Rashlander is available now! Developed by Ryan Davis, the second game to grace the Airframe platform is a hectic mix of Lunar Lander and Asteroids... on steroids! In this game, the player is a researcher who has to pilot a tiny spaceship through space without crashing or running out of fuel. During his journey, he has to land on small platforms located on asteroids floating in a hostile environment full of dangers in order to refuel, gain bonuses and why not, discover new technologies. Of course, he must successfully avoid attraction fields, enemy ships and other obstacles to succeed so the the task is not easy by any mean. There are 5 levels to go through and many secrets to discover. Controls are limited to left and right rotations and a thrust button. Oldschool isn't it? But the rest of the game is modern in its presentation (in the neo-retro genre) with many video effects, explosions and a great electronic musical score by Fat Bard. Check the trailer to watch the game in action. As you guessed, it's a solo adventure but the developer already announced that the sequel will have 2-player support (Rashlander will be a trilogy). Location test reactions have been very positive which is encouraging! As a reminder, the Airframe system is designed for JAMMA cabinets equipped with a 15khz monitor. As for pricing options, there are plenty. If you already own the Airframe system, all you need is the Software kit which include the game on a USB flash drive, an A4 poster and an instruction strip, this one sells for $599.99. If you don't already have it (or want to keep your Skycurser machine running), you can also buy the Pro kit which includes an Airframe unit for $899.99. If you want to give a makeover to an existing US or Euro style cabinet, you'll need the deluxe conversion kit that includes all artwork needed including a marquee and big decals. This will cost you $1199.99. Finally, you can buy the full dedicated machine equipped with a 19" LCD monitor for $3499.99. You may place you order at Griffin Aerotech website.
One year after being announced by TYPE-MOON and Sega, Fate/Grand Order Arcade is finally out ! Fate/Grand Order Arcade is based on the smartphone title Fate/ Grand Order (iOS / Android and is developed by Delightworks and Sega Interactive. The game is described as a "Summoning team battle" game. Players summon 3D version of Servants from the mobile game by loading physical cards (Saint Graphs) illustrated by various artists. The cabinet distributes randomly physical holographic cards and there are 20 servants from 8 different class available at the game start. Saber, (Artoria Pendragon, Siegfried, Gaius Julius Caesar), Shielder (Mashu Kyrielight), Archer (EMIYA, Atalanta), Lancer (Elizabeth Bathory, Leonidas), Rider (Saint Martha, Medusa, Georgios), Caster (Cu Chulainn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Assassin (Carmilla, Phantom of the Opera, Mata Hari) and Berserker (Vlad III, Heracles, Kiyohime, Caligula). Each servant has 2 evolutions changing its appearance. There are 2 main game modes : Grail Wars, an online 3vs3 mode here the players must defeat the opponent team by filling to MAX the « defeat gauge ». And Grand Order, a single player mode where the player access different stages, missions and quests. The game controls are simple, a joystick to move equipped with 2 buttons to target and dash, a button to attack and a button to launch the servant’s Noble Phantasm. Players get GP (the game money) when they win a battle. Those GP can be used to level up the servants, buy items,… The famous singer Maaya Sakamoto performs the game theme song. A Commemoration Login Bonus campaign starts today and will end on August 2.
Ongeki, the new musical game from the team behind maimai and CHUNITHM will be out tomorrow. Ongeki features an original gameplay based on a lever and 3 buttons. Notes are coming from the top of the screen and the player must hit the corresponding button at the right moment. There are short and long notes. The game originality comes from the lever: it's used to move on the right and on the left the character on the bottom of the screen to avoid the enemies red bullets and to collect the yellow bells to get life. The player can use up to 3 characters at the same time but only the central character can get the bells. After each game, the player win points and according to the points, he can get virtual card of the characters. Thanks to the Card Maker, he can print real cards. A normal card costs 100 Yens, a shiny card costs 200 Yens and a holographic card costs 300 Yen. Those cards can be used in the game via a card slot to boost the characters in the game. There are 9 characters (only girls) available at the game start. The music selection already includes many titles from anime, POP, Variety, niconico and other genres. Ongeki opening movie is made by JC Staff. A collaboration with the Girls Band Party mobile game starts on the same day: 5 characters from Girls Band Party will be playable in Ongeki.
StarHorse3 Season VII - Great Journey, the popular horse racing medal game from Sega, starts operation in Japan today. In this new version, a special JP Challenge "Million Stakes" race named "Amazon Race" is held in South America for the first time. The popular "rental horse owner" funcionality in StarHorse 2 is reintroduced in a renewed version with new rules and renumeration.
