JAEPO 2018 Part I – New Arcade Games Coming From Japan

arcadehero February 9, 2018 5
JAEPO 2018 Part I – New Arcade Games Coming From Japan

Welcome to the first of various JAEPO 2018 threads. These may be a bit of a hodge podge of content, most of what I am seeing from the show coming via Twitter as Japanese attendees tend to favor the platform. Let’s start with news and go from there, in no particular order other than what I’ve come across in my feed.

UPDATE: Part 2 can be found here.

As a note, the show was not open to the public for the first day, with that time a focus on “business meetings” with booths open mainly to specific clients. That said, it hasn’t stopped a ton of news from posting online.

Sega, Bandai Namco & Konami To Unify Their Card Systems This Summer

One issue with every company having their own card system is that it can become a little cumbersome – Sega has Aime, Namco has Banapassport, Konami has eAmusement Pass. Now the three companies are working to bring it all into one card system instead called Amusement IC. Hard to see where this will affect the Western market (not much due to the very limited exposure to these systems in the States and Europe) but it should be beneficial to game centers in Japan.

Amusement IC card system

Dance Rush Stardom (Konami)

Bemanistyle has pics of Dance Rush and e-Amusement with English, Korean & Chinese translations – seems like a very good indicator that Konami has Western plans for this one after all. From the grand setup and what I have seen so far, they do appear ready to put a lot of marketing into it. We’ll see if Western distributors will bite though (Dave & Busters and Round 1 USA seems all but set for it, at least)

Thanks to the “Team Battle” setup, this is already one of the most impressive arcade spectacles of the show.

House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn

Famitsu has an article about Sega’s new HOTD game, where a big stage event was held to discuss the upcoming arcade shooter. Here’s part of the photo op from that event:

The Famitsu article holds an interview (I think with these two ladies but I’m not 100% sure) but you have to copy and paste the text into an online translator since Google & Bing translators don’t directly translate secure pages. They talk about their opinion of horror games as well as the new Scarlet Dawn features; not sure there is any new-new information on top of what we’ve seen previously, focusing on the new recoil guns, the “4D effects” and elements like the destructible environments, saving other people and so on.

I imagine that lines will be long to play this one; Sega is also giving away limited edition HOTD face masks during the show.

Aka To Blue Type-R (Tanoshimasu, Exa-Arcadia)

The launch title for the new Exa-Arcadia hardware has drawn some big attention so far, namely from companies who are known for their shoot ’em ups. As a reminder, the English version of this will be called “Aka & Blue” instead of ‘To’

CEO of G.Rev Playing The Game

MOSS’s CEO plays the game (MOSS responsible for the Raiden series these days)

Famitsu Coverage Of Aka To Blue Type-R

4Gamer coverage

Shoot Away Pro (Bandai Namco)

Something we reported on the other day, we now have video of it in action. They decided to keep the graphical appearance old school on this one, which is a bit surprising. Putting the appeal more on the guns and the big screen display instead of the graphical prowess. This is launching in Japan next month; we’ll let you know if we hear about an international release. More details at 4Gamer.net

Starwing Paradox (Square Enix)

Square Enix’s newest futuristic battle arena game is popular despite it only having been the “business day”.

4Gamer has an article about it with a few pics

Here’s the flyer for the game then video of it in motion:

Groove Coaster 4 (Taito)

They seem to be promoting this one with a character moreso than previous installments (from what I can recall)

Ongeki (Sega)

A new rhythm game where you control a band as they go down the musical note trench

Cosmogangs (Bandai Namco)

Redemption piece that will be showing up out West, this is a sequel to the 1990 redemption game of almost the same name (this one has an S at the end; new tech)

Atari Pong Table Project (UNIS)

This one has really been making the rounds since IAAPA last year, showing up at various amusement trade shows as well as CES. I didn’t exactly expect it to be at JAEPO but it is there:

That’s all I’ve gathered for now from JAEPO 2018. More to come in part 2…and probably 3 😉


  1. SaraAB87 February 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Oh holy crap they are making a new Cosmo Gang, I know a bunch of people who will be interested in this.

  2. Alfred February 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    It’s weird how Square Enix is starting to become my favorite arcade company.

    • Yaro February 10, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Don’t forget that SquareEnix owns Taito…

  3. Jitterdoomer February 10, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    More news about Maximum Tune 6:

    This game will expand up to 100 Story like in Maximum Tune 3, the game’s horsepower will be upped by 840HP, Porsche will be replacing RUF, and multi-ghost battle.

  4. Clay Silvia February 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Starwing Paradox looks incredible! I don’t care what language it’s in, I want a cab in my basement.

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