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The AM show (JAMMA) Mega Preview Post : Elevator Action, Razing Storm, KOFXII, Harley Davidson, CastleVania & more

September 18, 2008

There is another arcade event about to take place next week and this time it’s in Japan. Known as the AM Show, also called the JAMMA show, it brings with it a lot of information on games we’ve been hearing about for a while along with new games. It should be interesting to see what comes along over the next week but at the moment here is what we have for you as a preview of what to expect.

BTW – For interest of space, I’m just using thumbnails on this post. Click on them to expand and images taken from various sources I’ll credit at the end.

New games:

Holy frak, Taito is bringing Elevator Action back. Labeled as “Elevator Action: Death Parade” we currently have a picture of the cabinet and nothing else. Of course the cabinet has to have something which looks like an elevator door covering the screen so no clue what the game looks like but it’s not longer a joystick game but a light-gun title. The cabinet has a Too Spicy feel to it, I wonder if the game will mimick that or not.  Notice that it also has a surround sound system on it, much like those Konami cabinets are using (ex. Silent Hill, CastleVania). If this plays elevator music at certain points then this is going to be one of the coolest cabinets ever.

Taito also was showing off a new mini-game party title (I’m surprised that there aren’t more of these after the Wii came out) called Senor: The Nippon (?) and Hoppingurodo, which apparently has something to do with simulating jumping on pogo sticks.

Konami will not be at the show but they are still exhibiting games on location tests so I am sure that people will be talking about these games and they have what I think is a new fighter but the cabinet pictured shows a control scheme that is unfamiliar so it’s hard to say exactly what Brave Heroes is going to be. The game has something to do with the War of the Three Kingdoms – perhaps it’s a Dynasty Warriors style fighter (which I have always thought would make a perfect arcade title, which would have been done with the War of the Grail).

Namco has also shown off a new light-gun not based on Time Crisis (it appears) called Razing Storm. From the flyer the graphics look pretty good and it looks like it uses a bit of destructive environment geometry as well. The game is powered by System 357 (which I believe is the PlayStation 3 based hardware) and it uses a 62″ screen along with a cabinet design that sort of reminds me of Rambo.  Whether this will make it to the States or not is beyond me, I was pretty disappointed with Namco’s lack of games at AMOA but maybe as they see others gearing up they will too.

Now for some more info on games we knew about already – hit the jump or this will take up too much space on the main page 🙂 But we’ve got a look at Sega’s Harley Davidson, KOFXII, a new look at the CastleVania Arcade cabinet, first screens of Hummer Extreme and more.

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Sega Race TV & More

September 16, 2007

Our fellow arcade blogger over at Arcade Renaissance has put up  a post about everything we know so far about Sega’s Race TV and what his impressions of it have been so far……

[via Arcade Renaissance]

Sega Race TV has been a bit of a surprise for me. After seeing the game pop up on Arcade Heroes a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been trying to keep an apprehensive eye on the title. Arcade racers, no matter how polished they may be, are quickly becoming a dime a dozen for most arcade operators. However, since they are also some of the top performing titles here in the United States, this is completely understandable since the developers are often sent to where the money is. Read on……

Also here’s some more videos, after the jump, from JAMMA….

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Arcade Heroes – News on the Road From KWP

September 16, 2007

‘Outcome of – Stinger Uber Crystal Ball for JAMMA show’

Well, the smoke is settling on the last day of the 45th Amusement Machine
Show in Japan, and its time to see how good those predictions made back in
August where?
The reality against the speculation and rumour:

‘what WAS at JAMMA’

Virtua Fighter 5 EVOLUTION (Sega) Fighter Rumor
REALITY – Sega decided to show ‘Virtua Fighter 5 Version C’ – and stood
fast against any promises of a VF5E or VF6 (as has been rumored for 2008)

Sengoku Basara X (Taito) Fighter On test
REALITY – Yep, was the big (and only video) launch of the Capcom booth

The King of Fighters XII (Taito) Fighter On test
REALITY – No Show

Samurai Spirits Sen (Taito) Fighter Rumor
REALITY – No Show

Oriental Legend 2 (IGS) Brawler On test
REALITY – Yep, also shown on the Taito booth

New Gungame (Namco) Shooter Rumor
REALITY – No Show

Guitarfreaks V4 & DrumMania V4 Rock x Rock (Konami) Music On test
REALITY – Interesting rumor this as it showed the guy’s who gave it are
unaware that Konami NEVER exhibits at JAMMA?