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 is out in Japan today! This new episode in the street racing game saga adds Porsche cars to an already large selection of vehicles; the 911 Turbo 3.6 (964), two 911 Turbo S?991 MA 171 and 930), the 718 Cayman S (982 H 2) and the 928 GT are now available for your driving pleasure. Other new cars include the Mazda Roadster RF RS (ND), the 1981 Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T (HGS130) and the Nissan Leopard 3.0 Ultima (F31). Lots of new dress-up parts have been added to match the current trends including new aero parts and neon tubes. BBS rims are now available as well as new models from the already present manufacturers (Rays, Yokohama, Enkei). You can now personalize your window stickers and use any text you want (use the team name for example). The 100 stage story mode from Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3DX+ is back (that's 40 more chapters than Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5DX+). Another new feature is the multiple ghost battle; as a solo player, you can race against up to 3 ghosts simultaneously. Ghosts are smarter too as they now avoid traffic. As with each new version, the maximum horsepower has been increased from 830 to 840HP. The level limit is extended too: it now goes up to SSSSS. You can import your cars and rank from Wangan Maximum Tune 5DX Plus but not from older versions. You can now store 200 cars (instead of 100) in your Banapassport account. The game also features 25 new tunes by Yuzo Koshiro. Talking about the soundtrack, the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 original soundtrack CD was released recently. This 2-CD album includes BGM from all versions of the game (5, 5DX and 5DX+). Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 signs the departure of game producer Kazuhiro Maeda (who succeeded to Kei Kobayashi from Wangan Maximum Tune 3DX+ on). He's replaced with Mr. Yakata. With the departure of Kazuhiro Maeda and programmer Yoshikazu Takenaka, there's nobody left from the original team who worked on the first Maximum Tune 14 years ago. It's the start of a new era. If you're in Japan, you can use the dedicated search engine to find where to play Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6 or use the Wangan Navigator app available for free on App Store and Google Play. Regarding the return of the Wangan Midnight racing games in Europe (as we're often asked about it), the problem comes from the various manufacturer licences that are too difficult to obtain for an arcade game intended to be released in so many different countries.
Konami will release Bishi Bashi Channel tomorrow! Bishibashi is a well-known game series including various funny mini games. The first game, Bishi Bashi Champ was released in 1996 and the latest, The?BishiBashi, in 2009. As in the previous work, the gameplay is based on the simple operation "hit a button". But, a new action "turning a button" (used on a great white button) is added to make the game deeper and there are only a red and a blue button as normal buttons. 4 players can enjoy the game on the same cabinet and a 2 team play is available. Furthermore, Konami thought to overseas customers with the implementation of a multi-language system. Customers can switch between Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese when they want.
Halo is coming to arcades soon! Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix teamed up with 343 Industries to create a massive environmental cabinet equipped with 4 turrets and two 65" 4K screens placed side-by-side. In this cooperative sci-fi shooting game, the 4 players enroll in the Fireteam Raven, a group of elite Orbital Drop Shock Troopers on the surface of Alpha Halo fighting alongside the Master Chief and the rest of the UNSC as they try to prevent the alien Covenant alliance from taking control of an ancient superweapon. Players will have to fight the Covenant troops, spacecraft and vehicles and encounter the "Flood" infestation. Available in Dave & Buster's across the USA and Canada this Summer, Halo: Fireteam Raven will then be released worldwide. Players will be able to scan a QRC code and share their performance on Halo Waypoint portal. Given Play Mechanix's experience in the creation of succesful shooting games, we can bet that Halo: Fireteam Raven will be a wonderful game! You can see what the game looks like on this video. The cabinet shown in the video is still a prototype, the final version may differ a bit.
The Universe BIOS v4.0 is available now! The most obvious change in this version is the colour of the NEOGEO logo, it is now gold. The in-game menu also has a new colour scheme but the biggest new feature is the PICKnMIX which allow you to turn a 161-in-1 cart into the ultimate multislot system. Another great feature is the ability to use A and B buttons as multislot 'game select' buttons (that are only found on MVS cabinets) during attract mode or on the games title page. Version 3.4 of PC2NEO firmware or later is now supported. There are of course lots of bug fixes as well (full list of changes are here). The price of a replacement BIOS chip for you NEOGEO MVS is €32.00 (shipping cost included). You can order it on The Universe BIOS official website.
Hiroshi Kawaguchi (nicknamed Hiro) is a genius composer! Using his Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, he composed the unforgettable themes of arcade games that made the heyday of Sega like OutRun, After Burner and Space Harrier. If the OST of the two firt games have already been released at Data Discs, it was not yet the case of Space Harrier. It's finally done with the release of Space Harrier vinyl this month. This record includes all 11 themes contained in the original arcade version in remastered versions as well as a cover of the main theme by S.S.T. Band (you can listen to the remastered version of the main theme and Squilla on Data Discs' SoundCloud page). The Space Harrier soundtrack is available in three 180g vinyl editions: a limited edition with translucent light green colour vinyl with purple and green splatter and a 3D lenticular cover going for £26.99, a translucent dark green colour edition and a standard black edition at the price of £19.99 each. All editions include liner notes written by Hiro himself. The release is scheduled for late May. Pre-orders open Saturday, May 5th at 7:00pm BST (20:00 CEST) (earlier in the day for mailing list members). 50 copies signed by Hiro will be sent randomly among the first orders. All orders will be shipped by May 31st. Be sure to visit Data Discs website on May 5th to place your order.
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