Sega launches today in Japan a new card-based strategy game. Sengoku Taisen 1560: Battle of Okehazama is played using cards that representing armies led by warlords (such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi) of the Sengoku period (very troubled time in Japan from the mid 15th century until the end of the 16th century and ending with the unification of Japan). Sengoku Taisen goal is to attack and destroy enemy castles by using cards. The player moves his cards on the board and the army on the screen relects the movement. In Scenario mode, different events occur for each card. Futhermore, the feature "Touch Action" is used to trigger special actions when an army meets specific conditions. Sengoku Taisen can be played online throughout Japan.
Neo-Arcadia organizes a Street Fighter II X - Grand Master Challenge tournament on Sunday November 13 at 14 o'clock. Neo-Arcadia arcade is located in rue de Bayard in Toulouse (France). Many players from all around Europe will meet there. Register now (€5.00) on the event website to take your chance to win the €160.00 cash prize. Matches will be broadcast live on the net and will be commented by Ken Bogard. Some rules: game in Japanese version, this single tournament will take place on 2 New Astro City arcade cabinets in versus setup with new Seimitsu LS-32 joysticks and Sanwa buttons, first player to win 2 rounds win the match, game speed is set to 3 and all characters are authorized except Gouki (Akuma). Single and team tournaments of Super Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360 version) will also be held during the whole weekend with a Sega New Astro City cabinet for the winner.
Konami's Bemani family expands today with the release in Japan of Reflec Beat. It's of course a musical game but this time it is played on a touch screen. The principle is simple: the player must touch a circle on the screen at the right moment to score points. Sometimes he has to touch it quickly, sometimes long, sometimes there will be several rounds to touch at the same time ... Two players can compete with two machines linked up. Reflec Beat uses PASELI payment system and is compatible with the e-AMUSEMENT pass to save data and e-AMUSEMENT for MOBILE that locates places where the game is available but also to view profile and listen game musics on mobile phone.
Super Bikes 2, the new crazy mororcycle game from Raw Thrills, hits Europe today! What's new compared to the first installment released in 2006? The machine has been completely redesigned: the screen is bigger (42" instead of 27), cabinet colour changed from red to yellow and there are many more LEDs to attract the public. Game content is not left on the roadside with 11 new courses (20 in total), 12 new bikes (in addition to 9 rides from the previous version), new stunt moves and new shortcuts to discover. Up to 8 machines can be connected for heated races with friends. It is worth noting that unlike Nirin or Manx TT, Super Bikes 2 offers off-road racing where the player's performance allow him to upgrade his bike, he can then save his progress using a PIN code and pick up his tuned bike back later. Like other Raw Thrills titles, the game does not take itself seriously, it's fun that matters, and we can be confident on that point! The races take place in locations like Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, Detroit, Dubai, Monaco and Shanghai, but also in the Himalayas and even in space! But while courses are fanciful, the vehicles are existing models: Kawasaki 450F, Ninja ZX-14, Vulcan 2000 Classic, Yamaha Warrior, R1, VMax, Ducati 1198s, Monster, Streetfighter, ... Super Bikes 2 is available at all Bandai Namco Games European distributors.
The fifth expansion of Star Horse 2 will be released tomorrow in Japan. This new version of Sega's horse racing medal game is called Final Destination. The player always raises horses and is competing in derbies. It is of course always possible to use horses created in previous versions and saved on the card STARHORSE.NET as well as purchased articles, scores, rankings. The best horses and jockeys will join the Hall of Fame.
Taito's Chou Chabudai Gaeshi 2 uses the same concept as the first title. You're the father of a traditional Japanese family in several situations that gets on your nerves. So you smash your hands on the table to show your authority until the point where you're so upset that you drop the table upside down (physically!). The score is influenced by the number of broken objects in the process. Score calculation is done on a karaoke song with several replays of your act. The cabinet remains the same but the game will feature 7 stages (including new version of the ones seen in the original and brand new situations such as funerals, part-time job and school) and features up to 4 player simultaneous play.
Version 2.0 of the Border Break - Sega Network Robot Wars, named Air Burst, is released today in Japan. As the original version, the game runs on RingEdge and allows 20 players to compete in battles of 10 vs 10 through ALL.NET network. Air Burst brings improvements such as the creation of clan, creating new characters, battles bonus, new weapons, ...
Konami and Electrocoin decided to lend their support to an event organized by the Cancer Research UK by providing a DanceDanceRevolution to establish an endurance record. Chris McGivern, a teacher from The Oaks Primary School especially sensitive to the Cancer and cerebral palsy research, will try to dance non-stop over 13 hour on a DanceDanceRevolution to enter the Guinness World Record. The event will take place Saturday, October 23 at in the Funland entertainement center at Trocadero in Piccadilly, London. Adjudicators from Guinness World Record will be present and verify that Chris follows well the set of rules imposed to validate the record: he must first start the game in Beginner mode and then increase the difficulty every 5 hours to finish in Expert mode. He can choose the songs he wants but he can not take more than 20 seconds to select the next track. He will receive a 5 minute break every hour but he can banke them to make a longer break later. If his life bar reaches zero, the challenge ends. Pupils from The Oaks Primary School will be present to encourage him. The game will be played on a DanceDanceRevolution X2, this challenge will also serve as the last test before the game debut in Europe.
Following the cancellation of the Preview show, Namco Europe decided to organize its own showcase at its premises in London in late September. Many companies from Europe and the Middle East were invited to a sneak preview of the latest Namco and Raw Thrills products. The following video games were shown: Dead Heat, the new racing game from Namco taking place in the world of tuning, Super Bikes 2, the sequel to Raw Thrills bike racer and Pac-Man's Arcade Party (upright and cocktail versions) which was released for the 30th anniversary of Namco's mascot that brings together a series of classics. The redemption game Pocket Typhoon, the new photo booth of Apple Industries and the Dunk Tank Prize prize vendor were also presented. Namco took the opportunity to unveil the final design of Go Go Grand Prix adapted to the requirements of the European public over the prototype seen at the EAG Expo in January.
Neo Asia, the new show replacing Asianim that should have been held on November 20 and 21 at the Palais des Congrès de Liège has been canceled. On the website, a word of the organizers explained the reason for the cancellation: the last minute withdrawal of some of their main events. They therefore preferred to cancel the show rather than offering an event of lesser quality. However, they do not abandon the idea of a festival in Liège and hope to regain the fans of japanese culture next year for a new event. People who already bought their tickets will of course be refunded.
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