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Taito and Natsume Atari have issued the debut trailer for KiKi KaiKai: Kuro Mantle no Nazo, the recently-announced Pocky & Rocky sequel. We’ve included it below.

KiKi KaiKai: Kuro Mantle no Nazo will be featured during Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online between September 23 and September 27.

Publisher Taito and developer Natsume Atari have announced a sequel to the 1992 shoot-em-up KiKi KaiKai: Nazo no Kuro Mantle, KiKi KaiKai: Kuro Mantle no Nazo. The original KiKi KaiKai: Nazo no Kuro Mantle, known as Pocky & Rocky in the West, was available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  The game is a sequel, not a remake, but it features improved graphics over the original while maintaining the 16-bit style. It is being developed by Tengo Project, a team within Natsume Atari.

Tengo Project has made several sequels to action games from the 1990s, all of which were localized to the West, so it is likely that this may also be the case for this Pocky & Rocky sequel. No release window has been announced yet.
































































































Square Enix and Taito will be bringing train operator simulation game Densha de GO!! Hashirou Yamanote Sen to the Nintendo Switch. The game releases on PS4 on December 3 in Japan for 7,800 yen, but no word on a date and price for the Switch version. As for now, you can take a look at an overview of the game and a trailer as rounded up by Gematsu:

The Best At-Home Train Operator Experience

Densha de GO!! finally appears on consoles! Become a train operator and go around the ever-popular Yamanote Line, now with the addition of the new Takanawa Gateway Station. Enjoy the best at-home train operator experience while maintaining the the detail of the arcade version.

Various Modes

Experience various modes including “Operator’s Way,” a chapter-by-chapter mode with an eventual ending, and “VR Mode,” which is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version.

Featuring That Popular New Station

The March 2020-opened Takanawa Gateway Station has been faithfully reproduced in the game!

Operate Lines Outside of the Yamanote Line

You can also operate lines and trains that do not appear in the arcade version, such as the Saikyou Line and Narita Express.

Taito has revealed the key visual for their upcoming legacy collection, Darius Cozmic Revelation. The game will include the classic G-Darius HD and Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX+ with some new features. 

Check out the visual below and Darius Cozmic Revelation will release on Switch this winter. 



ININ Games and Taito today announced Space Invaders Forever. The collection, which features Space Invaders Extreme, Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE, and Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders, is coming to Switch in 2020.

Here’s an overview of Space Invaders Forever, along with first screenshots:

Taito has dated its major update for the Switch version of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends. It will be going live this fall, the company confirmed today.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be adding plenty of content, bringing along a new area and 100 new stages. Online rankings will be added as well.

Here’s a trailer for the game:

Darius Cozmic Revelation, Taito’s mini shoot ’em up collection, is now confirmed for the west. After last night’s Japanese announcement, overseas plans have been announced for the west.

Distribution will be handled in North America and Europe by ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games. A release is scheduled for this winter.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends has sold over 100,000 copies on Switch, Taito has announced. Director Tsuyoshi Tozai shared the news in a video message today.

A major update for Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will arrive in November. It’ll add 100 new stages, a new boss, and more.

Here’s the full video message from Taito, which also gives a look at the new content:

Darius Cozmic Revelation is in development and will be released on Switch, Taito has revealed.

G-Darius HD and Dariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+ will be included. These are both shoot ’em up titles that originally debuted in 1997 and 2010 respectively. New elements will be included for the collection, though they have yet to be properly detailed.

Darius Cozmic Revelation launches this winter in Japan. A western release should happen at some point. You can access the official website here.

After arriving on Switch in the West in early Spring, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be making the jump to PS4 this winter. Along with this release, Taito will be adding to the already 100 level count with 100 additional levels as an update to the original Switch version. These levels, included in the PS4 version at its launch, will be part of a new area called “Skel-Monsta’s Counterattack,” featuring the invincible Skel-Monsta from the original Bubble Bobble game. In addition to the new levels, other new features will be introduced to the game. These features will be revealed by Taito at at a later date, so keep a look out for new information.