Sunday, September 28, 2008

Shooting Love 200X Exzeal is official on Xbox 360

Famitsu released official news on the Exzeal port for the Xbox 360. The game will feature a collection of 3 shooter games developed by Triangle Service. The games are Trizeal Remix, Shmups Skills Test and , Exzeal. This collection of Naomi ports is planned for a early 2009 release. The Xbox 360 has solidified itself as the shmup console of choice in Japan.

Scans below

Friday, September 26, 2008

Elexicon Games releasing Wii shmup Ocean Commander

Elexicon Games announced they will release the sub shmup Ocean Commander in the 1rst quarter of 2009.The Wii controller will be used for 360 degree shooting. Other features such as Two modes of play, Mission Mode and Survival mode ,highly accurate and innovative control system ,12 upgradeable weapons and 21 stages and 30 levels.

Screens below

New video of Mamonoro released by Grev

Grev released new video of Stage 5 of Mamonoro for the Sega Naomi board. The game was released this past week in Japan. The game is co developed by Gulti and G Revolution.

Video below

New Character revealed and screens of Dodonpachi Dai Ou Jou Black Label X for Xbox 360

5pb released pictures of a new character "Piper" and screens of Dodonpachi Dai Ou Jou Black Label X for the Xbox 360. The game is due out December 25th. They also announced there will be no longer be a HD mode instead opting for several Anti Aliasing Options. Also there is the option to choose 3 different Arrangements for for Soundtrack Mono, Arrange , and a remix by Manabu Namiki. Modes include Original version , Black Label version , Replay mode and Online Score Rankings.
Pictures below

A new King Of Fighters Fighters XII trailer released

A New King Of Fighters XII trailer was released by Snk Playmore. It captures every bit of the art style they are trying to incorporate into this new Taito Type X2 entry in the series. The game will come out later this year in Arcades with a planned home release early next year for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Arika holding testing event and releasing Ketsui Death Label in October

Arika announced that Ketsui Death Label will be finished in time for it's October 23rd release on the Nintendo DS. They also announced there will be a meeting in Tokyo's Akihabara district on October 5th where fans of the game can download a 24 hour trial version and try out the full version before it hits retail. They also released pictures of the Official box art and screens of in game action. The game features several boss battles, multi player and a few stages from the Original game.

Screens below

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sega Naomi keeping the Dream alive!

Long after the Dreamcast died in the USA the Sega Naomi it's counterpart in the Arcades is still chugging along. It was a sad day in Febuary 2001 when Peter Moore and Sega USA pulled the plug on the little console that could, But Sega Japan would not let the Dreamcast go quietly in the dark. Little Development studios mainly Treasure and G.Rev were tinkering with the follow up sequel to the highly praised and sought after Radiant Silvergun. The game known only as Project RS-2 was destined to reach arcades in the December of 2001 and when it showed at the AM show a few months prior "IKARUGA" was highly touted as the savior of Shmups in Arcades. Many rumors started circulating that perhaps a Dreamcast release was possible due to its ease of porting from its Naomi Counterpart. In June of 2002 NCSX confirmed what many suspected that Ikaruga would indeed receive a console port on Sept 5th 2002.

The game was a hit with the critics and the fans and started a revolution of Arcade shmups being developed for the Naomi and susequently to the Dreamcast with official releases dating up to 2007. A remarkable run for a console people had deemed dead in 2001. Currently the Sega Naomi is seeing releases in the Arcade this year with Asian Dynamite Deka (Dynamite Cop),Akatsuki Denkou Senki , Illvelo, Mamonoro and Melty Blood Actress Again. The current AM show did not feature any Naomi games unfotunately and it seems that the Naomi will end its run this year as one of the longest tenured and highly successful arcade boards the market will ever see. The official first release in Arcades was House of The Dead 2 in 1998 and last releases will be Mamonoro and Melty Blood Actress Again which were released today. Even 10 years later House of the Dead 2 is a top earner in most Arcades.

A list of Naomi games with home ports is below.

