Posted tagged ‘DDRX2’

DDRX2 location testing in East Hanover, NJ; Southend,UK

August 25, 2010

DDRX2 on test

I was starting to get a little anxious as it’s a much slower news cycle at the moment than usual but there is some welcome news coming our way via Bemanistyle.com with a report that Konami has begun their first location test of the new Dance Dance Revolution X2 arcade game in North America. The game has already been released in Japan and it has been known for some time that it should be getting an international release but we weren’t really sure when since Konami is still keeping things pretty low key in the US market. As for the location test, if you live anywhere near the Funplex in East Hanover, NJ you may still have a chance to check the game out before it disappears as location tests can last either a day, a week or more depending upon the developers wishes. As for details on the game so far, the pictures @ Bemanistyle show keypads, USB ports and e-Amusement support although it’s highly doubtful that it will include Paseli support that Konami is using for DDRX2 in Japan. The game also has new footpads which should avoid the issues that the terrible DDRX1 pads had.

More @ Bemanistyle.com

UPDATE: Thanks to Dan’s comments below here’s an addition: DDRX2 has been testing in the UK for a few weeks already, somewhere in Southend, UK. I would have reported that earlier but I didn’t know about it until now. DasBacon from BemaniStyle says that the UK test is using the old, disliked pads which can certainly affect the test.

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Andamiro finishes Pump It Up Pro 2; DDR X2 tested in the US

July 22, 2010

Now for some music game news.

First off, Andamiro has finally released Pump It Up Pro 2. The game was first seen at Amusement Expo 2010, where it was well-received by fans and since then the development team has been fine-tuning the game for a final release. According to the PIU blog, the game was completed a week ago and now they are in the middle of producing the cabinets. Already at least one distributor has the game listed for shipping, along with a price tag of almost $11,000 (prices do vary a little between distributors). The game uses a plasma screen which should mean it avoids response time issues that we’ve seen on some LCD music games. Here’s the song list for PIUP2 and here is a recent video of PIUP2 in action.

Also Konami has tested Dance Dance Revolution X2 in the US and the guys at Bemanistyle.com were invited to check it out. Fans who were angered over the shoddy quality of X1 should be happy to learn that Konami took player complaints into account, and fixed the problems that were seen with the X1 pads. In fact it appears that owners of X1 machines will be able to update their machines with the new pads, which means that hopefully the X1 pads will quickly become a thing of the past. Here’s a video from the test, you can find plenty of more details @ Bemanistyle.com

Konami releases Dance Dance Revolution X2 in Japan; begins testing new Pop N’ Music Tune Street tomorrow

July 7, 2010

DDRX2 - it's bling-erific!

It’s another great day for Bemani fans as Konami Japan keeps rolling out new games. First the latest DDR title, DDRX2 was released in Japan today. In addition to new modes of play, new songs it also uses new online features, including the PASELI online payment system. We haven’t heard any indications as to whether this will get an international release but assuming that they avoid the same hardware issues that plagued DDRX, then I would say that it’s only a matter of time.More details on DDRX2 can be found at the following links: [DDRX2 official site] [Brief game overview @ Dengeki Online] [Player reaction on BemaniStyle]

Also in Konami’s Bemani news they have announced another Pop N’ Music game for arcades, this one called Pop N’ Music Tune Street, which goes on location test in Japan tomorrow. Other than that details are scant although as you can see from the image here, it looks like they are really takig the cute route with it. [Official page for Pop N’ Music Tune Street]

Also since we’re on the bemani subject, Konami’s newest addition to the Bemani family, Reflec Beat will be released in Japan this October.

Most links via AM.Net.jp

Konami releases Dance Dance Revolution X2 in Japan; begins testing new Pop N' Music Tune Street tomorrow

July 7, 2010

DDRX2 - it's bling-erific!

