QuizKnock STADIUM is out today. This is a virtual quiz game from Konami developed in collaboration with QuizKnock, a knowledge group from the University of Tokyo. Players can enjoy a Dream Challenge in which up to 99 players compete online, as well as Survival Live, in which they can compete against players from all over Japan in various quiz formats. All questions are read out loud by QuizKnock's Takuji Izawa using the latest text-to-speech technology, providing a realistic quiz show-like experience.
Konami releases DANCE aROUND, the successor to its former dance game DanceEvolution, today. DANCE aROUND uses a pair of cameras to track the player's movements and compare them to those of the avatar. The game displays special markers that tell players to repeat the previous action or perform a mirror position. There are three game modes: Training (you can play for six minutes without a song limit), Light (you can play two songs with the first one up to LEVEL 6) and Normal (you can play two songs without LEVEL limit and if you pass both songs and your total score exceeds 200 points, you can go to the EXTRA stage). You can also choose between two different avatar styles, which are displayed during the game. In the NORMAL style, the avatar on the screen dances as it is modelled. Beginners can therefore easily have fun dancing by simply imitating the avatar's movements. The Performance style is for those who want to move freely with their own original choreography. Only the player's arm and leg tracks are displayed in the centre of the screen, and the avatar reflects the player's movements in real time in the preview window. Unlike DanceEvolution, which used realistic avatars, the avatars in DANCE aROUND are anime-style characters.
Today the 2022 edition of the EAG International amusement trade show opens in the English capital. After one online edition, it's time to meet again! As usual, it will be the occasion to test the latest arcade novelties from the biggest manufacturers. Let's have a look at the biggest exhibitors; Sega Amusements will once again have a huge stand with all kinds of new amusment games. Video games include the 2-player deluxe version of Mission: Impossible Arcade, VR Agent, Jet Blaster and the standard version of ATV Slam. In redemption, Men In Black and Jumanji will be featured. On Bandai Namco Amusement's side, the new Harley Quinn Mallet Mayhem, which is still in development, will be on display for everyone to try out and get an idea of what the machine will be like when it will be fully developed. There will also be Pac-Man Power Pellets from Bandai Namco Amusement but also Hungry Hungry Hippos from Adrenaline Amusements and SpongeBob Pirates from Andamiro. Electrocoin will also be present with the latest Stern pinballs like The Mandalorian but also Dance Dance Revolution A (Konami) and the latest Golden Tee Live Golf (Incredible Technologies). On Instance Automatics' stand, UNIS products will be present in number with titles such as Wicked Tuna (4-player fishing game), Elevator Action Invasion (shooting game) and Ultra Moto VR. Taito's On Point will also be present. Fans of dance games will be able to try out StepManiaX (Step Revolution) at the UDC booth. JNC Sales will come as usual with its refurbished second-hand games. EAG International is held at Excel London until Thursday, so don't hesitate to go there to discover all these new products.
Announced in January 2021 and postponed several times to meet the demands of players, Gundam Arsenal Base is finally released today. It is already available in some game centres since February 17th. Gundam Arsenal Base is a game from Bandai's card game division. This is an RTS in which the player commands a unit of 5 mobile suit in order to destroy the mothership of his opponent. At the beginning of the game, MS and pilot cards can be purchased. The MS and pilot cards are inserted in 2 rows in the dedicated slots on the control panel with the MS on top and the pilot below. They are classified into 4 categories: Common, Rare, Master Rare and Perfect Rare. The player uses a touch screen to give orders, he does not directly control the MS so he has to build his team intelligently and get MS out of the base at the right time. The player has to take into account the type of pilot chosen and the abilities of the MS. There are three types of pilots: "annihilation" (priority to the attack), "suppression" (priority to the mothership and the base) and "defense" (priority to the base). There are also 3 types of MS: "short distance" (good for close combat), "long distance" (which allows to fight at distance) and "mobility" (which allows to move quickly). In addition, MS can use "abilities" and the extra super skill "tactical" skill when the "SP" gauge is full. In summary, the target is determined by the pilot and the type of attack by the MS. When the player creates his deck he has to think about the launch cost of each MS because if he only takes MS and pilots that cost too much, he may end up in a situation where he cannot get his MS out. SEASON:01 includes cards from the following series: Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded OrphansGundam Build Divers Re:RISE. Maps from other series will be added in future seasons.
The ex-Arcadia version of Cotton Rock'n'Roll was released Yesterday. The game from Success was already released at the end of the year on ALL.Net P-ras MULTI and on home console. But this new version brings a few new features, the most notable being the addition of 2-player simultaneous play in which each player can choose one of the 8 characters! Other changes are more technical: animation corrections, shorter loading times, less input lag (3 frames) and a new "extra arrange" mode dedicated to Cave game lovers. The Cotton Rock'n'Roll kit is of course available from Red Sun Systems. It includes the game cartridge, a poster, a marquee, instruction strips in Japanese and English and a manual in Japanese and English.
