Synchronica, Bandai Namco's new rhythm game is out in Japan today. The gameplay is very similar to Project Diva Arcade and even more to ReRave: circles appear on the screen and the player must touch them at the right moment. There are different moves to do: slide, single, double and triple tap. Synchronica cabinet features two touch screens for two players. They play together and must be synchronised to complete game missions. The musical selection recalls Taiko no Tatsujin: J-Pop, Vocaloid, Game music, Bandai originals and Anime. There are 30 songs already available but more will be added in the future.
A major update of Puzzle & Dragons Z Tamer Battle V2 is out today. Subtitled "Episode II illusion dragon and a snowy field tyrant", it brings some new features to Square Enix's puzzle game. A new Z mode is now available. It is intended for players who wish to test their skills against other players. They have 120 seconds to defeat enemies and make the highest score. Ultra-powerful new monsters and limited events will also be implemented. You can watch the trailer here.
Don't know how to dress up this Summer? Why not wear a sapphire coloured Windjammers tank top? That would be perfect! It's indeed the T-shirt of the month at 1cc Shirt. Released in 1994 on NEOGEO MVS, this game of frisbee by Data East has gathered a large community of diehard fans over the years. We must admit it's an excellent game! The Windjammers themed tank top is available in men and ladies models (in Tahiti blue for the girls) but also as a standard T-shirt for those who prefer. All sizes are available but beware, you have until Sunday, June 21st at midnight to order it. It will no longer be available after that date. The price is $33 including shipping ($25 shipped in the US). Click here to order your T-shirt.
Besides figurines representing mechas, Beach Queens and other heroines in lingerie, Wave Corporation makes scale models of arcade machines. After The Idolm@ster, Taiko no Tatsujin and two models of Vewlix cabinets, the company releases a Sega classic: Hang-On! Hitting the arcades in 1985, this motorcycle racing simulation developed under the aegis of Yu Suzuki created the cabinet model on which all the following games of the genre are based until now. Just look at recent games such as Dead Heat Riders and Storm Rider to realize how the concept has not fundamentally changed in 30 years. The good news for those who do not have the patience to stick all the small parts together is that this 1/12 scale model requires no glue. All components fit and snap-in together easily. It is provided with small cupboard sheets allowing you to choose what is displayed on the screen and height of refinement; it tilts laterally like the real machine! The suggested retail price of this Hang-On model is ¥3600 but it is available at Hobby Search for ¥3420 (about €25). Ride on!
Two new mecha are added to Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost today.The MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame appeared in the Gundam SEED Astray series of manga and is piloted by Lowe Guele. It features the following equipment: "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, Beam Saber, Type 71 Beam Rifle, Shield, "Gerbera Straight" Katana, BuCUE Head, Caletvwlch, External connector, Flight unit, Underwater salvage gear, Ddraig Head. The GN-0000GNHW/7SG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G first appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam 00V: Battlefield Record, a graphic novel serialized by Hobby Japan. It's piloted by Setsuna F. Seiei, the main protagonist of the story in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. It's equipped with GN Buster Sword II, GN Katar, GN Sword II Blaster, GN Sword II Long, GN Sword II Short, Trans-Am System.
The Retrorama vintage festival returns in XXL format with Flashback. A trip back in time during the next 4 days at Brussels Expo. Besides a huge vintage market and oldtimers to admire, you will be able to listen to your favourite artists on 4 different scenes with Chris de Burgh, Imagination feat. Leee John, Machiavel, Scherrie Payne & Lynda Laurence from The Supremes, Murray Head, The Temptations Rev feat. Denis Edwards, Brigitte, Mr Cover vs Lady Cover and many more... There will also be numerous activities such as a roller disco track, dance classes, creative workshops (create your own "bandana", your spice rack or your metal trinkets), and of course, video games (otherwise we would not talk about it). The video game area is located in Hall 10. Arcade Belgium has placed 8 arcade machines in front of the roller disco track with classic '80s games in original versions (and of course set on freeplay). There, you can play Amidar, Bubble Bobble, VS. Super Mario Bros, Tetris, Altered Beast, Shadow Dancer, Rambo III and Mad Gear. On first floor, don't miss the Flashback - the 8bit-story exhibition, retracing the history of video games and take the opportunity to go play console games on the stand of our friends at Press-Start. Note also the presence of a Computer Space arcade machine on display on the stand of the Oldstar Games shop. The Flashback show will open its doors tomorrow at 18:30. Disco parties will be held tomorrow, and on Friday and Saturday evenings until 22:00. The Retromarket will be open on Friday from 14:00 to 21:00 and this weekend from 10:00 to 19:00. More information is available on the festival website: flashbackfestival.be.
Today, Bandai Namco announced that a home version of Star Wars Battle Pod would soon be available in Europe, USA, Japan and other regions! Pre-orders will begin on June 18 and Star Wars fans will have to pay the sum of $35000 or £24000 (excluding shipping and import costs) to own the game. But this is not all: a Premium version will also be available in two designs: one inspired by the rebel Alliance and the other by Darth Vader. The choice will be difficult for Star Wars lovers! The Premium version will be equipped with genuine leather seats that move according to the action on the screen. The lucky ones who acquire this collection piece will receive a plate engraved with their name and a serial number as well as a user manual and a exclusive carpeting. Their names will also be added to the game end credits. The MSRP of the Premium version is $100000.
Nitro+ Blasterz - Heroines Infinite Duel hits Japan today. This characters crossover 2D fighting game is released by Examu and is available through NESiCAxLive. The line-up includes characters from the well-known visual novels publisher Nitroplus. Nitro+ Blasterz - Heroines Infinite Duel has the same concept as Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: there are playable and support characters. The support characters help with assist attacks. The players can try different characters combination to test different fighting styles. Each character gets a lot of combos. Ein (Phantom: Phantom of Inferno), Mohra (Kyuuketsu Senki Vjedogonia), Sansei Muramasa (Full Metal Daemon Muramasa) and Anna (GekkÅ no Carnevale) are some of the playable characters. As partner, the player can select Spika (Star Mine Girl), Natsumi Aibara (Hello, World), Dragon (Dra+Koi), Mugen Yoguruma (DYN Freaks) and Sonico (Super Sonico) and other ones. Saber (playable) from Fate/Zero and Akane Tsunemori (partner) from Psycho-Pass are also present in the game. The opening movie is available here.
Big Buck HD Wild (Big Buck HD v08.00) is out! Papy messed up and created a beverage turning people into zombies. It's up to you to clean this mess with your shotgun in this Big Buck HD upgrade. Beside the Prehistoric Irish Elk and the new bonus games, the major new feature is the new "In Case of Zombies: Doe of the Dead" game mode in which you battle zombies and zombie animals. Curious? Check this presentation video! The upgrade is available as an online update via the CoinUp service (beware, the file size of the downloaded content is big!) and as an upgrade kit for offline machines. The kit includes a new marquee. Of course, this upgrade doesn't remove the duck hunt game mode added in the "Duck Dynasty" update. Ground game, ducks and zombies, this is the most complete hunting game ever created!
The new Quiz Magic Academy is out in Japan today. Quiz Magic Academy Akatsuki no Kane supports 8 players at the same time. Konami also added new characters (Leon, Shalon, Lask, Malariya, Yu, Riel, Media) and new gameplay features. Watch the trailer to see the presentation of the new characters.
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