Friday, June 21, 2013

Developer G.Rev brings Kokuga to Nintendo 3DS E-Shop June 27th 2013 in North America and July 11th in Europe

Press Release

Reputed boutique game studio G.rev (Developers of Ikaruga , Border Down and Under Defeat) offers an old-school strategic shooter in Kokuga for the Nintendo 3DS. Players man a compact mobile tank that can be fitted with an arsenal of weapons and features. Work your way through as many as twelve different stages, each capped with a boss fight, then take on one of the three main directives. The flexible stage selection system allows gamers to tailor their gameplay time, and co-op play is also available through Local and Download Play. The game will be released on the Nintendo 3DS E-Shop June 27th 2013 in  (USA, Mexico , and Brazil) ,  and July 11th in  (Europe , And Australia)


* One and done. In Kokuga, gamers are challenged to focus on honing their marksmanship skills as the player is limited to one shot on the screen while using their main weapon. With gun towers fixing their sights on the player’s craft and platoons of enemy tanks and drones closing in, each round can determine if Kokuga will complete its mission or if it will be engulfed in enemy fire.

* Attack and support cards. Each stage, the player has access to a fixed set of 20 attack and support cards. Distributed at random, use the cards strategically to maximize your score, blast through tough enemy platoons, or assist another player in your squad.

* Personalize your play time and degree of difficulty. Whether you want a quick run or a long challenge, players can easily tailor their game time in Kokuga. For some fast action, clear a stage next to one of the finals and proceed directly to one of the main bosses. Or if you want to dig in for a lengthy session, work your way through several stages before facing off with a boss. Choose from 4 different difficulty levels as well.

* Multiplayer Modes. Kokuga supports Local and Download Play, so assemble a squad of up to four players for some co-op gaming. Develop new strategies with a bigger squad and help out your teammates by coordinating card use.

Kokuga revolves around the Third Platoon of country A’s army. Manning the country’s latest machine of war, the platoon participates in training and simulations as it awaits its orders to head in to active duty.

Approximately one year ago...
War broke out between our great nation of "A" and the neighboring country, "I".

As with too many conflicts in the history of humanity,
ethnic rivalry escalated to physical skirmishes.

The gears of hatred continued to grind,
and man would repeat the mistakes of its past –
as if the gods had instructed them to do so…

In times of peace, men preach the sacredness of life.
In times of war, the same men demand that others surrender their lives…

In the end, the sole conclusion is that humans are incomprehensible creatures…

Official Game Site

Gameplay Video: 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dodonpachi Sai Dai Ou Jou due for Japanese Xbox 360 in Spring 2013

Cave announced that Dodonpachi Sai Dai Ou Jou will be coming out for Japanese Xbox 360 in Spring 2013. The game features HD Graphics , Online Leaderboards and a New Elemental Doll Extra D.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

If you ever wanted to play online or compare games Join me on Xbox Live and PSN

One of the greatest things about this generation of games is the ability to play online. It brings back the feel of arcades to have competition in fighting games. Also I love comparing my high scores in Shmups to other players around the world. Thanks to this generation many arcade games got a second chance as downloadable titles upgraded with multi-player online. I ask that you join Xbox Live or Playstation Network if you have not already to really experience the next generation of Arcade gaming. As most of our own local Arcades have closed the only places to enjoy great competition and share the experience of the games is Online. 

 My Screen name for PSN is Japhei and my Xbox Live names are Japheigod (USA) , Trigger Runner (Japan) They are also posted on the side of the blog here if you would like to play a game sometime or add me as a friend. I love how they display the last 5 games played on each as well. I look forward to playing you!

Akai Katana Shin announced for Arcade release on Taito's NesicaXlive Platform.


Cave announced  Akai Katana Shin for Arcade release on Taito's NesicaXlive Platform. The game will be a port of the Xbox 360 version that featured Updated Graphics. I previously announced Cave as a developer on my original NesicaXlive post covered here.