Taiko no Tatsujin 10 (Namco) Music On test
REALITY – No Show

DDR Supernova 2 (Konami) Music On test
REALITY – Konami NEVER exhibits at JAMMA?

War of Grail (Capcom) Brawler Rumor
REALITY – No Show, and a major dissapointment that this game has been canned

D1GP Grand Prix (Taito) Driver On test
REALITY – Yep, big launch at JAMMA

Super Hang-On 2 (Sega) Driver Rumor
REALITY – Sources claim that new launch ‘RaceTV’ was code named SHO2 in
development?

Sega Rally 3 (Sega) Driver Rumor
REALITY – No show, and is expected to be a fake rumor

Baseball Heroes 3 (Konam) Sports On test
REALITY – Konami NEVER exhibits at JAMMA?

Silent Hill: The Arcade (Konami) Shooter On test
REALITY – Konami NEVER exhibits at JAMMA?

Zombie Shooter (Taito) Shooter Rumor
REALITY – Taito executives confirmed a shooter in the works, but no plans
to publicly show at this years JAMMA

Results – 12 wrong out of 4 and a half right!!! Not a great average, but a
example of the difficulties of trying to second guess the amusement
industry in Japan. That said, this years show was a great success with
some real surprises on the show floor and some good fan videos. The
Stinger has a mountain of rumors and gossip to run, and will try and pass
on some of the hotter pieces to Arcade Heroes.

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Spotted at the 45th AM Show – Vulcan Wars

September 15, 2007

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No, there is not a new video game is coming out that showcases the ancient wars of the planet Vulcan (sorry Trekkies).  In fact a new title from Atlus looks like a new version ofvwars2.jpg Gunblade or Atlus’ answer to games like Let’s Go Jungle or Paradise Lost. There isn’t much to say about the game at this point as you will learn about as much about it from the screenshot above as I know, but if this is marketed overseas it would certainly have an audience waiting for it.  

Update: Here’s another pic I just found that is a little closer up to the screen. It still doesn’t tell us much – I wonder if you’re a gunner aboard a helicopter gunship, it certainly appears that way with the mounted chainguns (which look really cool IMHO). [Photo credit Gpara.com]

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[Via Dengenki Online] [Discuss on the Forum

Sega RaceTV Screenshots and Info

September 15, 2007

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[Via Game WATCH]

Here’s a ton of Sega RaceTV screenshots from GameWatch. This game looks great, I look forward to learning more about it as time goes on. So far we know it has 8 drivers to pick from, 5 courses, commentary, a boost feature, licensed cars, car damage and password input ala SF Rush 2049. In fact if you save your progress with a password, you’ll be able to build custom cars that way and save them, which is pretty neat. It should be interesting to see how the final product turns out. Fortunately this is one game that won’t disappoint in the graphics department and hopefully we’ll be able to try it out soon and comment on how it plays. Am-Net currently lists the game for release in March 2008. Hit the post break for more pictures, including a picture of the game’s cabinet sent to us by Sega.

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Report from 45th JAMMA show – Arcade industry booming

September 15, 2007

I feel bad that we haven’t been able to post much on the 45th Amusement Show – I’ve been sidetracked by work lately and with that and working on my arcade, it’s been busy. Fortunately a large number of videos of the event have shown up on youtube, which I would post but at the moment I’m at a computer that has such access to youtube blocked. That’s work for you.

One thing I did find very interesting that came out of the show is the report about the arcade industry itself and it’s status from April 06 to March 07. It is reported that the industry has been booming this past year, although it is a little unclear from the translator if it’s 3% or 12.1%. It might be that sales of games are up 12% and the industry as a whole is up 3%. Either way, the increase in sales is quite apparent. With better games coming out this year, it’s likely that we’ll continue to see the arcade industry grow, and hopefully that will be accompanied by more operators opening businesses to hold the games.

[Via FujiSankei Business and AM-NET.jp] [Discuss on the forum

45th AM Info Extravaganza!

September 13, 2007

A massive thanks has to go out to Arcade Renaissance for there extensive the 45th AM coverage. Check out the video’s below and to see more why not head of to Arcade Renaissance to see the crazy Japanese stuff that is never likely to come out over here!

WCCF 06/07 -Sega

D1GP – Taito

Tekken 6 – Namco

Moto GP – Namco

Also more juicy stuff courtesy of AR, hit the link below…….

Arcade Renaissance’s Extensive 45th AM Link Blow-out!

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