Archive for September 2008

More information on the US release of Arcana Heart 2

September 29, 2008

I did a follow-up with Satinder Bhutani, Executive Vice President at Andamiro USA and I was able to get a little more information on the US release of the Japanese girl-on-girl fighter, Arcana Heart 2. Here’s some of the extra details:

  • The version used will be the original version NOT the new update.
  • The game will be released in the 2nd week of October
  • The game will be distributed through Andamiro’s authorized distributors so prices will vary BUT the price should be around $1,500 plus shipping.
  • Andamiro expects to bring more titles to the US running on the eX-Board by Examu
  • No information on a European release at this time

So there you have it! When they said very low price they weren’t kidding – $1500 in the arcade world, even for a new kit isn’t bad at all, especially when you look at how much they are charging for Type X2 boards. It’s low enough that I could probably afford this for my arcade although I’ll need to find a proper cabinet to put it in with a high-res monitor.  It also should be interesting to see what other titles will be headed over, who knows, if Examu plays their cards right we could have another NeoGeo-like platform on our hands with many games.

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Mario Just Wants an Arcade

September 29, 2008

Thanks to Pushing Play for sending us this video, it’s Mario’s (aka Mike Long) protest about the Funland Arcade in Toronto closing down. With all the frustration I’ve heard about this Funland closing, I have to imagine that someone up in Toronto has the guff and the funds to open a new arcade there, the major obstacles being cash and anti-arcade laws/regulations there (from what I’ve heard). Anyways, onto the video

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Dance Challenge, a new arcade game from India

September 29, 2008

It’s always a good thing when we see someone new join the arcade game creation business, and it’s just as cool when you see them come out of a country not yet known for their arcade games. We have covered a few things like this in the past and the trend continues, this time out of India. A company called FX Labs has released what they are calling India’s first arcade game, Dance Challenge. From the name it’s not difficult to surmise what the game is like – it’s based on foot-controlled bemani games with a four way dance pad(although the pictures show two diagonal arrows but they are not mentioned in the game’s description) but in addition to using the dance pad you can also use hand controls on the console.

For the playlist, it seems as though FX Labs has some good connections with “Tollywood” (having only heard

Try playing the game while levitating. Now THAT is a challenge!

Try levitating while playing. Now THAT is a challenge!

of Bollywood before and thinking that meant cinema in India was all labeled under that name, I looked them up and Tollywood refers to cinema in the Telugu language, apparently they are 2nd largest producers of cinema in India, just behind Bollywood) where it has 40 songs from hit movies out of Tollywood, combining music and film into the game. The game can also be easily upgraded with new songs/video to keep players coming for more and it can also be played with two players.

It would be interesting to see if Dance Challenge ends up anywhere outside of India, admittedly I’m not sure who would pick it up for importation. We also will keep an eye on FX Labs to see if they will come around with any other arcade titles, they seem to have a few PC games already under their belt (including a puzzle/strategy game – one of those genres that’s great in arcades but we haven’t seen any for a while now) too so who knows what they will do next.

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Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom running on Wii-based hardware?

September 27, 2008

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

I was a little surprised when I heard that the home version of Tatsunoko VS. Capcom was announced just for the Wii – I figured that it would have come to something else as well. Perhaps the fact that SFIV is coming to everything on planet earth except for the Wii made them go this route, I’m not sure. But then we have something else pop up here that could indicate why it’s coming to the Wii – supposedly the game is running on Wii-based hardware. At the moment there are two sources which are suggesting this – one a Japanese site Sakura.jp and an English site, Magic Box. If this is the case then we have to wonder who has developed the new board – when I talked with Namco back in March they were indicating that they were looking into creating something based on the Wii but we haven’t heard anything about it since. We’ll keep you posted of course but if this holds true then only the Xbox 360 will be the only console not to be modified for arcade use (legally) in this generation.

UPDATE: Thanks to Chris from Magic Box, they gave me another source where this info is coming from, it’s known to be reliable as well. Link to 3rd source.

BTW- Just to clarify what I said about Namco above – it’s common for one company to create new hardware and then pass it around for others to use, the best modern case is the Taito Type X which is being used by many different companies for games. So where Namco had suggested that they were looking into creating an arcade platform based on the Wii, it seems logical to me that there could be a connection here and if so, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom will be the first game that we know of to use this hardware.

