2D Side-Scrolling Shooter DRAINUS Coming to Nintendo Switch with 7 New Languages!

2D Side-Scrolling Shooter DRAINUS  Coming to Nintendo Switch with 7 New Languages!

PLAYISM and WSS Playground are proud to announce the Nintendo Switch version of DRAINUS, developed by Team Ladybug -  the creators of fan-favorites like Record of Lodoss War -Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, and Touhou Luna Nights. Come experience the first available Switch demo at Tokyo Game Show 2022.

Bringing the Genre into the Future

DRAINUS is an original project created by Team Ladybug, the studio behind 2D action exploration titles Touhou Luna Nights (Touhou Project Derivative Work with over 300,000 copies sold) and Record of Lodoss War -Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth-.


The game features "DRAINUS", an aircraft that can absorb any kind of energy, making it possible to absorb enemy attacks and fire it straight back at them. This is a game that even casual players who are not well-versed at shooting games can enjoy, it has an "Easy" mode, a "Normal" mode, and a "Hard" mode that will satisfy even the hardcore gamers out there. Beat the game to unlock two new game modes, allowing for a different experience than the first playthrough!


Released on Steam this past May, DRAINUS was very well-received by the gaming community, especially by fans of the genre, with special praise for the overall quality of the title. There were significant calls from the Nintendo Switch community for a Switch port, which ultimately gave us the assurance that bringing this title to Switch was the right move.


DRAINUS will be releasing on Switch in seven new additional languages this winter.

About the Game

This is a side-scrolling shooter in which the player takes control of "Drainus", a ship that can absorb energy bullets, to take down the countless enemy ships zipping through space. Energy absorbed can be used to enhance the ship's functions, such as adding new weapons.



The Planet Halpax is located in the far reaches of space, suffering from the oppressive rule of the Kharlal Empire. One of the slaves residing there is battling an illness. He must return home to the faraway planet of Earth to be cured of the disease, known as "Planetary Compatibility Disorder".


His daughter Irina, also a slave, is both devastated by her father's illness and helpless to do anything about it. At that moment, a humanoid named Ghenie, who looks strangely like a frog, appears and says, "I have come from 30 years in the future. A galactic war is about to break out, in which more than 5000 planets will be annihilated by the Kharlal Empire. I have come to this time period to stop that war and the oppressive rule of the Kharlal Empire. I need your help.".


Why me? What can I do? Irina had no idea what was going on, but her father's illness was worsening by the minute. With no time to hesitate and nowhere else to turn, she takes Gehnie's green hand and sets off...

Now she has begun her journey into a universe filled with the armies of the Kharlal Empire, and her quest to reach her distant home planet while taking the Empire down once and for all.


The "reflector", which absorbs enemy bullets, is the most distinctive feature of this game. When activated, it absorbs enemy attacks for a certain period of time. Drainus will counterattack according to the number of attacks absorbed.


Absorbed energy is also stored in a tank, which can be used to enhance various functions of Drainus.

Character Introduction


In order to save her father, Irina takes the "Drainus," the most advanced fighter of the Kharlal Empire, and sets out for her home planet far away from Earth.


Commander of the Kharlal Empire. Sister of Irina, she joined the Imperial Army as a child.


A humanoid soldier who came from the future to prevent the oppression of the Kharlal Empire and galactic war.


General of the Kharlal Empire. A wicked but very capable soldier who holds full authority over the imperial army.

Tokyo Game Show 2022 Keychain

The first-ever playable Switch demo will be showcased at PLAYISM’s booth at Tokyo Game Show

  1. Those who come and play the demo will receive a very special acrylic keychain designed

specially for the event. Numbers are limited so make sure you come by early!


Steam Store PagePLAYISM Page

■ Developers:  Team Ladybug、WSS playground

■ Publishers:              WSS playground、PLAYISM

■ Release Date:           Winter 2022

■ Genre:                    2D side-scrolling shooter

■ Languages:   English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean

■ Platform:                 Nintendo Switch  *Steam ver. now available

■ MSRP:                     TBD

©️Team Ladybug・WSS Playground. All rights reserved. Licensed and Published by Active Gaming Media Inc.


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