2012 Console and Arcade News Roundup!

My apologies for not updating the blog in many moons. With E3 around the corner there is no better time then now to bring back the site.

As you may know I did a post about all of the games speculated to come home in the last 12 months here and like always I was correct about the games that were being released MONTHS ahead of any other news sites. Games like Mushihimesama 1.5 and Dodonpachi Daifukkatu (Pal/USA) were released to the Xbox 360 like predicted. In fact the only game not released is the Dreamcast port of Sturmwind.

Everything that was promised by major developers made it out and met my expectations.

The game ports of real importance I failed to cover that were released this year are Akai Katana for the Xbox 360 USA/Pal market , a Blazblue Upgrade for PS3/PSP/Vita/Xbox360 , House of The Dead 3 & 4 on PSN ,and the Simpsons Arcade game for PSN and XBLA.

 That Under Defeat HD Port which I posted the first news about in 2008 was also released finally for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Arcade news has been really slim with not many games in the pipeline with future home ports like Guilty Gear XX , Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Virtua Fighter 5.

Cave released a update to the Dodonpachi Series titled "Dodonpachi Sai Ou Jou" that is currently the 6th most popular game in Japanese Arcades according to Arcadia. They also announced a port of Akai Katana Shin to Arcades which I will cover in my next post.

Here is a list of Arcade ports and Arcade inspired games due for the rest of the year that I know of.

Playstation 3

Dead Or Alive 5
Street Fighter X Tekken
Tekken Tag Tournament 2


Double Dragon NEON
Guilty Gear XX A Core Plus
Virtual Fighter 5: Final Showdown

PSP Vita

Street Fighter X Tekken

Xbox 360

Dead Or Alive 5
Street Fighter X Tekken
Tekken Tag Tournament 2


Double Dragon NEON
Double Dragon II
Guilty Gear XX A Core Plus
Magical Drop V
Virtual Fighter 5: Final Showdown
WWE Wrestlefest

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Japanese Arcade Gaming Industry is Not Dead!

Sorry about the lack of updates since May. There really has been no news worth reporting with any solid dates or anything that is news worthy honestly in the Arcade scene. Seems like there is always a huge gap between May and November until a major release as most Japanese companies release their big guns during the Holiday season and 1rst quarter of the year so they can get those great financial reports in April. Since April there has been a total lack of games released of in Japan. Some of this can also be attributed to the terrible Earthquake that hit Japan in March. Meanwhile Arcade staples like Cave are working on other projects and Capcom is busy with the usual upgrades and Crossover titles. SNK has absolutely no games in the arcade pipeline and King Of Fighters XIII on home consoles is the major release of the holidays for 2d game fans (The companies future is probally riding on this title). Here are some of the games we have to look forward to confirmed to be released on home consoles in the next 12 months.


King Of Fighters XIII
NBA Jam On Fire Edtion
Soul Calibur V
Street Fighter X Tekken
Tekken Tag Tournament HD
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3


Mortal Kombat Kollection

Xbox 360
Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu (USA/Pal)
King Of Fighters XIII
Mushihimesama 1.5
NBA Jam On Fire Edtion
Soul Calibur V
Street Fighter X Tekken
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Guardian Heroes
Mortal Kombat Kollection
Radiant Silvergun

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guardian Heroes is coming to Xbox 360 later this year on XBLA Live Arcade

Sega has announced that Guardian Heroes is coming out for the Xbox 360 courtesy of Xbox Live Arcade. It will feature updated HD Graphics as well as Online Multi Player. There will be co operative mode as well as up to 12 player versus mode.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Super Street Fighter IV heading to PC later this year

Super Street Fighter IV will be coming to the PC later this year. The ESRB released a rating aside the previously released Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Versions. Expect some extras or DLC content for the Arcade Edition of Super Street Fighter IV. Release dates for both the DLC and PC edition will occur after the Capcom Captivate embargo ends at 12pm Eastern April 12th.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Strania – The Stella Machina Xbox 360 / XBLA media blowout screenshots , details and a English trailer leading up to March 30th release

Strania – The Stella Machina is due on Xbox Live Arcade worldwide March 30th 2011. Below you can find more in depth info on the game title. The game will cost 800MSP ($10). It is scheduled for release also for the NesicaXLive Arcade system.

