Archive for February 15, 2008

AOU 2008 – Videos of Jubeat, Action Cop, BlazBlue, Gundam and KOF XII

February 15, 2008

From youtube user Gigazine comes some videos from AOU 2008. I have to say that it’s nice that so much attention is being given to arcades right now because of AOU but at the same time it’s disappointing – not because of AOU itself but because everyone only seems to be getting excited about a Japanese arcade show, where many of the games aren’t being released outside of that country. Where was all the mainstream excitement for ATEI or IAAPA? Almost no one mentioned the release of Big Buck Safari, Primeval Hunt, RaceTV or Blazing Angels. I know the answer is found in stuff like Street Fighter IV because of the history of that game but it’s still a little disappointing to see how quick many places are to declare the death of the arcade but once something big comes along they are all over it. Speaking of industry shows, I do plan on heading to ASI next month where some new games will be shown off for the US market. That should be a lot of fun.

Konami’s Jubeat

Action Cop

BlazBlue

Gundam VS. Gundam

From a different user, NeoGeoForLife we have KOF XII

Also I’d like to point out that Arcade Renaissance has a page with links to more videos on their site.

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AOU 2008 – Street Fighter IV to be released in July

February 15, 2008

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[Via AM Net]

AM Net reports that Capcom has announced a release date for Street Fighter IV in Japan. The game is scheduled for “late July” or possibly mid-August in the event of a delay. WE’ll keep an eye on Coinopexpress for that – if it turns out that Capcom won’t bring an arcade version to the States I’m going to import this sucker for my arcade.

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AOU Pamphlets of Street Fighter IV, Blazblue, Jubeat, more

February 15, 2008

One site has posted scans of some pamphlets of several games being showcased at AOU. All the text is in Japanese of course but you still can get an idea of what’s going on. We do learn that SFIV will use a six button layout (that may have been confirmed elsewhere already but I haven’t read it yet) and Crimson Viper is from the US. They do not have the new character Abel on there so I guess it was printed before they decided to reveal him. Scans via Aries Cubicles.

BlazBlue

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 Jubeat

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 Street Fighter IV

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Also Kotaku has someone over at the show who has been snapping a lot of pics and writing impressions. It sounds like Street Fighter IV has succeeded in impressing people, all the more reason for an arcade release to come to the States.

Here is a video posted to youtube of SFIV in action by user Gigazine. (via Kotaku)

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AOU 2008 Begins

February 15, 2008

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AOU 2008 has begun in Japan and with it come images. AM Net has posted a number of images up to their site already and expect to see more over the next few days from them as they are pretty much the arcade authorities in Japan. The first images are pretty good, showing a number of booths from various Japanese arcade companies and the best thing about the images at the moment is they were taken without many people around so you can see everything each booth has to offer. A few of the games you can see is Arcana Heart, MaxiTune 3, BlazBlue, Sega’s UFO Catcher (also shown at ATEI), a new racer called Final Turn, Samurai Spirits, D1GP, the new King of Fighters ’98, The Lord of Vermilion, and last but not least (as this is the game that most western news outlets are only paying any attention to) Street Fighter IV. The SFIV booth also happens to be the picture with the most people standing around in it so far so expect more pictures to show long lines. It’s safe to say that there is enough interest in the arcade version of SFIV that Capcom would be stupid to not release it in that form outside of Japan although who knows what they plan to do since eventual console releases are also planned for the game. If we learn anything else from the event, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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