The new Konami's QMA is available today. Two new characters have been added: they are fairies; the girl is called Celeste and the boy Tiar. Their role is to support the player in his studies. As in the previous episode, the player can still choose from 21 characters. A new cooperation system has been implemented: players can now help each other and win Rewards Platinum Medals and magical stones. A new SSS rank is added to the examinations. Online tournament mode is of course still available. Quiz Magic Academy School of Heaven opening with characters presentation is available here.
EAG International 2014 opens its doors at ExCeL London tomorrow. No operator can afford to miss the European amusement trade show of the year! Sega will showcase Transformers Human Alliance and Plants vs. Zombies - The Last Stand as well as Wahlap's racing games Storm Racer G and Storm Rider and the latest ICE redemptions. You will also discover the latest Sega Prize Europe soft toys: Sonic The Hedgehog, Doodle Jump and Plants vs. Zombies. Bandai Namco Games will strike hard with the first European appearance of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Mach Storm and Super Alpine Racer. They will also have the latest Raw Thrills games on display: Batman and Aliens Armageddon. Of course, this is only a small sample of the proposed offer, there will also be cranes, pinball machines, simulators, kiddie rides, spare parts, etc... Not to mention the various free seminars held during the show. If this is not done yet, register for a badge and download the smartphone app. EAG International 2014 will start on Tuesday at 10:00 and will close on Thursday at 16:00. Like every year, we will offer you a full report with pictures of the show.
The new Pix'n Love is available! This 24th volume includes a 16-page tribute to Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's former president who died in September. On arcade's side, Pix'n Love allows its readers to discover the genesis of Killer Instinct with Chris Tilston, gameplay programmer and lead designer at Rare and Robin Beanland, main musical composer of the game. Characters origin is explained as well as some gameplay design choices. Also featured is an interview with Frank Ballouz who was sales manager for Atari (1975 to 1983) before moving to Nintendo, Namco, Capcom and Global VR. It is thanks to him that arcade versions of NES games were released (the Vs. and PlayChoice-10 series). Reviewed games are Data East's Night Slashers and Konami's Pooyan. Part of the book is devoted to Crouching Dragon Hidden Pony, a new Neo Geo (AES and MVS) game by French studio "Le Cortex". A special edition of the book with a gold cover and two metal bookmarks has been sent to subscribers. The others can ordered it on Amazon.fr. Please note that this mook is available in French language only.
Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity will be on location on the weekend of January 18-19, 2014 at several Japanese game centers. During the location test, players will get free stickers. The Initial D license used at the location test (300 yens) can't be used in the final version of the game. Some new features in Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity have already been unveiled on the game website. The "Legend of the Streets" story mode is renewed with special challenges taken from famous scenes of the manga such as "avoid spilling the cup of water" or "cause Iketani to faint". When the player finishes all stage with the higher rank, he will unlock an hidden stage. He can now choose what is displayed on screen: earned titles, tachometer type and even use the "cup of water". "D coins", an in-game currency is used for special tuning of the cars. A new special rank is also added. Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X card data can be transfered to Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity (not in the location test version).
Konami releases Winning Eleven Arcade Championship 2014 today. This 2014 edition of the famous football game features a new game engine which allows more realistic collisions between players, finer body movements and ball touch. It also improves the graphics. The ball control has also been improved thanks to the new concept of center of gravity which allows separate control of the ball and the player's center of gravity. A new "trade transfer" mode between teams is added to the traditional "transfers negotiation" way of transfer. The game now gets the Champions League license that features more than 250 teams. Winning Eleven Arcade Championship 2012 data can be transferred via e-AMUSEMENT PASS.
A nice Christmas gift from Koei Tecmo: Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade is available in Japanese arcades today. This is the arcade adaptation of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate released last year on consoles. There hasn't been any arcade version of a Dead or Alive game since Dead or Alive 2 Millennium in 2000! A new character is added to the arcade version: Marie-Rose. A 18 year old servant using the "Systema" fighting style of the Russian army taking advantage of her small size. A new stage is also available: Lorelei castle. A tutorial explaining new gameplay features is available here. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Arcade is distributed via the ALL.Net P-ras MULTI (RingEdge2) from Sega. Koei Tecmo does not exclude the possibility of an international release...
Two new characters are available in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX: Rosalina (Rosetta in Japanese) and Luigi dressed up in ice costume. Rosalina is already unlocked and to get Ice Luigi, the player must scan a card with a special code. The procedure to get this card will soon be available on the game official website. As for Fire Mario already available since a long time, the card will certainly be offered with a magazine.
Konami updated its mecha action game two days ago: Steel Chronicle is now in version 3.0. There are three new special hounds: Lydia Petrakova, Karin@zzz... and Marion Love. A new steel suit was also added: Assaut Spec.V. Some adjustments and improvements are made: a new Î£ (sigma) class and a new main weapon, new badges, new SEED ennemies,... Opening movie is available here.
A new season begins for World Club Champion Football Intercontinental Clubs! In the 2012-2013 edition, new players from three teams enter the competition: the German Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04), the Paraguayan Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga CF) and the Nigerian John Utaka (Montpellier HSC). There are now a total of 24 teams whose data have been updated. A new type of card appeared: "Rising Star". All old cards are always compatible. Beside traditional Tournament and Online modes, the new League mode teaches how to play the game by completing in "missions". Bonuses and titles are unlocked by succeeding various missions.
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