The side-scrolling shmup that's part Gradius, part anime fetish fulfillment, Otomedius Excellent, is coming to the Xbox 360 later this year. Konami reassured fans of Gradius gameplay today that the brightly colored arcade shooter that features girls-as-spaceships is still on the cards with a handful of new screen shots.

Otomedius Excellent features three-player online and offline play, nine ship girls to play with and a gallery mode in which to ogle them, should that be the kind of thing you like to do. Again, no solid date yet, but now that the game has been released in Japan, surely it can't be too far off.

Get a new look at the third version of Otomedius in the gallery above.