If there are musical themes remaining anchored in the brains of players of the '90s, Streets of Rage II music tracks are part of them! Yuzo Koshiro's masterpieces composed in 1992 rhythmed the endless beating of punks that composes this beat'em all sporting a dark urban atmosphere. Originally released on Mega Drive, Streets of Rage 2 (Bare Knuckle II in Japan) has been released in arcades later. The arcade version was released in Europe only as a Mega Play cartridge, it is identical to the US version of the game; display has a 60Hz refresh rate, Blaze panties is not visible during his flying kicks and Mr. X has lost his cigar. The music was composed on NEC PC-88 and the original computer files are among the sources used to remaster the soundtrack. This vinyl should have been released in January, but the quality of the test pressing was deemed insufficient so Data Discs decided to rework the sound quality to achieve optimal results. The soundtrack of Streets of Rage II is offered as a double vinyl package and is available in 3 different editions: a standard edition with black vinyl for £22.99 (€29.16), a color edition with translucent vinyl featuring a black smoke effect and a limited edition with a black smoke effect and spots of blood at £24.99 (€31.70). The second vinyl includes alternative versions of musical themes, prototypes and unused pieces. All editions contain 2 lithographic prints. Pre-orders opens today at 13:00 CET for European subscribers to the Data Disc newsletter, at 17:00 CET for US subscribers and at 20:00 CET for the rest of the world. Delivery is scheduled for early April. Today, Yuzo Koshiro continues to compose music for video games, his latest creations appearing in the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5DX racing game released two months ago. Hopefully the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune music will receive a vinyl release in the future... In the meantime, visit the Data Discs website to order the Streets of Rage II O.S.T.!
The latest version of Konami's popular online arcade mahjong game is available in Japan since yesterday. It is name Mahjong Fight Club ZERO. A new "Mahjong Planet" mode is added for the inexperienced players, they explore various planets and learn the rules and subtilities of the mahjong game. There is also a collaboration with the magazine Kindai Mahjong: players can play against Shigeru Akagi, the main character of the manga Akagi: Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai (written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto) published in Kindai Mahjong since 1992.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition starts operation in Japan today and will also be available in a few days all over the world. This title is developed by Sega in collaboration with Nintendo. This is the fifth game in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series and the first to be released in arcades. The game consists of 9 events: 100m, 100m hurdles, long jump, trampoline, 100m freestyle, hammer throw, javelin throw, archery and rhythmic gymnastics. There are 20 characters and each has its specificity (power, speed and technique). The cabinet features a pad with sensors and two large joysticks with a button on each. Depending of the discipline, the player must therefore really run, jump at the right time or rotate the joysticks as quickly as possible. Up to 4 cabinets of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition can be linked for multiplayer. You can see a video of the gameplay shot at EAG International 2016 here.
The JAEPO show ended yesterday after two intense days of game announces and presentations. Despite an attendance down from last year: 17053 entries on both days (professionals, visitors and press included) against 20604 entries in 2015, the JAEPO is still a hit. The predominance of musical games that appeared a few years ago is confirmed, almost all publishers prensented at least one new musical game: Cytus Î© and crossbeats REV.SUNRISE for Capcom, DanceDanceRevolution A, OTOIROHA (which uses a sliding controller), Nostalgia (equipped with a piano keyboard) for Konami, Groove Coaster 3 Link Fever for Taito and, finally, the new Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival for Square Enix. In addition to the new music games, there were a lot of new titles announced: a new Sangokushi Taisen from Sega that will use cards printed on both sides. Capcom returns with Shingeki no Kyojin Team Battle which uses a three-dimensional mobility device controller. Konami introduces the arcade version of the smartphone game Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu BALL â˜† SPARK and the new Mahjong Fight Club ZERO. Finally, Byking announced the launch of a new arcade platform: the BNAS (provisional name) for "Byking Network Arcade System" that will work the same way as Taito's NESYS. The first game will be Magicians DEAD, an action game using a non-contact Kinect-like motion sensor. Previously announced games were also present at the show such as Tekken 7 Fated Retribution, Mobile Suit Gundam UC Card Builder and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost ON on Bandai Namco stand and Kancolle Arcade on Sega stand. The JAEPO 2017 will be held at Makuhari Messe on February 11 and 12.
Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX IGNITION Ver.2.20 is out today! This update adds characters that were already available in the PlayStation version. Shirai Kuroko from Toaru Majutsu no Index and Yuuki Konno from Sword Art Online are the new playable characters. There are also new support characters: Uiharu Kazari from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Asama Satoshi from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere, Kana Iriya from Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu, Zero from Magic Book to Start from Zero and LLENN from Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online I Squad Jam. Four new stages are added: Wonderland Wars stage, Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls stage, World End Eclipse stage and Training Stage.
February 2016 has begun and it's time for the new 1cc Shirts T-shirt. This month's theme is Tatsujin. This vertical shoot'em up was developed by Toaplan and released by Taito in October 1988. Tatsujin is the original Japanese title, the Truxton name has been used for the European and American releases. Under orders from Dogurava, the Gidans launch the invasion of planet Bogoro from five giant asteroids. A surviving pilot attempts to destroy them all. The game has 5 long levels that repeat indefinitely while becoming increasingly difficult. Tatsujin was long considered the hardest shooter ever made. This sand coloured T-shirt is the first 1cc to use Direct-To-Garment printing (as opposed to the transfer technique previously used). The featured logo comes from the cover of the Mega Drive port of the game, this version of the logo was famously improved when compared to the first version seen on the arcade flyer. As usual, the only way of purchase is pre-order and the T-shirt will never be reissued. You have until Sunday, February 21st to order your T-shirt.
CHUNITHM PLUS starts running today. This new version of Sega's game introduces new songs and a new degree of difficulty: WORLD'S END for experimented players seeking a new challenge. The new licensed songs are: Elemental Creation (dj TAKA meets DJ YOSHITAKA), Sugar song and bitter step (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN), Xanadu as fashion (Kanae Shinjo - Suzuko Mimori), oath sign (LiSA), Paradise Wings (Maon Kurosaki), Kaire! Setsugetsuka (Setsugekka - Hitomi Harada / Hearth - Ai Kayano / Small Purple - Yui Ogura), Peerless Stargate (Aoi Shota), XL TECHNO (PACA PACA PASSION). There are also 3 new original songs: SNIPE WHOLE (Masayoshi Minoshima feat.Mei Ayakura), MUSIC PÐ¯AYER (A-One) and Cyberozar (Delete). You can watch a video of a player playing in WORLD'S END difficulty here.
In operation since 2002, WCCF celebrates its 14th anniversary this year with World Club Champion Football 2015-2016 that was released yesterday. In this latest version, the line-up includes 19 prestigious European clubs and six national teams. In addition to Japanese players such as Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa, new cards of famous international players appear such as Roberto Baggio in the History of Legends series, Eden Hazard in the Player of the Year series and Ricardo Zamora in the King of Legends series. Sega continues to develop the secretaries with a big power-up of their functionalities to help the player and the release of secretaries cards.
The first major update of BlazBlue CentralFiction is out today. This update starts a new chapter in the BlazBlue story named "Act 2 - Nightmare Memory". Available in arcade mode, this new story chapter ends Ragna's story and start the story of Nine the Phantom. Hades Izanami, the main antagonist of the BlazBlue series, becomes a playable character for the first time. Her goal is to reduce everything in the universe to nothing. There are also new game modes: a new solo mode named the Speed Star Mode: the player must defeat random enemies in a limited time and a new Score Attack mode. Now, you can customize your opponent when you play against the CPU. You can watch the Act 2 trailer here.
Now is the time! Presale tickets for the next GamePlay convention are available now at YesGoLive! The fifth edition of this human scale convention will be held at Espace Magnum in Colfontaine (near Mons) on May 7-8 from 10am to 6pm. Originally announced on April 2-3, the organizers decided to postpone the event following the announcement of the holding of a spring edition of FACTS convention in Ghent at the same time. Although few details have been announced so far, the GamePlay convention is known for its relaxed atmosphere, its cosplays, its video games and its special activities rarely seen at this type of event (airsoft and paintball were featured last year). No guest name is known at this time but we already know that the arcade area will be larger than last year. This is great because the Arcade Belgium stand was a bit overcrowded at the last edition. The selection of games is left at the discretion of the organizers so we do not even know what titles will be featured on our stand... But it will be nothing but good stuff, that's for sure! Ticket prices are as follow: Adult: €9.49 (one day)/€15.49 (weekend), Child: €4.49 (one day)/€6.49 (weekend), Cosplay: €7.49 (one day)/€12.49 (weekend). Tickets are available here.
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