Konami updated its mecha action game two days ago: Steel Chronicle is now in version 3.0. There are three new special hounds: Lydia Petrakova, Karin@zzz... and Marion Love. A new steel suit was also added: Assaut Spec.V. Some adjustments and improvements are made: a new Σ (sigma) class and a new main weapon, new badges, new SEED ennemies,... Opening movie is available here.
A new season begins for World Club Champion Football Intercontinental Clubs! In the 2012-2013 edition, new players from three teams enter the competition: the German Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04), the Paraguayan Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga CF) and the Nigerian John Utaka (Montpellier HSC). There are now a total of 24 teams whose data have been updated. A new type of card appeared: "Rising Star". All old cards are always compatible. Beside traditional Tournament and Online modes, the new League mode teaches how to play the game by completing in "missions". Bonuses and titles are unlocked by succeeding various missions.
Code of Joker Ver.1.1 - Awakening of Arcana is the first big update of Sega's card game released in July. 40 new cards are added. Other changes in this version includes a more powerful Joker effect, a new "S" rank, balance adjustments and new attack techniques. Competition events will be held on a regular basis.
Taiko no Tatsujin Momoiro Ver. is the new update of Taiko no Tatsujin Shin Kyotai that will be out tomorrow. 20 new songs will be added in the following categories: J-Pop, (Momoiro Taiko Dodon-ga Bushi - Momoiro Clover Z, Flower Song - Exile, Invader Invader - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu), Anime (Aikatsu!, Ultraman Ginga, Tamagotchi: Yume Kira Dream, Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends, Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 2000%), Vocaloid (Yi-er Fanclub, Noshou Sakuretsu Girl), Game Music (Pokemon XY, Yuujou Souchaku! Butto Burst, IdolM@ster 2, God Eater 2, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, Tank! Tank! Tank!) and Namco Original (Tokyo Tokkyo Kyo Kyokakyoku Kyokucho!!, Uso-uso Doki).. Collaboration campaigns will regularly be held. The first will be in collaboration with the idol band Momoiro Clover Z and will last few months.
Fan of the Big Buck hunting game series? We have good news for you: the store is open! It contains all the paraphernalia a fan needs: T-shirts for boys (Big Buck HD, D'oe!, ...) and girls (Big Buck Girls, Not my Jugs!), caps, beanie hats, bandanas, bags, stickers and of course bottle openers and different types of glasses for beer and alcohol. At the moment, the ordering system is not automated yet and the buyer must send an e-mail with his address and what he wants so the shipping cost is calculated manually. Payment methods are Paypal or credit card over the phone (in old fashioned Pappy way). Nevertheless, the idea is really good especially since prices are low. Visit the Big Buck General Store.
Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold is available via the NESiCAxLive (Taito Type X²) today. Arc System Works and Atlus teamed up to release the game. The story continues after the events of Persona 4 The Ultimate, a new tournament is announced on Mayonaka TV: the P-1 Climax. A strange red fog covers Inaba and an image of someone that looks like Mitsuru being crucified is shown on TV. The S.E.E.S. and the Special Investigation Squad team up to figure out what’s going on. Three new characters are added. Two comes from Persona 3: Yukari Takeba (which uses quick bow attacks) and Junpei Iori (which uses powerful attacks with a stick) and the last fighter is a brand new one: Sho Minazuki. His role in the story is unknown and it is unclear if he's an ally or an enemy. All characters have now two configuration types: 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 1st episode. The old characters have new skills and their old ones have been revised. They have also a greater range in their movements.
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone is out today! It's the first game to run on Sega's new arcade board: the Nu (technical specifications). Regarding graphics, the new "Type2.0 AC" character module allows visual improvements: the movements are more precise and smoother, facial expressions are much more detailed and the hair animation is more dynamic. But 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 indicated direction. Module selection screens are renewed and 3 customization sets of Hatsune Miku-Project DIVA-f are added. Characters customization is improved since you can now add various independent accessories such as glasses or cat ears. Beside new modules (costumes), the new content includes 5 new songs: Doriko - キャットフード, Wowaka - アンハッピーリフレイン, Mitchie M - Freely Tomorrow, Halyosy - Fire@Flower and 八王子P - Weekender Girl. Watch the video to discover the new features.
