DoDonPachi Saidaioujou is out in Japanese arcades today. Cave offers a more stylish game than the previous DoDonPachi episodes while keeping the gameplay that made its success. But new features are added such as the "Dress System". The player chooses an "elemental doll" among the three available, each having her own ship; Shuri (Type A) has a fast red ship with a narrow shot, Hikari (Type B) has a medium-speed green helicopter with a shot angling with player's movement and Maria (Type C) has a blue ship, slower and shooting wide. The "Dress System" consists of three different styles of clothing for dolls: the "shot" style (combat clothes), the "laser" style (casual clothes) and the "expert" style (swimsuit). Ships have a "shot" attack and an "laser" attack. Each style has different characteristics: with the "shot" style, the shot attack is more powerful, the player begins with three bombs and can carry up to six. With the "laser" style, the laser attack is more powerful and the player starts with two bombs and can carry up to four. With the "expert" style, the two types of attacks are powerful but the ennemies bullets patterns are more difficult, the player starts with a bomb and can carry two maximum. DoDonPachi Saidaioujou uses three buttons: A button to fire, while holding it down the player uses the laser, B button for bombs and C button is auto-fire. An auto-bomb mode can be selected at the game start but it uses all the bombs in stock, if it's turned off, an extra bomb is offered to the player when he returns after death. By defeating enemies, players can get bonus lives and "hypers" bonuses that allow canceling all enemy fire when triggered. Regarding the staff, Manabu Namiki (DoDonpachi and Death Smiles) composed the music and character design is signed by Ryo Nagi (Steel Chronicle).
The famous Taito's train driving simulation game series celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. To highlight the event, Taito delights train simulator fans by releasing a new episode with a new concept dedicated to children: Card de Renketsu! Densha de GO!. For the first time, the game uses cards, there are three types: locomotives, intermediate cars and tail cars. The player can choose up to 6 cars. Train models shown in game actually exist and the lines are also real lines of the Japanese railway network. The gameplay has been simplified compared to previous versions to be suitable for children. The control lever has four positions represented by four colors (blue, green, yellow, red), the player must keep the lever in the position indicated by the color bars that scroll across the screen (a bit like a rhythm game).
Mobile Suit Gundam - Senjo no Kizuna is out today. It will add 2 new mechas : RAG-79-G1 and MSM-04G, the first can be bought with 6500 points and the second with 6000 points. The RAG-79-G1 Waterproof Gundam is equipped with 5 differents weapons and comes from the manga Mobile Suit Gundam UC0096 “The Sleeves” Crew Chief Recites a Poem released in 2010. The MSM-04G Juaggu is equipped with 3 different weapons and comes from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn released in 2010.
Next weekend, the best Belgian pinball players will meet at Bingovit's Gameroom for BFK (Belgisch FlipperKampioenschap / Belgium Pinball Championship) 2012 - Double Trouble. As usual, the championship is divided in several categories: Men, Women and Junior. The traditional "Winner who takes it all" challenge is organized beside. BFK 2012 will take place on Saturday April 21. Qualify rounds will begin at 9:00. Final rounds will be held at 18:30 (Junior), 21:00 (Women) and 21:30 (Men). Prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at 22:00. Every Belgian player aged 16 or older can enter. People can register at Bingovit website. The participation fee is €20. Several Arcade Belgium Forums members join the competition including Glenn Pellis and Peter Smets (who finished 4th last year). Good luck to them! Bingovit's Gameroom is located on Eigenlostraat in Sint-Niklaas (between Gent and Antwerpen).
Our report on our participation to the Made in Asia 4 show has just been published. This year the show attracted about 21,500 visitors and our stand has encountered a great success. The two tournaments we held were also full of participants: 50 people registered to Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition tournament. After several hours of fighting, it's finally Ka 'Loan who won against Almeh, Dash Prof completed the podium. Thirty players entered The King of Fighters XIII and Omar was the winner, Esash ranked second and ASS-Kujiro finished third. All of them received video games, T-shirts and goodies. We wish to thank all participants for their good mood and patience and all the people (they will recognize themself) who helped us during the show but also during the preparation phase... We hope to see you even more numerous for the next Made in Asia to be held on March 8, 9 and 10, 2013. You can read it on this page.
