BLAZBLUE Alter Memory broadcast begins on Tokyo MX TV today. The series features 12 episodes and they will be broadcast every Tuesday. The anime is very close to Arc System Works games since Toshimichi Mori, BlazBlue games designer, supervises the project and all the seiyus from the games resume their respective roles (Tomokazu Sugita/Ragna the Bloodedge, Kanako Kondou/Noel Vermillion, Tetsuya Kakihara/Jin Kisaragi,...). The series is directed by Hideki Tachibana (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira) and is produced by teamKG and Hoods Entertainment studios. Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is collaborating on the direction. Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Mysterious Girlfriend X) oversees the script of the series that is co-written by Tatsuya Takahashi (The Idolm@ster, Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom ~). Tomoyuki Shitaya (Bakuman, Hatsukoi Limited, kiss x sis) is in charge of charadesign and is the chief animation director. The story is set in December of 2199 during the new year celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the "Grim Reaper" is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi. Opening theme "Blue Blaze" is sung by Faylan and ending theme "Reincarnation Blue" by Aira YUKI.Good news for French fans, the series also airs in simulcast on Wakanim from October 9n just a day after the Japanese broadcast. Episodes broadcast on Wakanim are free for 1 month (with DRM) and can be purchased for a final download. They are in MP4 formats and are usually available in SD (360p) / HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) quality.
During the Tokyo Game Show in September, Dengeki and Sega announced Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX, a new 2D fighting game featuring characters from light novels published by Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works). The Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival was held today and new information were unveiled: it will be an arcade game and it will be distributed via Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI. The game is based on a support system: by pushing S button, the players calls the support character who releases a special attack before exiting. After a recovery period of 5 seconds, the support character can be called again. Playable characters already unveiled are: Shana (Shakugan no Shana), Asuna (Sword Art Online), Mikoto Misaka (Toaru Majutsu no Index/A Certain Magical Index), Kirino Kousaka (Oreimo), Shizuo Heiwajima (Durarara!!) and Kuroyukihime (Accel World). Support characters are: Wilhelmina Carmel (Shakugan no Shana), Leafa (Sword Art Online), Toma Kamijou (Toaru Majutsu no Index/A Certain Magical Index) and Ruri â€œKuronekoâ€ Goko (Oreimo). The game uses 4 buttons: A (Light Attack), B (Medium Attack), C (Heavy Attack) and S (Support). The players can use a Climax gauge (that can stock up to 5 bars) for special attacks such as EX Special Move (consuming 1 bar) and Climax Arts (consuming 2 bars). Each character has 2 Climax Arts.
Namco just announced the first location test of Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5. It will be held at Leisureland Akihabara, at Round 1 Yokohama and at Namco Umeda (Osaka) from October 19 to 20. The website is just opened: http://wanganmaxi-official.com/wanganmaxi5/. Another info about Wangan licence, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 will be updated on Ocotber 24: new legendary cars will be added.
Megatouch recently released the ninth and final update for its Ion platform. Titled Megatouch 2014, this update includes 14 new games (including 10 titles supporting the Tournamaxx tournament system) and new attract screens. What's new: Cardboard Chaos - Zombie Edition offers some cardboard zombies shooting action (in cardboard sceneries), Milky Way Mini Golf is a minigolf in space where obstcles consist of planets and black holes and Air Guardian: Escape is a retro horizontal shoot'em up. In Ice Rift, the player must create circles to break the ice and in Bottletop Drop, he must pill up beer caps of the same brand. Sequels to Megatouch classics are also included such as TriTowers II (with HD graphics) and Photo Hunt Expedition III (with 19 new levels where you have to find given objects). Casino style games are obviously part of the show with Clocker Solitaire, Final Table: Blackjack , Penthouse 5 Dice Poker (a strip poker with girls), Hunks 5 Dice Poker (the same with men) and Final Table: 5 Dice poker. Of course, erotic games can be disabled. This update is only available until December 31, 2013. After this date, the Ion platform will be abandoned in favour of the newest Megatouch Live.
Caladrius, released this April on Xbox 380, is out today in arcades. The title of the arcade version is Caladrius AC (shortcut for Caladrius Aile Ciel). It's distributed via Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI (RingEdge2). This vertical shoot'em up takes developed by MOSS takes place in a gothic world and stages female characters. The chara design is signed by Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!, Kamisama Kazoku). Compared to the Xbox 360 version, all customization elements are unlocked from the start. The Elemental Burst is replaced by a "Fusion" attack which fires all elemental shots at the same time and destroy all bullets on screen. This version includes a new "mission stage" with a new boss: Cecilia Nel Albright and new illustrations. The game uses 5 buttons.
Golden Tee LIVE 2014 comes out today! Besides the support for 1080p HD resolution, this new version includes five new courses: Greek Hills, Highland Links, Pelican Grove, Shady Acres and Turtle Island. It also offers two new sets of golf clubs (Inciter and Surge) and 3 new types of balls (Razor, Archer and Sniper). Players will appreciate the new "Birds-Eye View" feature; when maintaining the blue "Help" button pressed before hitting the ball, the camera will move and give an overview of the course which make it easier to detect hidden obstacles. The size of the on-screen interface has been reduced, allowing a better view of the action. Regarding golfers wardrobe, the menu has been improved and 75 new items were added. Unique items can be unlocked via codes posted on Livewire.
EAG International 2014 is coming soon! Karen Cooke, the show organiser and her team are already focused on preparing the 5th edition for several months. Despite the inauspicious economic climate for the sector since many years, they hope to make the 2014 edition the best of all. Online registration will begin on October 1, via the website which will feature a new look for the occasion. Beside the registration option, it will be possible to book a stand and a hotel directly via the site. Information about the show and exhibitors will be updated regularly. The organisers want to highlight exhibitors by providing assistance to promote their new products and initiatives through their large network of media partners. EAG International 2014 will be held from January 21 to 23 at ExCeL London.
Type X games re-releases follow each other on NESiCAxLive. The King of Fighters XIII Climax for NESiCAxLive is available on Taito's platform today. The original game was released in April 2012 on Type X². There is no game rebalancing nor new characters. However, a new national ranking is now available.
Rare fact, a new arcade opens in Europe. Gamestate establishes itself within the Leisure Dome complex in Kerkrade, Netherlands. Beside the arcade, the leisure facilities include a cinema complex, a bowling, a mini golf in the dark, an Asian restaurant and an indoor playground. The arcade is 500m² and offers more than fifty machines. Unfortunately, the majority of them are ticket dispensing machines including video redemptions Temple Run, Fruit Ninja FX, Deal or No Deal and Doodle Jump Arcade. Gamestate has a special relationship with Namco who brought 4 Dead Heat cabinets there. We wish them a lot of success and hope they will extend their offer of arcade video games. Watch the promotional video to discover the location.
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