Posted tagged ‘Jubeat’

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.

 

uBeat now testing in the UK

October 11, 2008

We’ve received word from Konami that their newest and certainly unique bemani title uBeat is now testing at Tenpin Bowl, in Acton, West London. According to the release we received (that you can find after the post break), uBeat has been “hugely popular in overseas markets” so if you are in the area where this is testing, it’s your chance to go and see what the buzz is all about. They say that the game will not be there much longer but they do want people who play the game to let them know what they think (e-mail link after the jump as well).

I wonder how much longer the game will be out testing after this is complete – it would be great to see it released before the end of the year.

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UBeat (known in Japan as Jubeat) USA location test info

September 14, 2008

Konami has decided to test out their latest bemani title UBeat in the US and thanks to one of our readers and forum members, Phil Arrington, we have a look at this interesting new game that takes the genre a bit further thanks to it’s change in focus from the feet to the hands. As Phil puts it: “UBeat Beta,[is] basically the best thing to hit U.S. (Arcade music wise) in a long time.” In addition to being a new idea it is simple enough that allows a larger number of people to comfortably approach the game and have fun than say DDR. Of course the different nature of the game and it’s cabinet can work both ways of both attracting or repelling people depending on their tastes but Phil says that once you try it out, it is rather addicting and you could possibly spend hours plaiyng on this one. Phil predicts that UBeat will be a hit – I’ll agree with him along as Konami USA can get this out at a reasonable price so enough operators can pick it up. Plenty of people are interested in something different and I have always felt that this is where arcades can shine in creating games that are so unique that they just won’t translate well at all to a console.

For the full rundown on the UBeat test, check out Phil’s post in our forums.

DDR:X and Jubeat testing in the US on Sept. 8th

September 6, 2008

[Thanks to Phil on our forums!]

While I wasn’t entirely sure if Konami was going to try and test Jubeat out in the Us, I had hope when I heard that it would be in Europe and now from a tip on our forums, it looks like the game will be tested out here afterall. It would be even more interesting if the game shows up at AMOA next week as well but I don’t have my hopes up for that (so if it is there I’ll be pleasantly surprised). Phil is going to try and make it to the location test, which will be held at Boomers in Irvine, CA so stay tuned for more info!

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New Konami Jubeat site to open on July 24th

July 16, 2008

It’s been a little while since we have heard anything on Konami’s Jubeat (which again is supposed to be pronounced ‘You-beat’) but it looks like the Japanese release of the game is fast approaching and with it a new site is going to launch on July 24th. The placeholder site has a little interactivity to it – you can press the buttons as they light up but from what I have tried so far nothing more than a sound is made. So we’ll have to wait and see what is in store for the 24th. The main site for the game also has a bit of information available for the game, it had been a while since I checked it but they have a demonstration video of how the game works which is quite cool. While I couldn’t get that particular file uploaded to the site I found some recent videos that were posted to Youtube that show the game being played in case you haven’t seen it yet.

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Konami's Jubeat could be a record breaker

March 24, 2008

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Konami is really pushing forward in the coin-op game sector these days and if the trend continues they could upset Namco from the #2 spot. This will certainly be helped by the unique game Jubeat (pronounced “You-beat” BTW) which has just gone through initial testing in Japan. From that test, all indicators point to the title becoming a record breaking title which is not just a win for Konami but for arcade titles in general that seek to break the mold. We do not know how general of a release Jubeat will see (or exactly when it will be released) but the better it does in testing, the greater the chances of finding this one in your local arcade later this year.

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