Following the cancellation of the Preview show, Namco Europe decided to organize its own showcase at its premises in London in late September. Many companies from Europe and the Middle East were invited to a sneak preview of the latest Namco and Raw Thrills products. The following video games were shown: Dead Heat, the new racing game from Namco taking place in the world of tuning, Super Bikes 2, the sequel to Raw Thrills bike racer and Pac-Man's Arcade Party (upright and cocktail versions) which was released for the 30th anniversary of Namco's mascot that brings together a series of classics. The redemption game Pocket Typhoon, the new photo booth of Apple Industries and the Dunk Tank Prize prize vendor were also presented. Namco took the opportunity to unveil the final design of Go Go Grand Prix adapted to the requirements of the European public over the prototype seen at the EAG Expo in January.
Neo Asia, the new show replacing Asianim that should have been held on November 20 and 21 at the Palais des Congrès de Liège has been canceled. On the website, a word of the organizers explained the reason for the cancellation: the last minute withdrawal of some of their main events. They therefore preferred to cancel the show rather than offering an event of lesser quality. However, they do not abandon the idea of a festival in Liège and hope to regain the fans of japanese culture next year for a new event. People who already bought their tickets will of course be refunded.
Namco's Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Extreme hits Japan today. This game of fighting robots gather robots from the many Gundam licenced animes (from the first ones to the most recent such as Gundam Seed Destiny). The game runs on System 357 and several versions are available: the limited edition is out today with 1 server, 10 clients, 2 live screens and 200 IC cards. The DX edition will be released in October with 1 server, 4 clients, 1 live screen and 200 IC cards. Finally, the DS edition will be released in December with 1 server, 4 kits for clients, 1 live screen and 200 live cards. Music of Gundam Extreme Vs. promotion video is composed by Linkin Park.
Tougeki 2010 held this weekend at Makuhari Messe from Chiba (Tokyo). Here's the winners of the different tournaments. In category A, Street Fighter IV (3on3): Kindevu (Rufus) / Momochi (Akuma) / RF (Sagat); Tekken 6 - Bloodline Rebellion (3on3): sumairu X (Marduk) / nesuchan (Devil Jin) / tatatatatatatata-ku (Lars); BlazBlue - Continnum Shift (2on2): Tsujikawa (Taokaka) / Chou (Litchi); Arcana Heart 3 (2on2): Kasumi LOVE (Akane) / Tono (Konoha); The King of Fighters 2002 - Unlimited Match (1on1): OZ (Hinako, K ', Nameless); Virtua Fighter 5 R (3on3): serori (Kage) / morimoto reota^do (Vanessa) / hiraganadeaoki (Jacky). In category B, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (3on3): Shounen (Testament) / RF (Faust) / Ogawa (Eddie); Street Fighter III 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future (3on3): Kuroda (Ken) / Nitto (Yun) / MOV (Chun-Li); Sengoku Basara X (1on1): Way-Kubin (Mori Motonari); Super Street Fighter II X - Grand Master Challenge (3on3): MAO (Claw) / Futachan (Ryu) / Ito (Dee Jay). In category C, The King of Fighters XIII (1on1): Oeppu (K' / Mature / Raiden); Melty Blood Actress Again - Current Code (2on2): GO1 (Akiha) / Ieda (Kohaku). All complete results on the forum.
beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem is released today in Japan. The gameplay is always the same: the player has to scratch on turntables and press the buttons at the right time. However, Konami has added some new features to its series: 60 new songs for a total of 600 titles, special events and songs hidden, bigger speakers and a national ranking. Beginners are not forgotten as a new mode is dedicated to them: the Renewal Party Mode. beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem supports PASELI payment service.
Taiko no Tatsujin 14 is out today in Japan. It's already the 14th version of the drum game from Namco and its success is unwavering. The campaign accompanying this release is in full swing: since September 10th, the Japanese are lucky to have singing Don and Katsu figures in Happy Meals from McDonalds. New songs will be available: J-Pop (Ring a Ding Dong, music from NTT DoCoMo ads), animes songs (Pokémon, Gintama, Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto), classic (Strauss), video game music (Idol M@ster, Ridge Racer) and Namco original songs.
2010 edition of the Amusement Machine Show will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba from September 9 to 11. This exhibition is organized by the JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association) and JAPEA (Japan Amusement Park Equipment Association). The first two days are reserved for professionals and the last day is open to the public. The entrance fee for the public is 1000 Yen but all games are freeplay and visitors can win prizes. As always in Japanese shows, cosplayers are welcome. The surface is divided into five zones: Arcade Zone (arcade games, Puri-kura ,...), Family Zone (arcade games and kiddie rides for children), Prize Zone (prizes, machine parts), Related Zone (amusement related products) and Publication Zone (publications, magazines). Among the thirty exhibitors, main Japanese companies will present their latest products: Sega (Initial D Arcade Stage 6, Shining Force Cross Raid, World Club Champion Football Intercontinental Clubs 09-10), Namco Bandai, Taito (BlazBlue Continuum Shift II), Banpresto,...
GTI Asia China Expo 2010 will be held at the Poly World Trade Expo Center in Guangzhou (China) from August 26 to 28. During this second edition of the show, businessmen from around the world will discover the newest Chinese games (UNIS, Golden Dragon, Liuzhou Lanhai Technology, IGS, ...) as well as export versions of some Japanese and Korean titles since companies like Bandai Namco and Andamiro will attend the show. Beside amusement games, many gaming machines will be also presented. One hundred exhibitors will participate to the show.
A new arcade and pinball machines online shop opens its doors. Created by Macklane who is well known on arcade forums, ArcadeInvaders offers used machines, spare parts, games and motherboards (Chihiro, Naomi, MVS), as well as services such EPROM programming and photocopy of manuals. Unlike other Belgian websites of the same type, this one is multilingual (English, French and Dutch). Moreover, if an item you are looking for is not listed in their catalog, ArcadeInvaders team will be happy to help you find it.
The latest shooter from Cave is released in Japan today. Long awaited by the public after very good location tests, Akai Katana is a horizontal shooter whose action takes place in a 2D environment with a military retro style. The player can choose from three ships flown by a crew of two pilots, each with different characteristics and attacks. The game has four buttons: A button to shoot, B Button to throw a bomb, C button for auto-fire and D button to change shape (the plane is transformed into one of the two drivers).
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