Taiko no Tatsujin 14 is out today in Japan. It's already the 14th version of the drum game from Namco and its success is unwavering. The campaign accompanying this release is in full swing: since September 10th, the Japanese are lucky to have singing Don and Katsu figures in Happy Meals from McDonalds. New songs will be available: J-Pop (Ring a Ding Dong, music from NTT DoCoMo ads), animes songs (Pokémon, Gintama, Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto), classic (Strauss), video game music (Idol M@ster, Ridge Racer) and Namco original songs.
2010 edition of the Amusement Machine Show will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba from September 9 to 11. This exhibition is organized by the JAMMA (Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association) and JAPEA (Japan Amusement Park Equipment Association). The first two days are reserved for professionals and the last day is open to the public. The entrance fee for the public is 1000 Yen but all games are freeplay and visitors can win prizes. As always in Japanese shows, cosplayers are welcome. The surface is divided into five zones: Arcade Zone (arcade games, Puri-kura ,...), Family Zone (arcade games and kiddie rides for children), Prize Zone (prizes, machine parts), Related Zone (amusement related products) and Publication Zone (publications, magazines). Among the thirty exhibitors, main Japanese companies will present their latest products: Sega (Initial D Arcade Stage 6, Shining Force Cross Raid, World Club Champion Football Intercontinental Clubs 09-10), Namco Bandai, Taito (BlazBlue Continuum Shift II), Banpresto,...
GTI Asia China Expo 2010 will be held at the Poly World Trade Expo Center in Guangzhou (China) from August 26 to 28. During this second edition of the show, businessmen from around the world will discover the newest Chinese games (UNIS, Golden Dragon, Liuzhou Lanhai Technology, IGS, ...) as well as export versions of some Japanese and Korean titles since companies like Bandai Namco and Andamiro will attend the show. Beside amusement games, many gaming machines will be also presented. One hundred exhibitors will participate to the show.
A new arcade and pinball machines online shop opens its doors. Created by Macklane who is well known on arcade forums, ArcadeInvaders offers used machines, spare parts, games and motherboards (Chihiro, Naomi, MVS), as well as services such EPROM programming and photocopy of manuals. Unlike other Belgian websites of the same type, this one is multilingual (English, French and Dutch). Moreover, if an item you are looking for is not listed in their catalog, ArcadeInvaders team will be happy to help you find it.
The latest shooter from Cave is released in Japan today. Long awaited by the public after very good location tests, Akai Katana is a horizontal shooter whose action takes place in a 2D environment with a military retro style. The player can choose from three ships flown by a crew of two pilots, each with different characteristics and attacks. The game has four buttons: A button to shoot, B Button to throw a bomb, C button for auto-fire and D button to change shape (the plane is transformed into one of the two drivers).
PAPA 13 World Pinball Championships took place at PAPA World Headquarters in Scott Township, Pennsylvania (west of Pittsburgh) from Thursday to Sunday. During those 4 days, more than 400 players from all parts of the world competed on nearly 50 different titles. The final was played on Cheetah, The Addams Family and Creature from the Black Lagoon tables. Victory goes to Californian player Keith Elwin. He wins the championship for the third time in a row and gains the $10,000 prize. Other players who reached the finals are: Andrei Massenkoff (2nd), Bowen Kerins (3rd) and Cayle George (4th). Winners of other categories are: Joshua Henderson (B Division), Seth Lettofsky (C Division), Rick Prince (Seniors), Justin Ortscheid (Juniors), Dave Hegge (Classics I), Josh Sharpe (Classics II). Next edition will be held at the same place on August 11 to 14, 2011.
Ongaku Paradise is released in Japan today. This game is a music quiz from Konami. Four players can compete in four rounds throughout Japan, the difficulty is chosen according to the level of competitors. A single player mode is also provided: the player evolves on a map featuring events and the goal is to conquer the entire map. Different types of quizzes are available: "Music" quiz (you must find the artist name or song title), "Knowledge" quiz (you must answer questions on anecdotes about the musical world), "Eureka" quiz (you must guess the title of a song from a picture), "Association" quiz (you must guess the title of a song from five clues releaved one after another). The characters are cute (rabbit, deer, bear, frog, ...), you can customize them (appearance, clothing) and they play in a colored environment. There is little chance to see this game here one day since the quiz is based on ancient and contemporary japanese music themes (J-pop, Enka, anime) including "Choo choo train" by Exile, "White Love" by Speed, "Can you celebrate?" by Namie Amuro, ... Ongaku Paradise is compatible with the e-Amusement Pass from Konami, the player can save his results and his character.
Since 2004, Coin-Op TV broadcasts arcade games shows. Monthly at first, the show switched to a weekly format in 2006. Hosted by Robert Welkner and Hailey Bright, it is broadcast live on the Internet. The show features studio guests, live bands and demonstrations of the latest arcade video games. Coin-Op TV Vol. 3 is out today. This DVD includes the best of 2009 broadcasts. Originally in streaming, the shows have been remastered for the DVD format. The 90 minutes feature includes interviews of personalities such as Nolan Bushnell (Atari), Ralph H. Baer (Pong), Walter Day, Robert Mruczek and Todd Rogers (The King of Kong), Dan Hower (Arcade Flyer Archive), Tim Arnold (Pinball Hall of Fame), artists of the I am 8-bit show, cosplayers and many others... The DVD is not zoned and therefore works on all players. You can purchase Coin-Op TV Vol. 3 DVD at Amazon..
After jubeat et jubeat ripples, the third episode named jubeat knit is available in Japan since yesterday. The concept of this BEMANI game is still the same: the player must press the square buttons when they light up in unison with the music rhythm. To access the next song, the player must have a minimum score of 700000. All jubeat knit cabinets are connected and players of different levels can compete on the same title. A character makes its appearance: the concierge, he guides the player in his first game and he suggests the choice of music based on the player's performance. Each song has three levels of difficulty (basic, advance, extreme). Depending on his results, the player can earn "achievement" points that enabled him to obtain additional music and markers (the images that appear when a square is lit) that will be saved on his Konami e-Amusement Pass. The player's abilities are also saved as an image called "jubility". The players will have their jubeat ripples data transferred automatically the first time they insert their card in a jubeat knit machine. The game is available as a full cabinet or as an upgrade kit for jubeat and jubeat ripples.
Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code is released in Japan today. This game from Ecole/Type-Moon is an enhanced port of the PS2 version of Actress Again and runs on the Sega RingWide system although Act Cadenza and Actress Again were released on NAOMI. PS2 version exclusive characters (Ryouga Shiki, Akiha Seifuku, Shinso Arcueid) are available and Neco-Arc is back with Neco-Arc Chaos. Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code features a total amount of 27 playable characters.
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