Sega releases Initial D The Arcade today! Based on the street racing manga Intial D by Shuichi Shinego, Initial D games have always been very popular in Japan. This new version is based on the design of the manga unlike Initial D Arcade Stage Zero which was based on the design of the latest movies. Sega has taken particular care to incorporate the manga graphics into the game: the "manga shader" is applied at key moments of the game, the screen becomes monochrome with a manga effect. In addition, onomatopoeia from the manga such as "gaaaaaa" and "don" are displayed in the corners or when touching the opponent's car. The story mode follows the story of the manga and in the second part, Project D launches into a new region: Tochigi. The great novelty of Initial D The Arcade is the possibility to race with 4 people locally. In terms of gameplay, a change has been made for beginners: a green line showing the best trajectory is displayed on the road. Ideal to improve your driving skills when you're a beginner. The behaviour of the cars is different from Initial D Arcade Stage Zero: when the cars touch each other they push each other away. The game is powered by the Unreal Engine and the BGM is made of eurobeat, the opening is called Scramble Eyes from MOTSU vs A-One. MOSTU who is a former member of MOVE who sang the openings of all Initial D's up to Arcade Stage 8. The cabinet is the same as Initial D Arcade Stage Zero with a new look. Each car owned in Full Spec in Initial D Arcade Stage Zero grants a Full Tune ticket in Initial D The Arcade. Other data such as titles are also transferred. A collaboration with Wangan Midnight, the other popular racing manga/game is also planned: the "Devil Z" Fairlady Z (S30) and the "Blackbird" Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 (964) will be available. In total, there are 14 car models, including the most popular models of the previous games as well as new ones. Two new races in the Tochigi region are also available: "Maple line" and "Happogahara". An international version of the game is planned with a release in the rest of Asia this Summer and possibly elsewhere later. In any case, the game's menus are already in English. Will we be lucky enough to see it come to Europe? Let's hope so, because it's been more than 10 years since any Initial D arcade game has been officially released in Europe (the last one being Initial D 4 in 2007).
During JAEPO Online 2021, Bandai Namco announced an international version of Taiko no Tatsujin. By international version, they mean a version for the Asian market. This version is named Taiko no Tatsujin: New Asia Version and it will be released this Spring. As for the last version of Taiko no Tatsujin, it will feature a 120 fps HD monitor providing a clearer and smoother image, a faster monitor response and a more accurate timing. The game will use a new PC board. Taiko no Tatsujin: New Asia Version is mutilingual: English, traditional Chinese and Korean. 10 local songs will be available at the game launch. The player site "Donder Hiroba" will be available for foreign players: they can check their play summary, collect reward with their BANAPASSPORT card,... Bandai Namco also announced that 2021 will be focused on content for existing Taiko fans and 2022 on content for casual players.
San! Ni! Ichi! Hajime!!!, Nippon Marathon, the crazy game from onion soup interactive is coming to exA-Arcadia today! This arcade version faster than the domestic version is called Nippon Marathon Turbo Hyper Running. The goal of the game is to run and avoid all the obstacles, each one crazier than the other (barrels, animals, bicycles,...) as seen in some Japanese TV shows. The story is simple: the Nippon Marathon takes place every year. Thousands of candidates apply to participate in the marathon, but only 100 of them make it through the qualification stage. Competitors run in groups of four and accumulate points as they go along. The dream of each participant is to be at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the gruelling race. All races are original: from busy city streets to village alleys, bustling markets, mountain top shrines, supermarkets and even dangerous sake distilleries!). The arcade version contains 3 exclusive levels. The characters are not to be outdone with their totally crazy look (a lobster-man, a man dressed as a schoolgirl, a girl with a unicorn outfit,...). The handling is very simple, the player controls the character who runs, he can jump, avoid obstacles, dash, throw objects while negotiating perilous passages such as dashing across planks precariously balanced over waterfalls. Nippon Marathon Turbo Hyper Running is the perfect game for family entertainment centres and bars: groups of friends can play up to 4 and laughter is guaranteed. It is also perfect for hardcore arcades to score on the most difficult levels... The game is in Japanese and English and runs in 16:9 HD Widescreen and 4:3 SD CRT. The kit comes with an A1 poster (art by Tatsuya Ishikawa, famous for his work on Numan Athletics and Mach Breakers), 3 instruction sheets and instruction strips (in Japanese and English). You can order your copy from Red Sun Systems.
Konami Amusement sort Sound Voltex Exceed Gear aujourd'hui. Le jeu tourne dans la nouvelle borne Valkyrie qui utilise un moniteur 120 Hz ainsi qu'un petit écran secondaire et le nouveau système de son Gungnir-R comprenant quatre haut-parleurs à large bande et un woofer de grand diamètre. La borne est équipée d'un panel et d'un écran tactile adaptés aux spécifications e-sports. L'écran tactile de 21,5 pouces permet de rechercher des chansons par titre ou par artiste. De nouvelles fonctions et de nouveaux modes de jeux spécialisés pour l'e-sports sont disponibles : le nouveau jugement "S-CRITICAL" plus précis que le jugement CRITICAL classique, le nouveau mode "Arena Battle" pour s'affronter pour le score total et le nouveau mode "Mega Mix Battle" pour s'affronter dans un format de mega-mix.
