StarHorse3 Season VII - Great Journey, the popular horse racing medal game from Sega, starts operation in Japan today. In this new version, a special JP Challenge "Million Stakes" race named "Amazon Race" is held in South America for the first time. The popular "rental horse owner" funcionality in StarHorse 2 is reintroduced in a renewed version with new rules and renumeration.
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 is out in Japan today! This new episode in the street racing game saga adds Porsche cars to an already large selection of vehicles; the 911 Turbo 3.6 (964), two 911 Turbo S?991 MA 171 and 930), the 718 Cayman S (982 H 2) and the 928 GT are now available for your driving pleasure. Other new cars include the Mazda Roadster RF RS (ND), the 1981 Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T (HGS130) and the Nissan Leopard 3.0 Ultima (F31). Lots of new dress-up parts have been added to match the current trends including new aero parts and neon tubes. BBS rims are now available as well as new models from the already present manufacturers (Rays, Yokohama, Enkei). You can now personalize your window stickers and use any text you want (use the team name for example). The 100 stage story mode from Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3DX+ is back (that's 40 more chapters than Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5DX+). Another new feature is the multiple ghost battle; as a solo player, you can race against up to 3 ghosts simultaneously. Ghosts are smarter too as they now avoid traffic. As with each new version, the maximum horsepower has been increased from 830 to 840HP. The level limit is extended too: it now goes up to SSSSS. You can import your cars and rank from Wangan Maximum Tune 5DX Plus but not from older versions. You can now store 200 cars (instead of 100) in your Banapassport account. The game also features 25 new tunes by Yuzo Koshiro. Talking about the soundtrack, the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 original soundtrack CD was released recently. This 2-CD album includes BGM from all versions of the game (5, 5DX and 5DX+). Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 signs the departure of game producer Kazuhiro Maeda (who succeeded to Kei Kobayashi from Wangan Maximum Tune 3DX+ on). He's replaced with Mr. Yakata. With the departure of Kazuhiro Maeda and programmer Yoshikazu Takenaka, there's nobody left from the original team who worked on the first Maximum Tune 14 years ago. It's the start of a new era. If you're in Japan, you can use the dedicated search engine to find where to play Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 or use the Wangan Navigator app available for free on App Store and Google Play. Regarding the return of the Wangan Midnight racing games in Europe (as we're often asked about it), the problem comes from the various manufacturer licences that are too difficult to obtain for an arcade game intended to be released in so many different countries.
Konami will release Bishi Bashi Channel tomorrow! Bishibashi is a well-known game series including various funny mini games. The first game, Bishi Bashi Champ was released in 1996 and the latest, The?BishiBashi, in 2009. As in the previous work, the gameplay is based on the simple operation "hit a button". But, a new action "turning a button" (used on a great white button) is added to make the game deeper and there are only a red and a blue button as normal buttons. 4 players can enjoy the game on the same cabinet and a 2 team play is available. Furthermore, Konami thought to overseas customers with the implementation of a multi-language system. Customers can switch between Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese when they want.
Halo is coming to arcades soon! Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix teamed up with 343 Industries to create a massive environmental cabinet equipped with 4 turrets and two 65" 4K screens placed side-by-side. In this cooperative sci-fi shooting game, the 4 players enroll in the Fireteam Raven, a group of elite Orbital Drop Shock Troopers on the surface of Alpha Halo fighting alongside the Master Chief and the rest of the UNSC as they try to prevent the alien Covenant alliance from taking control of an ancient superweapon. Players will have to fight the Covenant troops, spacecraft and vehicles and encounter the "Flood" infestation. Available in Dave & Buster's across the USA and Canada this Summer, Halo: Fireteam Raven will then be released worldwide. Players will be able to scan a QRC code and share their performance on Halo Waypoint portal. Given Play Mechanix's experience in the creation of succesful shooting games, we can bet that Halo: Fireteam Raven will be a wonderful game! You can see what the game looks like on this video. The cabinet shown in the video is still a prototype, the final version may differ a bit.
