EAG International will be held at the ExCeL London from January 13 to 15, 2015. This is a little earlier than other years so the registration is already opened. More than 180 companies from around the world will be represented (including Bandai Namco Games and Sega). They will present their latest products, services, technologies and innovation. As usual, visitors can participate to seminars and enjoy a fantastic party in the evening. With an EAG badge, people have access to a new show: the Visitor Attraction Expo held at the same place. The VAE is produced by the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers & Attractions (BALPPA). Many exhibitors involved in the industry of attraction parks, indoor play center and animal attractions will showcase their newest products. Register for your entry ticket here.
Hyper Street Fighter II is available on the NESiCAxLive network since yesterday. The game has not changed since the original release. The 4/3 aspect is respected, but for display on a 16/9 screen, bands are added to the sides dispaying moves of the characters used. Thanks to the NESiCA card, players can save their data (name, number of wins, earned points,...).
BlazBlue Chronophantasma version 2.0 is out today. This update adds two new characters: Celica A. Mercury and Lambda-11. Various changes have been made related to the distortion drive and the overdrive. Character balance has been refined, see the PDF from Arc System Works to learn more about it. You can watch the trailer here.
Today, Bandai Namco unveiled the new Star Wars arcade game at the New York Comic Con. There were some rumours about this game on the Internet since several days. Star Wars: Battle Pod is played in a cabinet similar to Mach Storm. The gameplay is also the same: the player follows a predetermined path and shoot enemies. 4 stages are available: Hoth, Endor, Death Star II and Yavin. A bonus stage allows the player to fly Darth Vader's TIE fighter. Star Wars: Battle Pod is on location test at Midtown Dave & Busters in New-York until November 2. Check the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgYBLRv2_yg.
A new update of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost is available in Japan today. Only one new mecha is added: the GF13-050NSW Nobel Gundam. It is piloted by Allenby Beardsley and comes from the anime series of 49 episodes Mobile Fighter G Gundam released between April 1994 and March 1995. The Nobel Gundam has a female appearance and is equipped with a Vulcan Gun, a Beam Ribbon (replacing the traditional Beam Saber) and a Beam Hoop. This mecha features a Berserker System that sends a special type of energy waves into the pilot's brain, allowing him to bring out 120% of his fighting potential.
Sega starts operation of maimai ORANGE in Japan Yesterday. There are 12 new songs available divided in the diffents categories: pop, anime, game, original, Joypolis, niconico, Touhou Project, variety and collaborations. The new maiCHALLENGE feature adds different challenge modes for beginners and expert players. You can watch the trailer here.
Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity ver1.2 is available today. Thanks to this update, players will discover new features related to the D coins. Cars performances have been adjusted for the national competition. The Tag Battle Mode from Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X comes back. A new pass is now available for the first time in the series: Hakone, the final course in the manga. An opening time attack challenge will be held on Hakone course from September 26 to 28.
Konami launches beatmania IIDX 22 PENDUAL today. This is the 22th installment of the famous rhythm game. The theme is based on the time divided into two periods: the "present" represented by the white colour and the "future" represented by purple. The cycle between the present and the future follows a full week: from Tuesday to Friday for the "present" and from Saturday to Monday for the "future". Each phase has its own characteristics and features unique songs. The title track also changes from one mode to another: "chrono diver -fragment-" for "present" and "CHRONO DIVER -NORNIR-" for "future". The new STEP-UP mode allows beginners to progress faster and the EXPAND-JUDGE option offers a new challenge to veterans. beatmania IIDX 22 PENDUAL features more than 900 songs.
Made in Asia convention comes back in a smaller format, but with the same passion; it's Retro MIA! This convention will be held at Namur Expo on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of September 2014. As usual, a free entrance evening will be organized on Friday 12 but in order to enter, you will have to "buy" a free ticket. As its name implies, this show is focused on cartoons of the '80s/'90s and on retrogaming. Akihiko Yamashita (Hauru no ugoku shiro, Gake no ue no Ponyo, The secret world of Arriety, From up on Poppy Hill, ...) and Miho Shimogasa (Cutie Honey Flash, Gravition, Ultra Maniac, Psychic Academy, Sailor Moon, ...) will be the guests of the show. There will be several concerts during the three days with on Friday, 2080, on Saturday, Duo Sweet 17, on Saturday and Sunday Neko Light Orchestra and Bernard Minet! As usual, the traditional solo and group cosplay tournaments will be held as well as many other activities (cooking, art, ...). Arcade Belgium will of course be there with the largest booth we have ever had at a convention until now with dedicaded cabinets in addition to our usual machines. We will organise a Gundam vs. Gundam Next 2vs2 tournament (with prizes offered by Bandai Namco Amusement Europe) on Saturday and a Capcom vs. SNK tournament on Sunday. Ticket price is €9 per day and €16 for the weekend (presale price). Attention, the number of available tickets is limited to 10000 a day! Please feel free to also pass on the stand of our friend Lyyniadaro.
Pokkén Tournament has just been announced during the stream organised by Famitsu and The Pokémon Company. Rumors were running for a while on this game but against all expectation it will be an arcade game. Developed by Bandai Namco Games and supervised by Katsuhiro Harada, Pokkén Tournament will be a fighting game between Pokémon. The released date is scheduled for 2015. A teaser is already available here.
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