Archive for April 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

Via

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.

Catching up with new games from China: Dogfight Moto, tropical Ocean 3, Bloody Taierzhuang

April 30, 2010

Today I decided to do a little research on some companies that generally go under our radar, not because we have no interest in covering the games they produce but because they aren’t very vocal about releases outside of China or Taiwan unless you stumble across their booth at a show. We last saw Chinese companies Belrare and Tecway Developments(they team up often on projects) at IAAPA 2009, showing off some interesting concepts, from a snowboarding game, to a DJ Max Technika clone called Magic DJ to a Super Monkey Ball-clone called Happy Balance Ball. So what have they been up to since IAAPA?

First is Belrare/Tecway’s take on on the arcade motorcycle racing genre. This genre has been getting a boost over the past couple of years, from Super Bikes to Nirin to Speed Rider 2. Tecway’s is called either Pop Moto or Dogfight Moto (Tecway’s site calls it ‘Pop’, Belrare’s ‘Dogfight’). The game features 5 selectable characters, 5 “settings” (perhaps they mean modes or levels?) some sort of selectable item system and 32″ screens. I can’t find any video of the game in action, nor any decent pictures beyond what you see above but the game should be available now. [Tecway game listings]

Next is another large tabletop coin-op game, which we are seeing more of these days. Called Tropical Ocean III, it is unclear what the actual objective of the game is as the Belrare site doesn’t really describe that part but my best guess is that it involves catching different sea animals with varied mini-games, sort of like Butterfly Garden by UNIS. The site says that there are “4 different game scenes and 45 species of animals with 8 play styles!” and the cabinet is designed for four players.

For our music fans out there, Belrare does happen to have a page up about Magic DJ now. There aren’t any significant details listed there but in case you wanted to see a little more on this one beyond what I filmed at IAAPA then this is the place to go.

Unfortunately there are few details other than that regarding these games that I can find but assuming that Tecway is at IAAPA again this November, we should expect to see these and more at the booth.

While not produced by Belrare or Tecway here is another game I stumbled across while looking for info on the above games. It’s called Bloody Taierzhuang, a light-gun game which features an attractive cabinet that sports a 47″ LCD screen  and realistic looking guns. Destroy oncoming invaders, try and get head shots for quick kills and compete for the high score. There aren’t any direct screenshots of this one but from a couple of the thumbnails it appears to have nice graphics. It’s impossible to the judge the game on that however so I will have to keep digging for more. It was at a recent tradeshow in Asia somewhere but I haven’t been able to figure out which one yet. The game is also listed on Dragon World’s site as being available now but no price is listed. [Dragon World English site]

The English side of Dragon World also happens to list 3D Group’s stereoscopic 3D game, Galaxy Puzzle. The cabinet shown here is different from what was seen on Coinopexpress’s website but it is the same game. This is supposed to be another title that doesn’t require any special glasses to see a 3D effect.

DJ Max Technika 2 location tests in South Korea

April 28, 2010

Pentavision’s DJ Max Technika 2 was recently seen on a location test in South Korea and a couple of sites (Bemanistyle.com and Ruliweb.com) have the rundown on what the sequel will bring to the table this time around. As you might recall, the first DJ Max Technika was voted as the Game of the Year 2009 here at Arcade Heroes, showing that the game has a pretty strong fanbase out there.

Techinka 2 was a crowd pleaser at the loctest

DJ Max Technika 2 uses a new touch screen for enhanced multi-touch capabilities, a co-op mode for two people to play on the same screen, new buttons, and a plethora of new songs. The co-op mode looks like it could be a lot of fun and it should increase the earning potential of the game as well(you may recall that one surprise at last year’s IAAPA was a DJ Max Technika clone called Magic DJ which included two screens). As far as I know, PM Studios plans on bringing this to the US, although I haven’t heard any “official” announcements on it yet. Still, they are teaming up with Bemanistyle.com to sell the DJ Max Technika 2 Signature Collection set, which includes the sound track from the game along with some other goodies, so that seems like an endorsement for bringing the arcade version to the States.  We have no idea how much a DJMAXT2 will sell for but let’s hope that they start it at a price below where 1 started out at as I think that the high price is a big reason why the game hasn’t been seen in many locations. This has me wondering, would an upgrade kit be feasible here? The cabinets look similar enough but with a new touch screen that would make for a high priced kit, although I can imagine that for some who picked up the 1st DJ MAX, an upgrade kit would be a nicer option than buying another full cab.

Exclusive: the last coin-op project at Midway Chicago, RIP SQUAD: Raids Against the Reich

April 27, 2010

Back in 2001, Midway made a decision to dump their long standing coin-op division in favor of focusing developments on console gaming.  When that decision came down, there were still some arcade games floating around in the development cycle, which were subsequently canceled and were lost to the knowledge of the public. Fortunately, there are a number of ex-Midway employees who still work in coin-op development and one of them wanted to get the word out about Midway Chicago’s last game to have work done on it, a unique shooter called RIP SQUAD. Many thanks to Scott Pikulski for all of this information, including the pictures and the video. Scott is currently employed with Play Mechanix and has worked on a number of their games, including the recent Terminator Salvation Arcade and the upcoming Wheel of Fortune video redemption title.

Hit the break below for an exclusive look at RIP SQUAD, where I summarize an online interview I did with Scott regarding the game, along with plenty of pictures and three videos. Look for the full interview in an upcoming issue of Replay Magazine.

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