Terminator 2, NARC, Revolution-X, Smash TV and NBA Jam arcade games as well as Mortal Kombat and Cruis'n series marked the '90s. They are all the work of defunct American developer Midway. Originally a manufacturer of pinball machines in 1958, Midway begins making arcade video games in the '70s and produced them until 2001, time of the closing of the arcade division. The same year, a successor was born in the form of Raw Thrills, a company created by former Midway employees. But that's another story... Joshua Tsui worked at Midway from 1993 to 1999, working on titles like WWF WrestleMania, NHL 2-on-2 Open Ice Challenge and Mortal Kombat 4. He now proposes to tell the history of Midway in the '90s, a company where game creators worked freely without supervision and every game they released was a hit! Momentarily entitled "Insert Coin: Inside Midway's '90s Revolution", this documentary to be released in Blu-ray will offer a behind-the-scene look on the development of the flagship games through interviews and unseen footage. It will also unveil the many unreleased titles with exclusive pictures. That looks very interesting! Joshua chose the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to make his project a reality. A $15 pledge will be enough to download the documentary in digital format while the special edition on Blu-Ray will cost $50 (plus $15 for shipping it to Belgium). The $75.000 goal must be met before August 17 to fund the production of this documentary that will be released in July 2017. You can find more details on the project page.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition is on location test since yesterday and this until July 22 in Japan. This is the first time that a game from the Mario & Sonic series is ported to arcade. It's developed by Sega in collaboration with Nintendo. The cabinet features a food sensor pad and two big joysticks equipped with a button. Eight characters have already been announced: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Wario, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Shadow. Each character is of one of these types: strong, fast or balanced. At the moment, 4 sports are available: 100 metres, hammer throw, javelin throw and archery. The player must use the joysticks in different ways depending on the sport.
CHUNITHM, the new game from maimai development team is since Yesterday. As maimai, this is a musical game. It uses a new touch panel control. The player must move his hand on the control panel according to the blocks that descend on the screen. The originality of CHUNITHM comes from sensors installed on the sides which adds a third dimension since they detect the hand movements in the air that the player must do when "Air" blocks appear. The game characters help the player during the game and each have a specific capacity. Sega has thought about the comfort of players during the development of CHUNITHM cabinet: it features glass panels on the side isolating the player of ambient noise, a minijack port for headphones is present and the sound comes from a multi-channel system. About musical selection, CHUNITHM is in the lineage of maimai and Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone with J-pop, anime, Vocaloid and Tohou Project music.
Almost a year after its announcement, Pokkén Tournament is finally released today. Pokkén Tournament is developed by Bandai Namco and supervised by Katsuhiro Harada and Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company. It's a fighting game using Tekken fighting gameplay but applied to Pokémon. The game is intended in priority for the players of the first Pokémon games that have now reached their thirties. More adult than traditional Pokemon games, it is however less technical than Tekken to be as accessible to the largest number of players. Unlike other arcade fighting games, the game doesn't use the traditional joystick and buttons but it uses a console style gamepad. The pad features 6 buttons: X (strong attack), Y (weak attack), A (Pokémon's technique), B (jump), L (call a support Pokémon), and R (guard). The player selects 2 Pokémon per round (a playable and a support). Each Pokémon has a "super power attack" that he can use only once per round. When the Pokémon has all his energy, he can also use a "burst attack". Nine playable Pokémon are already available: Lucario, Machamp, Suicune, Gardevoir, Pikachu, Gengar, Weavile, Charizard and Blaziken; as well as eight support Pokémon: Emolga, Fennekin, Snivy, Frogadier, Eevee, Lapras, Whimsicott and Jirachi. Others will be added regularly. Pokkén Tournament has an online mode and an international release is envisaged by Bandai Namco.
Shin Mushiking will be available in Japan tomorrow. Mushiking which was released in 2004, was a huge success among Japanese children. This is normal since it combines three themes that kids of the Nipponese archipelago enjoy: insects, the rock/paper/scissors game and collectible cards. A new combat system was developed for this new version and it uses new cards. Mushiking cards are not compatible with Shin Mushiking.
Arc System Works unveils a trailer for BlazBlue CentralFiction which will be released on NESiCAxLive soon. Not much is known about this new instalment of the famous fighting games saga yet except that it will include at least 3 new characters: Naoto Kurogane, Hibiki Kohaku and Konoe A. Mercury. We will learn more about it very soon as BlazBlue CentralFiction will be playable this weekend! Indeed, a special event will be held on the fourth floor (5F) of the famous Hey arcade in Akihabara this Saturday, July 18 from 11:00 to 20:00. There will be 8 back-to-back arcade machines equipped with the game (this means 4 simultaneous matches in 3 winning rounds), the games will be free but you'll need a ticket to play. These tickets will be distributed at the entrance of the hall from 10:30 until exhaustion (a second distribution of tickets for girls only will be held at 14:00). There will be a booth where you can buy Arc System Works merchandising (CDs, towels, T-shirts, mugs, ...) and a special program will be broadcast on Niconico Live from 18:00 to 19:50 (11:00-12:50 CET). On Sunday 19th and Monday 20th of July, the location test will continue on the second floor (3F) from 10:00 to midnight. A game of 2 winning rounds will cost you ¥100 and a winning streak limit will be set based on affluence (3 matches maximum by default). Players will be able to answer a questionnaire to give their opinion on things to change.
BLADE ARCUS from Shining Ver.2.0 is available in Japan today. Four new characters are coming with this update. Rick Elwood (Shining Hearts), a young swordsman, Dylan Loen (Shining Hearts), a dual swordsman and a pirate captain, Rouna Murasame (Shining Hearts), a wolf of the beast race and a professional with blades and Urayukihime (Shining Blade), a spirit sword. New features are also added to the gameplay: the Reversal Strike (fight back when attacked) and the Rejection Guard Skill (guard and strike back simultaneously). You can watch the trailer here.
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone with Photo Studio is a new version of the game with a printer allowing the player to print pictures of the game. The players can do screenshots and print them. They can also print the collecting cards they own. To print a pictures, they need two additional credits.
Puyo Puyo Quest Arcade ver1.4 is available since Yesterday. This update adds a new School quest and a new Extra stage with many quests available for a limited time. At the end of the Extra Stage, the player can get extra cards if he beats the boss. A new event will start on July: the Tower Event. The tower features many levels with a boss on each one. The player wins more points when he reaches the highest levels.
Monster Hunter Spirits starts operation in Japan today. The game is a card battle RPG taking place in the world of Capcom's Monster Hunter world. It is produced in collaboration with Marvelous. Monster Hunter Spirits uses real cards that the player scan to add new equipment and weapons to his characters. There is no level-up for the player's hunter but he or she can get new skills and abilities in the game. You can watch the trailer here.
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