A Dreamcast rail shooter from 2000 that never released in the west is coming to PC

10 years ago it was conventional wisdom that most popular Japanese games would never come to PC. Fast forward to now, and not only is it rare for a Japanese game to skip PC, but we’re getting deep cuts from the back catalogue too. Case in point: Rainbow Cotton was a Sega Dreamcast exclusive when it was released in 2000, and not only that, it was never released outside of Japan. Oh, and it reviewed pretty poorly too. Hardly a game you’d expect to get the remaster treatment in 2023, but never mind: now it’s hitting Steam.

Rainbow Cotton is a 3D rail shooter belonging to the Cotton series, which has been quietly reanimated of late: 1991’s Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams—a sidescrolling shooter—was reissued on Steam in 2021, and a brand new game in the series, borrowing from the sidescrolling format, released earlier this year. So don’t go saying the Cotton series has been unduly neglected! Rainbow Cotton was the last Cotton game, unless you count Magical Pachinko Cotton, which was a Pachinko which also came to PlayStation 2.

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