Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX! 1.05 is released today (one day after the date initially announced). This is not a major update this time but some bugs from the version 1.04 out on October 3 have been fixed. The choice of color is now available for all characters and many new titles and backgrounds have been added in "Training" mode.
The next game from the Extreme VS. series is subtitled Maxi Boost and will be released in March 2014. More than 110 units are already announced, some of which will have to be unlocked. Mechas from Full Boost will benefit some attack tweaks and new movement animation. Some new Gundam are already known: MS-06F Zaku II (Mobile Suit Gundam), MSM-07S Z'Gok (Mobile Suit Gundam), ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny), GAT-X105 Strike Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny), RX-104FF Penelope (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathawayâ€™s Flash), GN-001/hs-A01 Gundam Avalanche Exia (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), GNX-903VW Brave (Mobile Suit Gundam 00), First Gundam/RX-78-2/G-Armor (Mobile Suit Gundam), AGE-1 Gundam (Gundam AGE), Black Qubeley (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam/Gundam ZZ) and the GAT-X105B Build Strike Gundam (unlockable, Gundam Build Fighters). New stages will also be added and the CPU Battle Mode will be improved. Regarding the gamaplay, NamcoNamco chose to return to original Extreme VS. gameplay: there is only one kind of Extreme Burst (against two in Full Boost). A new type of Awakening mode, the EX Overdrive, which triggers when certain conditions are met, will be added. The EX Overdrive is available in 2 modes: F-Drive that uses melee attacks and S-Drive that uses projectiles. Rumors say it will run on the rumored Sytem 478 from Namco.
Parisian arcade Arcade Street switched from money to tokens use for its machines. The price of 50 cents per credit remains valid with promotions for serious players. There is indeed a system of decreasing prices: if a token costs 50 cents, €5 will give 11 tokens, with €10 you'll get 23 tokens and €20 will entitle you to 48 tokens representing a 16% reduction. Arcade Street is a place to visit if you go to Paris because this arcade offers recent Japanese games like Darius Burst Another Chronicle EX, Pop'n Music 19 Tune Street and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. It is also the fighters' heaven thanks to the many fighting games available (The King of Fighters XIII Climax, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited, BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition Ver.2012,...). Note also the presence of several Cave shoot'em ups ((Ketsui, Dodonpachi Daioujou, ESP Galuda 2, Dodonpachi et DeathSmiles)) and many other cool titles such as The House of the Dead 4, DanceDanceRevolution X, Razing Storm, Pac-Man Battle Royale, Pocket Fighter, Sexy Parodius, Demon Front, Bomberman World, Tetris The Absolute - The Grand Master 2 Plus and many more. Arcade Street is located at 10 Rue des Immeubles Industriels in Paris. Doors are open on Tuesday to Saturday from 14:00 to 22:00 and on Monday from 17:00 to 22:00.
An update of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost is made today, a new mecha is added: the OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon. This Gundam is piloted by Zechs Merquise and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing series in 49 episodes realised between 1995 and 1996. It's equipped with Beam Sword, Epyon Claw, Heat Rod, Epyon System and Search Eye.
BLAZBLUE Alter Memory broadcast begins on Tokyo MX TV today. The series features 12 episodes and they will be broadcast every Tuesday. The anime is very close to Arc System Works games since Toshimichi Mori, BlazBlue games designer, supervises the project and all the seiyus from the games resume their respective roles (Tomokazu Sugita/Ragna the Bloodedge, Kanako Kondou/Noel Vermillion, Tetsuya Kakihara/Jin Kisaragi,...). The series is directed by Hideki Tachibana (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira) and is produced by teamKG and Hoods Entertainment studios. Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is collaborating on the direction. Deko Akao (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, kiss x sis) is in charge of charadesign and is the chief animation director. The story is set in December of 2199 during the new year celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the "Grim Reaper" is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi. Opening theme "Blue Blaze" is sung by Faylan and ending theme "Reincarnation Blue" by Aira YUKI.Good news for French fans, the series also airs in simulcast on Wakanim from October 9n just a day after the Japanese broadcast. Episodes broadcast on Wakanim are free for 1 month (with DRM) and can be purchased for a final download. They are in MP4 formats and are usually available in SD (360p) / HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) quality.
During the Tokyo Game Show in September, Dengeki and Sega announced Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX, a new 2D fighting game featuring characters from light novels published by Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works). The Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival was held today and new information were unveiled: it will be an arcade game and it will be distributed via Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI. The game is based on a support system: by pushing S button, the players calls the support character who releases a special attack before exiting. After a recovery period of 5 seconds, the support character can be called again. Playable characters already unveiled are: Shana (Shakugan no Shana), Asuna (Sword Art Online), Mikoto Misaka (Toaru Majutsu no Index/A Certain Magical Index), Kirino Kousaka (Oreimo), Shizuo Heiwajima (Durarara!!) and Kuroyukihime (Accel World). Support characters are: Wilhelmina Carmel (Shakugan no Shana), Leafa (Sword Art Online), Toma Kamijou (Toaru Majutsu no Index/A Certain Magical Index) and Ruri â€œKuronekoâ€ Goko (Oreimo). The game uses 4 buttons: A (Light Attack), B (Medium Attack), C (Heavy Attack) and S (Support). The players can use a Climax gauge (that can stock up to 5 bars) for special attacks such as EX Special Move (consuming 1 bar) and Climax Arts (consuming 2 bars). Each character has 2 Climax Arts.
Namco just announced the first location test of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5. It will be held at Leisureland Akihabara, at Round 1 Yokohama and at Namco Umeda (Osaka) from October 19 to 20. The website is just opened: http://wanganmaxi-official.com/wanganmaxi5/. Another info about Wangan licence, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 will be updated on Ocotber 24: new legendary cars will be added.
Megatouch recently released the ninth and final update for its Ion platform. Titled Megatouch 2014, this update includes 14 new games (including 10 titles supporting the Tournamaxx tournament system) and new attract screens. What's new: Cardboard Chaos - Zombie Edition offers some cardboard zombies shooting action (in cardboard sceneries), Milky Way Mini Golf is a minigolf in space where obstcles consist of planets and black holes and Air Guardian: Escape is a retro horizontal shoot'em up. In Ice Rift, the player must create circles to break the ice and in Bottletop Drop, he must pill up beer caps of the same brand. Sequels to Megatouch classics are also included such as TriTowers II (with HD graphics) and Photo Hunt Expedition III (with 19 new levels where you have to find given objects). Casino style games are obviously part of the show with Clocker Solitaire, Final Table: Blackjack , Penthouse 5 Dice Poker (a strip poker with girls), Hunks 5 Dice Poker (the same with men) and Final Table: 5 Dice poker. Of course, erotic games can be disabled. This update is only available until December 31, 2013. After this date, the Ion platform will be abandoned in favour of the newest Megatouch Live.
Caladrius, released this April on Xbox 380, is out today in arcades. The title of the arcade version is Caladrius AC (shortcut for Caladrius Aile Ciel). It's distributed via Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI (RingEdge2). This vertical shoot'em up takes developed by MOSS takes place in a gothic world and stages female characters. The chara design is signed by Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!, Kamisama Kazoku). Compared to the Xbox 360 version, all customization elements are unlocked from the start. The Elemental Burst is replaced by a "Fusion" attack which fires all elemental shots at the same time and destroy all bullets on screen. This version includes a new "mission stage" with a new boss: Cecilia Nel Albright and new illustrations. The game uses 5 buttons.
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