Archive for July 19, 2010

More arcade goodness coming to Brandenton, FL with Saturn 5

July 19, 2010

Mr. Russo at his arcade (via The Herald Tribune)

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The Herald Tribune has the story on an operator in the area of Bradenton, FL who has made it his objective to expand his business into a family entertainment center which will be called Saturn 5. He has been running other amusement related businesses in the area, one of which is an arcade that he has kept going despite running it at a loss for the past three-and-a-half years, known as Fun-and-Games (sounds like they should have been a part of Stride’s campaign to Save the Arcades). He also owns a distribution company, known as Apollo Amusements. The Saturn 5 facility, which will have 20,000 sq. ft. of space and will feature a space-theme that follows the Apollo missions, will expand beyond video arcades to include activities like miniature golf, pool, video poker, an inflatable obstacle course and party rooms. The facility should be fully operational soon and we wish them the best of luck in making the business a success.

Trio-Tech Amusements unveils 'XD Dark Ride'

July 19, 2010

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Trio-Tech Amusement, makers of high-earning attractions such as Typhoon, XD Theater, and UFO Stomper, has a new attraction which they are preparing for a release, called Dark X Theater XD Dark Ride. Details are scant on the game at this point but it appears to be more interactive than some of the aforementioned titles. Instead of just sitting down for a quick motion-based 3D ride, players can shoot at on-screen opponents(similar to Trans-Force). XD Dark Ride was shown off recently at the IAAPA Asia show and we can expect to see it at the US IAAPA show this November.

UPDATE: The name has been corrected by the Stinger Report as the original we received was in error

[Trio-Tech Amusement website]

Trio-Tech Amusements unveils ‘XD Dark Ride’

July 19, 2010

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Trio-Tech Amusement, makers of high-earning attractions such as Typhoon, XD Theater, and UFO Stomper, has a new attraction which they are preparing for a release, called Dark X Theater XD Dark Ride. Details are scant on the game at this point but it appears to be more interactive than some of the aforementioned titles. Instead of just sitting down for a quick motion-based 3D ride, players can shoot at on-screen opponents(similar to Trans-Force). XD Dark Ride was shown off recently at the IAAPA Asia show and we can expect to see it at the US IAAPA show this November.

UPDATE: The name has been corrected by the Stinger Report as the original we received was in error

[Trio-Tech Amusement website]

Capcom's Sengoku Basara – the amusement park attraction

July 19, 2010

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Back in 2005 Capcom released a new game for the Playstation 2 called Sengoku Basara. Five years and well over a million sales later they are preparing to release the 3rd installment of the series and as part of the fifth anniversary of the game’s release, they already have an amusement park attraction to go along with it. Located at the Fuji-Q Highland park, the new attraction has you wandering through an ancient Japanese castle, collecting BASARA cards that you insert into certain devices placed throughout the complex as you play some sort of game and near the end, one gets a chance to play Sengoku Basara on a large projected screen with motion-controls. According to the translation @ Game Watch:

Will play the final round, which it will be cut with a sword and a giant video screen. First, kill the fireball as a practice stage.  The fireball on screen, “Zan” as someone called Mark, swing the sword away at it.  Nobunaga military confrontation with the practice followed by the stage.  I cut the first 100 and first stage. Continuously appear on Nobunaga army soldiers invaded from the front, “Slasher” will cut down the mark. There is also an element of Whack Even though, as I can not kill easily.  However, the number must defeat is not so much GANBAROU never give up.

While it’s slightly difficult to understand what all of that means, I imagine it’s something similar to the arcade title Mazan, but with a huge screen.

Full details can be found at Game Watch.

Capcom’s Sengoku Basara – the amusement park attraction

July 19, 2010

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Back in 2005 Capcom released a new game for the Playstation 2 called Sengoku Basara. Five years and well over a million sales later they are preparing to release the 3rd installment of the series and as part of the fifth anniversary of the game’s release, they already have an amusement park attraction to go along with it. Located at the Fuji-Q Highland park, the new attraction has you wandering through an ancient Japanese castle, collecting BASARA cards that you insert into certain devices placed throughout the complex as you play some sort of game and near the end, one gets a chance to play Sengoku Basara on a large projected screen with motion-controls. According to the translation @ Game Watch:

Will play the final round, which it will be cut with a sword and a giant video screen. First, kill the fireball as a practice stage.  The fireball on screen, “Zan” as someone called Mark, swing the sword away at it.  Nobunaga military confrontation with the practice followed by the stage.  I cut the first 100 and first stage. Continuously appear on Nobunaga army soldiers invaded from the front, “Slasher” will cut down the mark. There is also an element of Whack Even though, as I can not kill easily.  However, the number must defeat is not so much GANBAROU never give up.

While it’s slightly difficult to understand what all of that means, I imagine it’s something similar to the arcade title Mazan, but with a huge screen.

Full details can be found at Game Watch.

Taito's new Space Invaders themed game in Japan where button mashing = happiness

July 19, 2010

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While several other arcade classics have seen coin-op updates in recent times, including Sea Wolf, Elevator Action and Pac-Man, one glaring omission from the list is Taito’s Space Invaders. Taito has done plenty of SI updates for home consoles and handheld systems but for whatever reason they haven’t felt it necessary to give the original platform SI came out on some love. They still aren’t doing that although this new Space Invaders themed machine in Japan comes close. Listed as Happy Kentei, the object of the game is to see how many times you can press the “Happy Button” in ten seconds. They are even holding a national competition with the game, which will be used to to find the happiest person in Japan (I assume).

More details on Famitsu and the official Taito page for the competition.

Taito’s new Space Invaders themed game in Japan where button mashing = happiness

July 19, 2010

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While several other arcade classics have seen coin-op updates in recent times, including Sea Wolf, Elevator Action and Pac-Man, one glaring omission from the list is Taito’s Space Invaders. Taito has done plenty of SI updates for home consoles and handheld systems but for whatever reason they haven’t felt it necessary to give the original platform SI came out on some love. They still aren’t doing that although this new Space Invaders themed machine in Japan comes close. Listed as Happy Kentei, the object of the game is to see how many times you can press the “Happy Button” in ten seconds. They are even holding a national competition with the game, which will be used to to find the happiest person in Japan (I assume).

More details on Famitsu and the official Taito page for the competition.

AVATAR Pinball machine coming to arcades and game rooms this fall UPDATED

July 19, 2010

possible design for AVATAR pinball. The backglass is supposed to have a 3D effect

Stern Pinball revealed their next pinball game for this fall this morning and once again it is based upon a movie license. This time however, Stern got on board with the highest grossing

One of the toys from the AVATAR pinball game

film yet, James Cameron’s AVATAR. So far very little has been revealed about the game, but here is what we do know. The mechs seen in the movie will be a toy on the playfield that you can “fight” (meaning it will be a target of some sort); the backglass uses a 3D pop-out effect; and it’s not a retheme of some older pinball machine like we saw with Ironman pinball. Someone on Stern’s Facebook page(where the announcement was made) linked to the picture of cabinet above but we’ll have to wait and see if that will be the final artwork for the machine. If they continue to use the ancient orange dot-matrix display then I’ll be disappointed once again – seeing how the changes Avatar has made to the movie scene (for better or worse depending upon your perspective) you would hope that the same could happen for the pinball machine. Not that I’m calling for a 3D display, just something with color in it.  Of course it is best to wait and see the playfield design, at least where it isn’t a retheme we can look forward to something fresh.

So what are your thoughts on this? Generally Stern has the movie themed games out around the time the movie that they are based upon launches but at least this means that they don’t have an excuse to exclude content(lines and scenes) from the movie into game. Can we at least expect this to be more entertaining than the Avatar home video game?

UDPATE: Stern has published a press release on their website. They are pushing the fact that the movie is going to be re-released with 8 new minutes of footage (sigh,  a silly trick that reminds me of the Star Wars digital remakes) as the pinball machine will begin production in mid-August to coincide with the re-release. The presser also mentions the following:

In Avatar pinball, you as player are the hero Jake Sully.  Capture the pinball in the transporter link, a case that reveals a Jake figurine, and transform yourself into his Avatar.  Then, after a series of challenges, get past the motorized up/down target bank protecting Colonel Quaritch and fight the Colonel in his AMP Suit, aiming your pinball at him.  As you overtake the Colonel, his AMP Suit crashes to the ground and you save the Na’vi people from total destruction.  Avatar pinball also features a twisting ramp, the magnet for random ball play, and lots of multi-ball action.

[Stern Pinball]


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