Border Break third upgrade is playable in Japanese arcades since today. The main new feature is the new "Union Battle" game mode: a group of maximum 10 players faces enemy troops controlled by the CPU. Raika, a new mecha and a new map are now available. The new "True Ace" class exceeds the "EX" class. New mechas customisation features were developed and improvements have been made to weapons and chips.
Shining Force Cross Elysion Ver.B is out today. Aside from a new opening, this update does not really introduce new features. The developers have focused on re-balancing weapons (damage, effects), magic (damage, MP consumption), ... And of course some new quests and a new scenario were added.
Baseball Heroes 2012 - Pride of Professionals arrives in Japanese arcades today. Players will be pleased to use the latest version of Konami series featuring updated players and teams data. There are now 520 available cards and the new cards have a new design. There are 7 levels of rarity for cards: Regular-W, Regular-B, Super Rookie, Close Up, Trueborn Shinkenger, Special and Great. The game is still nationally playable and a tutorial has been added to teach the newcomers how to play Baseball Heroes. Different game modes allow to play locally against friends, play against the CPU, take part to the national tournament... Baseball Heroes 2012 is still compatible with the Professional Baseball Dream Nine mobile phone game.
jubeat saucer is the new episode in Konami musical touch-screen game series. For the first time in the series, song list will be updated via e-AMUSEMENT GATE each month with 15 or 20 new titles (licensed songs, BEMANI crossover, revivals or new songs). Fifteen former original Konami songs were removed from the playlist and now an animation rewards a full combo as in beatmania IIDX and DanceDanceRevolution. Another new feature is the bistro saucer. During result screen, the player has access to the ingredients he won during the game (each song played unlocks an ingredient). With these ingredients, he can compose dishes available in 4 sizes: small, medium, large and special. Small size dishes unlock the slowest songs and special dishes the fastest. Each completed dish unlocks a new song.
Available on September 25th, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost 4th update adds two new mechas, a stage and a boss. The GAT-X102 Duel Gundam driven by Yzak Joule and coming from the animated series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED broadcasted between October 2002 and September 2003. Its costs 1000 pts and is equipped with "Igelstellung'"75mm Multi-barrel CIWS, Beam Saber, 57mm High-energy Beam Rifle, 175mm Grenade Launcher, Hyper Bazooka, "Shiva" 115mm Railgun, 220 mm 5-barrel Missile Pod, Shield. The GX-9900 Gundam X driven by Jamil Neate and coming from the animated series After War Gundam X broadcasted between April and December 1996. It costs 2500 pts and is equipped with Satellite Cannon, Shield Buster Rifle, Large Beam Sword, Torso Vulcan, Beam Rifle. Cost: 2500 pts. The new stage is the urban zone over the Earth Federation military base of Torrington located in Australia. And the new boss available in D route is the AMA-X7 Shamblo, an amphibian gundam from Neo Zeon and coming from the animated series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn released in 2010. Its equipped with Mega Particle Diffusion Gun, Quad Missile Launcher, Triple Claw with Anti-beam Coating, Remote Control Arms, Reflector Bit.
While Sega released its first games on ALL.Net P-RAS MULTI, Taito still rereleases old titles on NESiCAxLive. Yesterday, Chaos Breaker and its console version Dark Awake began a second life in arcade. Out late 2004 on Type X, Eolith's Chaos Breaker is a 2D fighting game taking place in a medieval fantasy world. The fights are 3 on 3, the main character can call his partners to help. The fighters are divided into classes: humans, elves and dwarves on one side and dark elves, goblins/orcs and undead on the other. Characters use weapons and they can have up to 3 items in stock to use during the fight: healing and mana potions, extra weapons, power bracelets, protection rings, ... Using items and calling partners decrease the player's mana. Dark Awake - The King has no name was released on PSN in 2010. This home version had trophy system support, online mode with ranking, and practice mode. These features are included in NESiCAxLive version. Note also that The Rumble Fish 2 for NESiCAxLive has been updated to version 1.1 which rebalances characters.
The first games distributed via ALL.Net P-RAS MULTI arrive today. ALL.Net P-RAS MULTI is Sega's new distribution platform running on RingEdge 2. Indeed, Sega has decided to launch its own platform to compete with Taito's popular NESiCAxLive. There is strangely no game developed by Sega to inaugurate it... Titles currently available are: Under Night In-Birth from ECOLE/French Bread, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R by Arc System Works and Triangle Service's Ge-sen love. Under Night In-Birth features 11 characters and uses 4 buttons: Weak, Medium, Strong attack and EXS Action (enhance attack or guard). Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R story takes place 6 years after the events of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, two new playable characters are available for a total of 25 fighters. A lot of balance and tuning have been done to existing characters. Ge-sen love is a shoot'em up compilation including COMBATZEAL and two skills mini-games: Action Skill Test and a new version of Shmups Skill Test. A 4 player version of Pengo! was recently added to Ge-sen love. With ALL.Net P-RAS MULTI system, Sega rents games to operators and incomes are shared. This system allows easy game updates, network play, online rankings ... Aime cards and Bana Passport are both compatible with games running on this system.
NG: DEV.TEAM has unveiled its next Neo-Geo MVS game: a vertical maniac shooting game named NEO XYX. To finance the title, the development team imagined a quite original system: the game development budget will depend on the number of pre-orders. If the budget is low, the game will be released in January 2013. By cons, if they collect a lot of money, stages will be longer, there will be more midboss, more game modes and game size will also be greater. About gameplay, the score system is based on medal chaining and a mild rank system. Furthermore, the player will be able to collect bombs to help him in his task. There will be 6 levels with varied and colorful settings, 6 endbosses, 16-bit hand-drawn graphics (dot graphics). NEO XYX will be the first Neo-Geo game to use a vertical screen (TATE). It will however be usable on horizontal monitors thanks to an option to switch between vertical (TATE) and horizontal controls (YOKO). The limited edition MVS cartridge is limited to 50-75 units worldwide. Pre sales get an early bird discount of 9% / 40 EUR (€ 399 instead of € 439). The limited edition package will include a shockbox, a 12-page full colour game manual, 2 posters and a soundtrack CD. As with all NG: DEV.TEAM games, the cartridge will feature a USB port to update the game. NEO XYX can be pre-ordered on NG: DEV.DIRECT. The status of the budget can also be checked there.
Almost a year after the release of the 19th episode, Konami will release beatmania IIDX 20 - Tricoro tomorrow. There are now seven game modes available from Step Up Mode for beginners to Hazard mode for experts. This year there are 20 new songs from all styles from BEMANIand other artists such as dj TAKA, Hideki Naganuma, OSTER project, ... For the first time in the beatmania series, the game is in HD, videos of old songs have been adapted. Upgrade kit will be available on September 25th.
4 months to go until EAG International 2013. For the fourth consecutive time, ExCeL London will host the main European Amusement trade show. This year, the offer is extended to attractions with the support of BALPPA members. In addition to direct mailing and social networks, exhibitors will benefit of an extended promotion through more than 40 media partners. For visitors, EAG is an opportunity to discover the latest in arcade video games, redemption, gaming, pool tables, jukeboxes, kiddie rides and all the necessary equipment to amusement machine operators. This trade show is also famous for its seminars dealing with hot topics while providing advice and the opportunity to share ideas with well-known member of the industry. The last edition attracted more than 5000 visitors from over 60 countries. Registration for this new edition is open. Visitors who register online get a fast access to the show and receive important information. EAG International 2013 will open its doors on January 22, 23 and 24. Visit EAG website for more information.
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