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A few more AOU videos – Gaia Attack 4, Jigsaw World Arena, Puzzle of Ocha, Speed Rider

February 21, 2010

Just a few more videos from AOU I’ve found featuring things to round-up the weekend.

Taito’s Gaia Attack 4. It’s good to see it in action – they used video of real world environments and have overlaid them with 3D  graphics. There’s an interesting Ghostbusters style mini-game at the beginning of this video.

Jigsaw World Arena. This is another new puzzle game that uses the PGM2 hardware for solid 2D performance. This is a four player title that looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Puzzle of Ocha, the other PGM2 powered puzzle game that we had spoke of recently. Nice to see it in action.

Speed Rider by IGS.

More AOU stuff – Robo Catcher, more Metal Gear, Gaia Attack 4, Stomper DLX, Sega

February 20, 2010

Here’s a few more things out of AOU in Japan (links via various sources, including AM Net) and The Stinger Report

Robo Catcher – showing other applications our future robot overlords can have in amusement devices 😛

Also Metal Gear Arcade received “the most attention” at the show. Here is a test report of how the game plays by Andria Sang (thanks ECM). Game Watch has an in-depth description of how the game works as well, and they reveal that it could be played without the stereoscopic 3D effect if the player chooses. The Game Watch article above also has a look into Konami’s line-up of bemani games at the show.

Here’s another pic of Gaia Attack 4 by Taito/Gamewax. They mention that an idea behind this game is to get women and children involved into a shooter, which has been mentioned by Gamewax before when they were discussing the idea behind Go Go Grand Prix.  As the cabinet design is based off of Panic Museum as I had thought, I wonder if this game could get some distribution outside of Japan like PM did. Gaia Attack certainly has more appeal to it than Panic Museum did.

Trio-Tech’s Mini Stomper DLX was at the show too.

Sega demonstrated the promo video for Let’s Go Island at their press event where they also showed off the new Virtua Fighter 5 update and a couple of other things.

Question for fans of music games – was Project Diva popular on the PSP outside of Japan? Was it even released elsewhere? I noticed that the arcade version has attracted a bit of attention at AOU but could the popularity of the PSP game translate into this arcade unit getting international attention?

AOU round-up for today, with videos!

February 20, 2010

Here’s a rundown of the AOU news and info for today, complete with videos.

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Metal Gear Arcade in action.The videos below by Gigazine show how the glasses work.

The new Melty Blood. I hadn’t seen much on this series before, visually it looks like Arcana Heart (although the it’s probably the other way around if Melty Blood came along first)

Project Diva Arcade. This runs on Ringedge BTW.

Gundam VS.

Gigazine also has a bunch of write-ups discussing the show, which you can check out here.

Here is a link to the Japanese flyer for Terminator Salvation, via AM-Net.

Here’s a Game Watch article detailing a few more things, with pics of people playing Metal GearArcade, Gaia Attack 4 and Terminator.

Here’s Famitsu’s look at the show, they have pics of Jubeat Knit and more Konami stuff. I wonder if media outside Japan will at least note the game which will be available outside of Japan, like Terminator, Tank! Tank! Tank! and Dead Storm Pirates but my hopes aren’t very high on that.

AOU news – Metal Gear Arcade trailer, new VF5 and more

February 19, 2010

News is starting to pour out of AOU 2010 in Japan and here’s a quick rundown of what we’re getting.

First, Konami has shown a trailer for Metal Gear Arcade, along with new screen shots and close-ups of the unique light-guns employed in the game. They feature several buttons and a thumbstick, you can see the full trailer here(What I posted above has a few things cut out of it). From the trailer it looks pretty intense and it will stand out from other arcade titles by it’s sheer nature, let alone the MG license. I haven’t played the counterpart console game but with the unique interface and the 3D pop-out effect, I’m sure that won’t be an issue for most players to come out and see the game. As a reminder this was announced as a worldwide release but we’ll have to wait and see how Konami will handle distribution of this outside of Japan. If the game is a hit (which will also depend upon the price) I wonder if similar games including first-person shooters could see a comeback of sorts in the arcade (I wouldn’t put it past Activision to think of a Call of Duty arcade, would you?)

Konami also has revealed a new horse racing game called GI-Turf TV. IT looks pretty interesting and it’s a huge setup. You can see more here.

Sega has announced a new version of Virtua Fighter 5R for arcades called Virtua Fighter 5R Final Showdown. They have also released a trailer for the game which you can download here.

The official site for the new Gundam VS. arcade game has also been updated with new information about this game. Of the three games mentioned in this post, I’d say that Gundam is the least likely one you’ll see outside of Japan. You can visit that site here.

Also, AM-Net has pictures of an SD version of Razing Storm, next to Terminator Salvation (which will be released in the summer in Japan). No word on the price difference of Razing Storm standard yet.

