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Konami testing GuitarFreaks V6 & DrumMania V6 “Blazing” in Japan

November 6, 2008

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Konami is location testing the next version of their GuitarFreaks and DrumMania games in Japan (the original use-a-music-instrument-as-a-controller games) and it seems like it wasn’t long ago that they were doing the same with GFV5 and DMV5. We don’t have any details on what is different about these games yet from V5 or previous versions of the game but with Raw Thrills’ beginning to make a move into the music game arena with American Idol and possibly Guitar Hero Arcade, I wonder if Konami as well as other arcade companies are going to start making a stronger push towards music titles. With games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero makes boatloads of cash on the consoles, I think it’s a given that the video music genre will be one to be reckoned with, even in arcades. If you ask me, I think that these sort of games are the kind of game that can be even more fun in arcades, in part because you don’t need to spend all that money to buy instrument controllers in addition to the game and mostly because of the social aspect where people will have fun showing off their skills in public.

[Konami’s GuitarFreaks & DrumMania V6 Blazing test page] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Konami testing GuitarFreaks V6 & DrumMania V6 "Blazing" in Japan

November 6, 2008

gfv6dmv6

Konami is location testing the next version of their GuitarFreaks and DrumMania games in Japan (the original use-a-music-instrument-as-a-controller games) and it seems like it wasn’t long ago that they were doing the same with GFV5 and DMV5. We don’t have any details on what is different about these games yet from V5 or previous versions of the game but with Raw Thrills’ beginning to make a move into the music game arena with American Idol and possibly Guitar Hero Arcade, I wonder if Konami as well as other arcade companies are going to start making a stronger push towards music titles. With games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero makes boatloads of cash on the consoles, I think it’s a given that the video music genre will be one to be reckoned with, even in arcades. If you ask me, I think that these sort of games are the kind of game that can be even more fun in arcades, in part because you don’t need to spend all that money to buy instrument controllers in addition to the game and mostly because of the social aspect where people will have fun showing off their skills in public.

[Konami’s GuitarFreaks & DrumMania V6 Blazing test page] [Discuss on the Forum]

Guitar Freaks v5 & DrumMania v5 hit arcades in Japan

June 24, 2008

 

[Kotaku via IT]

Good to see that Konami’s instrument games are still going strong. It’s just a shame we don’t get to see these games that much in the UK. I’d like to think I’d be half decent at them, seeings as I have been playing a lot of Rock Band the last few weeks with my buddies. For anyone that hasn’t played the game with friends, after a few bevvies, I can highly recommend it!

I’m hoping to get down to the Funland, Trocadero this weekend. So I will be keeping an eye out for any of the Konami instrument games and I’ll let you know how I get on. Obviously I will be checking out as many games as I can while I’m there too, so expect some sort of location review next week. Fingers crossed I can manage to get a few snaps and maybe a video of the place, without getting caught by the staff.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Konami ATEi 2008 Impressions

January 31, 2008

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(More photos after the break) 

Last of the big names is Konami. I have to say thier stand was a bit on the sparse side. Guitar Freaks  & Drum Mania V4 where present and attracting a lot of attention from players. Wacky Races also made an appearance on the stand, although, as I have said already this was on various stands around the show. Finally Silent Hill rounded off the rest of the big games on the Konami stand.

As you may remember I’m already familiar with two of these game from the location tests I checked out last year. For those of you who missed these posts, which included photos, videos and my impressions, why not check them out;

[Silent Hill Arcade Photos & Impressions]

[Silent Hill Arcade Videos]

[Wacky Races Photos]

[Wacky Races Impressions & Videos]

[Discuss on the Forum]

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Konami ATEi 2008 Videos: Wacky Races, Guitar Freaks V4 & Drummania V4

January 23, 2008

[Have now added Guitar Freaks & Drummania V4 videos submitted by  You Tube user “bigaloo”]

Guitar Freaks V4

Drummania V4

Wacky Races

Now this one confused me. The game is made by Gamewax and Banpresto (Banpresto is owned by Namco, well that’s what I thought ?). However Wacky Races was on the Konami stand as well as 3 other distributors stands? Either way Wacky Races was at the show and it was good fun. Some of you may remember that I played this a few months ago when I found it at the Trocadero on secret location test. You can watch that video here.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Konami's ATEI 2008 line-up

January 5, 2008

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Konami has issued a press release regarding it’s presence at ATEI this year and while the line-up isn’t large in terms of how many games they will be showing off, they are still aiming to impress.

One of their highlights is Silent Hill: The Arcade game that despite taking a verbal beating from fans (most of whom have never played it) stated “the game has predominantly been the highest income shooting game in test locations around Europe” thus showing that the game is doing well beyond what some thought it would do.

Also at the show they will be demonstrating Guitar Freaks V4 Rock x Rock and Drum Mania V4 Rock x Rock, two of Konami’s latest Bemani titles which take advantage of Konami’s online e-AMUSEMENT system and may also be connecting to each other so playerscan either jam out together as a band or play head-to-head.

Also Konami plans on demonstrating one of it’s new redemption titles ‘Eledees’, based on the popular family brand. Players attempt to capture colorful characters for a higher score and more tickets.

Konami will be at stand 2240 – be sure to check Arcade Heroes around ATEI time for a look at what they’ll have! Hit the post break to read the full press release! [Discuss on the Forum]

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Konami’s ATEI 2008 line-up

January 5, 2008

sh12.jpg

Konami has issued a press release regarding it’s presence at ATEI this year and while the line-up isn’t large in terms of how many games they will be showing off, they are still aiming to impress.

One of their highlights is Silent Hill: The Arcade game that despite taking a verbal beating from fans (most of whom have never played it) stated “the game has predominantly been the highest income shooting game in test locations around Europe” thus showing that the game is doing well beyond what some thought it would do.

Also at the show they will be demonstrating Guitar Freaks V4 Rock x Rock and Drum Mania V4 Rock x Rock, two of Konami’s latest Bemani titles which take advantage of Konami’s online e-AMUSEMENT system and may also be connecting to each other so playerscan either jam out together as a band or play head-to-head.

Also Konami plans on demonstrating one of it’s new redemption titles ‘Eledees’, based on the popular family brand. Players attempt to capture colorful characters for a higher score and more tickets.

Konami will be at stand 2240 – be sure to check Arcade Heroes around ATEI time for a look at what they’ll have! Hit the post break to read the full press release! [Discuss on the Forum]

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