Pre-orders for Chaos Code -Exact Xeno Attack- on exA-Arcadia are open. Chaos Code -Exact Xeno Attack- is the third iteration and the ultimate version of Chaos Code. It's also the first arcade version to be officially released in the West. Created by Mickey and Michael Lin, Chaos Code was released in August 2011 on Sega RingWide after 4 years of development. Some of you may remember Arcade Belgium's Chaos Code tournament held at Made in Asia 6 in Brussels. An updated version called Chaos Code - New Sign of Catastrophe was released in June 2013 on NESiCAxLive (Type X²). This version featured 16:9 support, rebalanced the characters and added one new fighter: Kudlak Sin. In November 2014, version 2.0 added 2 characters: Ray and Lupinus.
At Toushinsai 2016, F K Digital unveiled a trailer of Chaos Code NEXT, which was to be the complete version of Chaos Code as envisioned by its creators. Unfortunately, Michael, who was the main director and the main force of Chaos Code development team, died of illness on December 25th, 2017. Mickey decided to continue the development of the game in memory of his brother and another trailer was shown at JAEPO 2020. Despite this, Mickey realized that he didn't have enough mental strength to continue the job. So it's with a heavy heart that he announced on February 10th, 2020 that F K Digital would cease the development of all new titles including Chaos Code NEXT after March 31st, 2020.
Fortunately, at that time, the development of Chaos Code -Exact Xeno Attack- was already completed and the game was in testing phase. Chaos Code EXA includes all 16 characters from New Sign of Catastrophe and offers a choice of 16 different costumes for each character. It also has less input lag than the NESiCAxLive version and supports higher resolutions. The game can be set to English, Traditional Chinese and Korean languages. This is the definitive version of the game as you can see in the trailer. Chaos Code -Exact Xeno Attack- is dedicated to the memory of Michael Lin and is scheduled to ship this month.
Pre-order from the exA webshop (shipping from Japan) or from distributors like Red Sun Systems (shipping from Belgium).
A new upgrade of Groove Coaster 4 titled Groove Coaster 4MAX Diamond Galaxy is out in Japan today. 10 new songs are already available (HARDCORE TANO*C, the virtual Youtuber Mirai Akari, HIMEHINA,...). There is also a collaboration with WACCA S that will last until May 11th: songs, characters and backgrounds can be unlocked.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Nijiiro Ver. starts operation in Japan today! This new version celebrates the 20th anniversary of the series. The main improvement made by Bandai Namco is the new 120 fps monitor! The reaction speed after hitting is super fast and the gameplay is more accurate. A new crown is added and the songs selection screen is renewed (the titles scrolls vertically). New songs are available in POP, Vocaloid, Anime, Game & Variety and Namco Original categories (Peace Sign / Kenshi Yonezu, Otome anatomy / DECO*27 feat. Hatsune Miku, Ai ni Dekiru koto wa Mada Arukai / RADWIMPS from Tenki no Ko (Weathering With You), Dream and Hope from UNDERTALE,...).
Version 4.0 of the Universe BIOS for NEOGEO MVS and AES systems was released 2 years ago. If we talk about it again today, it's because Razoola decided to make it available for free (for personal use). Previously, only older versions were available free of charge, the latest revision having to be bought from Razoola. However, he stopped selling the BIOS last year and decided to make the latest version available for everybody from today. We won't list the changes in this version as it was covered in the news published at the time of its release. For those who don't know; the Universe BIOS was created by Finnish coder Razoola in 2002 to expand the abilities of the NEOGEO MVS system, allowing the owner to easily change the BIOS region, switch between arcade and console mode, listen to the game music via a jukebox feature and use built-in cheats. You may get the BIOS image from the official download page, you'll need a M27C1024 DIP40 EPROM to burn it. If you don't own an EPROM programmer, you'll find a list of people authorized to provide you the Universe BIOS on EPROM on the download page. Thanks Razoola!
