Best shoot em ups for MAMEA list of 41 games created by AmySaturn on 26th March 2017
DoDonPachi (International, Master Ver. 97/02/05)MAME
A vertical scrolling shoot 'em up developed by the Japanese developer Cave.
ESP Ra.De. (International, Ver. 98/04/22)MAME
ESP Ra.De. is an Arcade Shoot em Up released by CAVE. Known as "ESP Ra.de. - A.D. 2018 Tokyo" outside of Japan.
Fever SOS (International, Ver. 98/09/25)MAME
Fever SOS (known as Dangun Feveron in Japan) is a disco-themed vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Cave.
Progear (USA 010117)MAME
Cave's first horizontal shmup and only shooter for the CPS2 hardware. Progear has a distinct steampunk aesthetic.
Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi (2003/01/01. Master Ver.)MAME
A vertical bullet hell shoot 'em up developed by Cave.
Espgaluda (2003/10/15 Master Ver)MAME
Espgaluda is a vertical bullet hell shoot' em up developed by Cave.
Mushihime-Sama (2004/10/12.MASTER VER.)MAME
Mushihime-sama is a bullet hell shoot 'em up developed by Cave.
Ibara (2005/03/22 MASTER VER..)MAME
A vertical shoot 'em up developed by Cave and released in 2006.
Kingdom Grandprix (known as Shippu Mahou Daisakusen in Japan) is a vertically scrolling fantasy-themed shoot em up with racing elements. Developed by cave, it is the sequel to Sorcer Striker (Mahou Daisakusen in Japan).
Soukyugurentai / Terra Diver (JUET 960821 V1.000)MAME
Soukyugurentai (known as Terra Diver outside of Japan) is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up Developed by Raizing. Unlike most vertical shmups, it uses a horizontal screen, making for a wide playing field. It also features a lock-on laser weapon.
Dimahoo (Euro 000121)MAME
Fantasy-themed CPS2 SHMUP from Raizing and Capcom. ARE YOU GREAT? WE ARE GREAT!
Brave Blade (World)MAME
Brave Blade is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. It is the final shmup developed by Raizing.
Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting (USA 000412)MAME
Mars Matrix is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Takumi. It uses a horizontal screen and an unconventional weapon system.
Sengoku Blade: Sengoku Ace Episode II / TengaiMAME
Sengoku Blade (known as Tengai outside of japan) is a mythical japan-themed horizontal scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Psikyo.
Strikers 1945 IIMAME
This is the third game in the Strikers 1945 series. Strikers 1945 III was considered the high point of the franchise.
A scrolling shooter for the Dreamcast, Gunbird lets you choose one of seven characters, from a magician to a combat android, to battle God (oddly an elephant) and his angels (actually an army of frogs).
Dragon Blaze is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game, also released for Playstation 2 as a part of Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3, and on its own in Europe.
A vertically scrolling shoot'em up.
A vertically scrolling shoot'em up game. Heralded by many as the first 'maniac shooter' this game could be called the Mother of games like Mushihimesama and DodonPachi.
R-Type Leo (World)MAME
R-Type Leo is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Irem. Often seen as the black sheep in the series, it is much more accessible and doesn't require constant memorization.
Vulcan Venture (New)MAME
The follow-up to Konami's shoot-em-up Arcade classic Gradius. It had various home conversions, though was not available in the US until its Wii Virtual Console release.
Salamander 2 (ver JAA)MAME
Arcade sequel to Salamander, which is known as Life Force outside Japan.
Sexy Parodius (ver JAA)MAME
The fifth game in the cartoony series of Gradius clones.
Xexex (ver EAA)MAME
Xexex is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Konami, with some very impressive graphics for its time.
Twin Bee Yahhoo! (ver JAA)MAME
Twin Bee Yahhoo! is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Konami. One of the more modernized games in the staple cute 'em up series.
Gunlock (Ver 2.3O 1994/01/20)MAME
Vertically scrolling shoot 'em up released in 1993 as Rayforce in the Arcade. The subsequent home versions released in 1995 for Sega Saturn were titled 'Layer Section' in Japan, and 'Galactic Attack' in the US and Europe.
Darius Gaiden - Silver Hawk (Ver 2.5O 1994/09/19)MAME
Darius Gaiden is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Taito, featuring robotic sea creatures and unique music by Taito's inhouse band Zuntata. Originally to be named Darius 3, it is a huge step up from the previous game in every aspect.
19XX: The War Against Destiny (USA 951207)MAME
The fourth entry in Capcom's vertical scrolling shooter series for the arcade.
Raiden Fighters 2 - Operation Hell Dive (Germany)MAME
The sequel to Raiden Fighters features improved graphics and introduces the Hybrid Attack to the series.
Pulstar is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Aikom; people who worked on the original R-Type, it is very much a spiritual sequel.
The Game Paradise - Master of Shooting! / Game Tengoku - The Game ParadiseMAME
Game Tengoku is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Jaleco. It is an arcade-themed cute 'em up with lots of video game meta.
Radiant Silvergun (JUET 980523 V1.000)MAME
Radiant Silvergun is a vertical scrolling shooter with several weapons and a color-based chain system.
A vertically scrolling shoot 'em up, from Treasure that features unique polarity-switching gameplay. It is the spiritual successor to Radiant Silvergun.
Ray Crisis (V2.03J 1998/11/15 15:43)MAME
Ray Crisis is the prequel to the original entry in the Ray Series, RayForce.
Twinkle Star SpritesMAME
Competitive shooter with flavors of Galaga, Fighting Games, and Sailor Moon.
Aero Fighters 3 / Sonic Wings 3MAME
Aero Fighters 3 is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Video System. The third game in the series, upping the weirdness even more than the second, it is an experience to play to say the least.
A bullet hell shooter released in 2000 by Visco
Cyvern: The Dragon Weapons is an arcade shoot 'em up.
Hyper Duel (Japan set 1)MAME
Hyper Duel is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Technosoft, the company best known for Thunder Force. In this game you can transform into a mech for extra firepower.
Armed Police Batrider (Europe) (Fri Feb 13 1998)MAME
This manic shoot-em-up has teams of characters you can play as, each with their own individual ships and different endings. When you choose a team, their ships act as your extra lives, but you can use a code at the title screen to select just one with multiple lives. Each ship has its own particular weapons, including primary guns that can charge up, Option satellites that are powered up separately from the guns, and a powerful Bomber. Most ground-based enemies drop small Bomber items, and grabbing enough of these gives you an extra Bomber, but if you're out of bombs and have some small Bombers you can use a partial Bomber attack.
Battle Garegga - Type 2 (Europe / USA / Japan / Asia) (Sat Mar 2 1996)MAME
Battle Garegga is a military-themed vertically scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Raizing. Infamous for its Rank System making things harder based on how well you do. Type 2 of the game replaces most grey bullets with fireballs for better visual oversight and playability.