After releasing DODONPACHI TRUE DEATH EXA LABEL last year on exA-Arcadia, Cave continues its momentum with the release of Akai Katana EXA Label / Crimson Katana EXA Label, the definitive version of its horizontal shooter released on PCB in 2010 and on NESiCAxlive in 2012. Thanks to exA-Arcadia technology, the 1 frame input lag offers players the most responsive version of the game compared to 2 frames for the PCB and 5 frames for the NESiCAxLive and Xbox 360 versions. Akai Katana EXA Label features 4 game modes: Original (original 4:3 PCB version with slowdowns and bugs fixed), Climax (Zetsu, Xbox 360 version in 16:9, Slash (Shin, Director's Cut version with an extra stage and the real end boss) and Label EXA mode (best of version that combines the best aspects of all modes and features real-time difficulty adjustments). In addition, an Ultimate difficulty mode for all game modes is selectable on the character selection screen. The original mode is playable in 4:3, all other modes are 16:9 on 16:9 HD displays and 4:3 on 4:3 31khz CRT monitors. It supports resolutions from 640x480 to 3840x2160. The visuals are now in 4K and the original and arranged soundtracks have been remastered in HD stereo and a new FM arranged soundtrack by Ryu Umemoto et Keishi Yonao is available. Akai Katana EXA Label is available as a standard kit and limited edition from Red Sun Systems. The standard edition contains a reversible A1 bilingual (English/Japanese) poster, a standard bilingual (English/Japanese) artset (marquee, instruction strip and manual) and a Vewlix artset (marquee, bezel stickers, instruction strip in Japanese).The limited edition includes in addition to a red colour cartridge, 2 posters and a 180cm POP of characters to choose from. There is also a limited edition bundle with a red exA-Arcadia system illustrated by chara-designer Mushimaro. Limited editions are signed by game director TRP.
Following Genda's initial purchase of 85.1% of Sega Entertainment in November 2020, Genda just bought the 14.9% remaining shares. As a consequence, Genda Sega Entertainment is renamed Genda GiGO Entertainment. All Sega game centers in Japan will be progressively rebranded as GiGO starting with the ones located in Ikebukuro, Akihabara and Shinjuku. GiGO in this case stands for "Get into the Gaming Oasis". Practically, it doesn't change a lot of things regarding management. Emotionally though, the disappearance of Sega logos from the Japanese landscape is a bit difficult to swallow. Every video game enthusiast having visited Japan probably has a good chunk of pictures featuring the Sega logo as these were omnipresent in every big city. Moreover, Sega game centers are featured in a lot of manga and anime. The face of Tokyo will now be different for sure. Although this move was expected since the initial acquisition of shares by Genda in 2020, it still feels a bit sudden as new game centers are still opening with Sega branding this month. Before misinformed media jumps to conclusions (as they always do when the arcade industry is involved), it is to be noted that it does not affect Sega's arcade game development and manufacturing divisions. Genda will follow its expansion plan with new game center openings in the following months. To those saying that arcades are dead in Japan, Genda's CEO Mr. Kataoka replies that "The domestic market is 520 billion yen, which is twice the movie market of 260 billion. Moreover, before Corona, it has increased for 4 consecutive years (6% on average)." Genda thanks Sega for its 56-year history in arcade operation.
Chrono Circle is a new musical game from the Korean firm Andamiro. At first glance, you can see that the game is largely inspired by maimai! The big difference with Sega's game is that the circular part with 12 buttons representing the 12 hours of the clock rotates 360°. Chrono Circle is also equipped with a 36" touch screen and a platform that vibrates and glows according to the music. Songs comes from the usual categories: Variety, Pop&anime, Original and Vocaloid. There are two game modes: Standard (1 credit) and Advanced (2 credit). After a game, you earns FRIENDSHIP points which increase your friendship level with the different characters. In the Lounge menu, you can see a gauge rise below unblocked songs, this gauge fills up according to the number of FRIENDSHIP points you get. When the gauge is full, you can use CP (Crown Points) to unlock those extra songs. You win CP according to your score after a game. You can also earn TPs (Time Points) by logging in each day. You can use all these types of points to buy different items (in-game bonuses, avatar, titles,...). You can register by combining your SNS ID (LINE or Twitter) and scan QR code to identify or you can use an AM-PASS. Chrono Circle is exclusive to Round 1 in Japan and the United States.
The first exA-Arcadia games are coming to Belgium! This new arcade platform is very popular in Japan but is not well known in Europe yet. It's a pity because it brings a breath of fresh air with the return of genres that have disappeared from our local arcades like fighting games, shoot'em ups, party games,... Some of you have been able to play several of these titles on Arcade Belgium's booth during various events such as Made in Asia, Comic Con Brussels and FACTS. The only problem is that these events only lasted for a weekend. Now you can extend your fun by visiting Le Crocodile Rouge. The visitor centre is located right next to the Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure dam (in Froidchapelle in the Hainaut province). You will find the following exA-Arcadia games there: The Kung Fu vs Karate Champ, Dodonpachi True Death EXA Label, Nippon Marathon Turbo and Cosmic Digger 3671. Other games include Daytona USA 2 and Terminator Salvation. The games are located in front of the entrance to the Robin's Café. While you're there, feel free to have a drink or a bite to eat in this pleasant setting and why not take a walk around the lake (the restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). The video games are accessible every day from 10:00 to 20:00. On Wednesdays and weekends, you can enjoy various activities such as a visit to the dam or a laser game. The games will be renewed regularly, so please check the location's page for a list of the games currently in operation. For operators interested in these new games, please contact Red Sun Systems who is the European distributor. Have fun!
The famous Dutch arcade chain Gamestate opens its first arcade in Belgium today! This one is located on Boulevard Anspachlaan, in the newly renovated pedestrian area of Brussels. As usual with Gamestate, the focus is on fun and family-friendly games with, of course, arcade machines, redemptions, VR and pinball machines. Visitors can already play titles such as Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (for the first time in a Belgian arcade), Mario & Sonic at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, MotoGP, World's largest Pac-Man, Pump It Up 2017 Prime 2, Beat Saber Arcade (VR), Godzilla and Game of Thrones pinball machines,... There are more than 40 games available and the arcade is open every day. Gamestate has already announced that this arcade will be the first of a series of new arcades in Belgium. More info on the dedicated location page.
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