Arc System Works unveils a trailer for BlazBlue CentralFiction which will be released on NESiCAxLive soon. Not much is known about this new instalment of the famous fighting games saga yet except that it will include at least 3 new characters: Naoto Kurogane, Hibiki Kohaku and Konoe A. Mercury. We will learn more about it very soon as BlazBlue CentralFiction will be playable this weekend! Indeed, a special event will be held on the fourth floor (5F) of the famous Hey arcade in Akihabara this Saturday, July 18 from 11:00 to 20:00. There will be 8 back-to-back arcade machines equipped with the game (this means 4 simultaneous matches in 3 winning rounds), the games will be free but you'll need a ticket to play. These tickets will be distributed at the entrance of the hall from 10:30 until exhaustion (a second distribution of tickets for girls only will be held at 14:00). There will be a booth where you can buy Arc System Works merchandising (CDs, towels, T-shirts, mugs, ...) and a special program will be broadcast on Niconico Live from 18:00 to 19:50 (11:00-12:50 CET). On Sunday 19th and Monday 20th of July, the location test will continue on the second floor (3F) from 10:00 to midnight. A game of 2 winning rounds will cost you ¥100 and a winning streak limit will be set based on affluence (3 matches maximum by default). Players will be able to answer a questionnaire to give their opinion on things to change.
BLADE ARCUS from Shining Ver.2.0 is available in Japan today. Four new characters are coming with this update. Rick Elwood (Shining Hearts), a young swordsman, Dylan Loen (Shining Hearts), a dual swordsman and a pirate captain, Rouna Murasame (Shining Hearts), a wolf of the beast race and a professional with blades and Urayukihime (Shining Blade), a spirit sword. New features are also added to the gameplay: the Reversal Strike (fight back when attacked) and the Rejection Guard Skill (guard and strike back simultaneously). You can watch the trailer here.
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone with Photo Studio is a new version of the game with a printer allowing the player to print pictures of the game. The players can do screenshots and print them. They can also print the collecting cards they own. To print a pictures, they need two additional credits.
Puyo Puyo Quest Arcade ver1.4 is available since Yesterday. This update adds a new School quest and a new Extra stage with many quests available for a limited time. At the end of the Extra Stage, the player can get extra cards if he beats the boss. A new event will start on July: the Tower Event. The tower features many levels with a boss on each one. The player wins more points when he reaches the highest levels.
Monster Hunter Spirits starts operation in Japan today. The game is a card battle RPG taking place in the world of Capcom's Monster Hunter world. It is produced in collaboration with Marvelous. Monster Hunter Spirits uses real cards that the player scan to add new equipment and weapons to his characters. There is no level-up for the player's hunter but he or she can get new skills and abilities in the game. You can watch the trailer here.
The June update brings a new mecha. The OZ-00MS2 Tallgeese II (Tallgeese II) is a Mobile Suit piloted by Treize Khushrenada. It is based on the original OZ-00MS Tallgeese and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (a 49 episodes series broadcast between 1995 and 1996). Its equipped with Dober Gun, Beam Saber and Shield.
Synchronica, Bandai Namco's new rhythm game is out in Japan today. The gameplay is very similar to Project Diva Arcade and even more to ReRave: circles appear on the screen and the player must touch them at the right moment. There are different moves to do: slide, single, double and triple tap. Synchronica cabinet features two touch screens for two players. They play together and must be synchronised to complete game missions. The musical selection recalls Taiko no Tatsujin: J-Pop, Vocaloid, Game music, Bandai originals and Anime. There are 30 songs already available but more will be added in the future.
A major update of Puzzle & Dragons Z Tamer Battle V2 is out today. Subtitled "Episode II illusion dragon and a snowy field tyrant", it brings some new features to Square Enix's puzzle game. A new Z mode is now available. It is intended for players who wish to test their skills against other players. They have 120 seconds to defeat enemies and make the highest score. Ultra-powerful new monsters and limited events will also be implemented. You can watch the trailer here.
Don't know how to dress up this Summer? Why not wear a sapphire coloured Windjammers tank top? That would be perfect! It's indeed the T-shirt of the month at 1cc Shirt. Released in 1994 on NEOGEO MVS, this game of frisbee by Data East has gathered a large community of diehard fans over the years. We must admit it's an excellent game! The Windjammers themed tank top is available in men and ladies models (in Tahiti blue for the girls) but also as a standard T-shirt for those who prefer. All sizes are available but beware, you have until Sunday, June 21st at midnight to order it. It will no longer be available after that date. The price is $33 including shipping ($25 shipped in the US). Click here to order your T-shirt.
Besides figurines representing mechas, Beach Queens and other heroines in lingerie, Wave Corporation makes scale models of arcade machines. After The Idolm@ster, Taiko no Tatsujin and two models of Vewlix cabinets, the company releases a Sega classic: Hang-On! Hitting the arcades in 1985, this motorcycle racing simulation developed under the aegis of Yu Suzuki created the cabinet model on which all the following games of the genre are based until now. Just look at recent games such as Dead Heat Riders and Storm Rider to realize how the concept has not fundamentally changed in 30 years. The good news for those who do not have the patience to stick all the small parts together is that this 1/12 scale model requires no glue. All components fit and snap-in together easily. It is provided with small cupboard sheets allowing you to choose what is displayed on the screen and height of refinement; it tilts laterally like the real machine! The suggested retail price of this Hang-On model is ¥3600 but it is available at Hobby Search for ¥3420 (about €25). Ride on!
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