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Videos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay FootageVideos: Starwing Paradox Finally Gets Some Proper Gameplay... Over at 4Gamer, they have a new interview with one of the developers behind the upcoming arcade mecha game Starwing Paradox. Released later this year in the Japanese arcades,...

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News: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location Tests AnnouncedNews: Gundam Extreme Versus 2 Initial Roster And Location... As the rest of the world has Gundam Versus on the PS4, Japanese arcades are gearing up for the upcoming Gundam Versus Extreme 2. On May 12 and 13, stores in Tokyo and Osaka...

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Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10)Reviews: Super Robot Wars X (9/10) Since the end of the Z series, the Super Robot Wars games have tried to change up the setup somewhat, such as including series without mecha in Super Robot Wars V. Well, the...

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Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For 2018Videos: Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 Announced For... Bandai Namco have recently announced that Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 will be hitting arcades in 2018. Unlike Gundam Versus, this is being positioned as a true sequel...

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Videos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie, and Efreet Schneid Coming To Gundam VersusVideos: Build Strike Gundam, Farsia, Gundam Pixie,... Several new DLC units have been announced during the Gundam Games Announcement stream on January 16. Aside from revealing God and Master Gundam gameplay, we saw Missing...

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News: Final VOTOMS series announced

Posted on : 22-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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Over at Anime News Network a story has broken that the final chapter in Ryosuke Takahashi’s VOTOMS series, entitled Gen-ei Hen (or Phantom Arc) will begin airing next spring. It’s worth clarifying the simply massive impact this saga has had on gaming. Despite its own list of tie-in games (of which we reviewed the most recent), titles like Heavy Gear and Front Mission simply wouldn’t exist without the base ruleset that was used for the armored troopers in VOTOMS. The fact that this will be the final instalment in the narrative also qualifies as being a bit of a big deal, as the last part of the timeline we saw was in Heretic Saint back in 1994 (the recent Pailsen Files was actually set before the events in the original TV series). With any luck Yuke’s will be called back to do a new game to tie-in with this.

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News: Tatsunoko vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars Release Date

Posted on : 22-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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The Japanese release date for Tatsunoko vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars has been announced to be the 28th January next year (two days after the US release and a day before the European launch). This is the updated version over Cross Generation of Heroes, which only saw a Japanese release at the end of last year. Ultimate All-Stars will also feature the much loved Tekkaman Blade, seen above, as a playable character. Naturally, in Japan, Bandai have been a tad shrewd about this and scheduled a release of the Armor Plus Tekkaman Blade toy to coincide with the launch of the game. This is not to be confused with the recently released set that also included Pegas, as the Armor Plus toy is a much larger rendition of just Blade himself.

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News: Super Robot Wars Neo PV3

Posted on : 21-10-2009 | By : | In : News, Videos

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A new promo video for Super Robot Wars Neo is now online. This video is particularly noteworthy as it shows the new non-grid based map setup and how that interlinks with the battle system. In short, it looks to be masterfully fluid in terms of how the strategy will work out. Naturally, this is ideal for Neo as it’s being clearly aimed at a younger audience due to its slightly kiddy mecha show line-up. That said, having a similar setup for the subsequent Super Robot Wars games would also work extremely well as it would add more tactical intricacy and depth if handled well. The game’s release is still scheduled for the end of October in Japan.

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News: Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus new Plus Mode breakdown

Posted on : 20-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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I meant to post this earlier but a few places have gone into detail on the upcoming Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus’ new Plus Mode. Now for those that have played any of these console ports before, you’ll already now about the extensive mission modes these games can offer. Where you have a large number of missions coupled with unit upgrading all linked in a causal manner. This being in contrast to the almost cursory arcade “singleplayer”, which comprises of a scant few areas and opponents. The new Plus Mode is effectively the mission mode from the older ports, which is no bad thing but not exactly a massive progression either. Separately, the official site has been updating its mobile suits roster in case you’re curious.

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News: Sakura Wars So Long My Love Delayed Again

Posted on : 16-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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As many had already assumed, it seems that the vague “Winter 2009/2010” release date that Nippon Ichi America gave to Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love means that we won’t be seeing it this year. I’ve been waiting for a game in the Sakura Wars series to come over since the days of the Sega Saturn, so while I’m sure I can wait a little while longer, it’s definitely going to be a tough sell for many hardcore gamers with all the other highly anticipated titles that have already been pushed back into 2010, such as Bayonetta and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. It’s being released on the PlayStation 2 and the Wii, which aren’t exactly the first choices of hardcore gamers these days, which also makes me worry about its success.

