When Arc System Works’s latest 2D fighting, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, finally comes home to the PS3 on October 24 in Japan, its release will be accompanied by that of a special ARC 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick that uses full Sanwa Denshi parts and features three interchangeable top panel artwork pieces.
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The default top panel art that this arcade fightstick comes in – whose design theme was said to be “the pillar we’ve erected thus far, juxtaposed against the light that will lead us to new challenges” – is said to be a representation of the fighting game maker’s 25 years of history.
The pillar (probably referring to the art you see on the left side of the stick) represents the work that Arc System Works has accomplished in building over the past 25 years, and the shining light motif for the stick is represents the vigour with which ASW possesses to tackle on a new generation of fighting games.
It’s a real classy piece of art.
But hey, if you’d rather just have Noel Vermillion on the top panel of the stick, Arc System Works is making sure that you can do that too; the stick comes with a BlazBlue: Chronophantasma top panel art, as well as one themed after Bururaji, BlazBlue’s official Web radio programme.
The ARC 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick (PS3) will be released on October 24, 2013 in Japan, priced at 21,000 yen. Japanese online retailer Ebten is currently taking pre-orders for the stick.
■All metal (iron plate), housed in a jumbo-sized chassis
■Sanwa Denshi lever and buttons
■Top panel artwork interchangeable, with ease
■Uses the same button-and-lever positioning/layout that most fighting game arcade cabinets use these days.
■The Sanwa Denshi buttons are printed with custom symbols on them
– Input transmitter for digital signals
– USB connector terminal
– Controller lever x1, digital botons x10 (START/SELECT/R1/R2/L1/L2/○/×/△/□ボタン)
– Length: approx. 366mm
– Breadth: approx. 292mm
– Height: approx. 120mm (including the stick lever)
– Weight: approx. 3.7kg
– Cable length: approx. 2.5m (can be stored in the back)
– Chassis colour: black
Stick lever and button specifications
– Full Sanwa Denshi parts
– Stick lever: JLF-TP-8YT
– Main buttons: OBSF-30
– Start button: OBSF-24
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Limited Box edition (Ebten exclusive)
Three different editions of BlazBlue: Chronophantasma will be available at launch: a limited box (cover art as seen in the image above), as well as a regular (below, left) and limited edition (below, right).
Gamers who pre-order the BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Limited Box edition from Ebten will receive an extra B2-size tapestry (limited quantities, available on a first-come first-served basis), along with the following goodies that are included in the box:
– A box illustrated by BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori himself
– Nendoroid Puchi: Rachel Alucard (comes with Nago and Gii)
– BlazBlue Visual Book II (featuring guest illustrators)
– BlazBlue Song Interlude II (special soundtrack that sound producer Daisuke Ishiwatari put together)
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