Official press release

Reminiscent of nostalgic arcade games from the 1980s, G.rev delivers an authentic robot shoot’em up to XBox LIVE Arcade with Strania. Incorporating strategic decision-making with the exhilarating action that defines the genre, Strania offers a dynamic game system and features dramatic effects plus a catchy soundtrack. Get ready for some hot arcade action as we’re bringing back true hardcore arcade gameplay!

Background Story

"The paths of two advanced civilizations cross as Strania attempts to defend its planet from the approaching Vower army. Armed in powerful mecha able to carry a variety of weapons, the Stranian special task force, the Stella Machina, set out on a preemptive strike against the artificial beings. In order to give their home planet a chance to overcome the oppressors, the Stella Machina must destroy Vower’s massive particle weapon “Gunrock” and create an opening for the fleet to attack the Vower base settling on the frontline"

Key Features

* Inspired by classic arcade shooters from the 1980s: Noted shoot’em up developer G.rev’s newest project is a tribute to old school action shooters from the days when arcades still ruled the gaming scene. A 3D-graphics based 2D vertical shooter, gamers will face curtains of enemies and bullets flying from every direction, infiltrate towering defensive structures and duel with monolithic robots. Fast paced with frantic action set above a backdrop of retro graphics, Strania will take you back to the good ole days.

* Guns and swords do mix: As a member of the elite Stella Machina, gamers pilot a high-powered mecha able to equip a lethal arsenal of weapons. Choose from a long range, destructive laser, explosive rockets, a reflective shot and more. Or, take the battle up close and pick up a couple of swords to slash your way through the robotic wave of invaders.

* 2 > 1: Going solo on Strania is great, but taking a wingman with you is better. Play Strania with a friend locally or online via LIVE!

Info on the DLC side mission SIDE VOWER.

A tale does not become an epic without multiple twists and storylines, and the epic of Strania is not limited to the chapters detailing the Stranian forces’ attempt to defend the planet they call home. In the DLC package SIDE VOWER, gamers assume the role of the intergalactic travelers who have come to Strania with a mission – to recapture the land that they hold sacred.

Work your way into the heart of the planet as you fight through newly arranged stages each capped with a Stranian boss. New music tracks accompany you as you duel with the elite Stella Machina. Break through Stranian defenses and lead the Vower army to fulfill their destiny.

Game Info

Game Title Strania – The Stella Machina –
Platform XBox LIVE Arcade
Publisher & developer G.rev
Game Genre Shoot’em Up (2D shooter)
Release Date March 30, 2011

Number of Players 1 or 2 (multiplayer available locally or via LIVE)
Online Features Online coop multiplayer (maximum 2 players)
Languages Japanese, English

Official Strania Website

Official English Trailer


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NesicaXlive game list of what is announced currently at the Amusement show in Japan

This is a List of the NesicaXlive games confirmed for the system. The games already released are noted on parentheses.

Nesica X Live games List

Exclusive games
Blazblue CS2 (released)

Type X games
Battle Fantasia
King Of Fighters 98 (released)
King Of Fighters 2002 (released)
Power Instinct 5
Raiden IV
Senko No Ronde DUO(released)
Spica Adventure (released)
Trouble Witches AC

Neo Geo
Art Of Fighting
Brikinger / Iron Clad
Fatal Fury
King Of Fighters 94
Metal Slug
Samurai Shodown
World Heroes

Taito Classics
Elevator Action
Puzzle Bobble
Rainbow islands Extra
Space Invaders

Neo Geo games coming to Taito Type X NesicaXlive Arcade System. Brikinger / Iron Clad finally released to Arcades!

