Lost Arcade Shmup ‘Clockwork Aquario’ Gets PS4 and Switch Release Date

ININ Games announced that the Westone-developed colorful shmup Clockwork Aquario will launch digitally on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on November 30, 2021, in Europe, and December 14, 2021, in North America.

We aren’t sure why there is a 2-week gap between releases, but it’s probably not that interesting and has to do with paperwork or contracts.

“Clockwork Aquario is a great piece of 2D art, into which the pixel artists put their hearts and souls. I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude to those who have worked so hard to restore it.” Said Ryuichi Nishizawa (chief publisher, and co-founder of Westone).

Clockwork Aquario was initially supposed to release in Arcades in 1992 and was being developed by Westone, known for creating the Wonder Boy series. The game would push the SEGA System 18 arcade hardware to its limits with its 2D graphic engine. However, fighting and 3D games were dominating arcades at the time, which led to the game being shelved.

Strictly Limited Games is hosting a few different limited editions for the game, including:

  • The Limited Edition for PS4 is available for 29,99€. (Switch is already sold out.)
  • The Collector’s Edition is priced at 69,99€ and includes amongst others an Acrylic Diorama, 2 soundtracks (original & remix), an Arcade Coin (100-yen-style), and character cards.
  • The Ultra Collector’s Edition is available for 129,99€ and includes everything from the CE and even more cool items like a beautiful 18cm figurine of Elle, Huck, and Gush, and a Shikishi.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the game’s release in the west.

You can watch the newest trailer below:

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