It was like yesterday that the OTAQUEST team was at JAEPO and KONAMI was showing off a new title that had some really awesome features, not only in the game but also on the cabinet. That title was none other than the newest installment of their Busou Shinki series, Busou Shinki BATTLE CONDUCTOR. The game placed players in a free-for-all battle for supremacy and features a unique and complex customization system and a holographic display that is built into the cabinet.
The game hit Japanese arcades today, so let’s take a look at the title.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Busou Shinki series, it was initially a product line of small, armored women action-figure toys manufactured by Konami Digital Entertainment, first released in Japan in 2006. The figures can be configured in different poses and feature a variety of interchangeable parts. The series has spun off into pretty much every direction you could imagine it to, such as anime, manga, games, music, and novels.
The newest version, BATTLE CONDUCTOR, is an arcade game that utilizes Konami’s eAmusement service to store the data that you have customized for your Shinki.
I personally haven’t had a chance to get too in-depth with the new arcade title, but when I saw it at JAEPO, the thing that stood out the most had to be the holographic display that is built into the left side of the cabinet. When you place your character’s card on the machine, they are projected as a hologram in a Gatebox style holographic display. In the game, you customize your Shinki and take them to battle. There are a number of battle modes, but the overall goal is to either be the last one standing with the most points or to help lead your team to victory.
Busou Shinki BATTLE CONDUCTOR is now available in Japanese arcades across Japan. If you have access to the game, by playing it just once, you can unlock the theme song for the game in each of Konami’s bemani series of games.