BeatStream, the lastest game in Konami's BEMANI series, was released yesterday. This is a rhythm game suitable to both beginners and players used to BEMANI games. There are several levels of difficulty for each song. The player uses a touchscreen to meet the different challenges available. For example, there is a circle in the center of the screen, objects move towards it and the player must touch them when they reach the circle. Music selection includes songs from Touhou Project, anime and Vocaloid as well as original Konami songs.
Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity is on the starting line and starts its career today! The highly anticipated racing game from Sega has the same basics than the previous episode, but brings some interesting new features. First, "Legend of the Street" mode has been completely renewed with special challenges. They comes from famous scenes of the manga such as "avoid spilling the cup of water" or "cause Iketani to faint". The player now uses "D coins" to make special tuning to his car. He exchanges "D coins" with real money. When using an Initial D license, the player receives a daily free continue! New races and new characters arrive, old versions players have new challenges. The player can customize the display screen with earned titles, tachometer type and even use the "cup of water". Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X card data can be transfered to Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity. A great event is also underway: Project D audition! Enthusiasts Initial D players can register for this event which apotheosis will take place at the Japan Gamer's Live on August, 31.
Koihime † Enbu will be out tomorrow. This follow-up to Shin Koihime † Musou from BaseSon is developed by Unknown Games and M2. The story still takes place in the Three Kingdoms universe and there are only female characters in the game. The gameplay based on assist is the same than in the previous game. There are now 13 fighters and 7 strategists coming from 4 factions (Shoku, Gi, Go and TÅ) against 10 and 6 in Shin Koihime † Musou. New fighting characters are Gakushin Bunken, BachÅ MÅki and ShÅ«tai YÅhei. The new strategist is named ChinkyÅ« KÅdai.
Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori Version will start operation in Japan tomorrow. This is the 5th upgrade of Taiko no Tatsujin released in 2011. The color theme of this version is green. As usual all Banapassport features from previous version are still available (Reward Shop, titles, outfits,...). New folders for Banapassport can be created to sort songs. Some folders are permanent (Favorite,User Tournament,...) and some other are created for special events (events, special collaboration). A dozen of new songs were added.
Hero Bank Arcade starts operation today. Hero Bank is a cross-media license for children from Sega. There are a 3DS game released in March, an animated series broadcast since April and now an arcade game. The arcade game is an adaptation of the 3DS version. Hero Bank has an original concept: it is a money themed Action-RPG. The player is Kaito Gosho, a young boy having some problems with debts. He must participate in a tournament of virtual fights to repay his debts. But in the game, the money is also used to perform actions during combat. This is a 3vs3 card game, the goal is to make the opposing team members lose all their HP. The player can play alone or with friends.
2014 is the year of the fifteenth anniversary of the Japan Expo. Needing no introduction, this huge manga convention annually manages to invite prestigious guests. The show will open its doors at the Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte tomorrow and ends on Sunday, July 6. The guest list is too long to be enumerated here but it includes Daigo Ikeno, the artistic director of Street Fighter IV (formerly illustrator on Street Fighter III 3rd Strike and Capcom Vs. SNK 2) and Kenji Kanno, the creator of Crazy Taxi and Top Skater. Kenji Kanno talks about the genesis of the Crazy Taxi series in conferences to be held at 13:30 on Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4. Each presentation will be followed by questions/answers sessions. An opportunity for visitors to ask him about a new arcade episode. Famous mangaka will also be present such as Izumi Matsumoto (Kimagure Orange Road), Kachou Hashimoto (Cagaster), Kamui Fujiwara (Dragon Quest - Emblem of Roto) and Ippei Kuri (co-founder of Tatsunoko Production). Music will be performed by, among others, Yoshiki of X Japan, Berryz Kobo x °C-ute, Gacharic Spin and Wagakkiband. Obviously, Japan means arcade games and these will be worthily represented on the stand of DDR Belgium and by the Coin-op Legacy association (invited on MO5's booth) that will offer 4 arcade rare in Europe. An Ultra Street Fighter IV event is scheduled on Saturday, July 5 at 14:30 on the video game stage with Kayane, Marcus and Daigo Ikeno. Visit the official website for all guests and activities.
GungHo Online teamed up with Marvelous AQL to release Puzzle & Dragons Z Tamer Battle today. This is a version for kids of Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament that GungHo Online released in collaboration with Square Enix in April. The game is easier than the original, there are only three colors of gems to assemble unlike the 5 colours in the original version. The chara design is also a bit more childish. You can watch the two trailers of the game here and here.
The Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost June update adds a new Gundam and a new campaign. The GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam is piloted by Nicol Amalfi and comes from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, a series of 50 episodes released between 2003 and 2004. It features the following weapons and special equipment: Piercer Lock "Gleipnir", "Trikeros" Offensive Shield System, 50mm High-energy Beam Rifle, "Lancer Dart" Hypervelocity Kinetic Energy Penetrator, Beam Saber, Mirage Colloid stealth system and Phase Shift armor. From June 16 to July 7, a second special campain is held. During this time, the players can win limited edition items, extra mecha, new gauge design and emblem depending on the number of days the player played the game during the campaign. Extra mechas: XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero piloted by Quatre Raberba Winner (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing), RX-178 Gundam Mk-II piloted by Elle Vianno (Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ) and MS-06FS Zaku II (Shin Matsunaga Custom) piloted by Shin Matsunaga (MSV-R).
Pop'n Music Lapistoria is the 22nd release of the Pop'n Music series by Konami. Unlike the other Pop'n Music games, this is the first game to have an anime opening. In this opening you can see MZD, Retsu, Hiumi, Fuga, Rinka and Nia, shown in their new costumes as well as Mimi and Nyami. The theme of the game is "parallel world" and a story mode is introduced. MZD, the god of Pop'n World, uses a lapis to create a parallel world named "Another World" and sends Retsu, Fuga, Hiumi, and Rinka to this world. The gameplay is enhanced with the introduction of special items called Auras. They are placed in the bottom of the song banner. Auras can have six colours: gray, blue, green, yellow, orange and pink. The grey Aura represents a few points, while the pink Auras represents a lot of points. The opening is here.
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