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New games from the Sega Private Show 2010 in Japan

June 27, 2010

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Every year Sega Japan holds a “private” summer show where they give select persons a view of some of the new content that they are bringing to arcades later that year. But it’s only private in the sense of it being limited to who gets an invitation as every year sources reveal the content from that event. The most recent show took place on Saturday and we now have a look at a few new arcade products in development although it is likely that they will not get any official support internationally.

First off, Sega introduced the latest title in the Sangokushi Taisen series of games, the card-based Samurai Wars or Warring States. It turned out to be the main attraction of the show and is scheduled for a Japanese release in November. The artwork on the cards themselves is quite detailed and I like the concept behind this game as it’s something different for arcades but these kind of games tend to stick to the Japanese market. Here’s an in-game shot from the official website. You can read about how the game works here at

Next up is Sega Card Gen MLB 2010. I was originally excited about this unique game when it was first shown at AMOA 2009 in the US and it was later seen on location test at a Gameworks in Illinois. Since then we have only seen the game in Japan, so it’s likely that this didn’t test well (or perhaps there is another reason holding it back – it was originally supposed to launch in the Spring). The game was at this show and here is the first nice shot I have seen of the screen up-close. Most of the game is still in English so maybe there is still a glimmer of hope that Sega will still release this in the US (not sure how popular baseball is in Europe for a release there). In case you missed our previous coverage on this game, you can go here, here and here.

Even though the new Virtua Fighter 5 is scheduled to find it’s way to Japanese arcades this summer, they didn’t have a cabinet on display at the show. But they did demonstrate a knockout trial mode in a video.

But wait, there’s more! Jump past the break to see it


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown adding Twitter support

June 25, 2010

I saw this on a few sites this morning and there is just a tiny correction that needs to be made to what is being said. First off, Sega is getting into the social networking game with their new Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown update in Japan, by adding Twitter update support to the game. Players will need a VF.Net account that they link to their Twitter account. The updates will occur as you play the game although you can manage what will be tweeted so it doesn’t clutter up your feed with too much stuff. Players will also be able to easily find other people who are linked in the same manner so they can follow each other and compete in that manner if they wish.

Overall it’s a great idea, as it helps spread the word of people playing an arcade title, promotes some friendly competition and has a little bit of that “fame” aspect as it tweets the accomplishments you make in the game.It will be great to see more arcade titles making use of such online features although there is the question of complexity – ask too many questions or put too much text on an arcade screen and your average player will not pay any attention to what it is doing and end up confused.

Onto the thing I think needs to be corrected in the coverage out there about this. Another arcade game allowed players to update their Facebook and Twitter accounts already (the claim being thrown around is that this new VF is the first game to do this) and that is Golden Tee 2010. The feature is primarily focused on Facebook but where you can link your Facebook feed to automatically post to your Twitter feed as well, that would technically make GT2010 the first game to do this. It is the first time a fighter has used such features though.

Here is the game in action in case you haven’t seen it yet. I have mentioned previously that Sega did release the original VF5 to US arcades and it’s a shame they haven’t released the updates here since the original also made it to consoles.

[Via Kotaku and Versus City]