have to offer, composed by Taito’s legendary sound team ZUNTATA
    • Outstanding gameplay focusing in the above-mentioned lock-on laser and challenging bosses
  • R-Gear: Everyone ordering a Strictly Limited Games edition of the Ray'z Arcade Chronology, will also receive the 1-Level version of the unreleased prototype of R-Gear included on the cartridge/disc! It was originally planned as a sequel to RayForce but got canceled before ever seeing the light of day. Even though it is just a prototype you can experience the iconic 2D visual style similar to RayForce!

EGRET II MINI - Limited to 5000 units worldwide!

EGRET II MINI

The Taito EGRET II was introduced in 1996 and was an instant hit. Now, the EGRET II mini, a faithfully miniaturized, high-end home console version of this legendary arcade cabinet is bringing two decades of Taito arcade history right to your living rooms!

The exclusive Western EGRET II mini – Limited Blue Edition comes with blue buttons and joystick, presenting an exclusive color scheme, limited to 5,000 units worldwide that are only sold by Strictly Limited Games and ININ Games. Small, but bigger on the inside, with tons of content and features to make the experience enjoyable for arcade veterans as well as new fans.

Next to the 40 pre-installed games, including such classics as Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, Lunar Rescue and Darius Gaiden, our Arcade Cabinet Blue Edition (limited to 1,800 units) and Game Center Blue Edition (limited to 1,200 units) come with the “Paddle and Trackball Controller”, which emulates these two classic control methods, and includes an SD card with 10 extra games. That makes a total of 50 games for you to enjoy!

Beyond that, our two editions come with many additional collectible items for the most passionate collectors, that you can find nowhere else!

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Mega Man: The Wily Wars Collector’s Editions!

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Original Super Nintendo Retro Action!

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Strictly Limited Games. Let’s get physical!

Strictly Limited Games – publishing physical limited editions of significant and culturally valuable video games and home of high quality Collector’s Editions for fans and gamers all over the world.

Here you will find higher tier games from very famous video game IPs such as Wonder Boy, Bubble Bobble or R-Type, but also awesome indie games that might otherwise have flown under the radar and become lost forever in the eventual digital death of a game, a very real risk of digital downloads. Having already made your order, you still have a forever copy to enjoy for years and years to come.

Our games come with unique cover art and by the individual numbering, every copy becomes unique and, therefore, has a significant value for collector’s and fans.

Strictly Limited Games publishes games for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

Making great efforts to bring you the best in video gaming excellence, such as co-funding projects together with passionate development teams, Strictly Limited also have a dedicated focus to unearth and resurrect games from back in the day that for some reason never got a proper release. This includes former arcade-only titles, as well as games previously only available in Japan.

All in all, we publish the games that we love… and hopefully you’ll feel the same way as we do!