The Bandai Card Division has released a teaser site for the new arcade card game Mobile Suit Gundam Arsenal Base which is scheduled to start operations in 2021. A teaser visual using the Strike Gundam standing in a dark hangar and a silhouette photo of the game housing that seems to be a new model are posted. The game genre is "real-time strategy type full-scale arcade card game" and the details of the game will be released in early March.
Psyvariar Delta AC is released on exA-Arcadia for the international market today. The Japanese release is scheduled for January 2021. Psyvariar Delta was released in 2018 on PC and consoles. The arcade version is developped by SUCCESS/CITY CONNECTION and can be considered as the ultimate version of the game. It includes all the ships, stages and pulse pounding techno music from past installments, Medium Unit and Revision as well as the all new Delta stages and newly composed tracks by WASi303. A new character is also added: CYBATTLER. Extra informational gadgets have been added to allow players to get even higher scores, the scoring system of grazing enemy fire to level up is of course still present. The game is in HD and supports both horizontal and vertical mode. The different languages available are English, Japanese, French and Spanish. The Psyvariar Delta AC kit includes an A1 poster, an instruction sheet and instruction strips (in Japanese and English). You can order your kit from Red Sun Systems.
Sunsoft’s master class in action platforming returns exclusively to the arcade with Gimmick! EXACT☆MIX! The game is developed by Team Exa AM1 and is released on exA-Arcadia today. The original Gimmick! game was released on Family Computer and NES in 1992. The story follows a small green youkai named Yumetaro who was mistaken as a toy and then was given to a young girl as a birthday present. One night, the girl's other toys become jealous of the attention he is receiving, and whisk the girl away to another dimension. Playing as Yumetaro, you must travel through a variety of levels, using the protagonist's star-throwing power to defeat enemies and progress through the game. Gimmick! EXACT☆MIX features smooth and detailed new graphics, an arranged soundtrack, and emphasised scoring mechanics to the NES/Famicom cult classic. The game is fully compatible with both modern 16:9 LCD displays and legacy 4:3 CRT monitors. Gimmick! EXACT☆MIX is played with four buttons: a star charge / fire button, a jump button, an item select button and an item use button. A new Time Attack mode has been added and stages may also be played in any order with the Stage Edit function. Gimmick! EXACT☆MIX kit includes an A1 poster, instruction sheet and instruction strip (Japanese and English). The game language can be switched between English, Japanese, French and Spanish. You can watch the trailer here. Like all exA-Arcadia games already released, Gimmick! EXACT☆MIX is available in Europe from Red Sun Systems.
Armored Princess Battle Conductor is released in Japan today. The game was presented for the very first time by Konami at JAEPO 2020. The title features Busou Shinki. They are girls' figures in armour made by Konami since 2006. They can take different poses and have many interchangeable parts. The line of figurines has become a cross-media franchise with video games, manga, novels, anime, CD and artbook... Armored Princess Battle Conductor is a royal battle action game playable up to 4. The player trains a Shinki and the battles change depending on the relationship between the player and the Shinki. Before the battle, the player can communicate with her in her "home" as well as customize her appearance and weapons. She can carry two different types of weapons and change weapons during the battle whenever the player wishes. At the moment 15 Shinki are available, including Edelweiss who was not present during location tests. Konami has already announced that new Shinki will be added gradually. To push further the link between the Master and his Shinki, he can print cards with her own image on the Card Connect terminal.
Raiden IV x MIKADO remix is originally a Switch port of Raiden IV with a new soundtrack by various artists linked to Mikado game center: Go Sato Band, Heavy Metal Raiden, Cosio, Fantom Iris, Keishi Yonao, Daisuke Matsumoto, Sochi Hosoi, O.T.K.). The game will also feature all game modes found in previous home ports and will be released on April 22nd, 2021. A preview of the new soundtracks is on YouTube. But that's not all: there will also be an arcade version that will be released on exA-Arcadia in December 2021. The exA-Arcadia version will feature at least two exclusive BGM songs by O.T.K.. There's a crowd funding campaign to finance the development of this game. The goal is 10,000,000 yen (78,900€). Rewards include two limited edition items: a limited edition bundle (10 copies) for 600,000 yen (4,730€) including a limited edition Raiden IV themed exA-Arcadia motherboard, a premium colour Raiden IV x MIKADO remix game cartridge (set on free play), an exclusive poster, a soundtrack CD and a coloured paper autographed by all artists. A limited edition software kit (25 copies) for 250,000 yen (1,970€) is also available including all the same items as the bundle without the exA-Arcadia motherboard. These editions are available on the Camp Fire page.
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