Interview with Yoko Taro

Over at Siliconera there is a translated interview of Ikaruga creator Yoko Taro. Where he talks about how his favorite shmup Ikaruga has influenced his games, such as NieR: Automata. It is intriguing how the shmup genre has entered his games.

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Interestingly, in an interview at, he is also talking about other shmups like Xevious and Gradius. I suspect he is also a shmup lover like we are 🙂