SNK Playmore announced at the amusement show that several Neo Geo Classic games and a few of their Type X2 games will be released on the NesicaXlive Arcade System in Japan. Neo Geo titles confirmed include Iron Clad / Brikinger which was originally supposed to be released in 1996. Also Metal Slug , Samurai Shodown, World Heroes , Art of Fighting and more are scheduled. Also updated versions of Type X2 releases of King of Fighters 98 Final Match and King Of Fighters 2002 Unlimited are due for release. This could signal a second coming of the Neo Geo if this system proves to be successful. There was no world of a USA release.

Scantily Clad 2D Fighter Shin Koihime Dream Musou Arcade Edition coming out later this year!

Developer RCI will be releasing Shin Koihime Musou Dream Arcade Edition later this year in Japanese Arcades. The game features a all female cast. The game is displayed in 16:9 widescreen and have high resolution sprite animation.


Aquapazza a new 2d fighter from Examu and Aquaplus! Coming to arcades later this year on NesicaXLive

Aquapazza is coming to arcades later this year for the Taito Type X2 NesicaXlive arcade system. Aquapazza is new 2d fighter from Examu and Aquaplus! You should remember Examu for their work on the Arcana Heart series.


Sega is bringing FK Digital's 2d Fighter Chaos Code to Arcades this summer!

Sega showed off a new build of Chaos Code at the amusement show last month. The game will be released on Ringedge hardware in Japan this summer. The game was first put on location test in 2009. It features a 4 button fighting system and has easy combo input to allow players to better enjoy its fighting system.

Video from AOU

5pb's original Shmup Bullet Soul Tama Tamashii is coming home April 7th 2011 for Xbox 360

5pb will be releasing Bullet Soul Tama Tamashii a original Xbox 360 shmup April 7th 2011 in Japan. It may be released as a region-free title.The game features vertical scrolling gameplay on a 2d plane. Character designs are from Akio Watanabe. Music composition is from Kenji Ito, with arrangement work from Kouta Takahashi.


G.rev Shmup Seisou Kouki Strania is being released March 30th 2011 on Xbox Live Arcade

G.Rev announced that Seisou Kouki No Strania will be released on Xbox Live Arcade March 30th 2011 worldwide. The price will be 800MSP. They also announced that it will also be released on the Taito Type X as a NesicaXlive title. The game will feature online co op as well as leaderboards.


Qute releasing Xbox 360 shmup Eschatos March 24th 2011

Game developer Qute will be releasing their first next generation shmup Eschatos on the Xbox 360 March 24th in Japan. The game features vertical shmup gameplay in high definition. The game also includes as a bonus ports of the Wonderswan games Judgement Silversword and Cardinal Sins. The game producer also mentioned that Eschatos will be region free release as well.


Otomedius Excellent is being released March 24th 2011 in Japan for Xbox 360

Konami will be releasing Otomedius Excellent March 24th 2011 in Japan for the Xbox 360. The game is a sequel to Otomedius G which was released on Xbox 360 in 2008. The game features horizontial gameplay reminiscent of Gradius and includes many selectable characters including guest appearance from Castlevania / Dracula X series. Some features include online play featuring 3 players at once. There is also a offline mode which you and a few friends can play together as well.

Gameplay Video below from TGS

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cave has a adventure game coming out called Instant Brain

Cave will be releasing a Adventure game for presumably for Xbox 360 (Kinect Maybe) later this year titled Instant Brain.The game is centered around a camera which you use to progress through the story. The game is set in the near future. You can view the official site here.

Video below


Akai Katana Shin! coming to Xbox 360 May 26th 2011

Cave announced that Akai Katana Shin! coming to Xbox 360 May 26th 2011. The game will have 16:9 widescreen support as well as new gameplay systems and extra stages. There will be a LE and Standard edition releases.Visuals are updated for high resolution with redrawn sprites. The first print will include DLC for add on for newly recorded voices.

Video below