Archive for April 30, 2010

"Enuain Perfect World" joins the chorus of 2D fighters

April 30, 2010

While 2D games aren’t impossible to find anymore, they certainly aren’t as common as they used to be. It seems like one genre that happily embraces the old art of using hand-drawn characters is fighters. SNK is still doing that with the King of Fighters, Examu’s games are all pretty much 2D affairs and now a new fighter from Subtle Style is looking to throw it’s chips into the game with Enuain Perfect World. I have a feeling that the title isn’t translated correctly but that’s the best we have for now. As you can see from the video below, the game has huge character sprites, tons of effects and a level of speed that zips along at a pace that should keep players happy.

EPW is scheduled for a release in June in Japan. It makes use of the System Board Y2 hardware, which was first shown off at AOU 2009 and so far has been used primarily for 2D fighting games.

[Enuain Perfect World site] [Via  Small room Aries]

“Enuain Perfect World” joins the chorus of 2D fighters

April 30, 2010

While 2D games aren’t impossible to find anymore, they certainly aren’t as common as they used to be. It seems like one genre that happily embraces the old art of using hand-drawn characters is fighters. SNK is still doing that with the King of Fighters, Examu’s games are all pretty much 2D affairs and now a new fighter from Subtle Style is looking to throw it’s chips into the game with Enuain Perfect World. I have a feeling that the title isn’t translated correctly but that’s the best we have for now. As you can see from the video below, the game has huge character sprites, tons of effects and a level of speed that zips along at a pace that should keep players happy.

EPW is scheduled for a release in June in Japan. It makes use of the System Board Y2 hardware, which was first shown off at AOU 2009 and so far has been used primarily for 2D fighting games.

[Enuain Perfect World site] [Via  Small room Aries]

Konami unveils new Bemani title Reflec Beat

April 30, 2010

When checking the AM-Net Blog this morning, they had an announcement regarding a new Konami title that we had not heard about previously called Reflec Beat. I thought that it might be another update to Jubeat/uBeat but details on the game were pretty much non-existent on that site. Fortunately, BemaniStyle.com has people checking out the location tests of DDRX2 and Jubeat Knit in Japan, where Konami decided to show off Reflect Beat for the first time, so they have a brief rundown on what we know about the game so far.

The game features a multi-touch screen set vertically and with an aspect ratio of 16:10. It’s a 2 player game – two machines can be linked together but if no human player is present, it substitutes a CPU one. The game works similarly to a console game known as Boom Boom Rocket but there are currently no videos of Reflec Beat in action so we will have to wait and see how this game differs.They don’t mention whether it uses the new e-payment system Konami was testing out with the other games on loctest there, Paseli but I have to imagine that it will since the other two titles testing there do.

You can read more about Reflec Beat here @ Bemanistyle.com.

UPDATE: Several Japanese game sites have been going crazy about this game. As Konami was sure to keep cameras away from the machine close-up, they have drawn out how the game works and described it further. Check Small Room Aries, this blog, and Goku2 for more details.

Challenge Arcade announces "World Record Weekend II" competition this December

April 30, 2010

If you are a competitive arcade gamer then this announcement should give you plenty of time to prepare for a tournament coming up this December, called World Record Weekend II. The event will be held at the Challenge Arcade in Wyomissing, PA, Dec. 3rd-5th. You might recall that Challenge Arcade was the first arcade location that Stride Gum helped out prior to announcing their Save The Arcades campaign.

Whether any prizes will be given away wasn’t hinted at in the release but you’ll be able to compete on any of the games they have at the store. You can even bring your own arcade machine if you wish (and register properly ahead of time). By registering now to compete on a particular game in their line-up, guarantees that the game will be there for the competition. They also will have more to compete on than just arcade games, with partner Too Many Games bringing home console and handheld systems to the event to compete on as well. For more details, check out the press release below or visit Challenge Arcade’s website.

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Challenge Arcade announces “World Record Weekend II” competition this December

April 30, 2010

If you are a competitive arcade gamer then this announcement should give you plenty of time to prepare for a tournament coming up this December, called World Record Weekend II. The event will be held at the Challenge Arcade in Wyomissing, PA, Dec. 3rd-5th. You might recall that Challenge Arcade was the first arcade location that Stride Gum helped out prior to announcing their Save The Arcades campaign.

Whether any prizes will be given away wasn’t hinted at in the release but you’ll be able to compete on any of the games they have at the store. You can even bring your own arcade machine if you wish (and register properly ahead of time). By registering now to compete on a particular game in their line-up, guarantees that the game will be there for the competition. They also will have more to compete on than just arcade games, with partner Too Many Games bringing home console and handheld systems to the event to compete on as well. For more details, check out the press release below or visit Challenge Arcade’s website.

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Taito opens new flagship arcade in Yokohama Japan

April 30, 2010

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Taito has a new six story arcade to check out if you happen to be in Yokohama Japan, and they were happy to start it off with a bang. Company executives showed up and made some speeches, they had a celebrity, Maomi Yuuki on hand ; Taito announced a new line of plush products to be carried in their cranes and they even had the new Gaia Attack 4 machine

In-game shot from Gaia Attack 4

on display. You might recall from AOU that GA4 is a four-player light-gun game from Taito/Gamewax which features CGI content overlaid onto real-world footage. While the game isn’t set to release until July, the demo version they have setup here includes footage from this Game Station location.

If you look at the Game Watch article about this though, they don’t have many details revolving around the exact games you can play there as apparently the plush line featuring characters Gaspard and Lisa is a pretty big deal. I imagine that some of Taito’s latest arcade releases are there, including Music Gun Gun, elevator Action Death Parade, Cyber Diver and others. They do list what content each floor has however with the basement housing crane and music games, the first floor more cranes, the second floor gun and card games, the third & fourth floors feature medal games with the 4th focusing on Pachinko, the fifth floor mahjong games and the sixth floor sticker picture machines. This brings a total of 300 machines tot he operation, which should help stave off boredom for even the most picky players. The store uses LED lighting to keep electricity costs down and the first and sixth floors employ a fragrance deployment system to enhance the environment of that particular floor.

You can visit the official website for this location here.

[Details via Game Watch]

Namco shows off Gundam Extreme Versus (UPDATED)

April 30, 2010

(Thanks to ECM for the tip)

At AOU 2010 Namco Bandai said that they were working on a new Gundan arcade title, called Gundam Extreme VS. At the time they didn’t reveal many details about the game, although we found out it would use the PS3 powered System 357 hardware. Today Namco held a press event for the game and revealed much more about it, including a number of screenshots and game details.

First we see that the game will use same style of HD cabinet that Namco used for Tekken 6. At least four cabinets can be linked up for multiplay and they also will have a “Live Monitor” unit which is the sort of thing you see every now and then in Japanese arcades, which allows a larger group to see what’s going on. The monitor can not only split the screen four ways to show what is currently going on in the game, it also records play from the past 100 matches for players to watch as well. It also works as a terminal for managing player data saved on IC data cards. With a 42″ display, it’s sure to be an essential addition to any arcade with several Gundam units.

Dengeki Online says that the basic rules of the game from the most recent  Gundam VS. game hasn’t changed. Other than that, here are a few pics to drool over. Why is it that only Japan gets the pleasure of having arcade games made where robots demolish each other?

"I like big guns and I cannot lie..."

More over at AndriaSang.com

UPDATE: Namco has already announced two location tests for the game in a little over a week and they have a teaser site for the game available.


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