Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 starts operation today. After about 7 years of exploitation, the old ALL.Net P-ras MULTI cabinets are replaced by a brand new one offering new features such as a touch screen compatible 32-inch FULL HD monitor, a store-to-store communication match function, a panel with 8 buttons, an USB game pad compatible port, an USB charging port and electronic money compatible Aime card reader. Two games are available for the moment: Puyo Puyo eSports Arcade and GUILTY GEAR Xrd REV 2 APM3 Edition. Puyo Puyo eSports Arcade is playable up to 4 players. It's based on the home version and features a local tournament mode, online competition and 24 playable characters. Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is the same version that on the P-ras MULTI Version 2 but now it's supports online battles between stores and is compatible with home-use controllers. The next game available will be Blazblue Cross Tag Battle on April 24.
To celebrate the 20 years of DanceDanceRevolution, Konami has seen great by releasing an impressive new version of cabinet since it is entirely gilded! This new version is called DanceDanceRevolution A20 and features gold LEDs and a 55 "screen. The list of available titles is impressive and collaborations are planned. A first collaboration with the virtual singer KIZUNA AI already begins with the release of the game.
Bandai Namco releases Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer today. This game is an exploration action RPG that supports up to three players in online co-op. Sword Art Online is a famous light novel adapted to several mangas and animes. The action takes place in virtual games in the Seed network and the main character is a young man named Kirito. In Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer, a mysterious space suddenly appeared in the Seed network, known as "Unknown". Players challenge a new adventure with Kirito and his friends and encounter a new brand new heroine named Rico (voice by Higashiyama Nao). Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer features two terminals (ViSTer): ViSTer station to play the game and ViSTer terminal to purchase profile card and ressources cards (items). On the ViSTer station, players control 3 characters to challenge different quests (defeat monsters and explore dungeons) from the mysterious space Unknown. They use a stick to move the characters and perform actions such as steps and guards with the L1 and L2 buttons. To activate various skills, players can touch the skill panel at the bottom right of the screen. At the start of the game, the skill level is 0 and it rises by defeatig enemies and succeeding missions. The upper left numerical value displayed on the screen is the "activity limit", and when it reaches 0, the quest fails. It decreases over time but also when the character's HP goes to 0 (the character ressurects anyway). At the end of a mission, the characters gain experience and can level up.
The arcade version of Street Fighter V Arcade Edition is finally out in Japan today. Street Fighter V Type Arcade is released on Taito Type X4 platform. This version is based onf the home version "VER 4.021" and includes all the characters available. For the first time in the series, players can use their own home controller to play the game and the arcade panel features 8 buttons instead of 6. Players can assign various settings to these two extra buttons such as simultaneous pressing buttons. In addition, by linking their home account and their Fighter's ID (player account) on the mobile site, players can use costumes and colors from the home version in the arcade version. Two game modes are available: Arcade Mode and Training mode and before starting a game play, player can choose 4 type of games: Beginner (without battle against other players), In-store priority, In-store match and National match.
Sega releases Chrono Regalia today, a brand new strategy game using virtual cards and a touch screen. First announced in January 2018 under the name Sen Sen Sen Ki, it was renamed to Chrono Regalia when Sega reworked the game to improve it after a first disappointing location test. The player embodies the commander of a team composed of four characters and he must defeat the commander of the opposing team. He can compose his team with characters from different classes (Fighter, Hunter, Sorcerer, Cleric, Knight,...) and equip them with weapons, objects and magic thanks to the virtual cards. Chrono Regalia is multiplayer oriented but a story mode is also present. Collaboration with other Sega games (Border Break, Sonic, Sakura Taisen, Yakuza,...) are already planned from March to May. You can watch the game trailer here.
Tekken 7 Fated Retribution Round2 is available in Japanese game centers today. This update brings 6 new characters. There are 4 Tekken characters: Anna Williams, Lei Wulong, Armor King and Craig Marduk and 2 guest characters: Geese Howard (KOF, Fatal Fury) and Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV). These two guests are coming with a stage from their own universe: Howard Estate and Hammerhead. There are also plenty of new elements to boost the fight including the new feature "Wall Bounce".
Sega announces the release of Puyo Puyo eSports Arcade for the middle of April 2019. The game will be available on ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 and playable up to 4 players. A home version is already available and features a local tournament mode, online competition and 24 playable characters.
JAEPO show 2019 closed it doors at Makuhari Messe (Chiba) today after 3 days of activities. Major Japanese developers were gathered here to present their lastest products. As usual the first day was for the professionals and the two other were opened to the public. On Bandai Namco stand, visitors were able to try the upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Last Survivor, Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer, Poker Stadium, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution Round2 and Taiko no Tatsujin: Green Ver.. VR activities were also present with Godzilla VR, Rapid River VR and VS Park Nigekill. Sega was present with its new titles Chrono Regalia, WCCF FOOTISTA 2019, Star Horse 4, maimai Deluxe and Kemono Friends 3: Planet Tours. Konami has always a big booth with all its latest musical games, this year, the new games were DanceDanceRevolution A20 (in a golden cabinet) and Mahjong Fight Club GRAND MASTER. Taito came with a compact version of Densha de GO!!, Densha de GO!! Kids and Omatsuri Quest Hippare Q (a compilation of mini-games). Marvelous! presented WACCA, Capcom gave more info about Street Fighter V Type Arcade and Arc System Works announced an arcade version of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle. But it's the exA-Arcadia team that made the most announcements during the JAEPO: no less than 14 new games were unveild! Those are Axel City 2, Blazing Chrome, Dimension Drive EX, The Fallen Angels, Fight of Gods, Gimmick! exAct Mix, Lightning Knights, Psyvariar Delta, Rival Megagun XE, Vritra Hexa, Bayani - Kanino Ka Kakampi?!, My Slam & Jam, Devil Engine and Alien Field 3671.
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