Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament is a joint project by GungHo Online Entertainment and Square Enix that is out today. At first, Puzzle & Dragon was a smartphones (iOS and Android) game very popular in Japan. The gameplay is the same as the smartphone version. The touch screen is divided into 2 parts: the upper part is a turn-bases RPG where the player fights dragons and other monsters. The lower part is a puzzle featuring gems. As its name suggests, the arcade version provides an online tournament mode up to 16 participants, other modes are available: story, in-store, custom and tutorial. The arcade version includes many monsters from the original game but also brings new ones. The game grid is increased to 5x8 and there is no time limit between game turns. The two heroes of the game Yo Minazuki Chika and Makimura are designed by Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, The World Ends with You). The game uses the NESiCA for backups (progression, avatar customisation, monsters evolution,...) and additional content. [Trailer>]
Bandai Namco releases its shooting game Sailor Zombie ~AKB48 Arcade Edition~ today. Developed by Nex Entertainment (Dark Escape 3D, Razing Storm, Music GunGun!, Music GunGun! 2, Time Crisis 3, Time Crisis 4 and Cobra The Arcade), it is played in a cabin featuring a large screen and a 5.1 sound system. Players fight alongside one of the following 7 members of the band: Yuko Oshima, Mayu Watanabe, Yuki Kashiwagi, Rina Kawaei, Anna Iriyama, Mako Kojima, Miki Nishino. They must inject an antidote to AKB48 members transformed into zombies and fight bosses. Furthermore, at random points in the story, they also have to play a rhythm game on four songs of the famous girls band including " Vichy Check" and "Flying Get". The faces of the members of AKB48 were scanned to produce 3D versions for zombies. Beside the game release, a drama Sailor Zombie is broadcast since April 18 on TV Tokyo. Nana Owada, Rina Kawaei, Juri Takahashi and Mion Mukaichi are the heroines of the series that tells the story of schoolgirls trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. [Trailer]
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost 1st update hits Japanese arcades today. A new mecha is now available: GN-010 Gundam Zabanya. It is piloted by Lockon Stratos (Lyle Dylandy) and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie -A wakening of the Trailblazer- released on September 2010. It features the followong weapons: GN Holster Bit, GN Missiles, GN Pistol Bit/Rifle Bit II and the following special equipment: Bit Control System, Holographic Targeting, Trans-Am System, "Veda-based Operating System".
Antwerp Convention will be held at Antwerp Expo on April 27. The Antwerp Convention is, for the 4th year in a row, an unmissable meeting place for science fiction, fantasy and horror fans. Everything related to these interests is present: literature, movies, comics, video games, board games, toys, costumes, collectibles,... Throughout the day, many guests will participate in signing sessions: Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars), Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Charles Martinet (the voice of Mario and Luigi), Rafa Sandoval (X-Men), Lee Garbett (Dark Mist),... Manufacturers of movie, series and game replicas will be present with a large number of collectible pieces. A cosplay contest organized by Becosplay will be held on the main stage and for the first time, a wrestling demonstration by Westside Xtreme Wrestling will entertain the crowd! The vistors can participate in board game and card game tournaments, make-up and special effects demonstrations, workshops, readings, questions and answers with the guests,... Regarding games, alongside pinballs and DDR Belgium stands, Arcade Belgium is pleased to be present at the Antwerp Convention for the first time. The following games will be available on the stand: Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 â€“ New Age of Heroes, Soul Calibur III Arcade Edition, Daemon Bride, Senko no Ronde DUO â€“ Dis-United Order, Ikaruga, Spica Adventure, Zombie Revenge, The House of the Dead 2 et The House of the Dead III. Feel free to participate in our contest to win 2x2 tickets.
Border Break Scramble Ver. 4.0 is available since yesterday. A new deathmatch mode called "Scramble" allows players to compete alone against 10 other participants. Players can now face Gina, a new boss enemy of the Union Battle. Many other features have been modified to improve the game, including new special status that allow to change strategy on the battlefield.
Capcom annouced a new version of Super Street Fighter IV - Arcade Edition during the EVO 2013 in July. Ultra Street Fighter IV is finally available, it runs on Taito Type X³ and uses NESiCAxLive fuctionnalities. The game has been totally adjusted thanks to feedback from players around the world, pro gamers consulting,... All characters feature improvements and there are 5 new characters: Poison, Hugo, Elena, Rolento and Decapre. The gap between the higher and the lower characters has decreased to have a larger selection choice. New features have been added. On one hand, the "Red Saving Attack" that decreases the Super Combo gauge but fills the Revenge gauge heavily. It's possible to dash cancel it. On the other hand, the new "Ultra Combo Double" mode allowing to use both Ultra Combos I and II is added. However, damage is a bit reduced.
Fighting game tournaments are not uncommon. Sadly, the same can't be said about racing games. For speed fanatics out there, a big Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 tournament will be held this weekend at the Las Vegas arcade in Soho, London. This knockout tournament will be held on 4 machines simultaneously; players will be divided into groups of 4 in a random draw. A race will be held between the 4 members of the group at the end of which the two best players go to the next round, the drivers who came third and fourth will be eliminated. The use of a savegame card is not mandatory but is of course encouraged. Located on Wardour Street in Soho, the Las Vegas arcade became the meeting place for arcade game loving Londoners since the closure of the Trocadero arcades. The action takes place in the basement, the ground floor being filled with jackpots (there's also a Metallica pinball table there). Dance game tournaments (Pump It Up! and DanceDanceRevolution) are regularly held there but the Wangan Midnight tournament is a first. See you on Saturday, April 19 at 15:00 in the basement of the Las Vegas arcade on Wardour Street in London for the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 tournament organized in cooperation with UK Arcade Racers. This is also an opportunity to show Bandai Namco Games the interest in this series in Europe because at this time, the release of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 on the old continent is a nothing but a sweet dream. If you can be there, please confirm your entry on the Facebook event page. But first, be sure to read the full rules at UK Arcade Racers blog.
Warning! Aliens landed in Belgium! You can now play the deluxe version of Aliens Armageddon at the Reflex arcade in Oostende. The latest lightgun shooter from Play Mechanix offers non-stop action with continuous xenomorph massacre. The action takes place in the near future where aliens have invaded planet Earth. Your role is to help the surviving humans to leave the planet. The game reminds Terminator Salvation but has a larger screen (55" instead of 42") and is even more nervous. Be prepared; creatures will leave you no respite! In addition to the Reflex in Oostende, you will also get the chance to play this game next week at Charleroi's funfair (starting on Saturday, April 19). You'll find the game at Coney-Island mobile arcade. This arcade will stop at Namur in July, Charleroi in August, Tournai in September and Liège in October. You have no excuse to miss Aliens Armageddon which already promises to be the best shooter of the year!
A new character is playable in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- v.1.02 that is out today: Ramletherl Valentine. This is a mysterious character who, although having the appearance of a girl, is not human and has declared war to the whole world. Arc System Works also made some adjustments and bug fixes.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Arcade Ver.1.05 is available today. A new character is added: Phase-4 (voiced by Houko Kuwashima), a clone of Kasumi that is the final version of Alpha Project (video). This update also adds new costumes for existing characters and if the player chooses a random costume, the selection remains stored on his Aime card. A bug has been fixed: in case of power outage, when the game started up again it happened that the game displayed funny graphics... Adjustments were also made to characters moves.
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