Wonderland Wars is out in Japan today. With this title, Sega tries a new game genre in arcade: MOBA (Multiplayer-Online-Battle-Arena). As in this type of game, players are divided into teams: 2 teams of 4 vs 4 and the goal is to destroy the opponent's castle. The game universe and the characters come from fairy tales and folklore: Alice, Robin Hood,... The cabinet features a touch screen and a pen. The players move characters using the joystick and the pen is used to activate skills and attack enemies. Characters gain experience and level up. Each character has a speciality (attack, magic, support,...). Like skills and objects, they are represented on virtual playing cards. At the game start, the player can choose to enter directly into the heart of battle with the "National Battle Mode" or to train against the CPU with the "Training Field Mode". Players must register on the game site and possess an Aime or IC card to play. Wonderland Wars runs on the NU hardware from Sega.
It's today that Tekken 7 hits Japanese arcades. Its development was announced in 2010 and then we had no news until July 2014 when Bandai Namco showed a trailer at the Comic-Con show. This trailer reveals Tekken 7 story and a new key character in the series appears: Kazumi Mishima (the wife of Heihachi Mishima) which is the final boss of the game. The trailer may suggest that Tekken 7 is the last episode of the series since it closes the Mishima saga and reveals the origin of the Devil gene. Four new characters are already available for the release of Tekken 7: Katarina Alves, a Brazilian fighter suitable for beginners, Claudio Serafino that uses magic, Lucky Chloe, a young girl with a cat costume using dance movements and Shaheen a fighter from Saudi Arabia (whose design has been submitted to the Arab fans of Tekken before be included in the game). The game features beautiful graphics thanks to the Unreal Engine 4. For the first time in an arcade version, an online mode is available and allows the players from different arcades to compete. A new interesting feature is the new camera system: no matter if the player is the player a or two, he can fight on the right side or the left side of the screen depending on his preference. The release of Tekken 7 corresponds to the 20 years of the series, to celebrate the event, Bandai Namco released a Noir cabinet "Gold Tekken 20th anniversary" special edition.
Yesterday, the Japan Amusement Expo 2015 ended after two intense days in announcements and events. First, Square Enix delighted the players with the announcement of Dissidia Final Fantasy, an arcade version of the console game series which will be played in 3vs3. A trailer is already available. Square Enix also announced a collaboration between Gunslinger Stratos 2 and Ultra Street Fighter IV (watch the trailer) and the first location tests of School of Ragnarok. Capcom has also surprised everyone by unveiling two new projects: a Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) game and a musical game named Cytus Ω. Capcom also talked about its two other games under development: crossbeats REV. and Luigi Mansion Arcade. On the side of other developers, there were not surprise announcements but many already announced new games were presented. On Sega stand, visitors could discover among other games Kancolle Arcade, StarHorse3 SeasonIV DREAM ON THE TURF and New Mushiking. Bandai Namco highlighted the very awaited Pokkén Tournament. But their other leading titles were also present: Star Wars Battle Pod, Taiko no Tatsujin: Murasaki Ver., Tekken 7, Time Crisis 5, Synchronica, Yokai Watch and Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 (whose Maximum Speed Throne Japan 2015 finals took place on-site). New music games GITADORA Tri-Boost GuitarFreaks, GITADORA Tri-Boost DrumMania and jubeat prop as well as Disney Tsum Tsum were presented by Konami. Finally, Taito introduced its RPG Wizrogue - Labyrinth of Wizardry.
After a long development started in July 2013 financed through Indiegogo and a Steam release, Yatagarasu - Attack on Cataclysm is finally released in arcade via Taito's NESiCAxLive platform. Initially, Yatagarasu is a doujin fighting game out on PC in 2011 made by 3 former SNK developers (under the name PDW:Hotapen). This new version adds three additional characters to the existing roaster of 8 fighters from the PC version: Kazama Kotaro, Azure and Aja Salisbury (that players chosen via a vote). The characters are in pixel-art low resolution but the game runs in high resolution. The main originality is that matches are commented live depending on what happens on the screen (this option can be disabled). The player can choose the commentator he wants.
Upon its release in South Korea in 2008 then in North America in 2009, DJMax Technika caused a revival of the music game genre with its touch screen and its mix of techno and Korean pop songs. A dedicated community has quickly rallied around this unique game. DJMax Technika saw the release of two follow-ups in 2010 and 2011. What was the surprise of the players when Neowiz shut down the servers dedicated to the game in 2013, removing three quarters of the game content in the process. Gradually, the community dispersed... It's a sad story to be told in a documentary in preparation. Entitled "Touching Sound: The Technika Documentary", this coverage directed by Nick Dobkin includes numerous interviews with players during the Best of The West 3rdStyle music games tournament held in Sunnyvale, California in August 2014 but also impressions of prominent members of the community. Funding for the making of the documentary is made via Kickstarter where you can watch a video presentation of the project. Currently, there are 7 days left to gather the missing $380 needed to reach the $6,500 goal. By funding the project, you can get a digital version of the documentary for $15, pre-order the DVD will cost you $30 and $40 for the Blu-ray (plus $10 for shipping outside the US). Your support would be highly appreciated because in a time where arcade games lack exposure in the media, this story deserves to be told!
Capcom just opened a its new arcade game website: crossbeats REV. crossbeats REV. It will be the first rythm game fully produced by Capcom. It will be produced by Naoki Maeda who formerly worked on BEMANI games as DDR. A first location test will be held at Plaza Capcom Kichioji from January 31 to February 1st. During the location test, the players could get 3 different stickers, if they get the 3 stickers, they can get a special CD exclusive to the location test or a special code to unlock the song "Reseed (Another Edit)/quick master" in the game.
Taito's Groove Coaster sequel starts operation today: this is Groove Coaster 2 Heavenly Festival. The gameplay is the same than in Groove Coaster but the cabinet and the game interface is coloured in green. New features are added like a new ranking function.
Arc System Works releases Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold v2.00 (NESiCAxLive) today. This update brings the 5 exclusive characters from the home console version: Rise Kujikawa, Ken Amada and Koromaru (as one character), Tohru Adachi, Marie and Margaret. The game has also been rebalanced and the "shadow mode" has been redesigned.
SNK Playmore posted an interesting announce on Twitter yesterday. They are looking for game programmers, technical designers and designers for a new King Of Fighters game! We don't know if this game will be released on an arcade platform but it wouldn't be surprising knowing the KOF history. The candidates must be involved in 3D consumer games and have experience in C and C++ coding for the programmers and MAYA, 3D Studio MAX, Softimage, Zbrush, Photoshop and Scaleform for the designers. You can seen the recruitment page here.
Like every year, Sega Amusements Europe will be one of the must see booths at EAG. The number of exhibited products is still impressive this year. First, the star attraction will undoubtedly be the racing game Showdown. As GRID, it is developed by Codemasters. It will be presented in 4-player cabinets featuring moving seats and 65" LCD screens. The new versions Super Deluxe 80" of Transformers Human Alliance and Deluxe 60" of Plants vs. Zombies will also be showcased. New redemptions Pirates of Monster Island and Kung Fu Panda Mojo Dojo will be presented for the first time in Europe. Visitors could also try Gold Fishin', the new title in Sega Amusements's skill game series and the new shooting galleries Pirates and Captain Black's Treasure. On cranes side, there will be the new Mini Key Master and Grab and Win, the result the collaboration between Sega Amusements and ICE. For the children, Hello Kitty air hockey will be highlighted. As usual, we also find Sega Total Solutions and Sega Prizes Europe on the same stand.
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