Taito's Groove Coaster sequel starts operation today: this is Groove Coaster 2 Heavenly Festival. The gameplay is the same than in Groove Coaster but the cabinet and the game interface is coloured in green. New features are added like a new ranking function.
Arc System Works releases Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold v2.00 (NESiCAxLive) today. This update brings the 5 exclusive characters from the home console version: Rise Kujikawa, Ken Amada and Koromaru (as one character), Tohru Adachi, Marie and Margaret. The game has also been rebalanced and the "shadow mode" has been redesigned.
SNK Playmore posted an interesting announce on Twitter yesterday. They are looking for game programmers, technical designers and designers for a new King Of Fighters game! We don't know if this game will be released on an arcade platform but it wouldn't be surprising knowing the KOF history. The candidates must be involved in 3D consumer games and have experience in C and C++ coding for the programmers and MAYA, 3D Studio MAX, Softimage, Zbrush, Photoshop and Scaleform for the designers. You can seen the recruitment page here.
Like every year, Sega Amusements Europe will be one of the must see booths at EAG. The number of exhibited products is still impressive this year. First, the star attraction will undoubtedly be the racing game Showdown. As GRID, it is developed by Codemasters. It will be presented in 4-player cabinets featuring moving seats and 65" LCD screens. The new versions Super Deluxe 80" of Transformers Human Alliance and Deluxe 60" of Plants vs. Zombies will also be showcased. New redemptions Pirates of Monster Island and Kung Fu Panda Mojo Dojo will be presented for the first time in Europe. Visitors could also try Gold Fishin', the new title in Sega Amusements's skill game series and the new shooting galleries Pirates and Captain Black's Treasure. On cranes side, there will be the new Mini Key Master and Grab and Win, the result the collaboration between Sega Amusements and ICE. For the children, Hello Kitty air hockey will be highlighted. As usual, we also find Sega Total Solutions and Sega Prizes Europe on the same stand.
The sequel of Puzzle & Dragons Tamer Battle Z, released in June, is available today. GungHo Online and Marvelous wasted no time to make a V2 with new content. New monsters and new evolutions are coming with this update. A trailer showing the new features is available here.
Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX Ver.1.30 is available in Japanese game centers today. New character are added in this version. Akira Yuki (Virtua Fighter) and Selvaria Bles (Valkyria Chronicles) are the new playable characters. The new support characters are Dokuro-chan (Bokusatsu tenshi Dokuro-chan), Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index/) and Izaya Orihara (Durarara!!).
The global launch of Time Crisis 5 will take place at the EAG International show in London on January 13. As previously announced, this new episode uses two pedals to move between several strategic points around enemies. Once again, Bandai Namco Games draws out the big guns at the European trade show with the presence of many new titles: In addition to Time Crisis 5, visitors will be able to try Star Wars Battle Pod, the Star Wars game using the same cabinet as Mach Storm (with a 180° screen), the Lost Land Adventure shooting game using a semi-spherical screen, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Super Alpine Racer and Dead Heat Riders. Also featured are the latest Raw Thrills games including the upcoming Jurassic Park Arcade and the very good Aliens Armageddon. For the first time, titles from Adrenaline Amusements will be presented on the stand of Bandai Namco Games including the arcade adaptations of Candy Crush Saga and Flappy Bird (Flying Tickets), Blackout, Jetpack Joyride Arcade and the new range of Touch FX games. Namco's mascot is not forgotten with many themed machines and a new range of Pac-Man plush toys. There will also be technological curiosities from Jennison Entertainment Technologies (JET) such as Ocean Pearl which uses "black screen" and Citrus Fruits Whacker that exudes the appropriate scent when a fruit is whacked... There will be many other things to discover, so be sure to check the Bandai Namco Games booth at EAG International 2015 on January 13, 14 and 15.
EAG is approaching slowly and exhibitors begin to publish the exhibited products list. JNC Sales unveiled its line-up yesterday. This year, they will showcase more new products than any previous year. The latest video games from IGS distributed by Wahlap will be on the stand: the racing game Overtake, the 4D shooter Monster Eye and the interactive kiddie ride Go Go Pony. The kiddies ride Midi Kiddie Submarine and Kiddie Fireman by Tecway will be also featured. JNC Sales announces the lastest Harry Levy pusher: Jurassic Park.
Examu unveiled its new figting game Nitro+ Blasters - Heroines Infinite Duel. The game includes characters from visual novels publisher Nitroplus. Saber from Fate series will also be present in the game. As AquaPazza - Aquaplus Dream Match also from Examu that has the same concept, there are playable and support characters. Some characters has already been announced. Payable characters: Ain (Phantom: Phantom of Inferno), Mohra (Kyuuketsu Senki Vjedogonia), Sansei Muramasa (Full Metal Daemon Muramasa), Sonico (Super Sonico) and Saber (Fate). Support characters: Supika (Star Mine Girl), Natsumi Aibara (Hello, World) and Dragon (Dra+Koi). The game is already halfway through development and will be published via Taito NESiCAxLive in 2015.
Left 4 Dead -Survivors- is out today, this is the arcade port by Taito of the PC game from Valve Software. It's distributed through NESiCAxLive. As in the PC version, players take the role of the 4 protagonists trying to survive against a zombie army throughout the 6 stages of the game. The first two are the Dead Center and the Dark Carnival. The four survivors must work as a team to try to escape alive from this hell. The player has the choice between four characters: Yusuke Kudo (voiced by Kijima Ryuichi), a Japanese scholar who made a trip to the USA when the zombies attacked. Haruka Hirose (voiced by Ayane Sakura), a Japanese student member of the art club at her school who was on a school trip to the USA. Kirishima Sara (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro), daughter of an American and a Japanese, she's a tour guide and took care of a group of Japanese students. And Blake Jordan (voiced by Hidenori Takahashi), bartender at the hotel where the students were. He is a former member of the Navy and is a fan of Japan. There are especially dangerous special zombies, each with unique abilities. To fight infected, players have a main gun and a secondary weapon (another gun or a bladed weapon or anything that can hurt like a baseball bat). He can also use explosives and first aid kits. Left 4 Dead -Survivors- uses unconventional controls for an arcade game: a mouse and a kind of nunchuk to move.
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