Operation G.H.O.S.T. is playable at Sportland, Blankenberge. This sequel to hit shooter Ghost Squad (and Ghost Squad Evolution) was released in Europe in late January. We already mentionned it in our EAG International report. Operation G.H.O.S.T. remains in the spirit of Sega's series, the player is still a member of the G.H.O.S.T. international elite squad fighting terrorism. During the game, the player must make many strategic choices and give orders to team members (such as throwing a grenade at the critical moment). Compared to the first game, there is no more savegame card system nor online ranking, but a speaker hidden in the scope of the assault rifle immerses you into the action. Multicolored LEDs are reflected around the LCD screen (42" or 55" depending on the model) and react to the action. RingWide powered, the game is not exceptional graphically but Ghost Squad fans will enjoy it nonetheless! Try it!
Gamini Bandara retires after 33 years of loyal service. Everyone owning Sega machines know this brilliant technician. Gamini began his Amusement career as technical support manager at Tech-Mar Leisure Services (Ruffler & Deith Leisure Company) in 1979. From 1980, he takes care of technical support and distribution of Sega products. His expertise will be put to use in the design of European versions of Sega hits like OutRun, Daytona USA, Manx TT, Sega Rally 2, Derby Owners Club, The House of the Dead, Virtua Fighter and Virtua Striker series, and most recently Sega Golden Gun and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade. He also designed the movements of Cycraft versions of Initial D Version 3, Club Kart and F-Zero AX Monster Ride. He visited Belgium several times, including for the installation of a Derby Owners Club at Sportland in Blankenberge or during Namusco open days in Brussels. He was always of good advice and enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge. Gamini Bandara has left his post as Technical Service Manager at Sega Amusements Europe this April 5. Now he can enjoy a well deserved retirement to relax and live his passions... We thank him for everything and wish him much success in his new endeavors!
Stunfest's eighth edition will open its doors in one week. Each year, this video game festival organized by 3 Hit Combo gathers thousands of players in Rennes (Brittany). This event is famous for its tournaments attracting players from throughout the world. This year, arcade tournaments are Garou - Mark of the Wolves, Super Street Fighter III 3rd Strike and Super Street Fighter II X. Tournaments are commented by Ken Bogard. Registration fees range from €5 to €7. Many other arcade machines will be available to the visitors. Music will be granted by live concerts of (mostly) chiptune artists: TH' Mole, DATA Glitch, 2080, Rauberhohle, Jankenpopp and Nate & Jojo. Conferences around the video game theme are organized with themes like "video game and its culture in contemporary Japan" or "heritage conservation and transmission of videogame culture". Note also the presence of independent game developers. Stunfest XII will take place at Halle Francis Querné in Rennes (France) from April 13 to 15. Entrance fee is of €7 a day, €12 for 2 days, and €15 for 3 days. The event will be live broadcast on stunfest.fr.
Namco Bandai releases today the highly anticipated successor of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS.: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost. In this new version of the mechas fighting game, no less than 74 Gundams are already announced! 2vs2 fights take place on 17 stages from the wide Gundam world. The game runs on System 357 and has high-quality graphics. The matches can be broadcast on a live monitor. The mechas are still purchased with points earned in the game and they come from the following series, movies and mangas: Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack - Beltorchika's Children, Mobile Suit Gundam F91, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, After War Gundam X, ∀ Gundam (Turn A Gundam), Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn), Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed MSV Astray, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny, Mobile Suit Gundam Exa.
AquaPazza - Aquaplus Dream Match Version 2.0 is available today. Aquaplus added 2 new playable characters: Oboro (from visual novel Utaware Rumono released in 2002) and Chizuru Kashiwagi (from visual novel Kizuato released in 1996) and 2 new partner characters: Serika Kurusugawa (from visual novel ToHeart released in 1997) and Llyr (from RPG Tears to Tiara released in 2005).
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