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Some proof that plenty of people still love arcades in Japan

February 25, 2009

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Sorry about the lack of updates for the past few days, everyone is busy and there has been little internet time as of late.

You might recall that over the past year or so, there have been reports of big arcade companies in Japan closing a bunch of arcade locations to streamline their operations. When this happens some assume that it must surely mean that everyone is content just sitting at home playing their Wii so arcades must be in decline there. Or you can consider that maybe there are other factors involved. Either way, attendance was quite high at AOU this year and as some photographic proof (and you might also notice in the videos we posted below that every game has a bunch of people around it) here is a picture of the line waiting to get into the show.

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UPDATE: AM-Net is reporting that attendance to the show was 45,160 people. It sounds like they had a nice handful of attendees there to me.
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AOU 2009 Video goodness

February 21, 2009
In case you forgot that this takes place in Japan

As UK:Resistance says : Because you can't not use pictures like this when they come along

The proverbial floodgates have opened on videos taken at AOU2009 and here is a collection of some of the video titles. We won’t know for a little while if any of these games will be released internationally or not so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Elevator Action: Death Parade – Finally, we get to see this in action. The elevator doors opening and closing is an interesting touch (especially where they integrate it into the gameplay where one player hits the close door button and the other shoots at an enemy that is trying to open the doors) and the graphics look pretty good but I was hoping that there would be some sort of side-scrolling mode in this to be a little like the original but I suppose I was hoping for too much there.

King of Fighters XII – I noticed that they have this in Vewlix cabinets that are similar to the ones used with BlazBlue.

Daemon Bride – looks pretty nice in motion, I can see where Arcana Heart has influenced it but this looks better.

DeathSmiles 2 – it’s just as crazy looking as expected, and thus it should be fun.

Project Cerebus – another 2D fighter, this might be the one by Sega I discussed briefly on another post

Parse Rorunpe – I had forgotten about this broom-flying magic game that we had talked about months ago. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see something like this turned into a Harry Potter Quidditch game or something.

Hopping Road – Booth babes playing the cutesy pogo stick game. I’m sure this one would do well in the US if they released it here.

Border Break – this seems to be generating a bit of excitement so what the heck.

All these videos by youtube user wx8193

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More AOU news: Castlevania Arcade released, Border Break details, new hardware from SIE

February 19, 2009

There’s more to talk about from AOU 2009 and I find it exciting to see.

Konami:

Castlevania: The Arcade is now available in Japan. I have checked with Konami to see when we might expect to see this released internationally and while I have not received a response yet, it should be soon. Along with the release of the latest Castlevania title, Konami has provided a new video of the game in action, which I have attempted to embed below but after several failed attempts due to an IO error, I’ve just given up. You can see the video here at the Castlevania Arcade Japanese site.
Also you can see it in action from Matt’s footage of the game when it was on location test in the UK last year.

Sega:

More details have come out on Sega’s Border Break arcade game although so far I have not been able to find any screenshots of the game. The game will use an IC card system (although it’s not required for the player to get an IC card) and mechs will be customizable. You also will be able to gain points to customize the pilot of the mech, from changing their clothers to their hair color.   A left grip allows you to move and the right grip is for “attacking” thus presumably aiming. More stuff at Aries.

AQ Interactive:

They have announced some new hardware for arcades called “System Board Y2”. It looks like it’s not terribly powerful hardware where it has a 32-bit CPU that runs at 266 MHz, runs at a resolution of 800×600 with 30 fps and can produce 100 million polygons/sec according to the specs. It will probably be a low cost solution similar to Examu’s newest board. It sie01will be produced by SIE Corp but is being shown at the AQ Interactive booth – so far no screenshots have been shown that I can find of what it can do.

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AOU 2009 stuff : Yea for more games!

February 18, 2009

The arcade scene in Japan is starting to get a taste of what’s to come and while the show has not officially started yet, several different Japanese manufacturer AOU websites have been updated with some info on the games they are showing off and Japanese arcade news site are picking up on the info. Let’s check the lists in alphabetical order (click on any thumbnails to enlarge):

CAVE: Visit their AOU site here

Everyone’s favorite maker of crazy shmups will be showing DeathSmiles 2 at the show. Should be fun to watch people play this one.

Examu: No AOU site I can find

The makers of Arcana Heart 2 will be showing off their latest 2D fighter, Demon Bride. I recall being told that we could see more games from Examu being released in in the States by Andamiro but I need to check up with them to see if that will still be the case or not. I found some shots of Demon Bride on the French arcade fan news site Neo Arcadia, it looks pretty awesome if you ask me.

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Konami: Visit their AOU site here

So far nothing new to report from what I can find.

Namco Bandai: Visit their AOU Site here

Same as Konami.

SEGA: Visit their AOU Site here.

In addition to stuff we had heard about like Virtua fighter 5R and the mecha game Border Break, they have revealed a shmup game called Noah RAJIRUGI, a 2D fighter (colored me somewhat surprised there!) called the KERUBERUSU project , WCCF 2007-2008 is there for the football/soccer fans, and a new “family racing game” called AIKYATCHI (or the translator calls it “Battle strongest fastest racer”) was revealed. Aikyatchi uses an idea Sega seemed to be really falling in love with, the racing game where you have two players in one seat. It’s graphically behind their other recent racing games though. No pics yet of Border Break but click on the thumbnails below to see the games mentioned above (they are ordered in the same pattern as I mentioned them).

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Taito: Visit their AOU site here

The game I have wanted to see from Taito the most is the reboot of Elevator Action, which they are calling Elevator Action: Death Parade. Sadly, the page they have on this reveals only a 3D rendering of the cabinet with the elevator doors closed over the screen. I’ll be keeing an eye out to find more on this one. They have revealed a new multiplayer party game, ala mini-games for the Wii in arcade form (which has been done before BTW with games like Panic Park but surprisingly we haven’t seen more of these kind of games in arcades lately) called Nippon Seigneur! (or maybe Senyo Kyotai, I’ve found two different places giving this a different name) and they are also showing off their pogo-stick controlled game “Hoppingurodo” (rough translation obviously). They also have a game called Haunted Museum listed on the site that is some sort of gun theater shooting game but that’s about all I could find out on it.

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There is a little more but I’m out of time right now so I’ll get to it tomorrow. Tchau for now.

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Namco Bandai’s AOU 2009 website

February 14, 2009
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One of Namco's games that will be at AOU

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A few days ago we reported that Sega and Konami had setup websites for AOU2009 and now Namco Bandai has a page dedicated to what they will be showing off at the event. In addition to Razing Storm and Nirin, which have been shown at IAAPA and ATEI, they also will be showing off Gundam Vs. Gundam Next (which I think is a new version of their mecha battle game; it’s what it pictured above) and Taiko No Tatsujin 12, the latest of their Drum Mania style games.

It’s too bad I can’t grab a ticket and fly over to Japan to check this show out but at least the possibility of going to ASI next month is open.

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Namco Bandai's AOU 2009 website

February 14, 2009
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One of Namco's games that will be at AOU

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A few days ago we reported that Sega and Konami had setup websites for AOU2009 and now Namco Bandai has a page dedicated to what they will be showing off at the event. In addition to Razing Storm and Nirin, which have been shown at IAAPA and ATEI, they also will be showing off Gundam Vs. Gundam Next (which I think is a new version of their mecha battle game; it’s what it pictured above) and Taiko No Tatsujin 12, the latest of their Drum Mania style games.

It’s too bad I can’t grab a ticket and fly over to Japan to check this show out but at least the possibility of going to ASI next month is open.

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