Archive for February 2010

Dead Storm Pirates gets a trailer

February 24, 2010

When it came to games at IAAPA, Dead Storm Pirates is one of those games I probably should have spent a little more time playing. Even though the game was essentially a beta it was still a lot of fun and it looked great too. Namco America has posted a new trailer of the game in action, showing off the game itself as opposed to the cabinet(which you can see here in case you have missed it). One thing that stands out to me with this game is the framerate as it’s quite smooth while throwing a lot of stuff at you on the screen and the sound will blow you away when you get into the cabinet.The game uses System 357, which is PS3 based hardware that has also been used in other arcades such as Tekken 6 and Razing Storm.

Dead Storm Pirates will be released at some point this year (Q2 2010?) worldwide.

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New update for Pump In Up, PIU Fiesta

February 24, 2010

If you are a fan of the Pump It Up series of dancing games then you certainly have something to look forward to. In addition to the release of Pump It Up Pro 2 next month, Andamiro is also releasing a new update for regular Pump It Up machines called Fiesta. The new update will feature 260 songs and also 2 new modes of play. The interface for the game has been improved to help bring in newer players and the game offers custom step building that can be uploaded with a USB drive. The update will be made available shortly after the AMOA/AAMA show next month and it will be at the show as well, where we’ll have to get some video or pictures of both new PIU games in action.

Also of a note, Andamiro has a new USA President after James Ko left, Satinder Bhutani who was formerly the sales VP there. Congrats on the promotion Satinder! (via Coinoptoday)

[Via Bemanistyle.com] [Andamiro website] [Discuss on the forums]

"3D Group" ramping up the stereoscopic 3D game scene with a flood of new titles

February 23, 2010

A few days ago we talked about a new arcade title out of China that Disney was involved with called Disney 3D Ping Pong.  Since then we have heard of other games in Asia that are jumping on the stereoscopic 3D bandwagon – we knew of Metal Gear Arcade already and there was Star Predator. Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report told me of more developments happening in this area and it looks like they were revealed today.  I came across some interesting news on Coinopexpress today which involves the same company who developed Disney 3D Ping Pong called 3D Group. Today the company revealed eight new video arcade products, all of which employ a 3D stereoscopic TV as well as touch screen play. The games are fitted for ticket play and there are several genres that the series covers which you’ll see below. There is no price on these yet but Coinopexpress does state that all of these games are available for sale.

The list of games includes: Balonga – a dance style controller but you fight monsters instead of just hit dance steps. (coinopexpress link)

Chicken War -some sort of space game involving chickens.

Star Cube / Galaxy Puzzle – a puzzle game that sounds like a Rubik’s cube, but it employs the touch screen to move it around. I’d really like to see how that works out in practice with the 3D pop effect. (coinopexpress link)

Go Fishing/ Shark – this one is a 4 player game where players try to catch fish. It’s probably like Butterfly Garden which UNIS was showing off at IAAPA. (coinopexpress link)

Hit The Rats – whack-a-mole style game with the touch screen (uh oh).

Pachinko – As the name says, it’s video pachinko.

Space Zuma – it’s the popular Zuma puzzle game, set in space and with a 3D screen. (coinopexpress link)

Tricky Rabbits – some sort of game involving rabbits and treasure, the description isn’t entirely clear. (coinopexpress link)

So there you have it. 3D Group is really throwing down the proverbial 3D gauntlet but we’ll have to wait and see how well the trend catches on with other manufacturers in the industry. I’m in a wait and see mood about it – it’s hard to shake the feeling that the whole pop-out 3D thing is a gimmick as it has been in the past but technology in this area has improved quite a bit and sales of 3D movies like Avatar are nothing to sneeze at. The arcade sector does stand as a great place to introduce such technology to the masses as home consoles are really not in that position right now and even if they were, they would need the customer base to go out and buy 3D TVs which is a big ‘if’ for them to bank on. Of course it can be a big if for arcades to but where a couple of companies are trying it out, I am sure that everyone is going to take a hard look at how games like this perform. If the effect is cool and doesn’t require glasses (as some 3D TVs are supposed to do, I’ve never seen that effect in person) then it could be a great way to bring people into the arcade.

