In case you were wondering what players would think of the new DDR X in Europe, then the recent appearance of the title at the Japan Expo 2009 in Paris France should answer that question. The game has undergone extensive testing in Europe and according to the press release (which you can read after the post break) the game is shipping to locations across Europe in the following weeks via Electrocoin. More info can be found in the press release below
|Following a long and successful test period, Konami and Electrocoin are proud to announce that the new hit product will be shipped throughout Europe within the coming weeks. A second production run of the machine is already being planned to meet the overwhelming demand. The brand is celebrating its tenth anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to release the grandest version yet!
Dance Dance Revolution X (DDR X) is the latest instalment from the iconic Dancing Stage series. The brand has been renamed worldwide, arcade and home versions alike, in order to create a global synergy.
This synergy was on display at the Japan Expo event in Paris, a 4 day exhibition celebrating Japanese culture. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. worked with the Konami French consumer software office to ensure the successful EU player launch for DDR X. Konami had a large stand that attracted an enormous amount of attention from the very strong crowd that attend the annual event, now in its tenth year. The booth was buzzing with a myriad of Konami products including the global phenomenon Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, as well as a selection of consumer software titles. DDR X proudly took centre stage at the front of the stand, proving the enduring allure of the dancing game.
The event was visited by Naoki Maeda of BEMANI Productions, the music game department of Konami, who is credited for a vast amount of the music on DDR X and other BEMANI music games. Mr Maeda enjoys celebrity status amongst the BEMANI fans. He judged one of the many tournaments at the event, signed autographs and introduced new BEMANI products to the rapturous crowd.
The highlight of the event was the tournament on DDR X where players from all over France competed to be crowned champion. Such was the size of this event that it was covered by the MTV show ‘Game One’ who plan to air a 20 minute special programme on the event and DDR X, typifying the huge interest that surrounds the launch of this machine.
The unique spirit of the event appears to be have been compounded in that it revels in the variety of products and yet retains a common appeal. James Anderson commented “it is great to work so closely with our consumer games divisions in Europe on events like this to promote amusement products to the players as well as get valuable feedback for future development.”
The first noticeable difference with DDR X, in comparison to previous models, is the makeover the cabinet has received. Decorated in eye-catching decals and supporting a 37” wide screen LCD, it is more impressive than ever before. The software itself has been refined, with many new music tracks taking the total number of songs to almost 400! There are also other features on the machine which are bound to keep the player interest (and therefore the high income) which will be announced over the coming weeks / months.
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Company: Konami Digital Entertainment Europe
Established in Osaka, Japan in 1969 by Kagemasa Kozuki, Konami is one of the video game industry’s biggest success stories. Konami continues to be recognised as a leader in innovative and entertaining games, and is always looking to the future. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is located in Chiswick, London and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Konami Corporation in Japan. Throughout its operations in Europe, Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has been dedicated to meeting the needs of its home markets whilst keeping the global Konami branches in touch with the European Pulse. Global in outlook, at the forefront of information technology and always investing considerably into R&D, it is natural that Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. continues to develop some of the most cutting edge video games for its players. Pan European hits such as Silent Scope and Dancing Stage continue their popularity with new hits arriving all the time.Konami will continue to keep its eyes open for the future demands of the market and only present products meeting the requirements and wishes of its customers. For more information visit http://www.konami.co.uk or contact Iris Basic – firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: +44(0) 208 987 5733).