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Videos: New 14 Minute Gundam Versus PV Showcases All Playable UnitsVideos: New 14 Minute Gundam Versus PV Showcases All... Bandai Namco have released a 14-minute video showcasing all non-DLC playable units in Gundam Versus. From new additions such as Slave Wraith and Nemo to series veterans...

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Videos: New Gundam Versus PV Showcases Gameplay Modes, Barbatos Lupus as First DLC Unit, Trial Version in JuneVideos: New Gundam Versus PV Showcases Gameplay Modes,... Bandai Namco have released a new video showcasing the upcoming game modes in Gundam Versus. Check out the highlighted modes below: Free Battle - Set your battle parameters...

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News: Gundam Versus Roster Adds Hi-Nu, Slave Wraith, Gelgoog HM, Guntank and Many MoreNews: Gundam Versus Roster Adds Hi-Nu, Slave Wraith,... As we get closer to the July 6th Japanese/SEA release of Gundam Versus, the latest Famitsu issue reveals 11 new units to the roster! Headlining the update includes the...

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Videos: Gundam Versus Officially Announced for North America and EuropeVideos: Gundam Versus Officially Announced for North... Looks like the West will finally have another home console VS game on the way with Bandai Namco's announcement of Gundam Versus coming to North America and Europe this Fall....

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Videos: Gundam Versus To Add New 3v3 ModeVideos: Gundam Versus To Add New 3v3 Mode As we get closer to Gundam Versus' release on July 6, Bandai Namco have provided a new video showcasing gameplay and new game modes! The biggest takeaway from the video...

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News: Valkyries Third Sortie Announced

Posted on : 22-08-2016 | By : | In : Books, News

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The latest and third installment in the Valkyries book series by Hidetaka Tenjin will be released this September in Japan. Like the first and second books, this one will contain new Macross related art by Tenjin featuring a variety of variable fighters from the series. This new book will also be fully bilingual and feature English text. Considering that Macross Delta is the latest series in the saga, it’s clear this new book will focus on this more readily but it will be interesting to see what other pieces of art turn up. Valkyries Third Sortie is released on September 14th in Japan by Kobunsha and you can pre-order it over on Amazon. In the meantime, make sure to check out my review of the second book.

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News: VR Zone in Odaiba gets new Gundam attraction

Posted on : 22-08-2016 | By : | In : News, Videos

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Later this August, the VR Zone exhibit at Diver City in Tokyo will have a Gundam themed attraction added to its ranks. Called Gundam VR Daiba Assault, it’s based around the 18 meter tall Gundam outside Diver City coming to life and protecting you from an attack by a renegade Zaku II. As with all VR Zone events, you will need to reserve a slot to attend this new attraction. Like the amazing VOTOMS simulator, this too is using Unreal Engine 4 and I am curious as to how this will play out. Naturally, Bandai Namco called in Toru Furuya, the voice of Amuro Ray, to help promote the new attraction (shown below). So if you’re in Tokyo over the next month or so, you might want to go and check out the VR Zone at Diver City.

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News: Turn A Gundam Is Finally Coming Westward On BluRay

Posted on : 14-08-2016 | By : | In : News

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Following the already excellent releases of Turn A Gundam on DVD in the West, courtesy of Nozomi Entertainment, it looks like we’ll be getting BluRay editions too. It’s obvious that the DVD releases have sold well enough to warrant the BluRay versions getting an additional release, which is great news. Turn A Gundam is also a genuinely fantastic series and arguably one of the best standalone spin-offs from the main series. Though, it technically bridges all the various Gundam timelines but that’s a whole other thing. From Syd Mead’s amazing mecha design to Akira Yasuda’s characters, it’s a fascinating anime and has more in common with some of Studio Ghibli’s output than Gundam. While there are no details on when the Turn A Gundam will come out on BluRay, bar sometime next year, I am happy to see that Gundam is finally getting the support in the West it so obviously deserves.

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Videos: Macross Delta Scramble First Promo Trailer

Posted on : 11-08-2016 | By : | In : Videos

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Following the initial announcement regarding Macross Delta Scramble, we now finally have a promo video of the game in action. It’s clear Artdink has improved a lot since Macross 30, not least because they’ve been tasked with working on the Sword Art Online games. The result is that Macross Delta Scramble looks a lot like the earlier PSP Macross games they did but far more polished and competent. While the game only covers the initial batch of episodes in Macross Delta, it will also include guest pilots and mecha, with the YF-19 from Macross Plus (above) being notable. Personally, while I enjoyed Macross 30 I felt that their earlier Macross handheld games were more arcadey and fun to play. In that sense, Macross Delta Scramble is a nice continuation of that. Released on October 20th for Vita in Japan, you can pre-order Macross Delta Scramble here.

