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Darius Burst Another Chronicle location test reports

August 7, 2010

The waiting line for Darius Burst Another Chronicle's 1st loctest (by AM-Net)

Taito began the first public test of the new Darius Burst Another Chronicle in Akihabara yesterday and already the test is considered a great success. Between 140-200 showed up early to get a chance to play the new game for 200 yen each. There are a couple of location test reports on the web, one from Small Room Aries and a more detailed report from Game Watch. It sounds like it’s similar in many ways to Darius Burst on the PSP but with a number of improvements; enhanced graphics, a new craft to pick called Formula, new sound effects, changes in the stage configurations and how enemies attack, the ability to change the direction of your ship, and there will be a new Chronicle mode which was not available to play for this test. Small Room Aries mentions that it can be a little hard to grasp where your ship is at when there are four players on the screen which is something I have wondered about but hopefully Taito will be able to fine-tune that so it won’t be a problem in the final release.

Game Watch also has a number of new direct screenshots to drool over.



See Darius Burst Another Chronicle in action

August 6, 2010

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As promised, Taito had a live stream take place this morning/last night (depending upon your location) and in that video we got our first look at their upcoming Darius Burst Another Chronicle. I was unwillingly awake this morning when it was on and I watched some of it at the time but it’s nice to have the whole thing saved so anyone can go back and watch.

Click here to watch the video. Jump ahead to the 10 min. mark to see the cabinet itself. It’s a little smaller than I thought it would be but that’s a good thing. It appears that they are using angled mirrors to create a nearly seamless image of the two monitors together (which I think the original did with it’s three monitors but I have personally never seen an original Darius but they do show one in this video about 20 min. in) and the game itself looks spectacular even though the image quality on the video is less than ideal. The only thing that might be an issue is the player on the far right, I wonder how it might work out for them since most of the enemies appear on their side of the screen and the players generally stick to the left.

Darius Burst Another Chronicle will be released this winter in Japan. Hopefully Taito will consider distributing this internationally but even if they don’t I imagine that some intrepid locations with deep enough pockets will get one.

See the new Darius Burst in action Friday

August 4, 2010

(Thanks to ECM for the tip!)

If you are chomping at the bit to see Taito’s new Darius Burst Another Chronicle in action, then you’ll have the chance to do so this Friday. Taito will be doing a webshow on where DBAC will be shown in some manner. The show begins at 8PM in Japan, so you’d have to adjust your clocks accordingly –  that’s 4AM PST. In the event you aren’t up that early, I imagine that someone will rip the footage so we can see what the game is all about at any time of the day.

The bookmark worthy stream will be here (link fixed)

UPDATE: Thanks to my insomnia tonight, I am up to check it out although I will be trying to get some sleep again here in a minute. The game looks wickedly awesome, and in case you aren’t able to catch it now, it looks like they save the video on the page to see later. Looks like it runs at 60 fps, no bullet hell and it looks like they are using mirrors to help combine the monitor edges in the center so they blend together quite well and you don’t have to worry about a large black line in the center of the screen. They already showed a play through two bosses but only with two players. Looks like they may do four players later but I’m too tired to stick around and wait – still it was worth it to see the game in action. In fact, player interest is high enough that I got a phone call at my arcade yesterday about this which is unusual for an arcade title that hadn’t been seen in action until now.

Screenshots for the new Darius and Pengo

July 30, 2010

Darius Burst Another Chronicle – sweet mother of awesome (click to enlarge, via Game Watch):

Pengo. I thought this was going to be eight players on one cabinet but that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least for the moment. The location test connected four two player stations together.I know an 8-player cabinet would still be large but it would require a little less hardware to invest in. Famitsu has more pictures and a video of the game in action.

Sources: AM.Net

Darius Burst Another Chronicle cabinet revealed

July 30, 2010

(Thanks to ECM for the tip)

While I wasn’t expecting anything on this until tomorrow morning, it appears that all of the info already out on the new has pushed Taito to reveal more on the Darius title early, even though the countdown still has 14 hours left. You can visit the official Darius Site here – the only new reveal is the cabinet image you see above. That’s quite an impressive cabinet – there is some sort of force feedback in the seat and the screen configuration hearkens back to the original Darius from 1986. Fortunately it is when cabinets take this approach that make any future console ports have less impact on the arcade market as you would loose the extra wide view unless you are willing to setup two identical flat panels next to each other.

Hopefully we’ll have videos of this one in action very soon. I also hope that it gets a release outside of Japan. At the moment there is no indication of such a thing but Elevator Action: Death Parade was that way as well. As long as the price tag on this is far below the EADP then it would be even more feasible. The new Darius will be released in Japan this winter.

Source: ACE

Taito bringing Darius back to arcades with Darius Burst Another Chronicle(Updated)

July 27, 2010

Memory lane - Darius Gaiden from 1994

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It’s been a little over a week now since we learned that Taito had placed a new countdown webpage on the arcade side of their Japanese site, a countdown which at the time of this writing is set to expire in 2 days and 16 hours from now. But why wait for the countdown when the cat has already been let out of the bag so to speak. Versus City is reporting that in an upcoming issue of Arcadia Magazine, they reveal that the new game is in fact a return to the Darius series, one of Taito’s popular horizontal shooters(popular enough that fans have made a Darius Wiki even). The last Darius in arcades was G Darius, which was released back in 1997. The only thing known about the game at this point is that the cabinet will feature dual screens but at least we can expect to find out more in just two days.

UPDATE: AM.Net and Versus City are both now confirming features for the new Darius. Apparently both of them have an advance copy of Arcadia Magazine where they are pulling the source from. Through the google translator AM. NET says the name is “Daraiasubasutoanazakuronikuru”, which Versus City helps us understand with “Darius Burst Another Chronicle”.  As for the new features, these include:

-four players(!)

-Monitors are 32″ in size and sit next to each other for a double wide cabinet (like X-Men)

-headphone jacks (that is something I’d like to see more machines support out of the box)

-three button layout

-NESYS Support

-Type X2 hardware

-August location test with a Winter 2010 release

While this sounds great, I wonder how open Taito would be to giving the game an international release. That probably depends upon the price tag as it’s not like players are unfamiliar with Darius. I also think that the four player support could go a long way with this one – as an operator in a small space I pay extra close attention to such cabinets as I think that they are a way for me to get some extra bang for the buck.

UPDATE #2: Cabinet can be seen here

If you are unfamiliar with the first Darius Burst, it was a title on the PSP. Here is the trailer for that game below, the new arcade version will probably be similar to this but with those extra features mentioned (and shinier graphics).

Taito's new Space Invaders themed game in Japan where button mashing = happiness

July 19, 2010

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While several other arcade classics have seen coin-op updates in recent times, including Sea Wolf, Elevator Action and Pac-Man, one glaring omission from the list is Taito’s Space Invaders. Taito has done plenty of SI updates for home consoles and handheld systems but for whatever reason they haven’t felt it necessary to give the original platform SI came out on some love. They still aren’t doing that although this new Space Invaders themed machine in Japan comes close. Listed as Happy Kentei, the object of the game is to see how many times you can press the “Happy Button” in ten seconds. They are even holding a national competition with the game, which will be used to to find the happiest person in Japan (I assume).

More details on Famitsu and the official Taito page for the competition.