A book telling the life of Tomohiro Nishikado came out a few days ago. If you don't know his name, you probably know his most famous creation: Space Invaders. But he did much more than that! Titled "Space Invaders: How Tomohiro Nishikado gave birth to Japanese video games!", this official biography written by Florent Gorges tells the story of Mr. Nishikado, from his birth in the Kansai town of Kishikawa in 1944 until today, when while officially retired, he's still an active consultant for Taito. Over the course of his career, he has created many other arcade games than Space Invaders, including the immersive electro-mechanical game Sky Fighter in 1970, the first scrolling video game Speed Race in 1974, the Western Gun shooting game in 1975, Lunar Rescue in 1978, Balloon Bomber in 1980 and Pop'n Pop in 1998. Besides video games, he invented many other interesting things, such as the first prepaid card system for arcades. Obviously, 60 of the 190 pages in this book are devoted to the Space Invaders phenomenon. 60 pages in which you will learn absolutely everything about this mythical game. This book is published by Omaké Books. Two editions are available; a regular edition for €25 and a limited edition of 500 copies which includes a cardboard sheath reproducing the Space Invaders upright cabinet, an animated 3D lenticular sheet and a card signed by Tomohiro Nishikado in person. This edition costs €40. Please note this book is written in French language. If you want to play Space Invaders in its original version (and many other Taito games), go to Coin-Op Legacy in Vitry-sur-Scene this Saturday at 7pm for their special Taito gathering (reservation mandatory).
The third edition of HFS Summer starts tomorrow for three days of fun! Organised by HFS Play, what started as a meeting of users of the HyperSpin multi-emulator frontend with twelve arcade cabinets 3 years ago is growing! This year there will be no less than 55 arcade machines set on freeplay, including more than 40 original games with great titles like the brand new Skycurser, Pac-Man Battle Royale, DanceDanceRevolution Extreme, Point Blank, Aliens Extermination and OutRun! The event will feature many consoles and a children's area. Six tournaments are organized: the Street Fighter III 3rd Strike international HadÅ tournament with the participation of Japanese player Rikimaru, the Discmania III Windjammers French Cup organized by Windjammers France, a 2-on-2 NBA Hangtime tournament, a Garou - Mark of the Wolves tournament, a Magical Drop III tournament and a 4-player Outtrigger tournament! Visitors will also enjoy the 10-player madness of the Saturn version of Bomberman. As you see, there's plenty to enjoy so don't miss this event! HFS Summer III will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th of May at the Vierzon Congress Center (in Cher county, France). The entrance fee is €15 per day or €30 for a three-day pass. Find more information on the event's website: summer.hfsplay.fr.
2 years after the closure of its location in North Acton, The Heart of Gaming finally re-opens today! The Heart of Gaming closed down because of a robbery in 2015. After two crowdfing campaigns, co-founder Mark Starkey, starts a new venture at a new venue: the Whitgift Centre in Croydon (a town located in the southern suburb of London). The Heart of Gaming's purpose is to bring back old arcade and console games to cater all types of gaming communities. They provide games from 1978 to 2017. They also host parties and events such as high score challenges, quizzes,... You can find dedicated arcade games such as The House of the Dead, Time Crisis II, Crisis Zone, Daytona USA, Gunblade NY,... and many games in generic cabinet such as Street Fighter, Ikaruga, Azumanga-Daioh Puzzle Bobble,... The new Heart of Gaming also includes a shop and a small café run in association with Playnation Games (a game store in Croydon).
Sega releases the latest game in its mahjong series today: Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ Arcade. The game is released in collaboration with the Japan Pro Mahjong Association as usual but there is new collaborations with the Major General Association and the RMU. The blue theme from the previous game is replaced by a green theme. New features are implemented as the SUPER pro league and gacha mode where players can get items such as special avatars. Various gacha will be available for a limited time. Play data of the current version MJ5R can be taken over to MJ Arcade.
