Konami releases DanceDanceRevolution A20 PLUS for the 20th anniversary cabinet today. The standard cabinet update will be out on July 6th. This new version includes new songs (Touhou Eurobeat) and new features. "Measure appropriate level" has been added for new players or players who have never cleared songs with a difficulty level of 7 or higher. With this function, they can know which difficulty level they can enjoy playing and recommended songs will be displayed in the measurement results. A new "NONSTOP A20 PLUS" course is available and there is also a CHALLENGE score that can be played only on the course.
Quiz Magic Academy 16 - Kibo no Toki is out in Japan today. This is the 16th instalment in the series started in 2003. Quiz Magic Academy 16 - Kibo no Toki features a new HD cabinet equipped with a 32" monitor, an USB port and a headphone port. New fonctions are available (only in the new cabinet): events calendar display, BGM and background selection. Players can enjoy a new game mode: Proof Wars. In this mode, players can prepare the questions before the test: new players can also win. Up to 9 players can play together.
A new exA-Arcadia title is being released as game centers are slowly re-opening in Japan (with social distancing measures). The game in question is Lightning Knights. It's dungeon crawling game developed by Confused Pelican Games and Tikipod. It's also the first 4-player cooperative exA game (2-player games are supported as well). Only one set of the game is needed to offer this experience across two 2-player cabinets, all you need to do is chain link 2 JVS I/O boards using an USB cable and use a DVI-splitter for video. The goal of this game is to save the princess, but on your way to her, you'll have to confront hordes of monsters and big bosses, eat food dropped by enemies, use magic scrolls, find new weapons and collect coins to buy useful items at the cat's shop. The rooms are shifted around on each new play meaning that every game is different. Originally, this game was released on PC as "Iron Crypticle" but beside new characters, this refined arcade version also ditches the "twin stick" gameplay of the original for a simpler 8-way joystick and 3 buttons control method. Buttons are Attack, Atomic Fist (a powerful attack) and Dash. You have to keep the attack button to strafe (this replaces the need for a shooting stick). The arcade version has added voices and in-game text can be displayed in English, French, Spanish and Japanese languages. Check the trailer to see what the game looks like. Looks like fun, isn't it? All copies come with English and Japanese instruction strips and an A1-sized poster (as all exA-Arcadia games). Lightning Knights is available from the exA website and from the usual distributors (Red Sun Systems in Europe).
Chaos Code -Exact Xeno Attack- starts shipping today! This is the definitive version of Chaos Code, the popular 2D versus fighting game, featuring 16 characters with 16 costumes each, 16:9 and 4:3 monitors support and less input lag than Chaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe-. Regarding languages; English, Korean and Traditional Chinese are supported. For more information, please refer to the news item of April 18th announcing the Chaos Code EXA pre-order. It may very well be F K Digital's final game so don't miss it! This game is is dedicated to the memory of Michael Lin, main game director of the Chaos Code series. Chaos Code -Exact Xeno Attack- is available as a software kit (cartridge) and in bundle with the exA-Arcadia mainboard. As with all exA-Arcadia games, an A1-sized poster is included in the box. It can be bought from the distributors that are Red Sun Systems for Europe, Safari Games and Kyowa for Japan and exA-Arcadia for the rest of the world.
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!).
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