It’s another great day for Bemani fans as Konami Japan keeps rolling out new games. First the latest DDR title, DDRX2 was released in Japan today. In addition to new modes of play, new songs it also uses new online features, including the PASELI online payment system. We haven’t heard any indications as to whether this will get an international release but assuming that they avoid the same hardware issues that plagued DDRX, then I would say that it’s only a matter of time.More details on DDRX2 can be found at the following links: [DDRX2 official site] [Brief game overview @ Dengeki Online] [Player reaction on BemaniStyle]

Also in Konami’s Bemani news they have announced another Pop N’ Music game for arcades, this one called Pop N’ Music Tune Street, which goes on location test in Japan tomorrow. Other than that details are scant although as you can see from the image here, it looks like they are really takig the cute route with it. [Official page for Pop N’ Music Tune Street]

Also since we’re on the bemani subject, Konami’s newest addition to the Bemani family, Reflec Beat will be released in Japan this October.

Most links via AM.Net.jp

Konami details their AOU line-up

January 29, 2010

Thanks to and Aaron Auzins for the info.

EAG and ATEI aren’t the only shows to talk about in the arcade world these days as AOU in Japan is coming up before too long in Februrary. In anticipation for that show, Konami has launched a new site showing off the goods that they plan to bring to the show. Most of the products are bemani-related – DDRX2, GuitarFreaks XG (which appears to have a pretty awesome sound system), DrumMania XG and a new entry to Jubeat called Jubeat Knit (remember that outside of Japan this one is called UBeat or Jukebeat depending upon the version).

Outside of the bemani realm Konami also has a tile game called Tenkaichi Shogikai, Quiz Magic Academy VII and Mahjong Fight Club.

Of course one thing we are all curious about is where is Metal Gear Arcade? As this was announced at E3 last year, replete with photos of the cabinet, I had expected something by now. But the AOU page does have a big “Coming Soon” pic that could indicate MGA – or something else. At least the show is only a few weeks away so we’ll know soon enough.

[Konami AOU page] [Also see Bemanistyle] [Discuss on the forums]

Konami now testing DDR X2 in Japan, “Jukebeat” in the US

November 24, 2009

(Thanks to Eddie and Aaron of Bemanistlye for the info!)

I’ve been focusing so much on IAAPA news lately that I didn’t have much time to squeeze anything else in but there are some other arcade related thing happening out there. While Konami didn’t have anything to show off at IAAPA (they were at the Global Gaming Expo right next door however), they continue work on other projects out there such as the just announce Dance Dance Revolution X2, which is now testing in Japan. Details about what will make X2 different are scarce but I imagine that it will entail correcting concerns players had with the first game.

Also of interest to US players, Konami has brought uBeat back and they have renamed it to “Jukebeat”. The game is actually the latest update to uBeat: Ripples but as you can tell by the name change it appears that Konami will be positioning this game as more of an interactive jukebox than just another bemani game. Eddie over at Bemanistyle got a chance to check the game out on location test in Sherman Oaks Castle Park in CA and I still believe that this game would be a great US release but I guess it will depend upon the location test more than anything else. Here’s a video Eddie grabbed of the game:

Also Bemanistyle has a report on the recent DDR national competition in Seattle – as a reminder the finals are in Las Vegas on the 5th of December.

 

Konami now testing DDR X2 in Japan, "Jukebeat" in the US

November 24, 2009

(Thanks to Eddie and Aaron of Bemanistlye for the info!)

I’ve been focusing so much on IAAPA news lately that I didn’t have much time to squeeze anything else in but there are some other arcade related thing happening out there. While Konami didn’t have anything to show off at IAAPA (they were at the Global Gaming Expo right next door however), they continue work on other projects out there such as the just announce Dance Dance Revolution X2, which is now testing in Japan. Details about what will make X2 different are scarce but I imagine that it will entail correcting concerns players had with the first game.

Also of interest to US players, Konami has brought uBeat back and they have renamed it to “Jukebeat”. The game is actually the latest update to uBeat: Ripples but as you can tell by the name change it appears that Konami will be positioning this game as more of an interactive jukebox than just another bemani game. Eddie over at Bemanistyle got a chance to check the game out on location test in Sherman Oaks Castle Park in CA and I still believe that this game would be a great US release but I guess it will depend upon the location test more than anything else. Here’s a video Eddie grabbed of the game:

Also Bemanistyle has a report on the recent DDR national competition in Seattle – as a reminder the finals are in Las Vegas on the 5th of December.