When Taito first demonstrated their modern arcade update to the Elevator Action series, it was a bit of surprise as they changed it from a sidescrolling shooter to a light-gun one(I still think that an graphical update to Elevator Action Returns would be nothing short of awesome). The new game used pistols but in light of the recent trend for light-gun shooters to focus on machine guns, it appears that Taito felt that Elevator Action: Death Parade could use an upgrade.
As seen on the AM-Net Blog, they have been testing Elevator Action: Death Parade Machine Gun Edition in Japan. The guns look somewhat similar to those used on Namco’s Razing Storm. It’s unknown if they have decided to give the software an update as well but bigger guns alone generally means bigger earnings. Also, don’t write this off as a Japan-only thing yet – Taito has made EADP available for the European and US markets and I imagine that it would take a simple kit to upgrade any existing EADP cabs out there.
A few more pics including a close-up of the new guns can be seen at the AM-Net Blog