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Developer Taito Corporation
TypeArcade video game network system
Launch date2010
Platform Arcade video game

NESiCAxLive(Japanese:ネシカ クロス ライブ, Hepburn:Neshika Kurosu Raibu) is a digital distribution system for arcade video games made by Taito Corporation. [1] It is similar to the SEGA ALL.Net game distribution system. Taito uses NESiCAxLive to distribute not only its own games, but also allows other companies to use it as a publication platform. On its introduction SNK Playmore, Cave, and Arc System Works had agreed to distribute games on NESiCAxLive. [2] Currently[ when? ] 8 games are operated as alone running titles and 29 titles as downloadable titles on candy cabinets.

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Hepburn romanization is a system for the romanization of Japanese that uses the Latin alphabet to write the Japanese language. It is used by most foreigners learning to spell Japanese in the Latin alphabet and by the Japanese for romanizing personal names, geographical locations, and other information such as train tables, road signs, and official communications with foreign countries. Largely based on English writing conventions, consonants closely correspond to the English pronunciation and vowels approximate the Italian pronunciation.

Digital distribution is the delivery or distribution of digital media content such as audio, video, software and video games. The term is generally used to describe distribution over an online delivery medium, such as the Internet, thus bypassing physical distribution methods, such as paper, optical discs, and VHS videocassettes. The term online distribution is typically applied to freestanding products; downloadable add-ons for other products are more commonly known as downloadable content. With the advancement of network bandwidth capabilities, online distribution became prominent in the 21st century.



The system was first revealed in September 2010 at the 48th Amusement Machine Show in Chiba, Japan, as the Taito Vewlix NESiCA arcade cabinet, and was launched on 9 December 2010. The first game to be released for the system was Arc System Works' BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II. [3] [4] [2] [5] Taito introduced the NESiCAxLive 2 system in June 2017.

Arc System Works Japanese video game developer

Arc System Works Co., Ltd. is a video game developer and publisher based in Yokohama, Japan. Founded by Minoru Kidooka in 1988, Arc System Works is known for its arcade 2D fighting game franchises, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, as well as other licensed-based fighting games from Shueisha/Shonen Jump's Dragon Ball and Atlus's Persona 4 Arena.


The NESiCAxLive system consists of an arcade system board combined with a dedicated router to access and download games. The system currently works on the Taito Type X2, Taito Type X Zero, Taito Type X3, and Taito Type X4 arcade boards. The connected machines access the Taito NESYS online network to allow arcade operators to download games from Taito's servers directly to the arcade cabinet; previously arcade operators had to purchase new game boards (as well as dispose of old ones) to run a new game. Games can also be downloaded to a local server to allow quicker distribution to machines, as well as allow rapid swapping in and out of games according to player demand. Taito allows arcade operators to download games free, as part of a revenue sharing system, with income split with Taito and the game developer. [3] [6] The original NESiCAxLive system was originally only available in Japan [6] , however there has been a gradual introduction to the US market. [7]

An arcade system board is a dedicated computer system created for the purpose of running video arcade games. Arcade system boards typically consist of a main system board with any number of supporting boards.

Printed circuit board board to support and connect electronic components

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Taito introduced the NESiCAxLive 2 platform in June 2017. [8] The upgraded system allows player versus player competition between machines in different locations, as well having improved CPU and GPU performance. [8]

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NESiCAxLive games (2010–2015)

(★ marked with dedicated software delivery NESiCAxLive)

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NESiCAxLive2 games (2017–)

(★ marked with dedicated software delivery NESiCAxLive2)

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