Microsoft has a decent sale going on for fans of Japanese shoot 'em ups and saving money. As part of its ongoing Deal of the Week (opens in new tab) promotion, the company has put up a block of eastern shooters at half price, making arcade classics like Radiant Silvergun, Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury, and Guwange available for just a few bucks apiece.
Available now until... well... the end of the week, XBLA Gold Members will receive half off the regular price of Treasure's Radiant Silvergun (now 600 Microsoft Points); Treasure's Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (now 400 MSP); Arc System Works' Hard Corps: Uprising (600 MSP); and Cave's Guwange (400 MSP).
Radiant Silvergun was originally released as a side-scroller for Japanese arcades and Sega Saturn systems back in 1998, and later brought to XBLA in September of this year. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury also started life in the 90s as an N64 and Dreamcast title, and was given the high-def treatment for Xbox 360 this May. Hard Corps: Uprising, however, is a fairly new title released as a Contra prequel earlier this year, while Guwange is a spruced version of Cave's 10-year-old bullet-hell classic.
All of these games have lived previous lives on other platforms, however this is a good (and cheap) opportunity to catch up on some solid shooters that may have otherwise flown under your radar and died in a colorful barrage of bullets and explosions moments later.
If bullet-hell isn't your thing, Microsoft has also update the XBLA library with the new Joe Danger: Special Edition (1200 MSP) and Sonic CD (400 MSP).