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Arcade Archives XX Mission Cheats & Cheat Codes for PS4 and Nintendo Switch

XX Mission storefront artwork

Arcade Archives XX Mission Cheats & Cheat Codes for PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Arcade classic XX Mission is a noteworthy Shmup from developer UPL. Originally released in arcades in 1987, the title is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch as part of Hamster Corporation’s Arcade Archives line. The Arcade Archives version of XX Mission arrived in 2020 and maintained the same core gameplay as the original, including presenting the game in its original resolution.

Contrary to most arcade shoot ’em up games of the era, which primarily came from Japanese development studios and cabinet manufacturers, XX Mission‘s developer UPL is a Western-based studio that produced several games throughout the 1980s. In addition to XX Mission, UPL would also release the popular Ninja-Kid series of titles as well as Super Moon Cresta, another popular coin-op Shmup of the era.

Though it’s not nearly as popular as some of UPL’s other noteworthy games, XX Mission does have a respectable following of Shmup fans who view the title as one of the more competent genre entries from a Western studio during the 1980s. The PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop pages for the Arcade Archives release of XX Mission reveal that the title has a fairly strong user score despite not having an aggregate review score from official outlets.

XX Mission Premise

XX Mission gameplay

©XX Mission Arcade Archives gameplay screenshot – Original

In XX Mission, players take control of a fighter jet and progressively work their way through harder and harder stages, dodging incoming fire and taking out enemy targets. Similar to other Shmup titles with both land and air enemies (such as Xevious), players need to regularly shift between the jet’s primary weapon for taking out incoming threats in the sky and a bomb used to eliminate ground-based enemies like tanks. Like in most other Shmups, players collect power-ups along the way that change their ship’s functionality and make it more capable in combat, and eliminating enemies and bosses without losing lives results in a higher overall score.

XX Mission Main Characters

XX Mission gameplay

©XX Mission Arcade Archives gameplay screenshot – Original

As a shoot ’em up game with no on-screen elements other than the player ship, scrolling level environments, and enemies, there are no actual characters or personalities to speak of in XX Mission. That said, the player’s ship is a render of none other than the real-world F-14 Tomcat, developed by Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) as the successor to the F-111B interceptor jet. In addition to XX Mission, one of the most famous arcade titles to feature the F-14 Tomcat as the player’s ship is Sega’s classic After Burner.

Games in the Arcade Archives Series

The Arcade Archives series is a concerted effort by Japanese developer Hamster Corporation to preserve and port classic arcade coin-op games to modern consoles and PCs. With many of the titles they port no longer available outside emulation, the Arcade Archives series continues to serve as a great example of game preservation, making long-forgotten and classic games available to a brand new audience while simultaneously reuniting fans with some of their favorite arcade classics. Since starting in 2014, there have been more than 300 releases in the Arcade Archives series:

2014

  • Crazy Climber
  • Ninja-Kid
  • Rygar
  • Mat Mania Exciting Hour
  • Bomb Jack
  • Wonder Boy
  • Renegade
  • Moon Cresta
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Nova 2001
  • City Connection
  • Karate Champ
  • Exerion
  • Terra Cresta
  • Double Dragon
  • Raiders5
  • Scramble
  • Mr. Goemon

2015

  • Shusse Ozumo
  • Gradius
  • Crazy Climber 2
  • Butasan
  • A-Jax
  • MagMax
  • Cosmo Police Galivan
  • Ikki
  • Ninja-Kid II
  • Shanghai III
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Star Force
  • The Legen of Kage
  • Salamander
  • TwinBee

2016

  • Bubble Bobble
  • Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Soldier Girl Amazon
  • Flak Attack
  • Gradius II
  • Armed F
  • KiKi KaiKai
  • Contra
  • Darius
  • Atomic Robo Kid
  • Terra Force
  • Haunted Castle

2017

  • Ark Area
  • Mutant Night
  • Thunder Cross
  • The Ninja Warriors
  • Mario Bros.
  • Elevator Action
  • Zippy Race
  • VS. Super Mario Bros.
  • Front Line

2018

  • Kid Niki: Radical Ninja
  • Youjyuden
  • Moon Patrol
  • Punch-Out!!
  • 10-Yard Fight
  • Donkey Kong
  • Sky Skipper
  • Omega Fighter
  • Argus
  • Excitebike
  • Alpha Mission
  • Urban Champion
  • Route-16
  • Athena
  • Donkey Kong Jr.

2019

  • Ice Climber
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Donkey Kong 3
  • Time Pilot
  • Psycho Soldier
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Image Fight
  • Alpine Ski
  • Pooyan
  • Wild Western
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Road Fighter
  • Victory Road
  • X Multiply
  • VS. Gradius
  • Water Ski
  • Pinball
  • Vigilante
  • Track & Field
  • Time Tunnel
  • VS. Castlevania
  • Golf
  • TNK III
  • Yie Ar Kung Fu
  • In the Hunt
  • Hyper Sports
  • Frogger
  • VS. Balloon Fight

