Just as this was being posted we received word that a Sega music game by the name of Project Diva Arcade is now testing at the Round 1 USA location in Puente Hills, CA. This is one game that never seemed like it would make its way to the US but never say never. until now it had exclusively been kept in Eastern territories so this is very interesting news. The game was just setup today and will be testing through March 18th. More details @ Mikufan.com Thanks to John Chiok for the tip!
I’m surprised that this wasn’t showing up from the day 1 coverage but here is a look at Namco’s massive booth featuring Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, in addition to a few other games. This image via Dengeki Online.
4Gamer.net has an extensive play report about MKAGPDX. They spend most of the time discussing the new team mode, although you have to use a little imagination with the translation. No indication that I caught about whether 1st place gets a free race but it will include a feature found on a lot of arcade racers these days, namely the auto-gas that kicks in if the pedal isn’t pushed down after three seconds. Also according to a report on the game by Game Watch, camera functions have been enhanced to make it easier to use.
Speaking of racing games, the Game Watch report also shows a picture of Dead Heat Riders although that was sectioned off from any play. Perhaps Namco is just wanting this one to be more of a Western release (it was seen at the recent EAG show in London).
Here’s Namco’s newest version of their drumming game, Taiko No Tatsujin
While made for kids, we’ve discussed this new light-gun/card game for kids by Namco called Bhutto Burst. In a nutshell, the game dispenses data cards that you can insert into the light-gun itself to change abilities of the gun in the game. It can hold up to three cards. Via Famitsu
Sega didn’t just have that Code of Joker game to show off, they also had the latest version of their mecha-battle game Border Break (Am-Net)
Konami is holding their arcade cards all close to Japan these days but some can hold out hope for imports.
Here’s a closer look at the new DanceDanceRevolution by Konami, via Famitsu
Also their new FutureTomTom two player drumming game (Via Game Watch)
A short time ago we reported that a motorcycle racing game was testing in Taiwan by the name of Fast Beat Battle Rider. Turns out it’s already looking to hit international markets such as Japan so perhaps a Western release is in the cards. Via Famitsu
One of many pictures showing good attendance (AM-Net)