After pressing start at the title screen, select your difficulty. Then press the A button to choose your character and the game will start.
About the characters
Every character has a different attack power and movement speed. Please choose according to your play style.
Item descriptions (top to bottom left then right column)
Power~ collecting three will power up your shot by 1 level
Weapon~ increases remaining number of bullets
Life~ restores life guage
Energy~ restores energy guage
Merit bonus~ a special bonus
Flamethrower~ a flame weapon
Missile launcher ~fires 6 missiles
Round charger ~ become able to shoot in 8 directions
Boomerang gun~ a boomerang that pierces through the enemy
Plate bonus~ an additional bonus point when you clear the stage
About bonus keywords
plates with alphabet letters on them are in all the stages. When you collect them according to your Characters code name you get a bonus. The various characters code names are as follows. ( please collect bolded letters)