2020

  • Penguin Wars
  • Detana!! TwinBee
  • XX Mission
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Saint Dragon
  • Sasuke vs. Commander
  • VS. Mahjong
  • P.O.W.: Prisoners of War
  • Formation Z
  • Ikari III: The Rescue
  • The Tin Star
  • Plus Alpha
  • Tube Panic
  • VS. Wrecking Crew
  • Radical Radial
  • Naughty Boy
  • Sunset Riders
  • VS. Baseball
  • Wiz
  • P-47: The Phantom Fighter
  • Kangaroo
  • Koutetsu Yousai Strahl
  • BurgerTime
  • Circus Charlie
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Trigon
  • Gemini Wing
  • Earth Defense Force
  • Burnin’ Rubber
  • Ben Bero Beh
  • Arabian
  • Super Cobra
  • Soccer
  • 64th Street: A Detective Story
  • Pettan Pyuu
  • Zero Team
  • Rush’n Attack
  • The Fairyland Story
  • Markham
  • VS. Tennis
  • Gradius III

2021

  • Rod Land
  • Quarth
  • Halley’s Comet
  • Ninja Kazan
  • Cybattler
  • Guerilla War
  • Legend of Makai
  • Thunder Dragon
  • Crime Fighters
  • Swimmer
  • Saboten Bombers
  • Frisky Tom
  • Thunder Cross II
  • The Astynax
  • Guzzler
  • Task Force Harrier
  • Time Pilot ’84
  • Hacha Mecha Fighter
  • Pirate Pete
  • Seicross
  • Takeda Shingen
  • Raiden
  • Sea Fighter Poseidon
  • Darwin 4078
  • Crime Fighters 2
  • Bio-ship Paladin
  • Kuri Kinton
  • Vandyke
  • Space Cruiser
  • USAAF Mustang
  • Pop Flamer
  • Soldam
  • Pac-Man
  • Xevious
  • Typhoon Gal
  • Genpei Toma Den
  • Rally-X
  • Mappy
  • Sky Kid
  • Black Heart
  • Libble Rabble
  • Raimais
  • Phozon
  • Liquid Kids
  • Dragon Buster
  • Mirai Ninja
  • Xexex

2022

  • Super Pac-Man
  • GunNail
  • Hopping Mappy
  • Pistol Daimyo no Boken
  • New Rally-X
  • Thunder Dragon 2
  • Dangerous Seed
  • High Way Race
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Qix
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Empire City: 1931
  • Wonder Momo
  • Pac-Land
  • Valkyrie no Densetsu
  • Gaplus
  • Yokai Dochuki
  • Fighting Hawk
  • Pro Tennis: World Court
  • Trio The Punch — Never Forget Me…
  • Flipull
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Motos
  • Space Seeker
  • Thunder Ceptor
  • Rabio Lepus
  • Dragon Saber
  • Chack’n Pop
  • Roller Jammer
  • Dig Dug
  • Gun Frontier
  • Metro-Cross
  • Super Volleyball
  • Pac & Pal
  • Champion Wrestler
  • Rompers
  • The Return of Ishtar
  • Assault
  • Toy Pop
  • Tokidensho Angel Eyes
  • Ordyne
  • Itazura Tenshi
  • Baraduke
  • Metal Black
  • Galaxian
  • Tetris: The Grand Master
  • Pac-Mania
  • Marvel Land
  • Metal Hawk

2023

  • Galaga
  • Senjyo
  • Tank Force
  • The NewZealand Story
  • Phelios
  • Magical Speed
  • Grobda
  • Don Doko Don
  • Sky Kid Deluxe
  • Turbo Force
  • Thunder Ceptor II
  • Bonze Adventure
  • Navarone
  • Rezon
  • Dig Dug II
  • Cosmo Gang the Video
  • Galaga ’88
  • Tecmo Knight
  • Mazinger Z
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Tetris: The Absolute — The Grand Master 2 Plus
  • Bravoman
  • Megablast
  • Splatterhouse
  • Cop 01
  • Pole Position
  • Strato Fighter
  • King & Balloon
  • Growl
  • Baraduke 2
  • Mad Shark
  • Dark Adventure
  • Bosconian
  • Cadash
  • Zing Zing Zip
  • Jail Break
  • Striker Gunner S.T.G.
  • Finest Hour
  • Darius II
  • Guttang Gottong
  • Blandia
  • Burning Force
  • Daioh
  • Shao-lin’s Road
  • Dino Rex
  • Warp & Warp
  • Scramble Formation
  • Pole Position II
  • Aero Fighters
  • Mystic Warriors
  • Solitary Fighter

2024

  • Mighty Guy
  • Cosmo Gang the Puzzle
  • Super Contra
  • Rainbow Islands
  • Silkworm
  • Face Off
  • Master of Weapon
  • Jungler
  • War of Aero
  • Tank Battalion
  • Mouser
  • Surprise Attack
  • Volfied
  • Exvania
  • VS. Super Xevious: GAMP no Nazo
  • Emeraldia
  • Numan Athletics
  • Rastan Saga
  • Tutankham
  • Fighter & Attacker

XX Mission Cheats & Cheat Codes

No cheats or cheat codes are available for Arcade Archives: XX Mission regardless of platform. Neither the PlayStation 4 nor Nintendo Switch versions of XX Mission support cheats. That said, players can feed as many credits as they need to beat the game in the Arcade Archives release of the title, which amounts to having infinite lives/continues.

XX Mission Cheat FAQs

Is the Arcade Archives release of XX Mission different from the original?
Technically, no. The Arcade Archives release of XX Mission is identical to the 1987 UPL original, with the one exception being the ability to freely add credits. As a result, players can easily clear the game by adding as many lives as necessary.

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