Anime Festival Asia 2008 (AFA08) will host the inaugural Singapore Arcade Showdown, a nationwide Arcade Gaming Competition organized by Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and machines sponsored by TKA World. The landmark competition will take place in The Arena Zone, the seventh and newest Experience Zone of the AFA08 on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2008 at Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Players will compete in any of the three upcoming arcade gaming titles: King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match; Street Fighter IV; and Tekken 6.
The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match, which is slated to be released this coming December, is from the famous King of Fighters series from SNK. In the game, players select three characters out of 43 and pit them against each other in the classic style of last man standing brawling.
Street Fighter IV, which will be released by early 2009, is the latest installment in Capcom’s long-running Street Fighter game series. Its fighters and environment are rendered in stylized 3D while the gameplay is on a traditional 2D plane.
Namco Bandai’s Tekken 6 scheduled for release at the end of 2008 has the largest line-up of characters. It features a deeper character customization to further enhance the incredible fighting intensity as players knuckle up against each other.
Players need to pre-register by 18 November via the official AFA08 website at www.afa08.com and have to pay registration fees (in addition to entrance fees):
$5 for participation in any one of the games above
$8 for participation in any two of the games above
$10 for participation in all three of the games above
Upon successful registration, all registrants will be entered into a pool where they will be randomly picked into individual groups by drawing lots after the sign-up deadline.
In round robin fashion, the top 2 of each group will qualify into the play-offs which will be a double elimination format.
Schedule will be released on November 20, 2008
All players are allowed to participate in all games but if schedules clash, players will have to make a choice between which game they will be continuing to participate in.
All enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Went to the WGT Finals yesterday and took some pics of the event as well as the cosplayers. ^^
Although the cosplayers weren’t as many as those in AniCon or Cosplay Mania, the main attraction was really the WGT Finals. Even with less cosplayers, there were still a good number of great cosplayers during the event. Most impressive was the Yojimbo cosplayer. Very cool! ðŸ˜Ž
Gallery pics after the break!
Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company have just acquired the live-action adaptation rights to the anime cult classic, Ninja Scroll. Ninja Scroll is based on Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s tale about a wandering ninja fighting a conspiracy of demons. Kawajiri also directed the original anime with ultraviolent yet fluid animation.
The screenwriter for the live-action film will be Alex Tse (Watchmen, The Illustrated Man) while Appian Way will produce along with Madhouse, the anime studio responsible for the original Ninja Scroll anime movie.
Here’s hoping that Leonardo DiCaprio won’t be cast as the lead character, Jubei. ðŸ˜¯
Now here’s something for guitarist Bleach fans.
The Japanese entertainment content provider Bandai Networks announced on Thursday that it will sell three kinds of electric guitars inspired by Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga. The company has begun taking pre-orders for The Fire Soul and The Kon Star guitars, as well as The Death and Strawberry limited-edition model. The Fire Soul model (top) is inspired by the Shinigami Daik? skull seal, while The Kon Star (center) features the hapless modsoul character in his plush form. The Death and Strawberry model (bottom) is named after the nickname of the main character, Ichigo Kurosaki. The guitars will ship to the first wave of customers next March.