Taito's new 4 player shooter – Gaia Attack 4 + Hopping Road for kids

February 19, 2010

(Image above via AM-Net) Links below thanks to

AOU is just starting and with that comes a little bit of news related to things we hadn’t heard about prior to today. First off, Taito has a new theater-style light gun shooter (sort of like Panic Museum) that they are showing off called Gaia Attack 4. The one thing to help set this apart – it has four guns. This isn’t the first time something like this has been tried but it certainly doesn’t happen often as the cabinet’s to support this many players isn’t something space-starved locations can carry. From the small graphics Taito is showing off this looks a bit quirky, you can see more here on the webpage they have set up for the game. It does use the Taito Type X2 hardware and thanks to the Editor we know that this to was developed by Gamewax. They are certainly getting around!

Also, Taito is showing off a new version of Hopping Road at the show, one made specifically for kids. Good call on their part as this game seemed like it would be a perfect fit for kids in the first place. Here is a picture of that next to the full size version, via AM-Net.

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Taito’s new 4 player shooter – Gaia Attack 4 + Hopping Road for kids

February 19, 2010

(Image above via AM-Net) Links below thanks to

AOU is just starting and with that comes a little bit of news related to things we hadn’t heard about prior to today. First off, Taito has a new theater-style light gun shooter (sort of like Panic Museum) that they are showing off called Gaia Attack 4. The one thing to help set this apart – it has four guns. This isn’t the first time something like this has been tried but it certainly doesn’t happen often as the cabinet’s to support this many players isn’t something space-starved locations can carry. From the small graphics Taito is showing off this looks a bit quirky, you can see more here on the webpage they have set up for the game. It does use the Taito Type X2 hardware and thanks to the Editor we know that this to was developed by Gamewax. They are certainly getting around!

Also, Taito is showing off a new version of Hopping Road at the show, one made specifically for kids. Good call on their part as this game seemed like it would be a perfect fit for kids in the first place. Here is a picture of that next to the full size version, via AM-Net.

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Metal Gear Arcade will be at AOU 2010

February 18, 2010

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We have been wondering what happened to konami’s Metal Gear Arcade – it turned heads when it was announced at the console game heavy e3 last year but after that the game suddenly disappeared. Game Watch is reporting that the game is finally coming out of hiding and in addition to a cabinet redesign, we also have the first look at the glasses that the game will use, which have been revealed to work out differently than initially expected. According to Game Watch: “3D Systems uses a TV, which delivers the depth of three-dimensional gaming experience.  Also, scroll the screen by moving the eyes, and determined the direction and the enemy attacks “Head Controller” has been adopted.” Which sounds like they are using a 3D TV and the glasses will work as a sort of mouse (which reminds me of the old Atari Mindlink but with interesting modern technology that senses eye movement instead of eyebrow muscle movement) that also includes a mic for voice chat. It’s a cool system that changes up the game although I wonder how they will hold up under a beating that they would likely get in some arcades, especially that camera on the side which looks like it’s begging to be snapped in half by certain kids.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for more on this one next week.

UPDATE: Here is a website for MGA, it will be updated soon with a video of the arcade game in action. You also can see that they have added a new control interface to the game than what was seen previously, including what looks to be a light-gun and another color control panel in the center. It looks like they are trying out several new ideas to entice people to try this out, setting it apart quite a bit from the home Metal Gear version, the only feeling I have is that it’s probably going to cost an arm and a leg to obtain.

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Fighter news: Tekken 6 gets a world championship; new Melty Blood Actress goes to Ringwide

February 11, 2010

Here are a couple of tidbits regarding some fighters out of Japan. First is Tekken 6, which is getting it’s own global championship. While the poster for it shows the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game, the article at Game Watch talks about the arcade version of the game being used at the competition.Thanks to Fubarduck int he comments for clarifying: “The Tekken “Global Championship” tournament is being held on PS3/360, but the participants can get special items and costumes for their card for use on the arcade version. There were also be arcade cabinets with the game on free play at the event.” Registrations end on Feb. 21st and the event takes place on March 7th in Tokyo.More details here at Game Watch.

In other fighter news, the Japanese fighter series Melty Blood Actress is getting a new version which is to be seen at AOU2010 and one of the interesting things about this is it will use Sega’s Ringwide hardware, making this the secondthird game we know of to use that after Sega Racing Classic and Tetris Grandmaster 4. The title is called MELTY BLOOD Actress Again Current Code (always a fun name with these) and the page for the game shows that the game has an impressive roster of characters but not much else so far. The site also mentions something about NAOMI but I can’t translate it so I’m not sure if that means if there will be a NAOMI version as well or if they are just talking about the series moving from that hardware over to Sega’s newer Ringwide system. (thanks fubarduck) You can see the MBAACC website here.

UPDATE: Just to clarify again, they have not changed the name of Ringwide to “Naomi Ringwide” it’s still just Ringwide.

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Sega unveils their AOU 2010 line-up

February 5, 2010

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With AOU in Japan just a week or two away, companies are revealing what they will be bringing to the show – first with Konami and now with Sega. There is nothing on the list that we haven’t really heard of yet – Project DIVA Arcade, a new version of Virtua Fighter 5R, Border Break and Shining Force Cross. They also have another UFO Catcher machine ready to go called UFO Catcher Double. Perhaps there will be a surprise by Sega at the show but this is what we have to look forward to in the video realm for now.

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