Gunslinger Stratos Ver.1.45 is available today, over a month after the last update. Another new character designed by Shirow Miwa is added: Shino Matsurika, a 14 years-old girl, fan of mechanics and self-proclaimed rival of Jonathan Sizemore. Weapon pack of all the characters have been changed with this update. Update: on April 26, the game switches to version 1.46, weapons packs of some characters from version 1.45 are adjusted.
Het Huis van Alijn museum of Ghent, specialized in the 20th century everyday life culture will house an exhibition named "Tijd voor 80" tomorrow. The nostalgic visitors will be able to see tons of items, magazines and pictures of the '80s. Many activities will be organized throughout the day: aerobics in 80s' clothes with an expert, a Eighties hair saloon, a 80s fluorescent smiley button store, MTV music videos, a Rubik's Cube competition, DJ sets with vinyls and cassettes for electro, breakdance, new beat and new wave fans, ... But also many 80s' arcade games such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders,... Admission is free and the museum is located at Kraanlei 65 in Ghent and is opened from 10:00 to 18:00.
Limited Edition of the NEO XYX shoot'em up is sold out. Fortunately, the regular edition is now available for pre-order at €339.00. Compared to the limited edition, it comes in standard MVS kit format and includes no shockbox, no manual nor posters. The cartridges delivery is expected for June. Good news for those who missed the previous NG:DEV.TEAM productions: these games will be re-released in September. Pre-orders are open: Last Hope Pink Bullets is priced at €299.00, Fast Striker 1.5 goes for €359.00 and Gunlord for €319.00. Limited edition of Gunlord is available for €439.00. The MVS cartridge is in black wood (ash) and comes in a shockbox featuring a colour 12-page booklet and posters. For the Fast Striker 1.5 re-release, a 1.6 software update will be sent to all owners of the game. This patch will add coin-op support to all versions (some of them were locked to "console mode" and didn't accept credits).
We do not talk often about educational games, and yet we learn best when having fun! Cypriot company Blizzworx just finished their BeBefun Island cabinet. This machine is equipped with a large seat and a 17" touch screen. It offers many activities to young players; they can draw and train their memory, observation, reflection, spelling or numeracy. The games feature colourful graphics and cheerful sound. Blizzworx is currently seeking distributors for BeBefun Island. The game can be translated into any language â€‹â€‹as required. Do not hesitate to contact them for a partnership!
New arrivals this month in your favorite arcades: the Reflex in Oostende now features the excellent Deadstorm Pirates shooter by Namco in deluxe format (a first in Belgium). It is accompanied by Raw Thrills' Dirty Drivin' racing game where every blow is allowed (this is the second one on the seaside side since it was already seen at Sportland Blankenberge). Another unique game in Belgium is Winter X Games SnoCross that just arrived at Coney Island. It is a snowmobile racing game in the spirit of Arctic Thunder. This mobile arcade is in Charleroi until April 22. It will tour in Namur in July, Charleroi in August, Tournai in September, Liège in October and Mons in November. We take this opportunity to remind operators to contact us when purchasing new video games, we will promote them. Please players, inform us when you find a new place with arcade games or a change in one of the location already featured in the list. Information sharing is essential to revive arcades in Belgium! Thank you in advance.
Finally an arcade book that is not about retro games only! Written by Adam Pratt ( Arcade Heroes website manager and owner of the Game Grid arcade in West Valley City, Utah), The Arcade Experience - A Look Into Modern Arcade Games and Why They Still Matter focuses on the present and the future of the arcade industry. The book is divided into six chapters, each dealing with a particular topic. The first one looks back at history; to understand the modern arcade world, it is important to understand the origins... The second chapter is devoted to existing arcades and their way of functioning. The third chapter reviews the games released in the West the last 5 years. The fourth and fifth chapters respectively talks about the social aspect of arcades as meeting places and the unique technology used in arcade games. Finally, Adam gives us his perspective on the future of the industry. The book features 204 pages and is illustrated with colour photos. The foreword is signed by Kevin Williams (The Stinger Report) who actively contributes to Arcade Heroes website. This book offers an insightful analysis of today's western arcade world and is a very good way to catch-up for all those who did not follow the news in recent years. The Arcade Experience can be ordered as paperback book or as digital Kindle edition.
Phantom Breaker Another Code is out on Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI (RingEdge 2) today. This arcade version developed by Delta Factory is an adaptation of 5pb's Phantom Breaker released on Xbox 360 in Japan in June 2011. The game has been completely rebalanced for the occasion. Phantom Breaker Another Code uses 4 buttons: SP (burst counter), L (weak attack), M (medium attack), H (strong attack). Fighters have two fight styles: quick style (speed and combos) and hard style (defense).
It's a long time since Konami released a generic arcade cabinet, the last one being the Windy II released in 1997! The hiatus is over for Konami with the announcement of the Phonami, a modern design cabinet sporting a 60" plasma touch screen reminding a giant smartphone (hence the Phonami name). In its press release, Konami says the goal is to gather arcade and mobile phone players in a completely new gaming experience. The first game that will be adapted to the new cabinet is Dragon Collection that was released three days ago. Konami also annouces that its BEMANI hits will also see a Phonami release. The first one being Dance Evolution Arcade which fits the cabinet particularly well thanks to the featured video camera and motion sensors. Fans already hope for the return of ParaParaParadise! In the same press release, fighting games are announced (which is not in Konami's habits) thanks to the versus setup (as seen on the picture). This new interface should revitalize the fighting game genre which is losing speed in Japan. For now, only a prototype photo is available but Konami promises more info about the Phonami in the near future. This is an April fool!
A new school year starts tomorrow for Konami's Quiz Magic Academy IX players. Quiz Magic Academy IX Sorcerer's Door Season 2 brings many new features compared with the first episode released last year. A new "rival" feature automatically registers opponents that the player faces often as rivals. If the player wins against them, he gets more magic stones. A national tournament mode for up to 16 players is available. If four players participate in the national tournament final, special events occur (such as character anniversary memorial). There are also changes in character illustrations, screen selections have been redesigned and new music were added.
Stunfest 2013 is less than one month away! It's an unmissable event for arcade fans. If only 2 of the various tournaments are arcade tourneys (Breakers Revenge and Super Street Fighter II X - Grand Master Challenge), visitors will enjoy themselves with the dozen free play arcade machines offered by 3 Hit Combo and Tony Games. There will be a shoot'em up zone by James Game Center. In this context, 3 Japanese players owning world records will demonstrate their skills on Battle Garegga, DoDonPachi Saidaioujou and Mushihimesama Futari. They are Kamui, Clover-TAC and NAK. This event is part of the "Wasshoi in Europe" project from SuperplayLive and 3 Hit Combo. The intend is to build bridges between the Japanese and Western shmup communities. There will also be screening of 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience and Le Tournoi des Légendes documentaries as well as concerts of 2080, Dataglitch, Flying Penguins, Sabrepulse, Speed Running the Apocalypse and Ultrasyd. Many other activities such as blind tests and conferences will be organized. In short, no way to get bored at such an event! See you at the INSA's Halle Francis Querné on April 24, 25 and 26 for the 9th Stunfest! You can order your ticket and register for tournaments via the online shop.
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