Archive for the ‘Beatmania’ category

Konami releases BeatmaniaIIDX Empress in Japan

November 21, 2008

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[Via BemaniStyle.com]

While most of our news the past few days has been about US arcade releases, they are still busy in Japan as well. Konami has released the latest addition to their Beatmania line-up, BeatmaniaIIDX Empress. As the name and banner above suggests, this title carries a bit more feminine theme to it than other Beatmania games in the mix, so I guess we’ll see how guys take to the game. It does feature quite a line-up of music that should be particularly pleasing to Beatmania fans, including music from an American bemani fan turned Konami artist. The playlist features over 40 songs and it also will use a number of e-amusement pass features. Check Bemanistyle for the full run-down on the title.

[Official BeatmaniaIIDX Empress site] [Discuss on the Forums]

UBeat (known in Japan as Jubeat) USA location test info

September 14, 2008

Konami has decided to test out their latest bemani title UBeat in the US and thanks to one of our readers and forum members, Phil Arrington, we have a look at this interesting new game that takes the genre a bit further thanks to it’s change in focus from the feet to the hands. As Phil puts it: “UBeat Beta,[is] basically the best thing to hit U.S. (Arcade music wise) in a long time.” In addition to being a new idea it is simple enough that allows a larger number of people to comfortably approach the game and have fun than say DDR. Of course the different nature of the game and it’s cabinet can work both ways of both attracting or repelling people depending on their tastes but Phil says that once you try it out, it is rather addicting and you could possibly spend hours plaiyng on this one. Phil predicts that UBeat will be a hit – I’ll agree with him along as Konami USA can get this out at a reasonable price so enough operators can pick it up. Plenty of people are interested in something different and I have always felt that this is where arcades can shine in creating games that are so unique that they just won’t translate well at all to a console.

For the full rundown on the UBeat test, check out Phil’s post in our forums.

Some news from games in Japan

April 3, 2008

A bit of Japan news here (which as always we must keep in mind that something here may or may not show up outside of Japan although we always hope that it will), first with a lookpopnmusiccab.jpg at another Bemani title from Konami known as Pop N’ Music Party, this is #16 I pic2.jpgbelieve and includes more than 700 songs, with 40 new songs being added to the game along with new characters. The cabinet certainly is colorful and eye-catching, I’d like to see this game being played at least. Speaking of that I believe that it was an earlier Pop N’ Music game that was featured in a popular video that has made the rounds around the internet for a few years, the control panel looks similar but I have never played Pop N’ Music (imports are hard to come by where I’m at).

Also we have an update to the popular technical racer from Sega, Initial D4. While it is not entirely clear what the full details are regarding this update, it’s obvious that it includes some new cars and some improvements to the overall balance of the game. I was hoping to see this at ASI as I don’t know of any arcade near me that has an ID4 unit. Either way the game continues to look great and any improvements to the gameplay to what is already considered a great game deserves a thumbs up.

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[The above via Ge-Sen and The Stinger Report]

Also there has been an update to the website for the new arcade fighter Blazblue that includes 2D character artwork against 3D backgrounds. They have posted a video there that shows more of the in-game action but I don’t know if the video is anything differentbblue.png from what was shown in AOU. I think that it looks pretty good and should please fans of these kinds of fighters that love to throw all these over-the-top effects on the screen with the moves. But they also have posted a PDF that shows the move sets for four of the characters.

[BlazBlue Official Website]

Konami’s new BeMani Slot – the videos

March 28, 2008

A short time ago The Stinger Report brought to our attention the new pachislot game based upon Konami’s Beatmania series and now we have videos of the game in action. Thanks to Arcade Renaissance for pointing these out.

[Youtube= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aOpBfls_i8%5D

[Discuss on the Forum]

Konami's new BeMani Slot – the videos

March 28, 2008

A short time ago The Stinger Report brought to our attention the new pachislot game based upon Konami’s Beatmania series and now we have videos of the game in action. Thanks to Arcade Renaissance for pointing these out.

[Youtube= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aOpBfls_i8%5D

[Discuss on the Forum]

Konami’s BeMani Slot

March 22, 2008

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OK so we generally don’t report on slot machines but this was interesting. Konami Parlour Entertainment (KPE) has created and launched a new slot machine that is based upon their Bemani concept called Beatmania. It has a large LCD screen at the top and an attractive look over all. I’ve noticed that more and more slot machines are beginning to use video games as a basis for their themes, I guess it’s a good tie-in if your company also develops arcade titles.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Konami's BeMani Slot

March 22, 2008

kpebemani.jpg

OK so we generally don’t report on slot machines but this was interesting. Konami Parlour Entertainment (KPE) has created and launched a new slot machine that is based upon their Bemani concept called Beatmania. It has a large LCD screen at the top and an attractive look over all. I’ve noticed that more and more slot machines are beginning to use video games as a basis for their themes, I guess it’s a good tie-in if your company also develops arcade titles.

[Discuss on the Forum]


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