Cave games coming to the exA-Arcadia has been hinted several times in the past. Many people didn't believe it or didn't dare to believe it. Personally, we were aware of the partnership since November 2019 but couldn't spread the news about it. Now it's official! The first game born of the partnership between Cave and exA-Arcadia is Dodonpachi Saidaioujou EXA Label. This game will be developed under license and in association with Cave. This EXA Label version will feature HD graphics, new game modes and new features that will be announced soon. Dodonpachi Saidaioujou EXA Label will be released in Summer 2020. Cave games coming back to arcades 8 years after their last arcade game is a very important event eagerly awaited by shooting game fans all over the world! To celebrate this announcement, Cave re-releases the art book that came with the limited editions of the Xbox 360 version of Dodonpachi Saidaioujou in PDF format. This e-book includes many artworks of the characters, ships and bosses, as well as interviews of the developement staff and the voice actors. It is available on their online shop for 1800 yen. Given the success of Aka to Blue Type-R in Japanese game centers, today's arcade players seem to be ready for more shooting challenge! The success of this definitive version of Dodonpachi Saidaioujou is assured! In Europe, exA-Arcadia games are distributed by Red Sun Systems.
Otoshu DX (SOUND SHOOTING!!) is released on Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Ver.3 today. SOUND SHOOTING!! - Rhythm Action & 2D Shooter, Otoshu in Japanese, is a mobile game developed by EZDAEMON, which was released on April 2019 on mobile app stores. The genre is composed of a side-scrolling bullet hell mixed with rhythm game elements. Otoshu DX is a 1 player game and thanks to the screen size, there are more lanes than on the mobile version. New songs are also added to the arcade version. Players can use a headphone to play but the game is not compatible with gamepad (shooting game = lever+buttons!).
Ongeki SUMMER PLUS starts operation today. In the new version, Sega mades some adjustments to make playing more comfortable. There also various new songs (Catch the Moment - LiSA, Meltyland Nightmare - Harumaki rice feat.Hatsune Miku,...) and collaborations (My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected, Gothic is a magical maiden,...).
The JAEPO 2020 show has close its doors yesterday. Let's take a look at the game presented and announces made during those 2 days! We begin with Sega that have made a lot of announces about the games upcomming on ALL.Net P-ras MULTI version 3. In 2020, there will be a brand new Guilty Gear game: Guilty Gear -Strive- and other fighting games: UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r], Koihime † Enbu RyoRaiRai Version3, Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX IGNITION (re-release) and Goonya Fighter, a crazy fighting game. New shootings games are also announced: Rolling Gunner and Battle Blade (tentative title). But compare to the ALL.Net P-ras MULTI version 2, there will be other genres than fighting and shooting games: Umihara Kawase Fresh! (platform), Otoshu DX (SOUND SHOOTING!!) (shooting and rhythm game), Pengo! Online (action). Sega also announced SEGA Classics (tentative name) Fantasy Zone. Konami was present with heavy stuff: a totally renew pop'n music: pop'n music Welcome to Wonderland!, a new cabinet for jubeat and a new battle royal action game named Armored Princess Battle Conductor. Bandai Namco has presented its new Taiko no Tatsujin: Nijiiro Ver. with a new 120 fps monitor and has announced Mobile Suit Gundam - Senjo no Kizuna II for this Winter!
WCCF FOOTISTA 2020 starts operation today. There are some new elements in this new version of Sega's card game. The first new feature is the possibility to assign skills to all cards. Then, by using the players of a real club team, players accumulate points for the “Club Master Ranking” allowing them to obtain digital items related to the club. The European League has been updated with the data for the 2019-2020 season and new club teams have been added: AFC Ajax, AC Milan, FC Inter Milan, FC Porto. New players cards are also available: Virgil van Dijk, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku...
Mario & Sonic at Tokyo 2020 Olympics release was announced for February 8 but Sega finally decided to release it on Thursday. The game concept is of course the same than in the first game but there are new events and this time there is no more josticks but 2 buttons (red and blue) and a foot panel. A total of 8 events are available and each has it own way to use the buttons/ foot panel. For example, in the 100me event, you have to press the blue/red buttons to start running, then, step on the foot panel to rise the speed and when tthe goal is near, jump to start the last spurt and finish the race. The events are thoses ones: 100m, 100m Freestyle, Triple Jump, Discus Throw, Sports climbing, Rugby, Shortboard (surf) and Artistic gymnastics. Mario & Sonic at Tokyo 2020 Olympics will also be released for the Western, it was present on Sega Amusements stand at EAG 2020 in January.
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