The Best Vertical Games for Nintendo Switch

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Update : To The Sky added at rank #8.
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Sophstar (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Playstation 5

A vertical arcade shoot'em up with an inventive teleport system, lots of fast-blazing action and explosions, tons of boss fights, a risk/reward based score sytem and a proper challenge for both veteran and new players of the genre.


  • vertical
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • shoot-em-up
  • top-down
  • arcade
  • collectathon
  • retro
  • boss
  • vertical-scrolling
  • multiple-endings
  • attack
  • score
  • aliens
  • space

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Z-Warp (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Z-Warp is an intense vertical shoot’em up presented in retro pixel art style, featuring frenetic arcade-inspired action where blasters, bombs and KILLER specials are your only allies.

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  • retro
  • bullet-hell
  • vertical
  • boss
  • pixel
  • shoot-em-up
  • old-school
  • arcade
  • shooter
  • action
  • replay-value
  • chiptune
  • difficulty
  • vertically
  • 2d

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RedRaptor (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Blast off for a retro arcade experience in RedRaptor, a vertical shoot’em up inspired by genre classics of the ’90s!

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  • vertical
  • retro
  • shoot-em-up
  • top-down
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • arcade
  • shoot
  • scrolling
  • 1990s
  • old-school
  • rhythm
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • action

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SHINORUBI (2022)

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Inspired by classic Japanese shooting games, SHINORUBI is a pure dose of adrenaline and frenetic arcade action with all the best aspects of Japanese bullet hell games, optimized for modern PC in ultra HD, all in a polished, accessible with many levels of difficulties.


  • top-down
  • military
  • futuristic
  • on-rails
  • shooter
  • faith
  • space
  • flight
  • bullet-hell
  • vertical
  • arcade
  • aliens
  • attack
  • score
  • 2d

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Taito Milestones 2 (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

10 entertaining classics from Taito’s history featuring various genres and themes. Also included: Solitary Fighter, The Legend of Kage, Liquid Kids and Dinorex.

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  • shooter
  • arcade
  • retro
  • platform
  • vertical
  • fight
  • multi-directional
  • various
  • ninja
  • compilation
  • boss
  • side-scrolling
  • classic
  • dinosaurs
  • cute

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Arcade Archives: Zing Zing Zip (2023)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

The options menu and manual are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

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  • horizontal
  • vertical
  • empire
  • arcade
  • classic
  • shooter

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GUNBIRD 2 (2020)

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Xbox One IOS iPhone PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Let's go on the treasure hunt through the skies of the world! The ultimate "Psikyo Shooter" with online rankings!


  • boss
  • colourful
  • mech
  • vertical
  • classic
  • hardcore
  • retro
  • fight
  • steampunk
  • vampire
  • shooter
  • western
  • bullet-hell
  • scrolling
  • dragon

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To The Sky (2023)

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early access j Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows

To the Sky is an exhilarating action-adventure game where your goal is to reach the sky by overcoming obstacles and scaling towering walls. Be prepared to start anew if you fall while ascending. Challenge yourself, ascend higher, and uncover the mysteries above the clouds in To the Sky.


  • 3d
  • platform
  • runner
  • on-rails
  • adventure
  • vertical
  • bullet
  • reflexes
  • casual
  • parkour
  • time
  • third-person
  • fantasy
  • flight
  • strategy

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Disco Cannon Airlines (2022)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

- Shoot a character from cannon in the sky.
- Move a player and hit items to earn point and boost player higher in the sky.
- Get the points from kicking airplanes, cows, and trampolines.
Try to reach as much points as possible.

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  • privacy-policy
  • vertical
  • platform

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Pixel Game Maker Series THUNDER STRIKER (2022)

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Nintendo Switch

Pixel Game Maker Series THUNDER STRIKER is a vertical scrolling shooter with a retro flavor.
You can choose between a laser and a wide range of trajectories for your primary weapon, and three different power-ups for your subweapons!
Each weapon can be powered up to five levels.
so find the most advantageous combination for each stage and boss!

The enemies that stand in your way will attack you with a variety of weapons, including ballistic missiles and guided missiles.
In a pinch, use the Bomber for emergency evasion, and enjoy hardcore play!

The "Pixel Game Maker Series" is a series of games created using the action game creation software "Pixel Game Maker MV" that can be enjoyed on the Nintendo Switch™.

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  • scrolling
  • vertical
  • hardcore
  • retro
  • boss
  • shooter

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