Archive for April 17, 2007

Tekken 6 News Update

April 17, 2007


According to a post on the forums of Tekken fansite Tekken Zaibatsu, the May issue of Japan’s Arcadia magazine contains some new exclusive details regarding Tekken 6, which plans to be released in Japanese arcades by the end of 2007. However, at this point in time, the game is still only 40% complete.

One of the major differences going from Tekken 5 into Tekken 6is the complete change of character animations for every single character on the roster. What this means is that players will no longer be able to rely on the same old visual cues when it comes to predicting their opponents’ techniques. The article takes particular notice of the animation changes made to both Lei and Yoshimitsu, who have gradually sunk lower and lower into the character tiers since Tekken Tag Tournament and have therefore been in serious need of a character overhaul.

In particular, director Katsuhiro Harada explained that Yoshimitsu has been too difficult a character to control with too high of a learning curve in recent Tekken games, so his moves — particularly, his sword styles — have been changed drastically for Tekken 6. As the story goes in this game, Yoshi’s sword has been losing power, which threatens his position of leader of his Manji clan. So in order to adapt, he’s been forced to adopt two new fighting styles: one that uses twin swords and one that uses fists. Whether Yoshi can freely switch between styles during play remains to be seen.

[Read on via GamePro]

Love & Berry: The Musical

April 17, 2007


Is there no end to what spin off is coming next from Love and Berry, apparently not!

Sega‘s cash cow Love and Berry got stage send up at Pacifico Yokohama National Universities Hall. Dubbed “Oshare Majo Love and Berry Magical Concert ~ Orchestra and Dream Stage ~, the event included an orchestral performance of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” as well as those crappy Love and Berry songs. But the real music to Sega’s ears? the sound of cash registers ringing up LB merchandise, no doubt.”

[via Kotaku]

Earls Court sale may be imminent

April 17, 2007

Where will our main industry trade show go to if the sale of Earls Court and Olympia actually went through. Birmingham’s NEC would be one good alternative, what do you think? News story follows….

UK: St James Capital is currently in talks with Chelsfield Partners, the UK property company, over the potential sale of the home of ATEI and ICE exhibitions, Earls Court, as well as the company’s Olympia exhibition centre.

Chelsfield Partners is one of a number of interested parties that are believed to have approached the private property fund.

A spokesman for St James Capital said: “We’re talking to a number of different parties, all of who share our vision for the business, but there are three potential options.

“One is a sale, another is a joint venture with a strategic partner and the third is a refinancing.”

Property entrepreneurs Anthony Lyons, David Coffer and Simon Conway, who run St James Capital, bought the Earls Court and Olympia venues for £245m in 2004. The sites have been up for sale for around 18 months.

[via Amusement Arcade]

Arcade Games On The Rise

April 17, 2007

This story makes a nice change from the usual doom and gloom that we usual hear about the arcade industry. In fact it’s made my day

Following a substantial price hike in shopping mall floor space and increased competition from games consoles, the number of US arcades plummeted to as low as 2,500 in recent years, down three quarters from 10,000 sites during the industry’s 1980s peak. However, a revival has seen that figure rise to 3,500.“Quite a resurgence,” according to Michael Rudowicz, president of the American Amusement Machine Association. “The Y generation communicates by word of mouse. It’s cool to get out to play with your peers,” he said.A Fox News report claims that nostalgia and an increased focus on family orientated entertainment centers both play a prominent role in this growth. Popular Japanese import Dance Dance Revolution is just one game doing the rounds at national chains including AMC Theaters and Chuck E. Cheese, a restaurant franchise set up by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell.

Game designers and developers frustrated with mainstream industry practices are also getting in on the action, with last year’s top selling arcade title Big Buck, which shifted 7,000 units, designed by former Midway Games employee Eugene Jarvis

[via Arcade Ranaissance]

MK2 Out On PS3

April 17, 2007

Also have just found out that MK2 has been available since last Thursday on the Playstation 3 Store. Generally considered the finest of the MK series and with ten new levels, online multiplayer and smack-talk inducing leaderboards this is sure to be a hit for the Playstation Store

[Head over to Gamespot for thier review]

Wii VC Releases

April 17, 2007


We’ve got to arcadey releases this week on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console, read on…..

Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit. Take them on one by one, starting with skinny Glass Joe. Battle up through King Hippo and all the way to the WVBA Champion himself. Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must pay attention to subtle changes in their body position to dodge jaw-breaking blows. With great graphics, addictive action and a touch of humor, this game will keep players entertained for hours. (Note: this is not Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, but a later version of the game in which Mike Tyson is replaced with the fictional Mr. Dream)

Virtua Fighter 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): Virtua Fighter was the very first 3-D fighting game in the industry and introduced six unique characters, each with their own martial arts style. In Virtua Fighter 2, the intrepid fighters return to the World Fighting Tournament. Players take to the stage to see who will claim the championship title. Will it be Lau Chan, Kage-Maru, Wolf Hawkfield, Jeffry McWild, Akira Yuki, Jacky Bryant, Sarah Bryant or Pai Chan? The answer lies within. Players immerse themselves in this technically challenging game and see if they have what it takes to be the champion of the second World Fighting Tournament.

[via the Wiire]