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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
™ 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
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
[Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Paris Event Details]
Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Parc Floral De Paris
Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Committee
IA Tracks By Popular Artists Featured in GROOVE COASTER
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
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.
™ 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
Free-to-Play, with in-app purchases
iPhone / iPod touch / iPad
- Operating System: iOS 4.3 or
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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
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