Cannon Spike, known as Gun Spike (ガンスパイク Gan Supaiku ) in Japan, is a multi-directional shooter arcade game released in 2000 by Psikyo and in 2001 for the Sega Dreamcast by Capcom. It uses Capcom-designed characters and runs on Sega's Naomi Hardware. Cannon Spike is similar to games like Smash TV and Capcom's Commando, although with primary focus on boss fighting. Promotional artwork for the game was done by Kinu Nishimura.
In its arcade incarnation, the game is played using a joystick and three buttons; Shoot, Mark (used to lock onto a targeted enemy), and Attack (a close-range strike, usually more powerful or with greater knock-back compared to ordinary shooting).
In addition to these basic commands, each character also has a ranged Special attack (unleashed by pressing Shoot and Attack simultaneously), a close-range Special (Mark and Attack simultaneously), and a Super Special (all three buttons simultaneously). The use of the Super Special requires a Special Token, occasionally dropped by a defeated enemy and always dropped by a defeated ally in two-player mode.
The game's playable characters, all of whom come from a range of Capcom games, include:
- Cammy - Cammy appears in her Delta Red costume (Super Street Fighter II), however the player can unlock her Shadaloo outfit from Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold.
- Arthur - Instead of the typical tiny knight from the Ghosts 'n Goblins series, Arthur fights from inside a giant golden robot armed with a gunlance.
- Fallen Balrog - A "dark version" of Balrog (Vega) from the Street Fighter series.
- Simone - Another "new" original character. She is a cyborg with superhuman strength and works alongside Arthur. Simone is based upon Linn Kurosawa from Alien vs. Predator.
- Psychiccher Sting - The main antagonist. Leader of the terrorists and fights using a weaponized cane.
In the year 20XX, a troubled economy wreaks havoc on the world, and terrorism is rampant. With warfare spreading to every city, people live in constant fear. To combat the terrorists' robot soldiers, the World Union for Peace organizes a special force equipped with specialized Motor Boots (モーターブーツ) for ultimate mobility. It is up to this Anti-Robot Special Force led by Cammy to enter into battle and rid the world of the robot menace.
- Capcom Staff
Executive Producer: Y.Okamoto
Main Graphic Designer: Kinu Nishimura
Graphic Designer: ikego daino, Togacchi, U-Pack, Hideki, GB, Sensei, Harumaru, Hideaki Katagiri
Title Logo Designer: Ukabin
Coordinator: T.Sadamoto, Y.Seto
- Psikyo Staff
Director: Shin. Nakamura
Programmer: Kenichi Fujita, Kunihiko Nogomi, Michiaki Negoro, Katsuya Shikanouchi, Kokichi Ogi
Graphic Designer: Wataru Yamazaki, Hideyuki Oda, Ikuya Yoshida, Keizou "F3" Fujita, Narumi Tauchi, Yasuhide Maeda, Masayuki Kato, You Mizusaki
Sound Designer: Masaki Izutani, Toshiya Kobayashi, Kaori Kumakura, Kensuke Sato
Voice Actor: Yuki Matsuoka, Miki Ogura, Yuka Itaha, Kunihiko Tatsumi, Kiyotomi Narikinya, Yoshinori Shima
Special Thanks to: All Capcom Staff & All Psikyo Staff, ...and You
- In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, one of Cammy's costumes is her Cannon Spike outfit. Her win-quotes against certain opponents (such as Charlie Nash and Vega) while wearing this outfit have several references to this game.
- Gun Spike official site (archive)