NG: DEV.TEAM has unveiled its next Neo-Geo MVS game: a vertical maniac shooting game named NEO XYX. To finance the title, the development team imagined a quite original system: the game development budget will depend on the number of pre-orders. If the budget is low, the game will be released in January 2013. By cons, if they collect a lot of money, stages will be longer, there will be more midboss, more game modes and game size will also be greater. About gameplay, the score system is based on medal chaining and a mild rank system. Furthermore, the player will be able to collect bombs to help him in his task. There will be 6 levels with varied and colorful settings, 6 endbosses, 16-bit hand-drawn graphics (dot graphics). NEO XYX will be the first Neo-Geo game to use a vertical screen (TATE). It will however be usable on horizontal monitors thanks to an option to switch between vertical (TATE) and horizontal controls (YOKO). The limited edition MVS cartridge is limited to 50-75 units worldwide. Pre sales get an early bird discount of 9% / 40 EUR (€ 399 instead of € 439). The limited edition package will include a shockbox, a 12-page full colour game manual, 2 posters and a soundtrack CD. As with all NG: DEV.TEAM games, the cartridge will feature a USB port to update the game. NEO XYX can be pre-ordered on NG: DEV.DIRECT. The status of the budget can also be checked there.
Almost a year after the release of the 19th episode, Konami will release beatmania IIDX 20 - Tricoro tomorrow. There are now seven game modes available from Step Up Mode for beginners to Hazard mode for experts. This year there are 20 new songs from all styles from BEMANIand other artists such as dj TAKA, Hideki Naganuma, OSTER project, ... For the first time in the beatmania series, the game is in HD, videos of old songs have been adapted. Upgrade kit will be available on September 25th.
4 months to go until EAG International 2013. For the fourth consecutive time, ExCeL London will host the main European Amusement trade show. This year, the offer is extended to attractions with the support of BALPPA members. In addition to direct mailing and social networks, exhibitors will benefit of an extended promotion through more than 40 media partners. For visitors, EAG is an opportunity to discover the latest in arcade video games, redemption, gaming, pool tables, jukeboxes, kiddie rides and all the necessary equipment to amusement machine operators. This trade show is also famous for its seminars dealing with hot topics while providing advice and the opportunity to share ideas with well-known member of the industry. The last edition attracted more than 5000 visitors from over 60 countries. Registration for this new edition is open. Visitors who register online get a fast access to the show and receive important information. EAG International 2013 will open its doors on January 22, 23 and 24. Visit EAG website for more information.
An update of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 is available since today. Namco Bandai added a new game mode: the "alter ego national mode" where players must race on each Japanese prefecture. Each prefecture won, the player receives a new license plate or a bonus for "dress up" his car. New items for customise the cars will be regularly added. If the player manages to dominate the country, he receives a special sticker. Players can now create and join teams.
Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle Royale Super Saiyan Awakening is upgraded to version 2.03 today. Two new characters have been added: Broly and Yamcha. Yamcha special attacks: Roga Fufu Ken (Wolf fang fist wind), Kamehameha, Reverse run! Repeat Kamehameha and Sokidan (Spirit spheres). Broly special attack: slow Gigantic, Gigantic and Omega blaster driver. A new stage "iceberg zone" is now available. All characters and combat system have undergone some adjustments.
5 years is the time needed for Initial D 4 to come to Belgium. It's the last game in the series to have been translated into English. Adapted from a manga by ShÅ«ichi Shigeno, this Sega racing game immerses you in the universe of illegal mountain races on Eurobeat music. Unlike most arcade racing games, this one offers a role play side as each race is preceded by a short sequence where your opponent talks to you. Each duel earns you points thanks to which you can improve your car (if you own the game card) with genuine parts from 5zigen, BN Sports, Border, Bozz Speed, Charge Speed, Enkei, C-West, Jun, Cibié, RS Watanabe, ... If the game seems quite technical at first and the mountain course tricky, you will progress very quickly. Will you become a pro drifter? Besides the story mode, there is a "Time Attack" mode and an "In-store Battle" mode allowing you to confront the other player even if he's in the middle of a a race. The machine is located at Jeux Américains mobile arcade which is currently in Charleroi. It will be in Tournai in September and in Liège in October. This is the European cabinet with Initial D 4 version 1.5 software. For now, the card readers/dispensers are turned off, but we are assured that they will be available in a few weeks. For fans of Japanese cars (Mazda RX-7, Subaru WRX, Toyota Trueno AE86, Lancer Evo, ...), the anime is available in English through Funimation. The first episode of the fifth season will be available on Perfect Choice Pay-Per-View channel on November 9th. Let's drift!!!
After recovering the rights of the The Rumble Fish licence formerly shared with Sega, Dimps releases The Rumble Fish 2 for NESicaxLive today. The original game was out on Atomiswave in 2005. Dimps does not merely a simple port of its 2D fighting game: many improves have been added. The characters have been rebalanced, the gameplay was adjusted with the system of Double Impact Cancel. Graphically, the effects have been improved and when the game is set in 16:9 high-resolution, the player can choose to display the game logo or his character move list on the right and left sides of the screen. Now there is a loading screen that displays tips.
Mobile Suit Gundam - Senjo no Kizuna REV.3.10 is available since today. As usual two new mechas are added. The RTX-440 Ground Assault Type Guntank is equipped with 7 weapons (220mm Cannon, 4-tube Pop Gun, 2-tube Improved Pop Gun, 30mm Machine Gun, Rocket Launcher, MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Flamethrower) and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front 3 OAV series released in 2008. The YMT-05 Hildolfr is equiped with 4 weapons (33cm Cannon, Smoke Discharger, Shovel Arm, 105mm Machine Guns) and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War 3 OAV series released in 2004. Both Gundam cost 7000 points.
Today at BlazBlue Festival 2012, Arc System Works announced the release of a new BlazBlue in arcades for Winter 2012. Its name is BlazBlue Chronophantasma. A presentation video shows the caracters present in the game: there are three new fighters, Amane Nishiki, Bullet and Azrael. The others caracters are: Ragna The Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, Noel Vermillion, Rachel Alucard, Taokaka, Iron Tager, Litchi Faye Ling, Arakune, Bang Shishigami, Carl Clover, Hakumen, Tsubaki Yayoi, Hazama, Makoto Nanaya, Valkenhayn R Hellsing, Platinum The Trinity and Relius Clover. Arc System Works also revealed that location tests will be held at Hey Akihabara.
Cave announced some time ago that their future games will be released on NESiCAxLive. To inaugurate this new collaboration with Taito, Cave re-releases Akai Katana today, the horizontal shoot'em up out in August 2010 in which the player can transform from an airplane to a ninja. Akai Katana for NESiCAxLive is actually a port of the "Shin" mode from the version out on XBox 360 and that included an extra level and the "real" end of the game. With this re-release an online ranking is added and the degree of difficulty has been revised.
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