The Universe BIOS v4.0 is available now! The most obvious change in this version is the colour of the NEOGEO logo, it is now gold. The in-game menu also has a new colour scheme but the biggest new feature is the PICKnMIX which allow you to turn a 161-in-1 cart into the ultimate multislot system. Another great feature is the ability to use A and B buttons as multislot 'game select' buttons (that are only found on MVS cabinets) during attract mode or on the games title page. Version 3.4 of PC2NEO firmware or later is now supported. There are of course lots of bug fixes as well (full list of changes are here). The price of a replacement BIOS chip for you NEOGEO MVS is €32.00 (shipping cost included). You can order it on The Universe BIOS official website.
Hiroshi Kawaguchi (nicknamed Hiro) is a genius composer! Using his Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, he composed the unforgettable themes of arcade games that made the heyday of Sega like OutRun, After Burner and Space Harrier. If the OST of the two firt games have already been released at Data Discs, it was not yet the case of Space Harrier. It's finally done with the release of Space Harrier vinyl this month. This record includes all 11 themes contained in the original arcade version in remastered versions as well as a cover of the main theme by S.S.T. Band (you can listen to the remastered version of the main theme and Squilla on Data Discs' SoundCloud page). The Space Harrier soundtrack is available in three 180g vinyl editions: a limited edition with translucent light green colour vinyl with purple and green splatter and a 3D lenticular cover going for £26.99, a translucent dark green colour edition and a standard black edition at the price of £19.99 each. All editions include liner notes written by Hiro himself. The release is scheduled for late May. Pre-orders open Saturday, May 5th at 7:00pm BST (20:00 CEST) (earlier in the day for mailing list members). 50 copies signed by Hiro will be sent randomly among the first orders. All orders will be shipped by May 31st. Be sure to visit Data Discs website on May 5th to place your order.
The scrolling beat'em up genre is back with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! We had not seen anything like this in the West since the not so good Justice League - Heroes United released by Global VR in 2009. Today, Raw Thrills gives the Ninja Turtles a fresh paint, 27 years after the release of Turtles in Time by Konami. It seems audacious to release anything else than a racing or a shooting game in western arcades, will Raw Thrills succeed with this game? It seems the answer is yes based on the very good results recorded during the location tests and the very positive welcome the game received at various trade shows. To have played it, I can tell you that the game is very fun, gorgeous and the levels are varied. The gameplay is perfect too. Raw Thrills did not take the task lightly! From its ancestor, this new Ninja Turtles retains the 4-player simultaneous gameplay and the move that throw enemies toward the screen. In addition to the traditional Attack and Jump buttons, a new button appears: the Turtle Power button that triggers a devastating attack (but it can only be used once the gauge is full). Obviously, the turtle chara-design comes from the latest animated series (the same 3d models are used) and the turtles are voiced by actors like Seth Green, Sean Astin and Gilbert Gottfried. The cabinet itself is attractive with a huge 55" screen and LED lighting everywhere: marquee, T-molding, speakers, under the panel, even the joysticks are illuminated! For sure, you can't miss it! You will be able to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Belgium very soon because the Reflex arcade in Ostend will receive its machine next month. We will let you know as soon as it is there! Meanwhile, you can take a look at the gameplay with our video shot at EAG International 2018. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available for purchase from the following distributors depending on the country: Red Sun Systems (Belgium), Game Castle International (Netherlands), Avranches Automatic (France), Bandai Namco Amusement (Great Britain), Betson Enterprises (USA).
Konami celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Quiz Magic Academy this year and releases a new game: Quiz Magic Academy MAXIVCORD. Besides the usual quiz game, a brand new card game is now available. In "Record Arena" mode, you can uses digital cards to battle against other opponents. The game features 3 game modes: "Tutorial" for beginners, "Character Battle" vs CPU characters and "Rank Match", online battle with other players. When you play Quiz Magic Academy MAXIVCORD, you can earn items for the mobile game Quiz Magic Academy Lost Fantarium.
Square Enix announced location test dates for Love Live! School Idol Festival ~ after school ACTIVITY ~ Next Stage. Two location tests will be held from June 22 to 24 and June 29 to July 1st. 14 songs will be playable during the loctests, 4 songs will be new titles such as Energetic fully open DAY! DAY! DAY!, We know the future and Strawberry Trapper. The fist title of the series was released in December 2016. With this new game, Square Enix introduces new gameplay functions. There will be a new music notation "PLUS" and, in addition to the usual rhythm buttons, two new buttons named "decision button" and "cancel button" will be added. Futhermore, a new feature allows the player to go out in town with the band members after playing!
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