Groove Coaster 4 Starlight Road is out today. Taito introduces 20 new songs in this new version. To celebrate the game release, 2 events are proposed to the players. The first one is a collaboration with idol band Dempagumi.inc (でんぱ組.inc) that also starts today: players can win special avatars and titles and Mirin Furukawa as a navigator. Of course, Dempagumi.inc's new song Ψ発見伝! is playable. The second event is a collaboration with the smartphone rhythm game Lanota, this event will start tomorrow and will end at the end of April. During the event, a Groove Coaster song will be playable in Lanota and a Lanota song will be playable in Groove Coaster every week. Furthermore, on April 4, Groove Coaster ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 2018 Vol.1"DREAM" will be released. It contains 28 tracks including songs from Groove Coaster 3 EX Dream Party and the theme song of Groove Coaster 4 Starlight Road.
Konami releases DANCERUSH STARDOM, a new musical game to celebrate DanceDanceRevolution's 20th anniversary. This new title allows players to enjoy Shuffle Dance simply by moving their body according to the screen instructions. Shuffle Dance is a dance style featuring steps that slip your feet according to EDM (Electronic Dance Music). There are 4 types of instructions appearing on the screen: step, long, jump and crouch. Each time the payer makes a step on the floor, the large sensor panel glows seven colors on the floor and the LEDs light up. Two players can play together on the same cabinet and 4 players can compete on 2 cabinets. In 2 players mode, the 1st player stands in front and plays with the orange notes and the 2nd players stands behind and plays with the blue notes. A camera records the players and they can upload the movie on Youtube. You can watch DANCERUSH STARDOM trailer here.
A new version of Taiko no Tatsujin is out today: Taiko no Tatsujin: Blue Ver. As its name implies the new design is blue themed based on the colour of the sky. There are 10 new songs already available today including anime songs such as Hope by Namie Amuro which is the current opening of One Piece, Pop Team Epic opening by Sumire Uesaka and also game musics such as a Splatoon 2 medley.
SEGA World Drivers Championship is released in Japan today. This racing game bears the official Super GT license and features 45 cars from both GT300 and GT500 classes (Toyota 86, Toyota Prius, Subaru BRZ,...). The game allows the player to become a member of a racing team where he aims to win the championship. He gets advice and cheering from the team between races and he can also listen to the team radio by pressing the red button on the steering wheel while driving. A driver's skill gauge is displayed on the screen while driving. It increases depending on how well the player drives. A LED indicator is installed over the steering wheel: it displays speed, gear, tachometer, specified speed information for each corner. SEGA World Drivers Championship uses the same cabinet as Initial D Arcade Stage Zero with a AIME card reader and a 6-speed speed shifter. Only the topper and the steering wheel are different: speeds can be changed on the steering wheel. Up to 10 players can compete online. The game uses Unreal Engine 4 to faithfully reproduce the Super GT cars.
Gamers are generous! It's a fact! And it's time to show it again with the third edition of Telévideogames! This year, Les Players du Dimanche set the bar even higher with a 75-hour broadcast, live from Quai 10 in Charleroi. The goal is of course to earn a lot of money for the Télévie in order to fund research against cancer. During these 75 hours, many guests will appear on the show including Frédéric Zolfanelli (Sparadrap in n00b web-series) and many Youtubers such as Benzaie, Chef Otaku, Math se fait des films, Jojol 67, LucassTV, EXVSK, Beanie, DB Times, Gonzaroo, The Kairi 78, Kenny, Lucasha and Anthox Colaboy. Your generosity is rewarded because each donation will allow you to win many prizes including consoles, games and accessories. For the first time, Arcade Belgium joins the cause and will bring many arcade machines set on freeplay at Quai 10 for the duration of the show. Do not hesitate to come and play! The live broadcast will air on Twitch, Facebook and Youtube. It will start on March 15 at 6:00pm and wll end on March 18 at 9:00pm. You will find all the information on Telévideogames website.
Another new game will grace the exA-Arcadia system: Heiankyo Alien 3671 developed by Mindware! Heiankyo Alien 3671 is an arranged version of the classic Heiankyo Alien arcade game released by Denki Onkyo in 1980. In this games, you have to dig holes to burry aliens in the ancient city of Heiankyo (a former Japanese capital city located where Kyoto is now). This new arranged version programmed by Mikito Ichikawa features beefed up gameplay, more speed, psychedelic graphics and great music by Wing☆ and Ibojima. Compared to the Steam version released last year, the arcade version will feature new modes, new items and 4-player gameplay! As all other exA-Arcadia games, it will support both 16/9 HD and 4/3 31k monitors. If you wan to try the game now, you can either purchase the PC version or go to Takadanobaba Mikado game center in Shinjuku where a location test is currently running.
CHUNITHM STAR PLUS will be out tomorrow. In this new version, Sega added new songs in several categories: POPS&ANIME (Osomatsu-san, Urara Meirocho, Trinity Seven: Eternal Library & Alchemic Girl), niconico (wowaka, kemu), Tohou Project, Variety and Irodori Midori. There are collaborations with TV animes that will also start tomorrow: Eromanga Sensei, Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat and Re:Zero kara hajimeru isekai seikatsu.
Attention, this is about a magazine written in French language. We all remember the time when we flipped through thick glossy magazines to discover the latest video games. It was the time of independent video game press with objective reviews that sometimes hurt the publishers; the time of French magazines Tilt, Consoles +, Joypad, Joystick, Gen4 and Player One. Of course we also read these magazines for the freedom of tone and their lighthearted and often irreverent articles. There were also exclusive reports revealing what was happening behind the scenes of the industry at a time when the internet did not exist (ah those reports in Japan!). In console magazines, there were always some pages that made us dream with games sporting splendid graphics never seen before and the promise of new sensations; these were the few pages dedicated to new arcade games! All this has been overshadowed over time by websites... But the good vibe is back with Player Spirit! A magazine devoted to video games of the last century. Created by Mathieu Manent (author of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube anthologies), Player Spirit brings together the dream team of the writers of that era with AHL, J'm Destroy, Matt Murdock and Ze Killer among others! Although devoted primarily to console and computer games, the first issue features several pages about the war between Sega and Namco in the arcades (a war that still continues today). A new issue is planned every two months. Each number costs €12.00. The first issue of 144 pages is available exclusively on the website of publisher Geeks Line (there are also several subscription formulas including one containing the SaturdayMan NES game cartridge). Have a good reading!
Next Data Discs release will be the soundtrack of After Burner II composed by Hiroshi "Hiro" Kawaguchi (who also did the unforgettable OutRun and Space Harrier music). The remastered OST comes in a two-record set; the first record features the complete arcade score as well as an unused "Melody Version" of the title track. The second record includes 3 arranged versions by S.S.T. Band recorded in 1988 and a modern medley played by SEGA Sound Unit [H.]. Two of these songs can be heard on Data Discs's SoundCloud channel. As with all Data Discs releases, 3 vinyl colors will be available: Purple and blue swirl for the limited edition, opaque purple and classic black. All editions cost £24.99 each, they are cut in 45RPM 180g vinyl and include a foldout poster of the original artwork featuring the iconic F-14 Tomcat (newly licensed for this release). Pre-order starts on Saturday 24th February at 19:00 UK time (20:00 CET) at Data Discs website (6 hours earlier for mailing list members). Records will ship in March.
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