LOS ANGELES ( September 17, 2013 ) – TAITO Corporation (TAITO®), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., and 1st PLACE Co., Ltd., today announced a special collaboration between TAITO’s iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad® rhythm game GROOVE COASTER® and 1st PLACE’s VOCALOID ™ 3 Library (virtual idol character) IA.
For the first part of the crossover event, GROOVE COASTER and IA will be exhibited at the Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris event being held in Paris, France, from Friday, September 20, to Sunday, September 22. The GROOVE COASTER ZERO app will also host a special event that includes a new playable track featuring IA.
IA + GROOVE COASTER Merchandise Arrives!
The IA + GROOVE COASTER tie-up will be featured as part of Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris, an event intended to spread Japan’s unique “Kawaii culture” of cuteness and fashion across the globe. A wide variety of merchandise relating to the special collaboration will be available for sale at the official IA shop.
The GROOVE COASTER ZERO iPhone/iPad game will also be on display at the booth, with an IA-themed stage available to play free of charge.
[Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris Event Details]
Date: Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Venue: Parc Floral De Paris
Sponsor: Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Committee
IA Tracks By Popular Artists Featured in GROOVE COASTER ZERO!
To celebrate its inclusion in the Tokyo Crazy Kawaii exhibition, an IA version of hit artist ASY’s single “SEE THE LIGHTS” will be made available as a free playable track for the GROOVE COASTER ZERO iPhone/iPad app starting 12:00 Japan Standard Time Friday, September 20. Players who are ranked in the top 1,000 for SEE THE LIGHT’s playable track by 11:59 PM JST Monday, October 7, will receive 10 VISIBLE items as an additional bonus.
In addition to the freetrack, Friday, September 20 sees the launch of a new IA Clubline Pack for GROOVE COASTER ZERO. This deluxe pack includes popular VOCALOID ™ producer JIN’s (Shizen no Teki P) “World Calling” as remixed by electro dance musician TeddyLoid as well as other IA-themed tracks by TeddyLoid and ASY. In addition to four playable tracks, customers will receive a special limited edition Avatar based on the pixelated IA portrait created especially for this collaboration. The IA Clubline Pack offers a convenient way for fans to enjoy an additional IA flavor within GROOVE COASTER ZERO.
[IA Clubline Pack Contents ($4.99)]
World Calling (TeddyLoid Remix) / JIN; Over Drive / TeddyLoid; NO feat. IA / ASY; ENE no Dennou Kikou / JIN.
The Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris event is just the first step in the collaboration between GROOVE COASTER and IA. Fans may look forward to further exciting developments in the future.
VOCALOID ™ 3 Library IA was conceived as a virtual diva with a “crystal voice.” Pairing high performance with an appealing character, the IA software quickly shot to the top of Amazon’s music production software category. Beloved by both industry professionals and amateur users, sales of the software exceeded 10 million units within six months of its release. IA is a versatile virtual artist, boasting vocals suitable for high tone ranges as well as speedy rock and rhythmic dance music. IA’s virtual career began on November 28, 2012, with a joint single with producer JIN.
One year after the software’s release, a special edition of the VOCALOID ™ 3 Library entitled “IA –ARIA ON THE PLANETES-“ was released in conjunction with a series of anniversary events. One special release was “IA/02-COLOR-“, released on January 20, 2013, which included work by a wide variety of artists active in the VOCALOID, J-POP, rock, and club music scenes. One of the tracks, “America –We are all right!-“ later became the closing theme of the TV Tokyo program “Super GT+”.
About GROOVE COASTER ZERO
Released for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, GROOVE COASTER ZERO is a free-to-play rhythm game. The game offers exhilarating roller coaster action with simple one-finger controls; players simply touch to the rhythm. Boasting a variety of new features, the game is an expanded follow-up to 2011’s internationally award-winning GROOVE COASTER.
The core game includes more than 20 free playable tracks, as well as offering a wide variety of VOCALOID ™, J-POP, video game music, and original songs as extra downloadable content. GROOVE COASTER ZERO continues to grow, with more appealing tracks on the way.
GROOVE COASTER ZERO
- Region: Worldwide
- Price: Free-to-Play, with in-app purchases
- Device: iPhone / iPod touch / iPad
- Operating System: iOS 4.3 or later
- Copyright: © TAITO CORP.1978,2013
- Link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id549050409
- GROOVE COASTER Homepage: http://groovecoaster.com/
- GROOVE COASTER Facebook® Page: http://www.facebook.com/GrooveCoaster
- TAITO Official Homepage: http://www.taito.com/
- TAITO’s Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TAITO.Eng
- Follow TAITO on Twitter®: http://twitter.com/TaitoCorp
About TAITO Corporation
TAITO Corporation (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS®, and developed such fan favorites as PUZZLE BOBBLE® (BUST-A-MOVE®) and ARKANOID®. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries.
More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.com/.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 62 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
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