Like every January for the past 11 years, the much-anticipated EAG International European trade show will be held in London. Don't miss to register for your free entrance on EAG website. The show will be held at ExCel from January 14 to 16. The show is famous for its seminars and, this year, visitors can assist to five different seminars: The Immersive Attractions Landscape (Tuesday), The eSports Debate by GiocoNews (Tuesday), Ticket Redemption: The Future is at Stake (Wednesday), Payment Systems - The Future (Wednesday) and Competitive Video Games In A Competitive Market (Wednesday). Of course, the major amusement companies will bring their latest products. Let's see what you could find at EAG International 2020: Sega is coming with a big stand to showcase the brand new Mission: Impossible Arcade and Mario & Sonic At The Olympics Arcade Edition Tokyo 2020. They also will come with the final version of ATV Slam, Cosmic Fighter and House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn. Bandai Namco didn't communicate its lineup yet but as they distribute Raw Thrill games, we can expect to see Nitro TrucksBig Buck Reloaded (including the Terminator Salvation: Delta Mission game mode; an updated version of Terminator Salvation with better graphics and adjustments) and Raw Thrill’ VR Project: King Kong of Skull Island. Unis (represented by Instance Automatics in Europe) will present Crazy Ride, a racing game with a concept similar to Crazy Taxi with a touchscreen monitor. If Unis presents the same line-up than at IAAPA, there will be Taito games on their stand: GunArena, Space Invaders Counter Attack and Festival Hero (known as Omatsuri Quest Hippare Q in Japan). We can also expect to see those titles: Storm, the new VR & motion ride from Trio-Tech, Wild West Shootout on UDC booth, Speed Driver 5: New Generation by IGS and Technoplay's Racecraft racing simulator. As usual, Electrocoin will present the latest pinball tables from Stern such as Stranger Things and Elvira’s House of Horrors. EAG International 2020 is an unmissable event for any serious operator.
After being first scheduled for summer, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure-Last Survivor is finally out today. As announced, the game from Bandai Namco is a network battle royal game where up to 20 players can participate at the same time. Depending on the number of players, up to 20 NPCs (Derby's thugs) can join the battle. So, up to 40 characters can battle at the same time. When a player defeats Derby's thugs or other players, het gets "soul chips" and his character level rises (maximum level 6). The level is a condition to use skills. The cabinet is equipped with earphone jack and USB. The game uses two joysticks with buttons: [R2] button for a normal attack, [R1] button for the skill and [R3] for "JoJo Standing". Many characters from Part 3 to Part 5 of the series are selectable: Dio Brando, Jean-Pierre Polnareff, Noriyuki Kishibe, Josuke Higashikata, Giorno Giovanna... There are short-range type characters that have a powerful attack, but they are slower and shooting type character that can attack from remote place but are less powerful. To celebrate the game release, costumes from the manga Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 9: The Run are available and a collaboration with the mobile puzzle game JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! also starts today.
In collaboration with Treasure, Data Discs releases the Radiant Silvergun original soundtrack on vinyl. Released in arcades in 1998, Radiant Silvergun is regarded as one of the most epic shoot'em ups due to its complex gameplay and perfect presentation, partly thanks to its sound atmosphere. The magificent music by Hitoshi Sakimoto (who also did the music of Mahou Daisakusen (Sorcer Striker), Soukyugurentai (Terra Diver) and Final Fantasy Tactics) is available as limited edition (multicolour vinyl), translucent orange edition and black edition. All editions are pressed on 180g vinyl and includes 17 stickers of the game characters (while stock last), a double-sided lithographic print and a foldout poster. The first record contains music from the arcade version while the second record includes music from the Saturn version (tracklist). This record can be pre-ordered at Data Discs online shop for £26.50 (€31.50). All orders will be shipped by January 13th, 2020. Hopefully, Ikaruga soundtrack will follow...
