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Could Elevator Action: Death Parade be getting a release outside of Japan? UPDATE: Yes it will

March 30, 2010

(Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the tip)

While Taito hasn’t held a very strong presence in the arcade scene outside of Japan for the past few years, they still have been out there, getting a game out in European or US markets every now and then. I have a Chase HQ2 sitting in my arcade which was released in 2007 and we have seen their light-gun shooter Panic Museum at recent tradeshows. But as for what games they produce will make it out of Japan and into English versions, that’s usually anyone’s guess. But now, Taito has launched an English version of their arcade website and have added a couple of games to the roster that are listed as available: Chase HQ2, Panic Museum, Hopping Road and surprisingly Elevator Action: Death Parade.

We’ve heard of all of these games before, including the new light-gunified version of Elevator Action, but I was never sure if that would see an international release. They say on the site that it’s been available since January 2010 but I have not heard of a distributor in Europe or the US that is carrying the game yet. For example, Electrocoin distributes Taito products in Europe (including one title not listed on the Taito site, D1GP) but they don’t have the new EA listed. ICE is carrying Panic Museum in the US but they also don’t have EA there. So until we hear something from a distributor we’ll have to put this into the ‘maybe’ column – the Taito site also shows Half-Life 2 Arcade on their titles list and I don’t know of anyone who carries that game outside of Japan.

What would your thoughts on the new Elevator Action getting an international release? I haven’t played it myself and I do wonder how the concept behind the game translates over to a light-gun fare(the original EA titles were side-view vertical scrollers, my favorite being Elevator Action Returns) but I like the usage of the elevator doors in front of the screen. If you missed out on coverage of Elevator Action: Death Parade, here’s a trailer below and here is an article we ran on the game last March.

Also if you are interested in checking out Taito’s new site, click here. They also have a Twitter account where they have been updating it with generous amounts of information on the past history of the company, which includes details and pictures on games as they were in development as well as new things that the company is working on.

UPDATE: I tweeted to Taito asking about the availability of the game in the US and here is their reply: “Death Parade is an arcade-only release, but if overseas arcades want to carry it we’re happy to work with them!” I just sent another tweet asking how that works and I’ll share it with you here as well.

UPDATE 2: Taito replied: “Please contact us at globalsupport@taito.co.jp and we’ll put you in touch with the right people!” So any operators out there, if you’re interested in getting a hold of this game, that’s the place to go to. I would love to really see this in action and I am quite curious to know how it would do in the US.

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Round-up from the JAMMA show (updated)

September 17, 2009

Since I don’t have the opportunity to visit the JAMMA show in Japan, we have to rely on what other sites are showing us in regards to what is going on over there. Thanks to several Japanese game websites, here is a run down of what has been going on at JAMMA.

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Sega launches a Giant Tetris website.

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More direct screenshots from Famitsu.

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Namco also has launched a teaser site for Tank! Tank! Tank! in Japanese. (Image above via Gpara)

While nothing has been shown on Arcana Heart 3, two teaser pics on the Examu blog seem to indicate that AH3 may in fact be a 3D fighter. (see the Upatsu scoop post on this link)

Just so I don’t overwhelm the front page with a long post with all of these big images, you can see more by hitting the link below. And to entice you further here’s what you get: Shots of Namco’s new pirate-themed light-gun title; a card-game from Namco; H2Overdrive in Japan; Shining Force Cross and more Giant Tetris; Project Cerebus; two new and unique games from Taito; Cyber Diver, KOF Sky Stage and more. UPDATE: Pics added for Tetris: The Grand Master 4, Speed Rider, Heat Up Hockey and others via Game Watch (which was found via AM Net)

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New trailer for Elevator Action Death Parade

July 2, 2009

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Taito’s modern update to Elevator Action now has an official trailer and it looks pretty exciting. In our previous coverage of the game, we saw that it is not like the original game in the sense that this is a light-gun title but Taito is trying out some interesting ideas with this one, particularly with the elevator doors which open and close in front of the screen. With this trailer we see that there are several kinds of mutants in addition to human enemies you will have to fight off and while the resolution of the trailer itself isn’t very high, the game is looking pretty slick so far. My fingers are still crossed for seeing this in the States but it looks like it has a good chance to making it to Europe in addition to Japan.

Click here for the trailer (uses Shockwave Flash)

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Elevator Action Death Parade gets an official site

May 21, 2009

Taito’s new update of one of their classic properties, Elevator Action: Death Parade isn’t due to hit Japanese arcades until November of this year but they now have a website set up for the game that will certainly be a place for occasional bits of info to come along on the light-gun rendition of this classic. We still have no idea if Taito will release this game in other markets – they previously have released games like Chase HQ2 through different channels in the US and Europe but beyond that we don’t see many Taito games made for markets outside of Japan these days. I imagine that EADP would work out pretty well in the US/European market assuming that people leave the elevator doors in front of the screen alone (which is one of the more interesting features that this game has). In case you have missed out on EADP, here’s a video of the game in action from AOU2009:

[Elevator Action Death Parade Official Site]

A few more details on Taito’s Elevator Action Death Parade

March 7, 2009

rs_elevator_6A Japanese fan site that is dedicated to light-gun titles has posted a detailed preview of Taito’s upcoming game, Elevator Action: Death Parade and with it, a few more details on how the game is turning out. From what I can garner from the text, they state that the storyline is similar to Resident Evil, with some bad guy creating monsters from biological experiments. The two main characters are named Zack and Irina, two federal agents attempting to stop the evil doers from unleashing whatever plan it is they have in store. If you have played either of the previous Elevator Action games then you know that in those games you played as spies who ran through buildings collection secret documents so it is looking like they are taking this game in a completely different direction (beyond adding the light-gun factor to it). Each player gets 12 shots a clip and the guns look pretty cool and they include a red button on the back of the casing although it’s not clear what that is used for. The reviewer does state that the production version of this game is likely going to be quite different than what was shown at AOU so we’ll have to wait until this summer to see the direction in which Taito is going to take this revamp of one of their classic titles.

The website below also happens to have more details on a few other light-gun games seen at the show, including Taito’s Music Gungun and Haunted Museum as well as more stuff on Namco’s Razing Storm (where they mention that there was about a 30 min wait to play that game)

[Via Team Gun Powers] [Discuss on the Forum]

A few more details on Taito's Elevator Action Death Parade

March 7, 2009

rs_elevator_6A Japanese fan site that is dedicated to light-gun titles has posted a detailed preview of Taito’s upcoming game, Elevator Action: Death Parade and with it, a few more details on how the game is turning out. From what I can garner from the text, they state that the storyline is similar to Resident Evil, with some bad guy creating monsters from biological experiments. The two main characters are named Zack and Irina, two federal agents attempting to stop the evil doers from unleashing whatever plan it is they have in store. If you have played either of the previous Elevator Action games then you know that in those games you played as spies who ran through buildings collection secret documents so it is looking like they are taking this game in a completely different direction (beyond adding the light-gun factor to it). Each player gets 12 shots a clip and the guns look pretty cool and they include a red button on the back of the casing although it’s not clear what that is used for. The reviewer does state that the production version of this game is likely going to be quite different than what was shown at AOU so we’ll have to wait until this summer to see the direction in which Taito is going to take this revamp of one of their classic titles.

The website below also happens to have more details on a few other light-gun games seen at the show, including Taito’s Music Gungun and Haunted Museum as well as more stuff on Namco’s Razing Storm (where they mention that there was about a 30 min wait to play that game)

[Via Team Gun Powers] [Discuss on the Forum]