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 starts in a few hours at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The first day will be devoted exclusively to various conferences (including a behind-the-scenes tour of Epcot), the trade show itself does not open until Tuesday at 10:00 and ends on Friday 22 at 16:00. More than 25,000 visitors have already registered, but what will be exhibited here? Let's say there will be many new releases! Namco will unveil Super Alpine Racer, a new version of its popular skiing game playable with up to 8 players and featuring a 55" vertical screen, Mach Storm, an air combat simulator running in a cabinet equipped with a 180° screen 180 (the same cabinet as Mobile Suit Gundam Senjo no Kizuna) and a Theatre version of Dark Escape 4D. This show also marks the U.S. releases of Dead Heat Riders and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (with Banapassport support). On the same booth, one also finds the latest Raw Thrills products: the Batman racing game, the Aliens Armageddon gun shooting game and the Duck Dynasty update of Big Buck HD. On Sega's side, this will be the launch of the Transformers Human Alliance shooter and of Plants vs. Zombies - The Last Stand video redemption. They will also exhibit the latest racing games from Chinese manufacturer Wahlap: Storm Rider and Storm Racer G. Next to Pump It Up 2013 Fiesta 2 and Pump It Up Infinity in TX (55") and CX (42") cabinets, Andamiro will showcase Hit the Beat, a music game for kids. Injoy Motion will be there with Allied Tank Attack, a tank game for 2 players where one shoots the enemies while the other drives. As for video redemptions, Universal Space will release Frost Island, a shooting game where players shoot at the screen using water guns, Fun Fair Bash which offers several funfair classic games, a 4-player version of its Pirate's Hook fishing game and 4 new games for its 47" Xtreme cabinet. In the same category, visitors will be able to try ICE's Monopoly, Piñata by LAI Games and Rail Rush from Coastal Amusements, the arcade adaptation of the hit game for smartphones. Please find the complete list of all presented video games and information about each of them on our forums.
Announced since September, the big update bringing Duck Dynasty content to Big Buck HD was automatically downloaded on November 11 on all machines connected to the Coin Up network. This additional content includes 16 levels of duck hunting and 4 bonus stages inspired by the popular Duck Dynasty American series. Broadcast on A&E, this reality TV show follows the life of the Robertson family in Louisiana, bayou people who became multi-millionaires by manufacturing duck calls and decoys (the Duck Commander brand). This update will transform Big Buck HD into modern Duck Hunt. But that's not all because another recent update added the "Big Buck Arcade" mode, a basic version of the game aimed at one timers who do not want the hassle of unnecessary options. Adam Pratt of Arcade Heroes has just published a video overviewing all these new features. Free updates for arcade games are nothing new (Tekken 5, Initial D 4, Terminator Salvation, ...) but they rarely add so much content! A very welcome initiative!
Since several years, the new Konami's beatmania is released during Fall. beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA is the new episode and is out today. The game features two game modes: single play (SP) and double play (DP). The first is played with a turntable and a 7-key keyboard and the second with a turntable and two 7 key keyboards adding a real difficulty. The player can now easily switch from one mode to the other during song select screen. The "Step Up" mode for beginners has been revamped: a kawai character called Kupuro guides the player throughout the world to help him to improve. The game's graphic theme is based on the swords that are found everywhere in the game (menus, backgrounds...). For the first time in years, this is not a female character who appears on the game visuals but this is a young man dressed as a Knight. beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA features more than 800 songs. The title song is Element of SPADA by Nekomata Master feat. Haruka Shimotsuki. Among the new titles, you can find: Adularia by DJ TOTTO, Alba -Dawn de SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi, DARK LEGACY by BaSTeT, AGIC & LOVE by DJ Genki feat. Yukacco, rainbow guitar weeps by dj TAKA and WOBBLE IMPACT by Sota Fujimori. Like all Konami games, beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA supports the e-AMUSEMENT PASS.
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