Square Enix released a new Gunslinger Stratos today: Gunslinger Stratos Σ. In this version upgrade, four character types are added to clarify the role of each character. So the game is easier for existing players but also for new players. Weapon pack is renewed: 6 new weapon packs are implemented for each character. There are also several changes likes the respawn and awake systems. You can watch Gunslinger Stratos Σ trailer here.
At the opening of their arcade in Rotterdam in October 2016, Gamestate announced that they would open a third arcade in Utrecht in 2017. Yesterday was the great day with the opening of this new arcade located at Mariaplaats 13 in Utrecht. The concept of the "Family Entertainment" proves once more its effectiveness towards the Dutch public. As in other Gamestate arcades, redemption games are the main attraction with games like Crazy Tower, Crossy Road Arcade, Galaga Assault, World's largest Pac-Man, Candy Crush Saga Arcade, Angry Birds Arcade and Snaky Tickets. Arcade games are also present with the latest titles released in Europe: MotoGP, Batman, Jurassic Park Arcade, Alien Armageddon, Cruis'n Blast, Star Wars Battle Pod, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, The Walking Dead and Time Crisis 5. There are also new pinball tables such as Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters and Batman. You can watch the opening party movie made by Funtime Arena here.
Legend Baseball from Capcom is officially released today. The first place where the game is be playable is the Capcom Circus Niigata (AEON Niigata East Stores). Legend Baseball is a realistic simulator machine featuring a pitching machine. The player stands in front of a big screen where a virtual pitcher throws a ball. A real ball leaves a hole below the screen and the player must hit it. Thanks to sensors, the game analyses his shot (speed, direction,...) and reproduces the move on the screen. The game is divided into "game mode" and "practice mode". In game mode, up to 18 players are divided into 2 teams and play a baseball match with real conditions. In practice mode, they can choose their favourite ball type, speed,... and enjoy batting practice freely. Legend Baseball is playable online and it seems that overseas expansion in the United States and in South Korea is planned in the future.
CIRCLE of SAVIORS is a VR action game developed by PD Foundation/PD Tokyo which was exhibited at TGS 2016. It will start operation at Plaza Capcom Kichijoji (Tokyo) tomorrow. The game principle is simple: the player uses sword, shield and magic to fight attacking enemies during a limited time.
Code of Joker EDGE sort aujoud'hui. Dans cette version upgradée du jeu de cartes de Sega, deux nouveaux personnages et 60 nouvelles cartes sont ajoutés. Les nouveaux personnages sont Chloe Nochez (CV: Rina Sato) dont le Joker est "The High Priestess" et Takeshi Akabane (CV: Yusuke Kobayashi) dont le Joker est "The Devil". Deux nouvelles fonctionnalités sont aussi disponibles: un classement mensuel avec des codename spéciaux pour les joueurs les mieux classés et la fonction Deck Recipe permettant aux joueurs d'utiliser un deck de 40 cartes avec un seul bouton. Vous pouvez regarder le trailer ici.
A new arcade game soundtrack is announced in the Generation Series collection from Brave Wave. The legendary music from Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series is released in a newly recorded and restored version. GS-003 Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1 and GS-004 Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 2 will be available for pre-order tomorrow at Big Wax vinyl store. Both releases contains 2 LP (orange and red for Vol.1 and blue and yellow for Vol.2) and a booklet. Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1 contains the complete soundtracks of both the arcade and NES versions of Ninja Gaiden. There are 59 tracks in total, with 31 for the NES edition and 28 for the arcade. Music is composed by Keiji Yamagishi, Mikio Saito and Ryuichi Nitta. Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 2 contains the complete soundtracks of Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos and Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Sword of Doom. There are 29 tracks for Ninja Gaiden II and 30 tracks for Ninja Gaiden III. Music of these games is composed by Ryuichi Nitta, Mayuko Okamura, Rika Shigeno and Kaori Nakabai. Brave Wave also sells 100 limited edition box-sets including the 2 soundtracks, a special cover and an A5 post card signed by Keiji Yamagishi, Ryuichi Nitta and Kaori Nakabai and designed by the series illustrator Masato Kato. A non-signed boxset, a digital copy and a CD version can also be pre-ordered. Shipping is scheduled for July 1st.
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