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  Astro Duel Deluxe Launches in Japan!
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Veteran studio Panic Button brings multiplayer party shooter hilarity to the Nintendo Switch™ eShop with Astro Duel Deluxe.

Game rounds are quick and defeat is sudden as you blast enemy ships, or run over your friends' shipless pilots – With up to six players playing on the same screen.

“Nintendo has the first console to get all-new gameplay authored specifically to show off the hardware,” said Adam Creighton, Studio GM and Director of Development for Panic Button.

The title leverages the social party game strengths of the Nintendo Switch system, with deceptively simple, highly competitive, hilarious gameplay.

Game creator Rusty Moyher of Wild Rooster said, “The goal was always to have something to play with my friends and family at a table or sitting on the floor. It’s so crazy that this idea is a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch."

The game features the ability to play anywhere, with multiple controller types, multiple game modes, frantic 6-player “Chaos” mode, the ability to choose pilots, instant replay, new music, touch-mode play, CPU opponents, powerups, dynamic arenas and Game Modifiers.

Astro Duel Deluxe is the console debut for Austin developer Wild Rooster, and was Panic Button’s first published title under their new digital publishing services.

“We wanted to develop and publish a game that felt natural to the Nintendo ecosystem, and give opportunities to games and developers that might not exist otherwise,” said Creighton.

Astro Duel Deluxe is published in Japan by Panic Button, in partnership with Kakehashi Games.

Panic Button was founded in 2007. The Austin, TX studio makes “Good Games with Good People,” specializing in challenging work-for-hire, co-development, original intellectual property, and digital publishing. Projects include the Disney Infinity franchise and Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

Wild Rooster was founded by Rusty Moyher in 2011. Moving from indie film to indie games, he’s created and released a handful of titles including IndieCade finalist BLOOP, and several precursors to Astro Duel Deluxe. He also co-created, kickstarted and released the Retro Game Crunch collection.

Kakehashi Games was founded in 2013 by Zach Huntley, who at the time already had more than 15 years of experience in the game industry with companies like Nintendo, SEGA, LucasArts, Ubisoft, Capcom, Activision and Square-Enix, in roles ranging from Game Design to Production to QA to PR.

(Astro Duel Deluxe is rated CERO “B”. Check Nintendo eShop for official ratings.)

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