More AOU news: Castlevania Arcade released, Border Break details, new hardware from SIE

Shaggy February 19, 2009 5

There’s more to talk about from AOU 2009 and I find it exciting to see.


Castlevania: The Arcade is now available in Japan. I have checked with Konami to see when we might expect to see this released internationally and while I have not received a response yet, it should be soon. Along with the release of the latest Castlevania title, Konami has provided a new video of the game in action, which I have attempted to embed below but after several failed attempts due to an IO error, I’ve just given up. You can see the video here at the Castlevania Arcade Japanese site.
Also you can see it in action from Matt’s footage of the game when it was on location test in the UK last year.


More details have come out on Sega’s Border Break arcade game although so far I have not been able to find any screenshots of the game. The game will use an IC card system (although it’s not required for the player to get an IC card) and mechs will be customizable. You also will be able to gain points to customize the pilot of the mech, from changing their clothers to their hair color.   A left grip allows you to move and the right grip is for “attacking” thus presumably aiming. More stuff at Aries.

AQ Interactive:

They have announced some new hardware for arcades called “System Board Y2”. It looks like it’s not terribly powerful hardware where it has a 32-bit CPU that runs at 266 MHz, runs at a resolution of 800×600 with 30 fps and can produce 100 million polygons/sec according to the specs. It will probably be a low cost solution similar to Examu’s newest board. It sie01will be produced by SIE Corp but is being shown at the AQ Interactive booth – so far no screenshots have been shown that I can find of what it can do.

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  1. Matt The Gamer February 20, 2009 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I wish there were some local arcades around my area. Actually, there are none that I can really name within about an hour and a half drive of my place.

    Anyway, I am interested to try out Castlevania: The Arcade and see how it turns out. I have been playing the original for my NES lately, and Dawn of Sorrow for the Nintendo DS. Lovin’ them.

  2. Shaggy February 20, 2009 at 2:08 am - Reply

    You can always check out a site named Arcade Fly or there is one called Arcade Finder – sometimes they might show an arcade in your area that is brand new or just not well known. Otherwise, it does suck when there aren’t any in the area but hopefully that will change across the country over the next few years. 🙂

    Personally this is one game I wouldn’t mind getting for my own arcade if I had the cash to pick it up. It’s different from the normal arcade fare and it’s Castlevania.

  3. Matt The Gamer February 20, 2009 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Thanks for the sites you mentioned, I will check them out. I am currently broke from buying so many games and consoles, that I don’t think I can afford to go to an actual arcade right now. I post all of the stuff I buy on my blog, if you want to check it out.

    After I left this comment, I played some more Castlevania on my NES. It’s so good. Getting close to beating it. It’s a tough game, but I have a good feeling I will beat it sometime soon. Game game games! *drooling* Lovin’ the old games.

  4. sharkone February 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Hello guys, you can find on Youtube the trailer and the intro about Border Break, they are on the account of Sega of Japan.

    Its coooool!

  5. igo February 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    System Board Y2 sounds super weak. 266mhz, that might have been ok in 1997.

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