Archive for June 2007

Game Room Back Issue Sale!

June 30, 2007

For all you home arcade enthusiasts out there here’s a great opportunity to snap up all those issues of Game Room Magazine that you are missing.

[via RetroBlast]

“Every back issue on sale!

In order to celebrate the soon-to-released Digital GameRoom Archive CDs, I’m having a fantastic sale on the “real thing” – all GameRoom back issue copies are now 60% off! There’s a wealth of great interviews, gamerooms, and photos of arcade games both old and new. Travel back in time with GameRoom!

EVERY GAMEROOM BACK ISSUE, NOW 60% OFF!

Preview 2008 space running out

June 30, 2007

Space at Preview 2008 is running out, with organisers Howard & Wikberg inundated with requests for larger stands, with some companies increasing their presence at the show by up to five times.

In the Champagne Suite the most obvious changes to visitors will be that Crown Direct has combined stands CH14 and CH15 to create the largest ever stand at Preview. Astra Games has doubled the size of its stand and now occupies CH2 and CH3. United Distributing Company has increased their stand size, and others such as Brent Electronic have moved from the Entrance Hall to a new larger stand, CH17, inside the Champagne Suite.

There will also been significant changes in the Chablis Suite. Hamayoon Amusements has moved from NT55 to NT50, effectively increasing its area by five times. Hazel Electronics has doubled its stand size, and Playsafe Monitoring has moved from NT36 to NT58. Reflex Gaming has chosen a significantly larger space to showcase its latest products.

Preview 2008 will be packed with the latest products from the best manufacturers and distributors the coin-op industry has to offer. It will take place from the 10-11th of October, at Novotel London West. The official site can be found here

[via Highway Games]

More King Of Fighters MIA videos

June 30, 2007

Two new videos are available through the official KOFMIA site this time showcasing a fight between Ninon and B. Jenet and between Mignon and a character whose name I can’t read as the video is compressed too much. I admit that I’m not up to speed on all of my King Of Fighters characters nor games (although I do own KOF ’98 which is an excellent game) but you’ll be able to see who it is for yourself.

One thing that these videos show is that KOFMIA seems to be taking a page from DOA as far as the ladies go. I’m not sure if that is common with the other 3D KOF games but it’s pretty obvious in these videos as they contain a little bit of ‘bouncing’ in them. I suppose it always had that with Mai though…

[Official KOFMIA site] [Discuss on the forum]

Taito Shows Off Upcoming Titles in Japan

June 29, 2007

Taito has held a showing in Japan of some arcade titles and fortunately some news has trickled out about their upcoming releases. Unfortunately we do not know when or if these games will be released outside of Japan. Thanks to Am-Net however, we have some information regarding Taito’s upcoming arcade releases along with some pictures. Click on the images to enlarge.

Chase H.Q. 2 – Current release set for December 2007. Price listed at around $5,500 USD (using current exchange rates)

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King of Fighters MI Reg. A is still on for July 13th. It is only listed as a kit and not a dedicated cabinet, and from the show pictures it looks like it uses the same cabinet that they created for Battle Fantasia. Hopefully this will be made available outside of Japan soon after that release.

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Half-Life 2 Survivor is listed for a November 2007 release and will be available in Deluxe and Standard configurations. Click here for the official Half-Life 2 arcade page (Japanese). It would be interesting to know if Taito plans on bringing this title overseas or not, if the game is designed differently enough from the PC version it would probably do fairly well. Using current exchange rates the Deluxe cabinet is valued around $10,000 USD. They will be location testing HL2: Survivor during the middle of July in Japan.

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[Images courtesy of AM-Net.jp] [Discuss on the Forum]

UMK3 & Dragons Lair Coming To DS

June 29, 2007

 

Digital Leisure has announced the development of Dragon’s Lair for Nintendo DS. The game sees players take on the role of a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon.

Also Midway has announced the development of Ultimate Mortal Kombat for Nintendo DS. The game is a conversion of the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 arcade game only with a few extra bit and bobs thrown in.

The DS version will include local and online play, complete with record tracking, plus the Super Puzzle Fighter clone, Puzzle Kombat.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat is currently scheduled for release in the US in November, but we’re still waiting to hear from Midway regarding a European release.

[via Pro-G]    [Discuss on the Forum]


Lost games of yesteryear – Air Race and The Last Starfighter

June 28, 2007

The subject of arcade prototype games is an interesting one as it’s amazing to look at what arcade companies were trying to cook up. Lately footage from a couple of lost prototypes has been uncovered including The Last Starfighter and now Air Race.atari_air_race.jpg Both games were in development by Atari around 1984-85 and they really would have pushed the envelope of 3D graphics had they been released. Youtube has a video of The Last Starfighter footage (see below) and Digital Press just released a video of a long lost game called Air Race. The file is somewhat large, 51 MB but it offers an interesting look at what could have been. Hit the link below to watch the movie (or right-click and choose save as). Air Race video credit, Digital Press. Last Starfighter footage credit: youtube user Wolfmanjm.
[Atari Air Race footage - Digital Press] [Discuss on the Forum]

Brain Age Arcade?

June 28, 2007

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Brain Age is a pretty popular title for the Nintendo DS handheld and it is now available for the Nintendo Wii(as Big Brain Academy). So how would an arcade version sound? It looks like Namco Bandai games is planning just that as there is a webpage to be found on their site complete with pictures of a Brain Age-like game along with the arcade cabinets. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that this is being developed by Namco/Bandai as they are also responsible for both Mario Kart Arcade games (I just wish they would restart StarFox Arcade).

I imagine that if this were planned for something outside of Japan we would have heard of it by now so for the time being it looks like another Japan-only title but it’s interesting to see how they are taking the concept into the coin-op venue. Check out the ‘game’ pictures after the post break.

[Namco Bandai Brain Age Arcade page] [Discuss on the Forum]

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