lol@ EisenFaust - that's classic.
I agree they should've released the accurate version, but if they themselves thought that the slowdown was UNINTENDED then this is the most ACCURATE version in respect to their original vision.
Thanks for the lesson in danmaku's but i didn't need one, i've been loving these games since the saturn came out - and believe you me i love slowdown as much as the rest of us because i happen to suck at these games, but i just can't shake the feeling of snobbish entitlement from most of these posts.
The fact that CAVE spent their precious time to improve their graphic engine should not be taken lightly, if you know anything about professional game development, everytime you change something it's got to go back through the WHOLE Q&A process. A code change is NEVER taken lightly and I really don't believe they had any MALICIOUS intent when they did this.
SO i guess i'm at odds with the attitudes but i understand the sentiment.
And now that i have a better idea where you're coming from and I don't want it to appear that my motivations are merely because I feel entitled to an arcade accurate version. Quite frankly when I first played the JP 360 port my comment to Meancode was that there was almost too much slowdown, almost to the point of being uncomfortable. So honestly, I don't mind some adjustments. The problem I have is that Cave have gone too far and essentially jumped from one extreme to the other. Now the game doesn't have enough slowdown making the navigation of both the suicide bullets (especially on Lvl 999) and patterns like the Forest bosses apple attack, nearly impossible to survive. It just makes playing the game feel tedious and not fun. I pretty much now only play on Lvl 2 with the occasional jump to lvl 3.
In addition I do believe that they should have let arcade mode alone because honestly that's why it's there. X360 modes are created so the developer can do what they want with the console, but arcade mode implies a proper arcade port. Otherwise the only difference is resolution. I realize that Cave must have invested time and money into making this change, but given the extreme accuracy of the JP version I question the legitimacy of their claim that this is the version they always wanted. Maybe it's just pessimistic of me, but given the company's history I'm far more inclined to trust my instincts and believe that the real reason is because slowdown doesn't sell to Americans.