Sega Naomi

18 Wheeler (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PS2)
Alien Front Online (Dreamcast)
Border Down (Dreamcast)
Cannon Spike (Dreamcast)
Capcom Vs Snk (Dreamcast)
Capcom Vs Snk Pro (Dreamcast,PS1)
Capcom Vs Snk 2 (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PS2,Xbox)
Chaos Field (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PS2,Wii)
Charge'N'Blast (Dreamcast)
Confidential Mission (Dreamcast)
Cosmic Smash (Dreamcast)
Crazy Taxi (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PC,PS2,PSP,Xbox)
Dead or Alive 2 (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox)
Death Crimson OX (Dreamcast,PS2)
F1 World Grand Prix (Dreamcast)
F355 Challenge (Dreamcast,PS2)
Get Bass 2 (Dreamcast)
Giant Gram 2 : All Japan Pro Wrestling In Nippon Budokan (Dreamcast)
Giant Gram 2000 : All Japan Pro Wrestling 3 (Dreamcast)
Gigawing 2 (Dreamcast)
Guilty Gear X (Dreamcast,PC,PS2)
Guilty Gear XX (PC,PS2,Psp)
Guilty Gear XX Reload # (PS2,PSP,Xbox)
Guilty Gear XX Slash (PS2)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (PS2,Wii)
Heavy Metal Geomatrix (Dreamcast)
Ikaruga (Dreamcast,Gamecube,Xbox 360)
Karous (Dreamcast,Wii)
King Of Route 66 (Ps2)
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox)
Melty Blood Act Cadenza Version B (PC,PS2)
Mobile Suit Gundam Federation Vs Jion (Dreamcast)
Mobile Suit Gundam Federation Vs Jion DX (Dreamcast,PS2)
Monkey Ball (Gamecube,Iphone)
Musapey's Choco Marker (Dreamcast)
Ninja Assault (PS2)
Out Trigger (Dreamcast)
Powerstone (Dreamcast,Psp)
Powerstone 2 (Dreamcast,Psp)
Project Justice (Dreamcast)
Psyvariar 2 (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox)
Puyo Puyo Da! (Dreamcast)
Puyo Puyo Fever (Dreamcast,DS,Gamecube,PC,Ps2,Psp,Xbox)
Radilgy (Dreamcast,Gamecube,Ps2,Wii)
Resident Evil Gun Survivor 2: Code Veronica (PS2)
Rythm Tengoku (DS)
Samba de Amigo (Dreamcast,Wii)
Samba de Amigo Version 2000 (Dreamcast)
Sega Marine Fishing (Dreamcast)
Sega Tetris (Dreamcast)
Senko No Ronde SP (Xbox 360)
Shikigami No Shiro 2 (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PC,PS2,Xbox)
Shooting Love 2007 Exzeal (Xbox 360)
Spawn (Dreamcast)
Sports Jam (Dreamcast)
Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper (Dreamcast,Psp)
Super Major League / World Series Baseball (Dreamcast)
The House of the Dead 2 (Dreamcast,PC,Wii,Xbox)
The Typing of the Dead (Dreamcast,PC,PS2)
Tokyo Bus Tour (Dreamcast)
Trigger Heart Exelica (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox 360)
Trizeal (Dreamcast,PC,PS2)
Under Defeat (Dreamcast)
Virtua Athletics (Dreamcast)
Virtua Striker 2 Version 2000 (Dreamcast)
Virtua Tennis / Power Smash (Dreamcast)
Virtua Tennis 2 / Power Smash 2 (Dreamcast,PS2)
Virtual On Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S.Ver.5.66 (Dreamcast,PS2)
WWF Royal Rumble (Dreamcast)
Zero Gunner 2 (Dreamcast)
Zombie Revenge (Dreamcast)

Sega Naomi 2

Beach Spikers (Gamecube)
Initial D Arcade Stage (PS2)
Initial D Arcade Stage 2 (PSP)
Initial D Arcade Stage 3 (PS3)
Virtua Fighter 4 (PS2)
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (PS2)
Virtua Striker 3 (Gamecube)

Top 10 selling games in Japan week of Sept 15th-20th

Top 10 selling games in Japan week of Sept 15th-20th were

1. Pokemon Platinum (DS)
2. Dragon Ball (DS) NEW
3. Rythm Tengoku Gold (DS)
4. Trusty Bell (PS3) NEW
5. Home Tutor Reborn (PSP) NEW
6. Quiz Magic Academy (DS)
7. Wii Fit (Wii)
8. Samurai Way (PSP) NEW
9. Sakura Usuki Tam Chi-demon - Shinsengumi (PS2) NEW
10. Mario Kart (Wii)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pictures of Death Smiles Xbox 360 faceplate and some Cave rumors

Here are some pictures of Death Smiles themed Faceplate. Also there are some rumors circulating that if Death Smiles on Xbox 360 does well that the 3 following games Mushihime Sama Futari , Espgaluda 2 and Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu would also recieve Xbox 360 ports. Currently Death Smiles is being developed side by side at the same time as the Death Label version for the Arcade. The Xbox 360 port will include both the Original and ARRANGE (Death Label) versions of the game. Cave also mentioned the price , availability , and ease of development as reasons for a Xbox 360 port instead of other consoles.

Capcom announces Resident Evil Wiimake of Gamecube Remake!

Capcom formally announced in famitsu that Resident Evil / Biohazard would be getting a Wii port. I would expect the graphics to be simliar but include the Wii mote enhancements we have learned to love such as waggling and aiming. Game is planned for a December 25th release in Japan. Chances of coming stateside are slim at best since Capcom USA rejected Resident Evil 0 port although that did not include any Wii specific enhancements.

Gouken announced as a playable character in Street Fighter 4

Capcom announced in the latest Famitsu that Gouken would be a playable character in Street Fighter 4. He is the martial arts master of Ryu and Ken, as well as the older brother and former sparring partner of Akuma. See magazine scan below.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dodonpachi Dai Jou Black Label X recieves a release date on Xbox 360

5pb announced that Dodonpachi Dai Ou Jou Black Label X will receive a release on the Xbox 360 December 25th 2008. The features include the original and Black Label editions of the game, as well as online score ranking, replay, enhanced HD graphics, and Xbox Live Marketplace content.

Capcom has announced their Official TGS lineup

Capcom has announced their Official Playable Tokyo Game Show lineup with more games to be announced in the future. A nice diverse listing of games featuring action , fighting , and RPG that is sure to keep everyone in the world entertained. Here is hoping for a solid date on Street Fighter 4 at the show (Preferbly this year in Japan). A list of games with titles is below.

Gyakuten Kenji (NDS)

Ryuusei no RockMan 3 Black Ace & Red Joker (NDS)

Wantame Variety Channel (NDS)

Dead Rising Zombie Sacrifice (Wii)

Monster Hunter 3 Tri (Wii)

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (Wii)

Biohazard 5 [Resident Evil 5] (PS3, 360)

Bionic Commando (PS3, 360)

Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360)

Sengoku Basara:Battle Heroes (PSP)

Fate/Unlimited Codes (PS2)