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News: Silent Line Portable PV2

Posted on : 16-10-2009 | By : | In : News, Videos

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A new promo video was released over at the official site for Armored Core 3 Silent Line Portable today. It highlights the original AI functionality from the PS2 version as well as clarifying the compatibility of game saves with Armored Core 3 Portable. What’s nice about the video is how it uses one of the in-game tracks, specifically that of “Rise In Arms”. As Silent Line’s score, penned by Kota Hoshino, was remarkably well wrought (so much so that on its release it was encased within a hardback artbook).

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News: Super Robot Wars Neo TV spot

Posted on : 16-10-2009 | By : | In : News, Videos

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To tie in with the release of Super Robot Wars Neo at the end of this month, Banpresto are launching their ad campaign. Normally, these have involved the indomitable Shoko-tan for the past few iterations but this one is especially endearing as it’s portrayed as a mock newsreel with obligatory helicopter reportage. There’s a nice bit of coverage over at 4gamer, which shows the making of as well.

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News: Lost Planet Part of Capcom Platinum Hits

Posted on : 15-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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The recent post about the Lost Planet 2 Vital Suit kits reminded me of this tidbit. Early last September, Capcom released the Capcom Platinum Hits pack. For $40, you get Dead Rising, Devil May Cry 4, and the first Lost Planet. Those who held off on purchasing the original Lost Planet because of the two expansion packs (like myself) will also be happy to know that the Lost Planet here is the Extreme Condition: Colonies Edition, so you’ll be getting the ultimate version basically.

The Vital Suits, the mecha in the game, handle like the cumbersome workhouses they are; partly out of a bit of reality and mostly for balance reasons (making it so that being on-foot in battle isn’t wholly hopeless). Some of the game’s learning curve is also about working out how to make the most of your mecha’s limited abilities, so don’t expect the graceful swans of, say, Armored Core For Answer.

Platinum releases on the Xbox 360 usually go for $30, so three for $40 is pretty much the deal of deals.

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News: Armored Core 3 Silent Line Portable extra parts list

Posted on : 09-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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In a recent piece of coverage on Game Watch, the extra parts list in the upcoming Armored Core 3 Silent Line Portable has been laid out in a fair bit of detail. We’ve already covered the addition of the fearful of the Karasawa Mk.2 but the full list of extra parts encompasses far more than one pimped out laser rifle. In fact it pretty covers the gamut of the earlier Armored Core series in terms parts, which is pretty impressive in and of itself. The full list has been laid out below in case you’re curious.

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HEAD HD-D-9066 Armored Core Project Phantsasma
ARMS ZAN-202/TEM Armored Core 2
LEGS ZLF-A3/CARM Armored Core 2
LEGS LN-D-8000R Armored Core Project Phantasma
BOOSTER B-PT000 Armored Core Project Phantasma
EXTENSION BEX-AA00 Armored Core 2 Another Age
ARM UNIT WG-RFM118 Armored Core Project Phantasma
ARM UNIT WG-XP1000 Armored Core
ARM UNIT ZWG-AR/K Armored Core 2
ARM UNIT KARASAWA-MK2 Armored Core 2
HEAD HD-H10 Armored Core Master of Arena
ARMS ZAN-303/S Armored Core 2 Another Age
ARMS EAW-S604 Armored Core 2
LEGS ELN-070 Armored Core 2 Another Age
LEGS ZLR-ZIO/MATRIX Armored Core 2
RADIATOR RBG-CLX5000 Armored Core 2
BACK UNIT ZWC-XP02/QL Armored Core 2 Another Age
ARM UNIT EWG-HC-GN210 Armored Core 2 Another Age
ARM UNIT ZWG-HG/111 Armored Core 2
ARM UNIT ZLS-T/100 Armored Core 2 Another Age
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News: Ichiro Mizuki is officially famous

Posted on : 09-10-2009 | By : | In : News

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There’s a nice post over on Japan Probe about how Ichiro Mizuki is one of the most well known Japanese people abroad, purely down to his long career as a vocalist for anime theme tunes. Mizuki is an interesting character though and since the creation of JAM Project his linkages to the Super Robot Wars games have been consequently quite numerous. Naturally, Mizuki’s background has been that of singing theme tunes in predominantly mecha anime shows, so the fit for mecha gaming tie-ins is obviously a good one.

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