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News: From Software Media Event UpdateNews: From Software Media Event Update So there was a recent press event hosted by Kadokawa Games and From Software, with people like Hidetaka Miyazaki (shown above) present. As we reported a while back, we...

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News: Gundam Breaker 2 Unit UpdateNews: Gundam Breaker 2 Unit Update Over at 4Gamer they have listed all manner of new units for Gundam Breaker 2. These feature the Ez8 (above), Rozen Zulu and Jesta among other things. It also shows off...

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Toys: Macross Chogokin ExhibitToys: Macross Chogokin Exhibit Over the weekend we went to see Bandai's Macross Chogokin Exhibit in Akiba. It was pretty great and showed off old and new tots alike. From the VF-19 Advance (above) to...

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Video: Gundam Sandrock Added to Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost RosterVideo: Gundam Sandrock Added to Gundam Extreme Versus... Now all the G-Boys from Gundam Wing have been added to the Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost roster with the addition of Gundam Sandrock Kai from the Gundam Wing TV series (if...

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News: Gundam Breaker 2 Launch BonusNews: Gundam Breaker 2 Launch Bonus To sweeten the deal for newer players buying Gundam Breaker 2 on release, Bandai have thrown in an incentive. For first time buyers of the game, they will be given a code...

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News: Wing Gundam Zero added to Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost

Posted on : 25-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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Looks like Heero Yuy is the latest pilot in Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost to have two units in the game. The TV version of Wing Gundam Zero is the next playable mobile suit to be unlocked in December as a 3000 cost unit.  The last time we saw a playable Wing Zero in the Gundam Versus series was in Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus.  It will be interesting to see what new tricks are added to Heero’s new suit considering Wing Zero Custom has taken some of its moves from the Next Plus iteration of Wing Zero.

New bosses such as Big Zam and a new form of Extreme Gundam and the Sanc Kingdom map will also be included in the game’s next update.

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Toys: Todd and Tokamak Dunbines Pre-Order

Posted on : 23-11-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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You can now pre-order the Todd Guiness and Tokamak Rovsky coloured Robot Damashii Dunbines via Bandai’s online premium shop. These are shortlived units from Aura Battle Dunbine, leaving only Show Zama’s iconic mauve Dunbine to hold out for the remainder of the series. Whilst we already bought the other Robot Damashii aura battlers we may pass on these but it’s pretty cool that Bandai are at least doing toys of them. Buying both toys will cost you 8,400 yen and they will be released in April of next year.

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News: Hawken Hands-On Impressions

Posted on : 23-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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We’ve been meaning to post our impressions on Hawken since the NDA was lifted for the closed alpha and beta testers (of which we were one). As we’ve been quite busy, it took us a while to get around to this. Whilst we’ve had all manner of weird PR about the game trying to make out it isn’t a mecha game, the truth is that this is very much an old school hardcore mecha game (in the best possible sense). What follows are our impressions from playing the alpha and beta builds.

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News: 2nd Super Robot Wars OG Units Update

Posted on : 22-11-2012 | By : | In : News, Videos

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What with the release of 2nd Super Robot Wars OG next week, 4Gamer have a great piece featuring some of the more classic units in the game. From the mecha seen in the Masoukishin games to the mighty Raioh from Alpha 3 (shown above). Just seeing Raioh again in-game brings back so many fond memories. In addition, there’s a new 14 minute digest movie showing the game in action (linked below). More of a straight playthrough than a swanky trailer, you get to see the game as it is. Don’t forget you can still pre-order your copy here.

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News: Evangelion 3.0 Breaks Japanese 2012 Box Office Records

Posted on : 22-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo has broken Japanese 2012 box office records since being released last week on November 16. The third installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion has brought in $13.9 million in its opening two days, claiming the title of the biggest opening weekend in Japanese cinema this year. The title is expected to surpass the earnings of the other two titles with 1.0 earning $25 million in 2007, and 2.0 earning $50 million in 2009.

Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0 were previously featured in Super Robot Wars L. Perhaps we might get some of the newer units and storyline from 3.0 in a future Super Robot Wars sequel. Still no official word as to when 3.0 will be released in the West.

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News: Xi Gundam added to Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost

Posted on : 22-11-2012 | By : | In : News, Videos

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On the 26th November the increasingly awesome Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost will have the RX-105 Xi Gundam added to its ranks (as a 3000 point weighted unit). This is a mobile suit piloted by Bright Noah’s son Hathaway in the series of novels called Hathaway’s Flash. The mecha designs were also penned by Moriki Yasuhiro, of Zeorymer fame, and were aesthetically quite distinctive. The Xi Gundam has been in a fair few games over the years but rarely in action orientated titles, the last time we got to play with the unit was in the rather good Gundam Battle Universe on PSP. So to have it directly playable again is something we’re pretty excited about. A short video of it action in Full Boost is shown below.

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News: Virtual On Marz to get TwinStick support

Posted on : 20-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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It seems that we’ll be getting a PSN game archive release of Virtual On Marz next year. This was a pseudo-port of Force on the PS2 that had a rather broken singleplayer campaign. What’s interesting is that this will have support for HORI’s upcoming PS3 TwinStick peripheral. Now, we’ve played the game on a pair of modded Saturn sticks and it does indeed play a lot better, so to have something that offers the same thing in an official capacity is a good thing. Still no word of an Oratan or Force release on the PS3 but this is at least a step in the right direction.

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News: Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost Most Popular Arcade Game In Japan

Posted on : 19-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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In the December 2012 issue of Arcadia Magazine, listing its most recent top ten most popular arcade games, Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost finds its way to the top of the list (with Under Night In-Birth and the new Guilty Gear arcade revision rounding out the top three). Amusement Journal also lists Full Boost as the highest earning small cabinet arcade game for the period of late August to early September 2012.

The Gundam Extreme Versus series is no stranger to steady popularity as the first iteration of Extreme Versus was arguably the most popular Japanese arcade game in 2011. Earlier in the year, the April edition of Arcadia Magazine listed Full Boost in second place behind Persona 4 U. With the RX-105 Xi Gundam from Hathaway’s Flash listed as the next unit unlock and still many more to follow (AMX-109 Kapool Corin Nander Custom from the intro for example), Full Boost looks to have a steady reign over the Japanese arcades until the end of the year. Here’s to hoping we hear of a console version soon.

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News: Macross 30 Limited Edition Revealed

Posted on : 15-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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We now know that Macross 30 will be getting a limited edition version. Priced at 11,800 yen, you will get all manner of pamphlets and other cruft. There is a mention of a DLC code for a special YF-29 (which may by the Roy Focker coloured variant we’ve seen toys of already). However, for the money this is pretty damn pricey especially considering that the Macross Do You Remember Love Hybrid BluRay boxset was similarly priced and gave a whole lot more. There’s still sadly no word on what the new variable fighter silhouette seen in the logo might be though.

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Toys: Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom Report

Posted on : 15-11-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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Over at AmiAmi they have a lovely photo report of the Tamashii Nations Akiba Showroom. From the cool diorama above with the Hanged Man Super Robot Chogokin from Armored Core V, to awesome shots of the alternate coloured Billbine there’s lots of interesting stuff to see here. Talking of the former, there’s also a nice little piece about the designers feeding back on the new Hanged Man toy. Following on in the same vein, HobbyLink Japan are running a Bandai sale at present and there are some very good bargains to be had.

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