[Tatsunoko Vs Capcom uses Wii hardware - Sakura / Magic Box]

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Power Putt Golf released today

September 25, 2008

It’s not often when we have an exact release date for an arcade game which leads to a lot of guessing (of course when a game begins shipping usually means that it’s still a short time before it starts showing up on location) but it’s something we have become used to. Fortunately it’s not always the case and Incredible Technologies has sent out a press release today stating that their newest IP, Power Putt Golf, is now shipping and it is coming not just to the US but to Canada and the UK as well. I did have a chance to plat this at AMOA and it is a great game for arcades – it looks great in action and is simple to figure out although it can take a little bit of practice to get it down right (which I didn’t have a lot of and so I wasn’t terribly good at the game). But easy to learn, difficult to master is the mantra that all arcade games should follow IMO. As you know, PPG is coming out using IT’s new cabinet design which doesn’t include a monitor but it can hook up to any HDTV although the release today is that of kits (which I didn’t know would be available) so you can put them into an existing cab with a monitor if preferred. It does look really good on an HD screen but I did forget to ask them what resolution the game runs at and if getting a 1080p screen would be worth it or not. I know the price point of the dedicated units will be around $3200 (it’s a little higher than that and of course distributor prices vary), I’m not sure how much the kits are going to go for but either way I like the push towards more affordable games and at the very least with the new pedastal cab you can get a cheap HDTV set or an expensive one depending on your budget. Extra details can be found in the press release after the jump:

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Next Week: Preview 2009

September 24, 2008

Next week is London Preview. Will we see anything new that we haven’t see at the resent AM Show in Japan? Probably not. However what is shown is an indication of what we are going to see on our shores in the near future. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that most of the fighters we’ve seen at the Japanese show probably won’t be shown in London. Other than that I expect to see most of the others present and hopefully in arcades soon. Although you have to remember the show is called Preview and for that reason we should not expect to see these games properly released until the ATEi in January.

The show takes place at Novotel, Hammersmith on Wednesday 1st Oct
10.00am – 18.00pm and Thursday 2nd Oct 10.00am – 16.00pm

[More on Preview 2009 via Coin-Op News]

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More AM 08 Videos

September 24, 2008

Courtesy of Highways Games are some more videos of games on show at the AM show in Japan.

Namco’s Nirin

Sega’s Hummer

Atlus’ Vulcan Wars

Sega’s Touch Striker

Sega’s House of the Dead EX

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Flyer for Jet Ball

September 24, 2008

A few days ago I was sent some pictures of a new game called Jet Ball by The Stinger Report which reminded me that I played the game at AMOA and I also picked up a flyer for it too, but I had forgotten to scan it in. The pictures the company sent out in the press release were the same as in the flyer so I figure that I may as well show you the whole flyer. I did post a video of this in action, you can find it here in case you missed it. It’s a little bit like foosball but with air jets and only one controller – it does take some getting used to but it’s a cool idea and I always am happy to see someone go in a direction that is a little bit different from the rest. Many operators also will like the fact that it can do ticket payouts and bar owners would be happy with the cup holders that the representative at the booth told me was made for holding your beer.

Click on the images to expand them. I did pick up a few other fliers from the show, when I find the time I will scan those in too.

BTW- I love that line “The game of the future”, it reminds of a few funny lines from my favorite TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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A look at an arcade in North Korea

September 24, 2008

I’m glad I don’t live in North Korea for a host of reasons and here’s another one to chalk up on the list when you take a look at an arcade there. It’s a little like what we saw with those Soviet arcades back in the day – out-of-date graphics even on the most advanced games they have, all the cabinets (instead of one or two) are in terrible condition, etc. It all screams, “Find your super happy fun time somewhere else”. As the site with the pics, UK: Resistance says, looking at this will make you stop complaining about little things we might have to deal with like waiting in line for SFIV or where the buttons may not be as responsive as we’d like. Check out UK: Resistance for the full rundown.

[UK: Resistance - Inside a North Korean Arcade] [Discuss on the Forums]

How the huge Golden Tee World Championship at AMOA went down

September 24, 2008

One thing I did miss out on at AMOA was the Golden Tee World Championship that took place on Friday and Saturday there. It would have been fun to watch and participate – I know that personally I wouldn’t have made it very far against the professional players but sometimes it’s just fun to compete. I did get a chance to play the new Golden Tee and it was fun – it has nice graphics and is easy to learn. When all was said and done, Andy Haas of Stow Ohio was crowned as the GT champion where he also got to walk away with a $20,000 cash prize. They also set records with the scope of the competition, IT reports that over a million GT games were played during the world championship online qualifying period. There were a few teams who came together to compete, including one international team which was made up of people from several different countries but in the end Team USA won again.  For the full rundown, check out the press release by IT after the jump or discuss it on the forums.

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