EAG International 2014 is coming soon! Karen Cooke, the show organiser and her team are already focused on preparing the 5th edition for several months. Despite the inauspicious economic climate for the sector since many years, they hope to make the 2014 edition the best of all. Online registration will begin on October 1, via the website which will feature a new look for the occasion. Beside the registration option, it will be possible to book a stand and a hotel directly via the site. Information about the show and exhibitors will be updated regularly. The organisers want to highlight exhibitors by providing assistance to promote their new products and initiatives through their large network of media partners. EAG International 2014 will be held from January 21 to 23 at ExCeL London.
Type X games re-releases follow each other on NESiCAxLive. The King of Fighters XIII Climax for NESiCAxLive is available on Taito's platform today. The original game was released in April 2012 on Type X². There is no game rebalancing nor new characters. However, a new national ranking is now available.
Rare fact, a new arcade opens in Europe. Gamestate establishes itself within the Leisure Dome complex in Kerkrade, Netherlands. Beside the arcade, the leisure facilities include a cinema complex, a bowling, a mini golf in the dark, an Asian restaurant and an indoor playground. The arcade is 500m² and offers more than fifty machines. Unfortunately, the majority of them are ticket dispensing machines including video redemptions Temple Run, Fruit Ninja FX, Deal or No Deal and Doodle Jump Arcade. Gamestate has a special relationship with Namco who brought 4 Dead Heat cabinets there. We wish them a lot of success and hope they will extend their offer of arcade video games. Watch the promotional video to discover the location.
Gunslinger Stratos Ver.1.60 is available today. A new character and a new stage have been added. The new character is Srinivasa, a young blind musician from India who has highly developed his hearing. He is voiced by Toru Ohkawa (Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist). With the new stage, we discover the Susukino district in Sapporo (Hokkaido). This is not the only new information about Gunslinger Stratos. Square Enix presented a Gunslinger Stratos 2 teaser during the "GUNSLINGERâ€™S BATTLE ARENA -Next-" competition held on Saturday. This sequel is currently under heavy development. More information and a release date will be announced at the "Stratos Festival" to be held on November 2.
A new update of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost is available today. There is only one new mecha added: the AGX-04 Gerbera Tetra. This mecha is piloted by Cima Garahau, it comes from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, a 13 episodes OVA released between 1991 and 1992. It features the following armaments: 110mm Machine Cannon, Beam Saber, Beam Machine Gun, Stürm Booster and Ejectable External Propellant Tanks.
Lord of Vermilion III launch party takes place at Taito Station BigBox Takadanobaba Taito Station (Shinjuku) today. The first 48 players will receive a card sheet and a limited edition gameplay original album. Participants can also exchange unopend old LOV decks against LOV III cards. In this new title, eight players can play together. Characters and monsters from other Square Enix games such as Final Fantasy and Romancing SaGa are available. There are 16 playable characters, they can use three types of weapons: attack, defence and magic. Many new servants are announced and they are always designed by famous illustrators: Calamity Jane (Yu Shiina), Mitorasu (Takayuki Ôdachi), Baal (Fuji Choko), Sodome (Kazushi Hagiwara) and Judah (Ryosuke Aiba). Former LOV servants are also present: the mythological dragon Watatsumi (Jun Suemi), the Mad Hatter (Kurahana Chinatsu), Alice and Dark Alice (Tomatika). Servants cards are divided into 4 types: Common, Rare, Super Rare et Ultimate Rare. Lord of Vermilion III is distributed via NESiCAxLive.
Monopoly is back to arcades as a new video redemption from a partnership between ICE, PlayMechanix and Raw Thrills (the team behind the redemptions Doodle Jump Arcade, Deal Or No Deal, Frogger, Ice Age: Ice Breaker and Wheel of Fortune). In this carefully designed game, the player turns a small wheel to roll the dice and move his piece on the board. The goal is to collect hotels and reach the Monopoly and Broadwalk bonuses. Players turn the dial to roll the dice and move their piece on the board. The goal is to collect as many hotels as possible and reach the Monopoly and Broadwalk bonuses. The cabinet is equipped with a 42" LCD screen showing the progress of the game. A presentation video is available on YouTube. This game is distributed in Europe by Sega Amusements. No doubt this machine will be showcased at the Euro Attractions Show 2013 that will be held in Paris from 18 to 20 September.
Persona 4 The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena sequel is on location test at Hey Akihabara and at Taito Station Nihonbashi (Osaka) from today until August 21. Two new characters from Persona 3 have been added: Yukari Takeba (which uses quick bow attacks) and Junpei Iori (which uses powerful attacks with a stick). All characters have two configuration types now: Normal and Shadow. Skills are different depending on the selected type and appearance of the character in Shadow mode is scary... The gameplay is more sophisticated and versatile than in the first episode. The old characters have new skills and their old ones have been revised. They have also a greater range in their movements.
Ikagura needs no further introduction, this shoot'em up released in the early 2000 (2001 on NAOMI, 2002 on Dreamcast and 2003 on GameCube) was very appreciated by the players. It was re-released through Xbox Live Arcade in 2008. A new arcade version is out today: Ikaruga for NESiCaxLive. Treasure offers an HD version of the game but the screen is placed horizontally, (stripes are added on to each side) unlike NAOMI version that featured a vertically screen. This NESiCA version features 3 buttons instead of 2 buttons of NAOMI game. The third button triggers the laser shot directly. Three game modes are available: Arcade mode (classic), Chapter Select mode (with no continue) and Prototype mode in which the laser gauge is replaced by an ammunition counter. Once the counter drops to zero, it's necessary to absorb enemy fire to fill it again. There are three difficulty modes: Easay, Normal and Hard A ranking is available on the website of Ikaruga. When two people play together, the score is common, it is necessary for them to collaborate.
This Summer, Initial D is in the spotlight with the release of the manga's final volume in Japan, the announcement of the Final Stage and an animated movie for 2014 and an update of Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X. From today two new "complete cars" are available: the MazdaSpeed Roadster C-Spec and the Amuse S2000 GT1. Futhermore, the challenge is enhanced with the appearance of a new "X-Class" above the SSS rank. And finally, new accessories for avatars are available to get a "Summer" look! August events have also been announced. The "Eight-Five" & "Eight-Six" festival will be held on August 5 and 6 on Happogahara course. From 15 to 19, players will be able to get "Fastest & Strongest" title by participating in the "Irohazaka World Championship" and finally from 28 to 29, the 2nd "Complete Car Challenge" will be held in Akina.
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