Posted tagged ‘UBeat’

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.

 

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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 already testing a sequel/update to uBeat

March 17, 2009

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One game I had hoped to see at ASI was Konami’s uBeat. There had been a US location test but since then we have heard pretty much nothing about the game here. Sadly, we still have not heard anything but as a show of faith in the title overall, Konami is now testing a sequel to the game in Japan, called Jubeat Ripples (in Japan, they put a J in front of it). There are some details of the first location test up at Aries Small Rooms. The cabinet looks the same but they have added some changes to how the game handles certain events and added some songs. The translation of that page is a bit rough though so it’s unclear as to what some of the changes are (such as the default marker, whatever that is). There is another location test tomorrow so we will see if there are any extra details to be had when reports of that test hit the net.

[Thanks to Bemanistyle for the tip] [Discuss on the Forums]

UBeat testing at the Trocadero, London

December 16, 2008

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If you’re going to be dropping by the Trocadero in London anytime soon then here’s something to keep an eye out for – Konami’s UBeat. The Stinger Report sent us some pictures of ubeat2the two units they have there but for how long they will be in place is anyone’s guess. The game should be showing up at ATEI however so if you miss it here then there is always another chance to see it at the show (along with DDR:X and CastleVania).

[Discuss on the forum]

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.