Some months ago we revealed that Taito’s 4-player arcade exclusive shmup Darius Burst Another Chronicle game would in fact be making it outside of Japan with a special English version of the game and now thanks to The Stinger Report we have the visual proof as the game was shown off this week at the Electrocoin Park Avenue Open Day event in the United Kingdom. DBAC wasn’t the only game on-hand though – Taito is also bringing Sonic Blast Heroes internationally, giving us two unique games that are very much arcade exclusive. As you can see in the pics beyond the break, Taito has changed the DBAC cabinet from the Japanese version to make it more of an open game, which should help other players jump onto the game. The game will be testing soon at the Trocadero in London after this event. Still, many players asked Taito for this game which drove them to do this, so let’s not let them down and support something that stands out for arcades.
Many more exclusive DBAC photos and more including the English version of Sonic Blast Heroes (!) can be found by clicking below…
First let’s get the DBAC humping out of the way with these. I’m glad they kept the headphone jacks on the panel.
Thumbs (click to blow ’em up)
Sonic Blast Heroes – The latest edition of Taito’s quirky punching video game is seen here outside of Japan for the first time. This one is a surprise to me as even though Taito did have a couple of Sonic Blast Man out in Western arcades back in the 90’s. Given the strong popularity of Boxer games in bars and arcades these days, I think that this will be a good fit.
From the looks of it, the event was really a Taito show more than anything else. Here is Taito/GlobalVR’s Frightfearland which we first saw at Amusement Expo ’11
Taito’s Panic Museum (prequel to FrightFearLand) was there as was Hopping Road
Well it wasn’t all Taito products on hand. Here is Fruit Ninja FX by Adrenaline Amsuements
Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution X2 cozying up to Sonic Blast Heroes
Konami’s GTI Club and StarBall. They never seem happy with racing cabinet designs in Europe as at every show it seems like they have a different one for the same game.
Namco’s Dead Heat looking sharp in the dark
Sega’s only game that was there was Super Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz