The latest beatmania game is out in Japan today: beatmania IIDX 25 CANNON BALLERS. The new theme is racing and the title is derived from the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, a series of illegal cross-country races held in America during the 1970s. For the first time since tricoro released in 2012, the game hardware has been upgraded and the audio drivers are also changed. Konami added two cameras: one pointed on the player's hand on the controls and the other pointed on the player's face. The daily bonuses from SINOBUZ return with some changes. The NINJA RANK is now called DJ RANK and it features more details and organisation options.
Sega has just released a free software upgrade for Daytona Championship USA. This upgrade brings new features and refine existing features to improve the game experience. To be sure that all players can enjoy it, Sega decided to distribute it for free. The famous Panoramic Attract Sequence is back: now you can watch the attract sequence action explode across all linked screens (minimum 4 linked cabinets required). The car handling is improved thanks to refinements. The force feedback is also refined to let you feel every crash. Sega revised the difficulty and AI to make the game more accessible for beginners. The graphics and audio are upgraded to deliver a more immersive experience. A new Party Mode has been added: operators can now schedule private events for parties and automate a unique event for up to 128 named players. Sega will send an USB-drive to the owners of the game and the upgrade can also be downloaded here.
In 2018, it will be the 70th time that London hosts the traditional January coin-op show. The EAG International will be held at the ExCel London Exhibition Center from January 16 to 18. For the 4th time, it will be accompanied by the Visitor Attraction Expo that focuses on small attractions and indoor and adventure play. This year, EAG International will welcome many first-time exhibitors. There will be more than 300 exhibitors from all around the world that will showcase their latest products and technologies. During the show, visitors will be able to attend free seminars on various themes which have been organised by BACTA: Emerging Payment Systems, Growing Your Business With Social Media, Common Compliance Themes In The Arcade Sector, Virtual Reality Technology,... As usual, the main actors of the amusement market will be present: BANDAI NAMCO Amusements Europe, Sega Amusements International, Electrocoin, JNC Sales,... Registrations for the show are open here.
Sega's new maimai title is out today. It's named maimai MiLK. This new episode features 3 new partners: Raz (CV: Sakura Ayane), Chiffon (CV: MAKO) and Salt (CV: Hiromi Igarashi). You can choose one of these three characters at the beginning of the game to become your partner, after you complete a song, the character experience you choose will increase. A new mode is available: Survival Course. The course is composed by four tracks, every time you miss a note, you loose life. maimai MiLK has a new theme song: Magical Flavor by Deco * 27 ft. Tia. And of course, there are new songs added in Niconico & Vocaloid, Sega, Original & Joypolis, Touhou Project and Pop & Anime categories.
Sega just announced a new game: Ongeki. It will be developed by the same team than maimai and CHUNITHM. A location test is scheduled at Sega Akiba 3 from December 15 to 17 and a niconico live will start on December 13, 20:00 (local time) at this address: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv309115850. The website shows that the game will feature a W.A.D (big switch), a lever and an card slot.
Square Enix launches Million Arthur Arcana Blood today. This a new 2d figthing game released on the NESiCAxLive 2. The Million Arthur franchise is very popular in Japan. The arcade version is based on the card-based mobile game series Million Arthur. Million Arthur Arcana Blood includes characters from the mobile game: Arthur (voiced by Mamoru Miyano), Iai Arthur (voiced by Sumire Uesaka), Nitou Arthur (voiced by Arthur Lounsbery), Touzoku Arthur (voiced by Ayane Sakura) and Zex Siegfried (voiced by Yuki Kaji). 2 characters from Seiken Densetsu 3 are also available: Riesz and Hawkeye. Million Arthur Arcana Blood features an original support character system: the player can equip 3 Support Knight cards (each requiring a certain amount of assist point to use) to summon a Support Knight to help him during the battle. The game uses 4 buttons: A, B and C buttons are weak, medium and strong attacks and the D button is attribute attack. Attribute attacks are classified as "fire" "ice" and "wind" for each character, each having special effects such as adding additional damage or restoring physical strength.
Densha de GO!! is finally out more than one year after Taito announced it! 21 years after the first game, Densha de Go! returns to arcades. Taito wanted to create an immersive game thanks to the special cabinet and high quality graphics. And the result is worth the work accomplished. Square Enix provided overwhelming quality graphics, the game engine features various weather conditions and different seasons. The cabinet recreates the cab of a real train with authentic controls, three wide screens for the scenery and a touchscreen panel showing the various indicators of the control stand. For now, the Yamanote Line between Harajuku and Shinagawa is available but regular updates will add new routes from all the country. As in the previous works, the mission system will offer the full experience of a train operator's day including taking care of passengers and time management. The player has to operate safely while keeping speed limit, traffic lights etc... and then, he must stop exactly at the stop position. He gets more points and wins titles if he follows the rules.
Data Discs announced their next product today. For the first time, it will not be a Sega title! Data Discs starts a new partnership with SNK Corporation. And the first vinyl release coming from this association is Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001. The game music was composed in 1996 by Takushi Hiyamuta. Data Disk worked more than one year with SNK Japan to release this soundtrack. They used a NEOGEO development kit to record the game musics and mastered them in their studio in London. The record features all the musics used in the game (7 tracks on side A and 6 on side B). As usual the packaging is gorgeous with a gatefold sleeve, a double-sided lithographic insert with rare Metal Slug artwork and a special translucent OBI strip. Three editions are available: tri-colour stripe with white splatter (limited edition), opaque yellow and classic black. A download code for the digital album is also included in all versions. Reservations starts on Saturday October 7th at data-discs.com and the orders will be shipped by the end of November.
Sega starts operation of WORLD CLUB Champion Football 2016-2017 Ver.3.0 today. This update adds players from the 18 clubs from the J-League as normal cards. Furthermore, the rare category "The Specialist" is revived. For example, you can find Marco Verratti, Gerard Pique, Iker Casillas and James Milner in this category. New cards for each club are also added.
Blade Strangers is a new 2D fighting game developed by Studio Saizensen that has just been announced. It will be released on Sega's ALL?Net P-ras MULTI. A location test is scheduled from September 22 to 24 at the Sega Akihabara building No.1. It features characters from Japanese games. During the location test, 5 characters will be available: Solange and Master T Drakkhen from Code of Princess, Curly from Cave Story, Umihara Kawase and Emiko from Umihara Kawase. A home version published by Nicalis for Switch, PS4 and PC are also announced for late 2017.
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