Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! v.1.02 is available since yesterday. This update adds a nice feature for NESiCA cards owners: at the beginning of each match, the last character used will be selected by default with the same parameters (color, Arcana and fight mode). Some bugs have also been fixed but there is no character rebalancing. Online rankings will be updated every Monday.
During JAEPO in February, FK Digital announced that an update of Chaos Code (out on RingWide in 2011) would be released soon on NESiCAxLive. Chaos Code - New Sign of Catastrophe features 14 playable characters: the 11 first from Chaos Code plus the 2 added with updates (Celia II and MG Hikaru) and also Kudlak Sin coming from the PS3 version. The characters have been rebalanced and the operator can choose between a 4:3 display (with stripes on the sides displaying moves) or 16:9. A new opening movie was made for the occasion and you can see it here.
Sound Voltex Booth II - Infinite Infection is the latest rhythm game in Konami's BEMANI series. The first episode of was released in January 2012. In this sequel, Konami adds 14 new tracks (including Vocaloid and Touhou Project songs) and offers remixed versions of old songs. The control panel has been changed: the white buttons are re-named as BT-A, B, C and D and the two pink buttons are called FX-L and FX-R. Their use is somewhat different from the first game. Depending on the music, the screen tilts to the left or right. The interface has been redesigned and the theme is in pink and white tones. The songs are now categorized. The game can be played in Online mode or Friends mode (local).
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost latest update is out today: a new mecha and a new map are added this time. The ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam is a prototype transformable specializing in ground combat: it can transform into a quadrupedal mobile armor. It's piloted by Stella Loussier and appears in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny released in 2004. It features 2 different equipments: in MS Mode, MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS, MA-M941 "Vajra" Beam Saber, MA-BAR71XE High-energy Beam Rifle, MMI-RS1 Mobile Shield and in MA Mode, MA-81R Beam Assault Cannon, MMI-GAU1717 12.5mm CIWS, MR-Q17X "Griffon 2" Beam Blade. The "Io" stage is featured in the manga Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam published between 1994 and 1997. This Jupiter's moon formerly housed a base of the "Jupiter Empire".
Yesterday, Sega held a private show for journalists and distributors at Ota Pio Plaza in Tokyo to announce the lineup of its upcoming titles until Autumn 2013. The unveiled new titles were mainly medal games with Horuka × Toluca and Fist of the North Star. The only new arcade video game was maimai GreeN. The sequel to maimai, the hit musical game from Sega, will bring some new features. Musically, there will be new Vocaloid tracks, anime and J-POP songs. The game will be more focused on multiplayer: there will be advantages to play with friends. A "maimile" point system will allow players to purchase items and music. Every month new items will be added and events will take place. Other announcements were about updates to popular titles. Border Break Ver.3.5 will be released in June, new huge weapons a new type of mission "Union order" will be added. Sengoku Taisen 1590: Aoi, Kanhasshuu ni Tatsu is also announced for June. In this new chapter of the saga that takes place in 1590, Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified the country and a new era begins. Ieyasu Tokugawa and Chosokabe Motochikao join the list of generals featured in the game and 150 new cards will be released to reach a total of 900 cards. The two generals have their own scenario. Phantom Breaker Another Code ver1.1 should be released soon, Caladrius is planned for this Summer and Puyo Puyo Quest Arcade for November. Zukan no Tamago, a game for children was also presented.
The new Hatsune Miku arcade game is announced: the title is Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone. It will be on location test at the new Club Sega Akihabara this weekend. Players can fill out a questionnaire to give their impression on the game. The new "Type2.0 AC Module" character module allows graphical improvements: the movements are more precise and smoother, facial expressions are much more detailed and the hair animation is more dynamic. The main innovation is the new "touch slider" control (placed just above the buttons) as in the home console title Hatsune Miku-Project DIVA-f. When the slider icon appears on the screen, the player must drag his finger on it in the direction indicated. Module selection screens are renewed and 3 customization sets of Hatsune Miku-Project DIVA-f are added. The songs available for the location test are "Cat Food" by Doriko and "Unhappy Refrain" by Wowaka. Watch the video to discover the new features.
Taito unveiled four new upcoming NESiCAxLive titles yesterday: The King of Fighters XIII Climax for NESiCAxLive, Skullgirls for NESiCAxLive, Spelunker for NESiCAxLive and Spelunker II 23 no Kagi for NESiCAxLive. The King of Fighters XIII Climax was released in April 2012 on Type X², it is unclear whether there will be changes to the NESiCA release. Skullgirls is a 2D fighting game developped by Reverge Labs (a Californian compagny) released on home consoles. The game is in high-res, it features 6 buttons and a Tag Battle system. The music is composed by Michiru Yamana (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and the game takes place in a "Dark Deco" universe (a mix of gothic and '20s style). Spelunker is a platform game developed by MicroGraphic Image released on Atari 400/800 in 1983 and ported to different consoles and even released in arcades through Irem. The player leads Spelunker, a caver exploring galleries full of ennemis and traps sinking deeper and deeper into Earth. He can use objects (bombs, ropes, keys) and transports to help him in his journey. In this new alternative version, the character will not die if he falls from a great height and huge bosses are added. Spelunker II was released in arcades in October 1986. Skullgirls and Spelunker are adapted by M2 to NESiCAxLive.
We knew the shockboxes, nice plastic cases to replace the cardboard boxes of MVS cartridges. Arcade Works goes further by proposing to replace the plastic shell of MVS cartridges with a more practical and aesthetic model. This one is similar to the model used for the Neo-Geo cartridges. Like them, it features a square sticker with an artwork of the game covering the edge and one face of the cart (prettier than the original monochrome strip). The shell is designed in such a way that you do not damage the sticker when opening it. It retains the dimensions of the original MVS cartridge, which allows it to fit in a shockbox. Arcade Works uses crowd-funding via Kickstarter to launch the manufacture of these "Omega" shells in the United States. The "pre-sale" price is $15 for a black shell (sticker printing included) and $135 for 10 units (shipping excluded). Other colours are planned for the future (clear, red, green, blue, ...). It is not certain that this project will succeed because there's only three days left to reach the $22,500 amount needed to start manufacturing. Only $3,213 was collected so far. So if you're interested, it's time to place your order and spread the word!
After having announced Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- during Arc Fes, Arc System Works made another gift to its fans yesterday: the announcement of the animated series BLAZBLUE Alter Memory that will be broadcast this Fall. The project is already in the works as the technical staff is already known. The series is directed by Hideki Tachibana (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira) and is produced by the teamKG and Hoods Entertainment studios. Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is collaborating on the direction. Akao Deko (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Mysterious Girlfriend X) oversees the script of the series that is co-written by Tatsuya Takahashi (The Idolm@ster, Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom ~). Tomoyuki Shitaya (Bakuman, Hatsukoi Limited, Kissxsis) is in charge of the charadesign and is the chief animation director. Toshimichi Mori, BlazBlue game designer, supervises the project. The cast is also already unveiled including: Tomokazu Sugita (Ragna the Bloodedge), Kanako Kondou (Noel Vermillion), Tetsuya Kakihara (Jin Kisaragi) and Kana Ueda (Rachel Alucard). The story is set in December of 2199. During the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.
Arc System Works announced its next arcade title during the Arc Fes today: Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-. It will be distributed via Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI (RingEdge 2). As the previous Guilty Gear games, it is directed by Daisuke Ishiwatari and uses the Unreal Engine. A website is already open but it doesn't give any information on the game yet: ggxrd.com. For now, only a trailer is available on Youtube.
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