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Videos: Full Armor Gundam from Gundam Thunderbolt Added to EXVS Maxi Boost ON Roster

Posted on : 11-08-2016 | By : | In : Videos

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Hot off the recent release of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky comes the addition of the Full Armor Gundam in EXVS Maxi Boost ON! Described as an all-rounder unit with a penchant for ranged attacks, this 2500 cost unit is definitely no stranger to missile spam. From the video, it initially feels somewhat reminiscent of Full Armor Unicorn in its first form but with some good mobility. It also does not seem shy about getting in your face with a special melee move that blocks projectiles in front of you as you dash. We also get to see it purge its armor during the burst attack, but whether or not it remains off afterwards is another story. Once again, if you’re lucky to be living in Japan or Asia where they have Maxi Boost ON cabinets, you’ll be able to mess around with the new unit on August 16 on an early release. At the very least, check out the teaser trailer for it below!

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News: Macross Delta Scramble Announced

Posted on : 20-07-2016 | By : | In : News

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It seems that Artdink are still with us and will be making the PS Vita exclusive Macross Delta Scramble to released on October 20th. Now, for those with a good memory Artdink came to mecha gaming prominence with the Gundam Battle series on PSP. They then shifted over to Macross on the PSP, with the likes of Macross Triangle Frontier being one of my favorite games on the system. Then after several BluRay Hybrid games for Macross Frontier and Do You Remember Love? we got a full-blown “flight action RPG” in the form of Macross 30. While fun it was technically quite limited and in that sense I am happy to see Macross Delta get the Vita treatment.

The game will cover the first 13 episodes of the series and will also feature guest characters from other Macross shows. The Delta focus makes sense, as Vita games require more asset work than PSP games do. The result being you can’t feature every variable fighter in existence, which is something Artdink’s Macross games did a pretty good job of. The game will also come as a standard or limited edition. The main difference between the two looks to be the number of featured songs, with the limited edition having 50 songs over the standard’s more minimal 20. Pre-orders for the game aren’t up yet but will be soon at places like Play Asia.

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News: Tieren Taozi Added to Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost ON Roster

Posted on : 20-07-2016 | By : | In : News

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On July 25th, the Tieren Taozi from Gundam 00 will join the Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost ON roster. This will be Soma Pieres’ first foray as a solo competitor in the series, not counting her earlier outings as a co-pilot in the Gundam Arios and Gundam Harute. As a 1500 cost unit, it appears to be your run of the mill support unit in the vein of Gun-EZ and Dual Gundam Assault Shroud with a good balance of long range attacks, melee, and a slew of assists involving other Tieren. Considering there hasn’t been a console version of this game or the previous title announced, it’s going to be a long time before players outside of Japanese and Asian arcades will be able to get a hold of this unit. As always, we’ll let you know more when we find out!

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News: The VOTOMS VR simulator is amazing!

Posted on : 16-07-2016 | By : | In : News

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So I got to check out the new Armored Trooper VOTOMS VR simulator at the VR Zone event space at Diver City, Odaiba. In short, it was amazing and very accurate to how the ATs work and move in the anime. The battling simulator is also using Unreal Engine 4, so it will be interesting to see if Bandai Namco builds on this further. Though, the best part of this simulator was the controls and not the fact you had a screen strapped to your face. It’s weird to think that VOTOMS used a VR setup in the anime itself back in 1983, so to have Bandai Namco actually stay true to that and have it work so well is kind of amazing really. If you’re in Tokyo you should totally check this out but make sure to sort out a reservation first.

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Videos: Gundam Extreme VS Force Now Available in the US and EU

Posted on : 15-07-2016 | By : | In : Videos

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While it wasn’t what most EXVS fans in the West were expecting, the long wait has finally ended as the English-localized Gundam Extreme VS Force released in the US and EU on July 12th for the Playstation Vita. Right out the gate, you’ll also get access to all the recent game updates that have been released in Japan that include new single player modes and brand new units. Make sure you check your updates list on your Vita before playing as the updates do not come pre-installed. Interestingly, the OST appears to be rather intact as the non-vocal versions of the respective Gundam shows still exist, unlike previous Gundam games that have been localized with generic soundtracks. Hopefully this will be well received in the West and will be the first to come in many more Gundam game localizations. Until then, check out the launch trailer below!

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News: VR Zone in Odaiba gets a VOTOMS simulator

Posted on : 07-07-2016 | By : | In : News

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The VR Zone event space in Odaiba will be getting some changes to its playable game lineup, with one of these being a VOTOMS battle simulator (shown above). Released on July 15th, you will have to reserve a timeslot in order to visit the event (you can do that here). Each go costs around 700 yen and the duration of each battle will be approximately 8 minutes. I already visited VR Zone earlier this year and covered it for Forbes. It was an interesting setup and made me think that Bandai Namco is experimenting with VR for the arcades here in Japan. I am guessing this VOTOMS simulator also replaces the other mecha game, Argyle Shift that was developed by Sola Digital Arts (of Shinji Aramaki fame). It seems this new VOTOMS simulator was also developed in-house, which is a shame as I had hoped that they would have given it to Yuke’s, as their PS2 game was excellent. Getting to Odaiba isn’t too tough and I tend to use the Rinkai Line and get off at Tokyo Teleport. The walk to Diver City is a few minutes and it’s also where the life-sized Gundam is currently stationed. I will be checking out this VOTOMS simulator later this month, so will report back on that accordingly.

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