All I can say is man this game looks beautiful. I don’t care if it doesn’t use 3D, in fact I appreciate the 2D art (and game style when it comes to fighters) much more. The video speaks for itself below, uploaded by youtube user wx1682
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Today must be a day for fighters as here is some news on another highly anticipated arcade fighter, KOFXII. While I hadn’t been keeping tabs on the teaser site, what is there now is nicely detailed with new sections describing the game and characters. Even if you can’t understand the Japanese text in certain areas, it’s a good place for screenshots and upcoming movies of the game in action to salivate over.
While I don’t expect to see this get much US distribution, it will likely be a a title that will be imported by many locations; I certainly am considering it. For those of you out there looking into opening up your own arcade, if you have a notable Latino population in your area then you should consider getting any KOF game really as the game is huge south of the US border. I’ve seen that with earnings on my KOF98, which has done far better than I ever expected. KOFXII could very well get the attention of other fighter fans between it’s amazing 2D look and it’s battle system.
UPDATE: Aaron Auzis has kindly taken the time to translate some information from the updated KOF site and has provided that translation to us at AH. Many thanks Aaron! If you’d like to get see what new information has been revealed on the game, including details on the new mechanics that KOFXII will bring to the table, hit the post break below where it says “Read the rest of this post”.
The AM show (JAMMA) Mega Preview Post : Elevator Action, Razing Storm, KOFXII, Harley Davidson, CastleVania & moreSeptember 18, 2008
There is another arcade event about to take place next week and this time it’s in Japan. Known as the AM Show, also called the JAMMA show, it brings with it a lot of information on games we’ve been hearing about for a while along with new games. It should be interesting to see what comes along over the next week but at the moment here is what we have for you as a preview of what to expect.
BTW – For interest of space, I’m just using thumbnails on this post. Click on them to expand and images taken from various sources I’ll credit at the end.
Holy frak, Taito is bringing Elevator Action back. Labeled as “Elevator Action: Death Parade” we currently have a picture of the cabinet and nothing else. Of course the cabinet has to have something which looks like an elevator door covering the screen so no clue what the game looks like but it’s not longer a joystick game but a light-gun title. The cabinet has a Too Spicy feel to it, I wonder if the game will mimick that or not. Notice that it also has a surround sound system on it, much like those Konami cabinets are using (ex. Silent Hill, CastleVania). If this plays elevator music at certain points then this is going to be one of the coolest cabinets ever.
Taito also was showing off a new mini-game party title (I’m surprised that there aren’t more of these after the Wii came out) called Senor: The Nippon (?) and Hoppingurodo, which apparently has something to do with simulating jumping on pogo sticks.
Konami will not be at the show but they are still exhibiting games on location tests so I am sure that people will be talking about these games and they have what I think is a new fighter but the cabinet pictured shows a control scheme that is unfamiliar so it’s hard to say exactly what Brave Heroes is going to be. The game has something to do with the War of the Three Kingdoms – perhaps it’s a Dynasty Warriors style fighter (which I have always thought would make a perfect arcade title, which would have been done with the War of the Grail).
Namco has also shown off a new light-gun not based on Time Crisis (it appears) called Razing Storm. From the flyer the graphics look pretty good and it looks like it uses a bit of destructive environment geometry as well. The game is powered by System 357 (which I believe is the PlayStation 3 based hardware) and it uses a 62″ screen along with a cabinet design that sort of reminds me of Rambo. Whether this will make it to the States or not is beyond me, I was pretty disappointed with Namco’s lack of games at AMOA but maybe as they see others gearing up they will too.
Now for some more info on games we knew about already – hit the jump or this will take up too much space on the main page 🙂 But we’ve got a look at Sega’s Harley Davidson, KOFXII, a new look at the CastleVania Arcade cabinet, first screens of Hummer Extreme and more.
King of Fighters XII has whipped up a wave of excitement as of late, with a recent poll suggesting that our fine readers are looking forward to it more than any other fighting game, even Street Fighter IV. Part of this is down to a stunning trailer released at AOU which showcased the new high resolution 2D graphics, which arrive as part of the first complete King of Fighters sprite redraw since KOF 96. Anyhow, a bunch of screenshots of this loveliness recently surfaced at Famitsu, so don’t delay in clicking that link!
It looks like KOF 12 was shown off at GDC and with it an English translation of the Japanese trailer (I couldn’t find any other differences). Video via youtube user ikarileo which is via GameVideos.com. Also an HD version of the trailer is available on Gametrailers.com which I would post but we can’t do embedded videos from that site for some reason.
A few days ago I posted a poll via Survey Monkey asking a few questions about your thoughts on all of the new fighters coming out of Japan and I have to admit that I am a little bit surprised at the results so far. Unfortunately due to the way Survey Monkey works you can’t see the current results (if anyone knows of a better polling system that can be integrated into a WordPress blog LMK because apparently there aren’t any), so here they are as of the writing of this post. Keep in mind that the poll never closes so if there are any major changes then I’ll be happy to let everyone know the results in our forum. Overall, most of you are more excited for the new King of Fighters XII than any other fighter. Of course now the question is, will SNK be releasing it outside of Japan (in arcades) or will fans have to import it (or wait for a console version)?
Click on the thumbnails below to see the results!