Since I don’t have the opportunity to visit the JAMMA show in Japan, we have to rely on what other sites are showing us in regards to what is going on over there. Thanks to several Japanese game websites, here is a run down of what has been going on at JAMMA.
While nothing has been shown on Arcana Heart 3, two teaser pics on the Examu blog seem to indicate that AH3 may in fact be a 3D fighter. (see the Upatsu scoop post on this link)
Just so I don’t overwhelm the front page with a long post with all of these big images, you can see more by hitting the link below. And to entice you further here’s what you get: Shots of Namco’s new pirate-themed light-gun title; a card-game from Namco; H2Overdrive in Japan; Shining Force Cross and more Giant Tetris; Project Cerebus; two new and unique games from Taito; Cyber Diver, KOF Sky Stage and more. UPDATE: Pics added for Tetris: The Grand Master 4, Speed Rider, Heat Up Hockey and others via Game Watch (which was found via AM Net)
Also from Gpara, you can see Namco’s new pirate-themed light gun game on the left of this image.
Closer shot of the pirate game. You can see how Sega’s Let’s Go Jungle has influenced this one although I see frmo this picture that Namco has added a motion base to the game, which LGJ lacked. (Famitsu)
I think Namco wants people to notice something (Famitsu)
Namco has some card-based coin-op games as well (Dengeki Online)
Check it out, H2Overdrive has landed in Japan! (Famitsu)
Sega’s Shining Force Cross attracted some nice crowds (Famitsu)
More Giant Tetris. It’s obvious that Sega is putting a lot more marketing into this game than they are the new TGM4. (Famitsu)
Sega’s Heat Up Hockey which we have discussed recently (Game Watch)
UPDATE: Finally, here is Tetris: The Grand Master 4 that we’ve all be waiting for (Game Watch)
Taito introduced a new game at the show which is very unique in it’s concept – it has a ‘dining table’ controller and the game deals with you tipping tables over to cause havoc somehow. It is listed as “Ultra-low dining table back” and it’s too bad that this is likely going to be something you’ll only enjoy in Asia. (Dengeki Online) (Official game website)
Another game that Taito has announced looks like a multiplayer quiz game with an interesting control setup. Something like this could be easily done in other markets, the question is what kind of interest would there be in a party-style quiz game. Apparently this game has three different control configurations, one which uses two buttons, one which uses one and another which uses a fishing reel (via this game’s official site) According to this link that reader ECM sent me, this and the previous game is a part of Taito’s “No-Kou” series.
UPDATE: More pics of this one via Game Watch
Taito’s quirky FPS Cyber Diver was there to tear things up. (Famitsu)
Don’t forget Elevator Action: Death Parade (Dengeki Online)
Taito also was showing of KOF Sky Stage. I wonder what that small cabinet is to the right of KOF though – is it me or does it say something about 3D there, perhaps a new 3D screen powered by the TypeX2 hardware? 3D screens are starting to become all the rage now.(Famitsu)
Here’s a better shot of KOF Sky Stage from Dengeki Online
Famitsu also has some direct screens from KOF Sky Stage
UPDATE: Pic of Speed Rider (which I believe is an IGS title) running on a Vewlix cabinet. This is the first time I’ve seen a Vewlix setup like this. (Game Watch)
DeathSmiles II always seems to make people happy (Famitsu)
This is probably why cameras are banned at some trade shows.
And this is why people sneak them in.