December 17, 2010 was the day Darius returned to Japanese game centers. 13 years after the last episode, Darius Burst Another Chronicle features 4 player gameplay on 2 LCD screens assembled to offer a widescreen format (which earned him a record at the Guinness World Records for its 32:9 aspect ratio). At the time, our friend at Arcade Heroes called for players to express their interest to Taito in order to convince them to release the game internationally. This action has been successful because Taito announced in February 2011 that an international version of Darius Burst Another Chronicle was in the works. This version appeared first at Electrocoin open day in June. The international cabinet is different from the Japanese version by the fact that it is more "open" and that the game is in English. This machine was then tested in several locations including London's Casino and Game Grid Arcade in West Valley City (Utah). Arcade Heroes and Taito tell us that Darius Burst Another Chronicle is now available worldwide! For those who don't know Darius Burst AC, it is a futuristic horizontal shoot'em up with many powerups and branching levels where players encounter many large bosses. The large number of levels and great deal of alternative paths offer a good replay value. This game is very popular (players love it!) so we encourage operators wanting to offer something different than the usual racing and light gun games to contact your distributor or Taito directly to order or to get more information.
Konami has not only released Steel Chronicle yesterday, there was also pop'n music 20 Fantasia! The twentieth episode of the series comes under the sign of the party with a fantasy theme that recalls a little pop'n music 10. Some changes have been made, performance grading system found in other BEMANI games is introduced: there are nine grades represented by letters: Fâ†’Dâ†’Câ†’Bâ†’Aâ†’Sâ†’SSâ†’SSSâ†’P. The old modes "Challenge" and "Super Challenge" were combined under the name "Normal" mode and the "Enjoy" mode is now called "Easy". A new type of pop-kuns appears: the "highlight" pop-kun that are shining, once the player touches one, is he does no mistakes after, he receives bonus points. This is the first time in the series that the tracklist is so provided. An upgrade kit of pop'n music 20 Fantasia will be available from December 14.
Announced since last April, Konami's Steel Chronicle arrives in Japanese arcades today. Steel Chronicle is a network multiplayer action game involving mechas. The players embody Hounds: members of an elite combat unit who faces steel insects that threaten humanity. Before leaving for the battle, the Hounds slip on Steel Suits that can take many forms and be equipped with different weapons, allowing a great opportunity for character customization. The dead enemies drop materials that can be used to improve Steel Suits. The money used in Steel Chronicle is the "STE", with 1000 STE, the players can play 10 minutes and its also with this currency that they can create new weapons (if they have the necessary materials) and color for Steel Suit. Steel Chronicle uses the e-AMUSEMENT GATE portal.
The long awaited version 2012 of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition is released today. Capcom listened opinions expressed by players during location tests to rebalance the characters. Demand from fans was indeed huge on this! Capcom provided a lot of work to rebalance the 40 characters of SSF IV: some have seen many changes (Yun), while others have had a few (Cammy, Sagat). If you want to discover all the changes, simply download the document published by Capcom.
Examu releases AquaPazza - Aquaplus Dream Match Version 1.5A today. This first update of this fighting game gathering fighters from various AquaPlus works adds two new characters: Sasara Kusugawa (playable character) from ToHeart 2 and Yu Nagawa (supporting character) from Comic Party. During August, players were able to vote for different characters to choose two of them that would be added to AquaPazza line-up. Version 1.5A also fixes some bugs and make small changes in characters moves.
Examu releases Daemon Bride Additional Gain today, it's an update to Daemon Bride that was out on eX-Board in 2009. Daemon Bride AG, which was presented during the AM Show held last September, adds two new characters to the 16 already existing ones: Pure and her partner Zadkiel, a fallen angel. Examu also took the opportunity to make some changes to characters balance. Daemon Bride Additional Gain is available on NESiCAxLive (Taito Type X²).
Sega announced StarBoat release for November 24 but it is available since yesterday at the same time as another Sega betting game: Star Horse 3! There's no horses here but boats ... The principle is very similar to Star Horse: a giant screen broadcasting the race and each player has his own seat equipped with a screen. Here the player can acquire boats races, customize them (parts, colors, decorations), train and manage the careers of drivers, whom he can set the appearance as he wishes, and of course makes bets on boat races. Players with some experience will be surprised to be able to face Kenji Hatano, the main character of Monkey Turn, a racing boat themed manga by Katsutoshi Kawai. StarBoat runs on RingEdge, from 6 to 11 satellites can be connected to the giant screen, it uses ALL.Net network and it is compatible with Aime card and Bana Passport.
Horse racing bet/management game Star Horse 3 Season I - A new legend begins debuted today. The third episode of Sega's popular series in Japan, has a new housing even more luxurious than before: in addition to the big DLP screen, there are now five sub-movable LCD screens. LEDs, that light up on race rhythm, have been added. The new reclinable seats can now accommodate two people. Each player has a 32 "screen to display "BET game" and "Game owner" modes simultaneously. The game is highly diversified, between two bets on horse racing, players can raise and train their horses, select jockeys and train them (physically and tactically) and also play at the casino. Everything is done for the player to feel in the shoes of a real breeder: each type of training field will promote a type of horse development, the kind of food influences the horse, horses can be pastured to rest or when they retire, it is also when they are grazing that the player may attempt to breed them... Star Horse 3 is compatible with Aime card and Bana Passport.
Today, Sega starts to distribute Shining Force Cross Raid VersionB. Version.A released in June added a lot of new features but this time the update seems a little less consistent. New cooperative quests for level 30 and above players are available, some of them are limited in time. Shining Force Cross Raid Version.B adds new scenarios, corrects problems in some items' name and makes some adjustments to the gameplay.
Since the closing of the Family Games Gallery 5 years ago, there was no place to have fun in Brussels any more. Things will change tomorrow with the opening of a new arcade! But beware, this time, this is not the place for a Sunday family day because versus fighting is the theme. This is not surprising when one considers that Kenpachi (representing Europe on SSF4AE and SSF2X at Tougeki 2011) is behind this initiative. There are no fewer than 7 Astro City and 4 cabinets with HD screens on which you can fight each others on Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter II X, The King of Fighter XIII, The King of Fighter '98, Hokuto no Ken and Garou Mark of The Wolves. The price is 50 cents for 1 or 2 credits depending on the game. The arcade is located at Rue Haubrechtsstraat No. 8 in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, just steps away from the Compte de Flandre/Graaf van Vlaanderen subway station (lines 1 and 5). The doors will open at 14:30 tomorrow. On this occasion, it will be possible for only €5 to have infinite credits for all games until 2:00! Food and beverages will be available and the famous French player/commentator Ken Bogard will attend the party. Players will therefore be of a very high level, if you are looking for a fight, you're at the right place!
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