Archive for August 13, 2007

Big update at Coinopexpress; Basara X, Silent Hill, Otomedius listed

August 13, 2007

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Coinopexpress has updated their “Coming Soon” section with a number of games, a few of which we hope to see outside of Japan. I might have overlooked Guitar Freaks V4 previously but it is listed as a full machine along with Drum Mania V4 and both will be released on Aug. 31st. The anime side-scrolling shmup (which is graced by a huge busty anime female for the marquee) Otomedius and Silent Hill The Arcade are listed for Oct. 31st; the overhead vertical shmup (which is by a company called Triangle and it looks a little like Raiden 3 or 4) Exzeal is listed for Nov. 1st; and finally another bemani game from Konami called Pop N Beat 15 Adventure is listed for Nov. 15th along with the highly anticipated Sengoku Basara X (Capcom’s new 2D fighter based on Devil Kings). All of the new games minus Basara X are listed as full machines and with the exception of a few games like Silent Hill we don’t know exactly what will and will not see an international release.

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Maximum Tune 3, Namco Bandai's first global launch

August 13, 2007

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[Thanks to The Stinger Report]

In the gaming world it seems that the best launches are always global ones. Game consoles are starting to perfect the art now and arcade manufacturers seem to be getting the same idea. I’m just happy to see players across the globe getting the same chance to play games as opposed to seeing one group sit on their hands waiting for months on end. In reading the press release I almost get a feeling that they are already targeting GlobalVR’s NASCAR title which has been slowly building up the hype as going to be a huge title. Hey, the more the merrier – now they just to start one-upping each other on genres other than racers, fighters and light-gun games. Hit the post break for the full press release.

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Maximum Tune 3, Namco Bandai’s first global launch

August 13, 2007

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[Thanks to The Stinger Report]

In the gaming world it seems that the best launches are always global ones. Game consoles are starting to perfect the art now and arcade manufacturers seem to be getting the same idea. I’m just happy to see players across the globe getting the same chance to play games as opposed to seeing one group sit on their hands waiting for months on end. In reading the press release I almost get a feeling that they are already targeting GlobalVR’s NASCAR title which has been slowly building up the hype as going to be a huge title. Hey, the more the merrier – now they just to start one-upping each other on genres other than racers, fighters and light-gun games. Hit the post break for the full press release.

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5th Arcadia Cup Tournament ends today

August 13, 2007

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[Via Arcade Renaissance]

I missed this one last weekend, thanks to The Stinger Report for pointing me to it.

The Tougeki Super Battle Opera is opening the festivities for its 5th Arcadia Cup Tournament in Japan this weekend. Arcadia is the largest public based amusement title, with a dedicated following of the latest in amusement gaming.

 

Here’s the basic schedule for this weekend from the tournament’s official website:

August 11th
Soul Calibur III
Arcade Edition
Virtua Fighter 5
Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection

August 12th
King of Fighters ’98
Hyper Street Fighter II Anniversary Edition
Street Fighter III Third Strike

August 13th
Arcana Heart Full
Melty Blood Act Cadenza Ver. B
Guilty Gear Accent Core

It ends today but it sounds like it was a great competition.  We need more competitions like this in the States but many arcade operators (at least in every arcade I have ever visited) seem oblivious to such good ideas.

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Hacked Initial D4 cards?

August 13, 2007

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[Via The Stinger Report]

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths at which some players will go to cheat at games because they aren’t good enough to get anywhere otherwise or they are too lazy to actually improve their skills to master a game. Personally I find cheating in a game boring, which stems from the time when you had God Mode in Doom. I quickly found for myself that taking the challenge out of the game didn’t make it exciting or fun. Unfortunately many other players don’t seem to find it boring at all and will go to any length to cheat to gain some sort of personal glory they can’t get based on their skills alone (this is one factor that makes many online games more frustrating than fun).

Stinger reports that Sega has been monitoring a number of unusual incidents where it appears that players have hacked the IC data cards used on their new racing title Initial D4. Players on an Initial D forum have confirmed seeing hacked cards in operation. Unless Sega discovers some way to stop this it could also mean that games such as Tekken 6 and Virtua Fighter 5 will be susceptible to similar attacks by untalented players (my own emphasis on the untalented part).

I really do hope that Sega will come up with a way to prevent this – one thing I love about arcades is that the players generally cannot modify the game itself so it’s their own skill or nothing.

New Crane concept – Robo Crane

August 13, 2007

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[Via Kevin Williams @ The Stinger Report]

Toy cranes haven’t changed much over the years but as of late they have been seeing some hard competition from the likes of Stacker titles.  In Japan they have come up with a new concept for cranes called the RoboCrane. Players steer a robot around to collect their prizes which leads to a different feel and degree of control over traditional cranes. It is an interesting concept and is currently being tested in Japanese arcade venues.

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