If you are in Tokyo right now, do not miss the reopening of Joypolis in Odaiba. Closed since January, Sega's amusement park was completely renovated for a more modern look (for example, the Jpop Cafe becomes the Frame Cafe). Fortunately, many top attractions are still there: Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited, Storm-G, Ace Attorney Investigations, Wild Wing, Let's Go Jungle! Special, Burnout Running, Sky Cruising, Hummer, Answer x Answer Live! Special, ... Some of them have been updated and renamed: Wild River is now Wild River Splash, Wild Jungle becomes Wild Jungle Brothers while Halfpipe Canyon is now called Halfpipe Tokyo. Fans of chills will be delighted with attractions inspired by the "Another" animated series, Sadako 3D feature film (latest Ring). But also Dark Chapel, living dolls house, The House of the Dead 4 Special, Sonic Night of the Werehog 3D (for younger children), and a roller coaster where you shoot zombies: Veil of Dark (which replaces Spin Bullet). To celebrate the event, Hatsune Miku will give daily concerts on the stage in the center of the complex until September 2. Another change is the carnival game space on the second floor which adopts the "Green Hill" theme to become the "Sonic Carnival Zone". The theme of the park is now "merging the digital world with the real world" with many "Digital Real" activities. The latest arcade games are of course featured. Note that currently, visitors can win large "Sonic x Hello Kitty" plushes.
It's today that Gunslinger Stratos, Square Enix's new game, is released. This is a "Double Gun Combat Online Multiplayer Action Game" playable online in 4vs4. The originality of this title comes from the controller used: a "double gun device" which can be separated into two guns or combined into one. Many weapons are available in the game such as flamethrower and shield to protect allies, ... Weapons can be purchased via a points system and saved on a NESiCA card. Single-player missions and co-op missions are proposed to players. The cabinet is equipped with a 60" plasma screen and runs in 60 FPS. Gunslinger Stratos is developed by Square Enix and Byking (Gundam Extreme VS.). It is produced by Nobuki Kadoya (Lord of Vermillion) from Square Enix and directed by Shinichiro Obata, founder of Byking and former designer from Capcom who worked on Street Fighter and Vampire Savior. We also find character designers Mari Shimazaki (Bayonetta, Okami), Shigeto Koyama (Heroman) and Arco Wada (Fate/Extra). Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) worked on the "world concept" of the game that takes place in real environments such as Shibuya.
Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle Royale Super Saiyan Awakening, version 2.0 of Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle Royale was released today. As its name suggests, Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle Royale's update introduces the Saiyans! Indeed, Super Saiyan Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Trunks were added to the roster. A story mode is also added (only playable with a Bana Passport) and some changes are made to the combat system (a "tension" gauge is added, adjustments to characters balance are done,...). A new stage also appears: the "palace of God." End of July, a ranking will be available on the game website.
Sega rides the wave of Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade success with the release of its latest arcade title tomorrow: maimai. This is dance/rhythm game using Vocaloid titles, J-Pop, original Sega music, songs from Anime (Magical Girl Madoka Magica) and video games (Initial D),... Cabinet design is very particular with its circular touch screen monitor and controls located all around. The gameplay is simple: the player has to tap or slide along in rhythm when the notes reach the defined zone. At the same time, a camera films the player and at the end of the game, he can upload the video on Nico Nico Douga. maimai is playable up to 4 and data are saved the https://my-aime.net/aime/jp/p/ card. maimai promotional video is available on our Youtube channel.
Version B of Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Arcade is available today. Sega has added some new features to delight Miku's fans. The first one is the "PV" function that allows to shoot pictures of a scene during playback and send them to DIVA.NET. The player can store up to 3 and uses them as mobile wallpaper. A new "Rival" mode is introduced: players scores registered on DIVA.NET will be displayed on the game screen, so it is easier to compete with friends. Also new: it is now possible to randomly select music and modules, players can tweet their results from the game directly and a new "Excellent" note is available.
Shining Force Cross Ver.A Elysion is the first update of Shining Force Cross Elysion that was released in March. Unfortunately, there is no major new features, the changes are mainly related to gameplay, weapons, attacks and damage. More specific adjusments were also made to Normal and Elysion modes.
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost third update is released today. New features: a new mecha, a new map and a new Navi. The new mecha is the MS-08TX [EXAM] Efreet Custom driven by Nimbus Schterzen coming from Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny trilogy out on Sega Saturn in September 1996 for the first episode, in December 1996 for the second and in March 1997 for the last one. This mecha has three weapons: Grenade Launchers Twin, 6-Tube Missile Pod, Heat Saber and it has also special attacks. The new map "Manyupichi" is the same as in Extreme VS. but now the fights take place in the evening. Maureen Kitamura is the new Navi, she also comes from Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny.
Square Enix releases ChÅ Soku Henkei Gyrozetter (Super High-Speed Transforming Gyrozetter) today. This car/robot game features an unique concept. The cabinet can be transformed from a driving mode to a robot operating mode! The first mode is a driving mode featuring cars from these constructors: Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Mitsuoka and Mitsubishi. The second mode is a robot battle mode. The cars from the first mode can be transformed into robots. You can watch the trailer to see the cabinet transformation! The team developing the game is the team behind the Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road game (led by RyÅ«tarÅ Ichimura, creator of Dragon Quest VIII and Dragon Quest IX). Square Enix has big plans for the Gyrozetter licence: an anime series from A-1 Pictures will be released this October, there is also a manga published since December and a Nintendo 3DS game will be out on Spring 2013. Toys, card games and other products are also planned.
Sega Card-Gen MLB 2012 will be released tomorrow. The second edition of the card game from Sega gathers 30 U.S. teams and 400 players are represented on the cards produced by TOPPS. Two game modes are available: mode "season" mode and "tournament". The game can be played in simulation mode: actions are done automatically depending on the pitcher and batter characteristics or play mode: the player uses the touch screen and buttons to control the pitcher and the batter. RingEdge 2 powered Sega Card-Gen MLB 2012 is compatible with the Aime card and supports ALL.Net network.
Unveiled in March, the eve of the Amusement Expo, the new Big Buck is now available! This series of hunting games developed by Play Mechanix is very popular in the U.S.A. where it appeared in TV shows. As its name suggests, Big Buck HD sports a high resolution (1080p). And it's true that the graphics are impressive (video)! Regarding new content, there are new dangerous trophy animals such as tigers and bears that attack you. The game can be connected to the internet by ethernet, wi-fi and even cellular connection in order to offer online rankings, online games, Facebook and Twitter integration and of course tournaments where players can win money. As in Dirty Drivin', an achievement system is integrated. Each achievement grants a badge and unlock a new challenge. The player can check his status via his free Big Buck Online account. The game is updated automatically via CoinUp for connected machines. The standard version of the cabinet features a 32" screen but there is also a "Panorama" model which is cheaper but has no screen. It's up to the operator to attach a screen of 42", 47" or 55". Another novelties is the ability for the player to pay using debit and credit card. No doubt that Big Buck HD will meet the same success as its predecessors. In Europe, this game can be purchased from Namco.
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