Posted tagged ‘DrumMania XG’

Music game updates: Guitar Freaks/DrumMania XG released; DJ Max Technika raffle

March 23, 2010

[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

While I was away at the Amusement Expo a couple of weeks ago, we missed out on some news regarding a couple of Konami titles that were released in Japan at that time. We have covered them before and they are known as Guitar Freaks XG and DrumMania XG, these both have been selling quite well in Japan and of course can be imported elsewhere, if you can foot the shipping costs. For those out of the loop on GF/DM, these are the music games which pioneered the idea of playing a virtual rock band, well before the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band were forces to be reckoned with on the consoles. They are a bit more hardcore than GH or RB however and might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they are still important games to Konami as well as many loyal players. The XG series features updated game mechanics and controls, songlists and very impressive cabinets. In addition to the release of XG, Konami has also announced Guitar Freaks and DrumMania V7. Not many details beyond what the cabinets look like have been released yet but I imagine that it won’t be too long before we discover more. [GF/DM XG released – Bemanistyle.com] [Konami teasing GF/DM V7 already – Bemanistyle.com]

Also on a bemanistyle.com related note, they are running a raffle to upgrade their servers and as a prize they are offering a complete DJ Max Technika machine as the grand prize. Yep, you read that right. The cabinet in question is lightly used and thus in great condition but because of the costs involved on bemanistyle.com’s end, this can only ship within the US. You can find out more about that here.

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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]

Guitar Freaks and DrumMania go XG

August 13, 2009

[Thanks to Phil for the tip!]

Konami isn’t letting up on their bemani upgrades and now Guitar Freaks (the guitar video game before Guitar Hero) and DrumMania (kind of the same in regards to Rock Band) are getting some nice updates with Guitar Freaks XG and DrumMania XG. Both games will sport new controls (GF will have five frets now; DM will be a 7 piece drum kit) and sleek HD monitors that will probably need to be calibrated by the operator to make up for LCD lag. We’ll have to wait for more info but in the meantime here is a low-quality video of DMXG on location test.

[GF/DM XG on BemaniStyle] [Discuss on the Forums]