Nostalgia Op.3 hits Japanese game centers today. For this new version of its piano game, Konami has chosen to immerse players in a world featuring a fairy tale design. Regarding the gameplay, a new "narrow down" function is added to order to make it easier to select songs and a new tutorial is available.
Almost 2 years after being announced, Aka & Blue Type-R (Aka to Blue Type-R in Japanese) is finally out in Japan today! This is the first game released on exA-Arcadia hardware and, unlike NESiCAxLive and All.Net P-ras MULTI titles, the game is not dematerialised and comes on a physical media that is similar to a cartridge. Aka & Blue Type-R is an adaptation of the Aka to Blue smartphone game from Tanoshimasu, a vertical scrolling shooting game released in September 2017. The game title refers to the colors of the two characters (Aka=Red and Blue). Aka uses a flared shot in a burst and Blue uses a more compact and slightly more powerful shot. Many improvements were made compared to the smartphone version. First, the resolution is scaled up from 720p for Aka to Blue to 1080p for Aka & Blue Type-R. Then, the design of enemies, especially bosses, has changed significantly. The enemies animation patterns are doubled and the moves are more complex. The ships have higher details and realistic coloring and the background graphics have been redesigned. The character visuals have also been renewed. The music of Aka to Blue was composed by WASi303, in the arcade version, the BGM includes arrangement versions and new music composed by several artists: Go Sato Band, FANTOM IRIS and O.T.K.. There are also new songs by Go Sato. Voices in the game are the same but a new voice for Blue has been added for the tutorial mode. Aka & Blue Type-R supports both 9:16 and 3:4 vertical screens. The gameplay will change if the ratio is different. In addition, horizontal screen (16:9/4:3) is also supported.
Star Horse 4 is out today. This new version of Sega's horse races medal game introduces new features. Special characteristics that trigger when some conditions are complete, make the horse or jockey abilities better than usual. The new secretary feature is added: after creating an account, you can choose a secretary (man or woman). If you chose a woman, you can select 6 secretaries from StarHorse Pocket.Sega uploaded how to play videos: . Furthermore, for the player comfort, Sega equipped the seat with an electric reclining function and headrest.
After Good Smile's 1000 Nendoroids exhibition last week, an SNK art exhibition organized by INDOR is held at Akiba CO gallery until Sunday November 24th. The galery is located on Akihabara's main street just outside Suehirocho subway station (Ginza line). Called Garou Densetsu ''Art of Fighting'', the exhibition is open from 14:00 to 20:00 on week days and from 12:00 to 19:00 on weekends. Beside looking at pieces of art like a painting of Geese Howard, his famous seat and Neo-Geo MVS arcade machines, visitors can buy exclusive merchandising such as Geese themed T-shirts and bags, Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters badges, Garou Densetsu stickers, Samurai Shodown goodies, etc... Free stickers are given when you spend more than 3000 yens. There are some pictures on the forum and the price of some goods on the exhibition website.
Readers of GamesRadar+ have awarded Yu Suzuki a Lifetime Achievement Award. He received his trophy during the Golden Joysticks Awards 2019 ceremony in London today. Yu Suzuki really deserves his Lifetime Achievement Award when you think about all the arcade games developped under his direction while he was working at Sega: Champion Boxing, Hang-On, Space Harrier, Enduro Racer, OutRun, After Burner, Power Drift, G-LOC - Air Battle, Virtua Racing, Virtua Fighter 1 to 4, Fighting Vipers, F355 Challenge 1 and 2, ... Of course, he's also famous among console players for his masterpieces: Shenmue and Shenmue II on Dreamcast. The long awaited release of Shenmue III will happen on PC and PS4 next week. Even if he told that he would like to return to licences such as OutRun and Virtua Fighter, it will depends on Sega's will (for whom he's a consultant) as they own the brands. He however told in an interview that somthing could happen... Once Shenmue III released, we'll be looking forward his next arcade game. You may watch the award ceremony on this video of The Golden Joysticks Awards 2019 (including a praise by Peter Moore).
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