[Discuss on the forums]

“3D Group” ramping up the stereoscopic 3D game scene with a flood of new titles

February 23, 2010

A few days ago we talked about a new arcade title out of China that Disney was involved with called Disney 3D Ping Pong.  Since then we have heard of other games in Asia that are jumping on the stereoscopic 3D bandwagon – we knew of Metal Gear Arcade already and there was Star Predator. Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report told me of more developments happening in this area and it looks like they were revealed today.  I came across some interesting news on Coinopexpress today which involves the same company who developed Disney 3D Ping Pong called 3D Group. Today the company revealed eight new video arcade products, all of which employ a 3D stereoscopic TV as well as touch screen play. The games are fitted for ticket play and there are several genres that the series covers which you’ll see below. There is no price on these yet but Coinopexpress does state that all of these games are available for sale.

The list of games includes: Balonga – a dance style controller but you fight monsters instead of just hit dance steps. (coinopexpress link)

Chicken War -some sort of space game involving chickens.

Star Cube / Galaxy Puzzle – a puzzle game that sounds like a Rubik’s cube, but it employs the touch screen to move it around. I’d really like to see how that works out in practice with the 3D pop effect. (coinopexpress link)

Go Fishing/ Shark – this one is a 4 player game where players try to catch fish. It’s probably like Butterfly Garden which UNIS was showing off at IAAPA. (coinopexpress link)

Hit The Rats – whack-a-mole style game with the touch screen (uh oh).

Pachinko – As the name says, it’s video pachinko.

Space Zuma – it’s the popular Zuma puzzle game, set in space and with a 3D screen. (coinopexpress link)

Tricky Rabbits – some sort of game involving rabbits and treasure, the description isn’t entirely clear. (coinopexpress link)

So there you have it. 3D Group is really throwing down the proverbial 3D gauntlet but we’ll have to wait and see how well the trend catches on with other manufacturers in the industry. I’m in a wait and see mood about it – it’s hard to shake the feeling that the whole pop-out 3D thing is a gimmick as it has been in the past but technology in this area has improved quite a bit and sales of 3D movies like Avatar are nothing to sneeze at. The arcade sector does stand as a great place to introduce such technology to the masses as home consoles are really not in that position right now and even if they were, they would need the customer base to go out and buy 3D TVs which is a big ‘if’ for them to bank on. Of course it can be a big if for arcades to but where a couple of companies are trying it out, I am sure that everyone is going to take a hard look at how games like this perform. If the effect is cool and doesn’t require glasses (as some 3D TVs are supposed to do, I’ve never seen that effect in person) then it could be a great way to bring people into the arcade.

[Discuss on the forums]

More Metal Gear Arcade action

February 23, 2010

Via

Here’s another in-depth video of how Metal Gear Arcade works via Diginfo.tv(perhaps the last one we’ll link to for a while unless something drastic and different comes along). I can see where this will take some getting used to with the head controls working the way that they do but with some extra tuning to go into the game, it’s best to withhold judgement on how that will work out in practice. Still, it’s great to see the attention that MGA is bringing to arcades, I just hope it spills over to some other games that are out there too, but my hopes are probably too high there.

Thief makes off with 5 million yen at a Japanese arcade

February 23, 2010

It’s a slow news day – I’ve been scouring the net for a little while now and couldn’t find anything else. It fits into the story we had about a week ago where an arcade in Germany was robbed by a guy using a cup of coffee but no strange objects were used here – just a knife. The thief nabbed 5 million yen (which sounds like a lot more than it really is if you don’t follow exchange rates – it comes to $55,000USD so it’s still a sizable amount) early in the morning right after the arcade closed at 5:15AM. It sounds like quite an arcade – they obviously make quite a bit of money and they are open all night, which isn’t uncommon in Japan. Fortunately no one was hurt in the robbery but at the time this was on the wire, the suspect hadn’t been caught yet.

Here’s the link for your reading pleasure.

A few more AOU videos – Gaia Attack 4, Jigsaw World Arena, Puzzle of Ocha, Speed Rider

February 21, 2010

Just a few more videos from AOU I’ve found featuring things to round-up the weekend.

Taito’s Gaia Attack 4. It’s good to see it in action – they used video of real world environments and have overlaid them with 3D  graphics. There’s an interesting Ghostbusters style mini-game at the beginning of this video.

Jigsaw World Arena. This is another new puzzle game that uses the PGM2 hardware for solid 2D performance. This is a four player title that looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Puzzle of Ocha, the other PGM2 powered puzzle game that we had spoke of recently. Nice to see it in action.

Speed Rider by IGS.


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