If you are a Netflix subscriber and if you like arcade games, don't miss High Score Girl! From today, Netflix streams this anime series previously aired from July to September in Japan. You can watch it in original version or with an English dub. Adapted from the eponymous manga (started in 2010 and finished in 2018), High Score Girl is a 12 episodes anime series taking place in the 90's and relating the story of an arcade gamer. Wikipedia summary: Sixth-grader Haruo spends practically his entire day at an arcade in the seedy part of town, oblivious to the world around him. However, one day at his usual arcade, he encounters Akira, his female classmate with good grades and money. She may look out of place at the arcade, but she is actually a top-class gamer. Akira completely outmatches Haruo in one Street Fighter II round after another, and their relationship develops from this unlikely encounter. Haruo is voiced by K?hei Amasaki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) and Akira by Sayumi Suzushiro (The Magnificent KOTOBUKI). High Score Girl manga is written and illustrated by Rensuke Oshikiri, the anime series is animated by J.C.Staff, directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa and written by Tatsuhiko Urahata, featuring character designs by Michiru Kuwabata. The music is composed by Yoko Shimomura. You can watch the trailer here and check the list of the games appearing in the show here.
Yesterday, Bandai Namco announced the development of a new game based on the famous series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. This will be a network battle royal game where up to 20 people can participate at the same time. Characters from Part 3 to Part 5 of the series will appear. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a popular manga that depicts a tense tactile battle depiction and unshakable human drama, and has attracted many readers for many years. There are many variations of the franchise: TV anime, novelization, games,... JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Last Survivor is scheduled for operation in Summer 2019 and a location test should be held in January. You can watch the trailer here.
Xeno Crisis is a new game made by small English studio Bitmap Bureau with graphics by Henk Nieborg and Catherine Menabde. In this game inspired by Mars TV and Alien Breed (among others), marines are making their way through colonial complexes infested with aliens. Players can shoot in 8 directions and use an escape technique or grenade to get out of difficult situations. The goal is to reach the boss room at the end of each level, the maps and room layouts being randomly generated at the start of each new game. The game is composed of 6 huge levels with various environments. Killing all aliens are not the only thing to do, there are also survivors to be saved. Dog-tags are dropped after a number of enemies killed. These tags can be exchanged for bonuses such as medi-kits, speed-up bonus or weapon upgrades. 9 different weapons are available but ammo are limited so you'll have to use them wisely while killing the 40 types of enemies encountered. 3 game modes (arcade, infinite and boss rush) and 2 levels of difficulty are planned. If a player dies in a 2-player game, he will have to wait for his colleague to reach the next room to be able to reappear. The game was originally developed for the Sega Mega Drive. It will eventually be released on several platforms: Dreamcast, PC, Switch, PS4, Neo-Geo AES and MVS! The MVS version is available in 2 editions: the standard edition priced at £199 includes the cartridge in a cardboard box and a dipswitch sheet. For £269, the collector edition available on preorder until the end of January adds a mini-marquee, move list strips, an art set, 2 A3-sized posters, the OST CD, dog-tags and your name assigned to an hostage in the game. The Neo-Geo version will be released during the second quarter of 2019, you may preorder the game at Bitmap Bureau's online shop. Please note that the game soundtrack by Savaged Regime is available on both vinyl and CD.
Konami's latest Mahjong Fight Club game is available today. Mahjong Fight Club GRAND MASTER is an online match-up type mah-jong game officially recognized by the Japan Professional Mahjong Federation. This new version brings some changes to the league system: several rivals are now groupe together to compete for a weekly game score. You can watch Mahjong Fight Club GRAND MASTER trailer here.
Sega releases a new version of maimai today: maimai Finale. This update adds new songs and collaborations (Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat). Furthermore, Sega announced maimai Deluxe that will be a brand new version of the game maybe with a new cabinet... More info about the game will soon be available.
Love Live! School Idol Festival ~ after school ACTIVITY ~ Next Stage is out in Japan today. They are two new buttons added : "decision button" and "cancel button". A new music notation "PLUS" aslo appear. And, of course, many new songs are available (We know the future, Energetic fully open DAY! DAY! DAY!, Tricholico PLEASE !!, Strawberry Trapper, ...).
Available since June on PS4, FIGHTING EX LAYER starts operation on NESiCAxLive2 today. Arika's fighting game is played in a 2.5D environment and uses the Unreal Engine. The battles take place in closed arenas. The gameplay retains many of the mechanics from the first FIGHTING EX out in 1998 and Street Fighter EX series , such as Super Cancels and running. Arika added an original new feature to the game: power-up deck. Players can build a deck fitting their style of play. They pick various power factors such as rampage, cancel, erase, grap,... to create their "Strong Deck" and active it during the match. This feature adds a strategic vision of being able to choose a strong deck according to the opponent.
Square Enix starts operation of Starwing Paradox today. This is a new battle mecha action game that is playable in 8 vs 8 online. The game cabinet is a cockpit reproducing the mecha movement. Starwing Paradox cabinet features two control levers for the different weapons and pedals for boost movements. There is also a touchscreen sub-monitor for information. The player attacks with different weapons using the right and left triggers. He can equip weapons such as a shotgun and proximity weapons. The mecha's head, fuselage, legs, arms, wings and weapons can be freely reconfigured by the players. There are 6 playable characters: Hikari; a positive girl, Nagi; a boy with a great sense of justice, Reika; a calm girl, Shirley; a young energic girl, Kazuma; a genuine warrior and Isadora; a popular girl. Starwing Paradox's animation is handled by the famous Japanese studio Sunrise. The producer is Naohiro Ogata (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn), the character designer is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and the mecha designers are Ippei Gyoubu (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) and Jun’ya Ishigaki (Xenogears Gear). You can watch the trailer here.
Konami starts operation of beatmania IIDX 26 Rootage in Japan today. beatmania series will celebrate its 20th anniversary in February 2019. The theme of this new work is "Music Library" and it's now possible to read code with a camera placed on the cabinet, register and share playlists and recieve bonus. The function "high speed option" allows you to easily set the score speed, makig the game easier for beginners to play.
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Versus 2 hits Japanese game centers today! This sequel to the famous 3D fighting game from Bandai Namco runs in a brand new Namco Noir cabinet equipped with an USB port to connect a gamepad and a headphone socket. The game graphics are in full HD and all Gundam were redesigned. There are more than 160 Mobile Suits coming from 36 differents Gundam works. The newcommers are the SW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex (Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS), the TBG-011B Try Burning Gundam (Gundam Build Fighters Try), the GF13-006NA Gundam Maxter (Mobile Fighter G Gundam), the MS-06R-AB Zaku Amazing (Gundam Build Fighters), the MBF-P03D Gundam Astray Blue Frame D (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Astray B), the AGE-1G Gundam AGE-1 Full Glansa (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE) and the MSAM-YM03 Montero (Gundam Reconguista in G). Beside the new Mobile Suits, two new stages are available: "agricultural pant" and "axis". Two new EX Burst are introduced: Mobility and Linkage allowing to boost partner's boost, EX gauge and weapon. New and improved game modes are added: Plus Coin Mode (play 3 battles even if you lose), Training mode, Group Play Mode and Player Tournament. You can watch Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Versus 2 trailer here and the game's opening here.
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