Already responsible of Donkey Kong Jenga, themed board game maker USAopoly will soon release a Street Fighter Collector's Edition Monopoly. Based on the popular Capcom fighting game series, the gameboard will feature places like Makoto's karate dojo, rooftops of Japan and Shadaloo headquarters. The 6 movers will be modeled after fighters from the game line-up and it's up to you to choose which ones by voting at Capcom-Unity. For now, Ryu is the favourite character with 17% of the votes, he's followed by Chun-Li (14%), M. Bison (11%), Ken (10%), Zangief and Vega (8% each). The other contenders are Guile, Blanka, E. Honda, Dhalsim, Balrog and Sagat. You have until Monday March 5 to participate. Upon release, Monopoly Street Fighter Collector's Edition will be available to order at USAopoly's website.
Sega witnessed the popularity of its Border Break Air Burst mecha game during AOU held last month: visitors crowded the stand to try Border Break Air Burst Ver.2.7 and to receive a numbered postcard... Tomorrow, version 2.7 will be released throughout the country and features a lot of improvements. The most important one being the addition of a "chip system" used to customize and improve robots allowing them to perform new actions: for example, detect an incoming object, turn 180° instantly,... Characteristics of the weapons have been readjusted. A new "EX class" now exceeds the "SS Class" in the classification: the mechas who reach this rank will be painted mettalic blue.
GuitarFreaks XG3 and DrumMania XG3 are out today, it's almost a year after XG2 versions. New feature for these new versions: they will support e-AMUSEMENT GATE, Konami's community service where players can form groups, share their scores and discuss together. The machines are connected to the e-AMUSEMENT network, so players can compete on the same song simultaneously throughout Japan. Playing online also allows players to earn more "Live Points" that are necessary to unlock hidden songs. Players can now create their own avatar to identify themselves in the game and on their profile. A new scoring system is introduced: each song has a maximum score of 1,000,000 points and the player must score at least 700,000 points to clear the song. Note also that Sega released Sengoku Taisen new update today: Sengoku Taisen: Sengoku Taisen -15XX Five men of Shishido introducing new characters.
NESiCAxLive version 2.00 is released today. To mark the occasion, Taito has renewed the entire NESiCAxLive website and releases five games on its platform. This is in fact rereleases from the following titles: Arcana Heart 2, Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2, En-Eins Perfektewelt, Trouble Witches Episode 1 - Daughters of Amalgam AC and Power Instinct - The Commemoration / Gouketsuji Ichizoku. In Trouble Witches, a new secret playable character has been added.
Good news for Mobile Suit Gundam - Senjo no Kizuna: Banpresto released today an update that adds two new mechas. They can be purchased in the game for 240 credits each. This is the FA-78-1B Gundam Full Armor Type-B operated by Led Wayline (nickname of Johnny Ridden), appeared in the novel MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden (published in 2010) and MS-11 Action Zaku piloted by Mallet Sanguine and seen in the anime series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (broadcasted between 1985 and 1986). The FA-78-1B Gundam Full Armor Type-B can make long range shots and the MS-11 Action Zaku is very fast.
EAG International 2012 (EAG Expo) recently closed its doors. Like every year, we offer a comprehensive report of the London Amusement show. Discover the latest European arcade releases through the 128 pictures with commentary, such as Namco's Deadstorm Pirates 3D and Animal Kaiser, Operation GHOST, Let's Go Island 3D and Virtua Tennis 4 from Sega, Real Puncher 2 and Panic Museum II from Taito, Raw Thrills' Dirty Drivin', ReRave by Step Evolution/Coast to Coast Entertainment and Triotech's XD Dark Ride... Also presented are the latest innovations and redemptions as well as the currently most popular prizes. Enjoy reading! Next edition of the EAG trade show will take place at ExCeL from January 22 to 24, 2013.
Some days ago, Cave announced a new title in the DoDonPachi vertical shoot'em up series but without specifying on which platform(s) it would be released. Today, a location test is announced, so DoDonPachi Saidaioujou is an arcade game... The location test will be held at Hey Akihabara from February 3 to 5. Cave has not unveiled much information about its new game except that DoDonPachi Saidaioujou will retain gameplay of previous DoDonPachi games while adding some innovations such as the mysterious "Dress System". It will also be more "stylish" than past DoDonPachi. Music will be composed by Manabu Namiki (DoDonPachi and Death Smiles) and characters will be designed by Ryou Nagi (Steel Chronicle). DoDonPachi Saidaioujou should be released this Spring.
Lord of Vermilion Re:2 ~ Sorrows, the new Lord of Vermilion Re:2 update is out today. Square Enix added many new pets with this version. As usual, the new character illustrations are beautiful. Among the new pets, some comes from popular games and animes in Japan: Nier Gestalt and Nier Replicant games from Cavia, Witch on the Holy Night visual novel from Type-Moon and BLACKâ˜…ROCK SHOOTER anime.
Konami releases its new game in BEMANI series today: SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH. This music game uses a control panel featuring two rows of buttons: four white buttons on the top represent short white notes and two green buttons on the bottom represent long green notes. In addition, there is an effector nob on each side, a blue on the left and red on the right. The player must press and hold buttons in rhythm corresponding to the notes that scroll down on the screen. When a blue or red line appears across the screen, the player must turn the effector nob which color matches the color of the line (blue for left and red for right). At the end of the song, the "effector rate" lifebar must be at least 70% to clear the stage. Many songs are remixes of popular BEMANI titles. SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH is of course compatible with the e-AMUSEMENT PASS and an online ranking is available on the website.
Attention, unusually, there is arcade on TV tonight! As part of its "Week of the Video Game" programme, Belgian TV channel La Deux will broadcast a report on Brussels arcade "eLive/Arena". It will be tonight at 11:35 pm CET. You can have a glimpse of the place by watching Ken Bogard's video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbe6wGDggFQ. So be sure to tune in tonight!
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