GameSpot writes: "Fans of 2D shooters have good reason to be inordinately fond of Treasure, the Japanese development house that's produced such classics as Gunstar Heroes and Ikaruga. Another Treasure gem, the original Bangai-O was released in the US for the Dreamcast, featuring a gun-toting mech and all the shooting action you could ever desire. Bangai-O Spirits brings that action to the Nintendo DS, promising the same crazy shoot-em-up Treasure experience that we love as well as some truly creative extras. We gladly took some time during our D3 booth visit at E3 to put Bangai-O Spirits through its paces (and get horribly exploded in short periods of time).
The game allows you to pilot the nifty and exceptionally well-armed mech called Bangai-O through a number of stages that are crawling with enemies to shoot. Those enemies are also shooting at you in ridiculously numerous bursts of fire that will quickly obliterate your poor giant robot unless you're quick. Bangai-O Spirits gives you some new ability tools to help even the odds, however. The freeze ability is a new power that lets you temporarily stop everything on your screen for about three seconds. It's great for buying yourself some much-needed time to reposition your mech and fire your own huge volleys of missiles. If you hold the shoulder button down you can actually charge your missiles a bit, and when they leave you they'll have increased in size and power. Combining these two powers helps out a great deal when you're just trying to make it through a stage in one piece. There's plenty of stages to choose from, as well, with over 150 new levels to explore."