Archive for the ‘Jubeat’ category

UBeat testing at the Trocadero, London

December 16, 2008

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If you’re going to be dropping by the Trocadero in London anytime soon then here’s something to keep an eye out for – Konami’s UBeat. The Stinger Report sent us some pictures of ubeat2the two units they have there but for how long they will be in place is anyone’s guess. The game should be showing up at ATEI however so if you miss it here then there is always another chance to see it at the show (along with DDR:X and CastleVania).

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Kawasaki Warehouse – Location Report, Japan

October 17, 2008

Wow, I have just got back from Japan and made a fabulous discovery whilst I was there:

Kawasaki Warehouse

This incredible arcade has been built from the ground up to look like a disused, run-down warehouse complete with rusting doors and peeling paint but is in fact a fantastic site with some great games. The site has some neat touches like the front doors that appear to be rusted shut but open when you approach to reveal a red tunnel which looks like a bit passageway to hell. As you approach the second door you are blasted by a smoke machine. Inside the lighting is great (dim but really asmospheric) and flickering neon signs and faded posters cover the walls. The site is over several floors with Bingo (!!!), an arcade and a Darts bar. I have to say I only had a couple of hours free and never left the arcade floor itself.

Amongst the highlights were:

Original Retro cabinets  (All in great working order)

  • Street Fighter
  • Virtua Racing Twin
  • Outrun DLX
  • Hang On
  • Super Hang On
  • Pro Monaco GP
  • After Burner DLX
  • Space Harrier DLX
  • Darius
  • Gauntlet 4 Player
  • Rad Mobile DLX
  • About a dozen cocktail cabinets
  • Daytona 2 (4 Player)
  • Virtua On (Loved this on the Dreamcast)

In addition I got to play some great recent and new games:

  • Street Fighter 4 (Got my ass kicked at least 20 times by some guy!)
  • JuBeat – Really interesting game and very funky cabinet
  • Afterburner DLX (Played it before but never linked)
  • Halflife Survivor (Just couldn’t get used to the controls)
  • Initial D 4 (Good fun!)

If you get the chance I really recommend setting aside a couple of hours and heading over there. It is about 10 minutes walk from Kawasaki train station.

uBeat now testing in the UK

October 11, 2008

We’ve received word from Konami that their newest and certainly unique bemani title uBeat is now testing at Tenpin Bowl, in Acton, West London. According to the release we received (that you can find after the post break), uBeat has been “hugely popular in overseas markets” so if you are in the area where this is testing, it’s your chance to go and see what the buzz is all about. They say that the game will not be there much longer but they do want people who play the game to let them know what they think (e-mail link after the jump as well).

I wonder how much longer the game will be out testing after this is complete – it would be great to see it released before the end of the year.

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UBeat (known in Japan as Jubeat) USA location test info

September 14, 2008

Konami has decided to test out their latest bemani title UBeat in the US and thanks to one of our readers and forum members, Phil Arrington, we have a look at this interesting new game that takes the genre a bit further thanks to it’s change in focus from the feet to the hands. As Phil puts it: “UBeat Beta,[is] basically the best thing to hit U.S. (Arcade music wise) in a long time.” In addition to being a new idea it is simple enough that allows a larger number of people to comfortably approach the game and have fun than say DDR. Of course the different nature of the game and it’s cabinet can work both ways of both attracting or repelling people depending on their tastes but Phil says that once you try it out, it is rather addicting and you could possibly spend hours plaiyng on this one. Phil predicts that UBeat will be a hit – I’ll agree with him along as Konami USA can get this out at a reasonable price so enough operators can pick it up. Plenty of people are interested in something different and I have always felt that this is where arcades can shine in creating games that are so unique that they just won’t translate well at all to a console.

For the full rundown on the UBeat test, check out Phil’s post in our forums.

New Konami Jubeat site to open on July 24th

July 16, 2008

It’s been a little while since we have heard anything on Konami’s Jubeat (which again is supposed to be pronounced ‘You-beat’) but it looks like the Japanese release of the game is fast approaching and with it a new site is going to launch on July 24th. The placeholder site has a little interactivity to it – you can press the buttons as they light up but from what I have tried so far nothing more than a sound is made. So we’ll have to wait and see what is in store for the 24th. The main site for the game also has a bit of information available for the game, it had been a while since I checked it but they have a demonstration video of how the game works which is quite cool. While I couldn’t get that particular file uploaded to the site I found some recent videos that were posted to Youtube that show the game being played in case you haven’t seen it yet.

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Konami’s Jubeat could be a record breaker

March 24, 2008

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Konami is really pushing forward in the coin-op game sector these days and if the trend continues they could upset Namco from the #2 spot. This will certainly be helped by the unique game Jubeat (pronounced “You-beat” BTW) which has just gone through initial testing in Japan. From that test, all indicators point to the title becoming a record breaking title which is not just a win for Konami but for arcade titles in general that seek to break the mold. We do not know how general of a release Jubeat will see (or exactly when it will be released) but the better it does in testing, the greater the chances of finding this one in your local arcade later this year.

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Konami's Jubeat could be a record breaker

March 24, 2008

jubeattest.jpg

Konami is really pushing forward in the coin-op game sector these days and if the trend continues they could upset Namco from the #2 spot. This will certainly be helped by the unique game Jubeat (pronounced “You-beat” BTW) which has just gone through initial testing in Japan. From that test, all indicators point to the title becoming a record breaking title which is not just a win for Konami but for arcade titles in general that seek to break the mold. We do not know how general of a release Jubeat will see (or exactly when it will be released) but the better it does in testing, the greater the chances of finding this one in your local arcade later this year.

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