Posted tagged ‘2008’

Happy New Year Everyone

December 31, 2007

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As this will probably be the last post here at Arcade Heroes for 2007, now is a good time to wish all of you a Happy New Year. 2007 was pretty good, it certainly was for the site and I’m glad I could be a part of it. 2008 is going to be a great time for arcades, mark my words. Personally I can’t be more ecstatic because I will finally be running my own arcade (which has taken way too long to get started) but also there are going to be a lot of awesome games coming to arcades this 2008. We’re seeing a return of fighters to the scene with Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5 and Street Fighter IV and while we can expect more games such as racers and light gun titles, I can’t help but wonder what really new surprises are in store for us.

For a retrospective, just a few well-known or popular arcade games from past years that end with the number 8 (in no particular order and if I missed your favorite game, apologies in advance):

1978: Taito Space Invaders, Atari Football, Atari Video Pinball, and VectorBeam’s Speed Freak

1988: Atari’s Vindicator’s, Tetris (Atari or Sega), Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, William’s NARC, Capcom’s Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, Taito Chase H.Q, Taito’s Operation Thunderbolt, Fabtek’s Cabal

1998: Atari Games’ Area 51: Site 4, Atari Games’ Gauntlet Legends, Konami’s Beatmania, Konami’s Guitar Freaks, Sega’s House of Dead 2, Sega’s Star Wars Arcade Trilogy, Sega’s Bass Fishing, SNK’s King of Fighters 98, Capcom’s Marvel VS Capcom, Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha 3, Midway’s NFL Blitz 99, Namco’s Time Crisis II, Namco’s SoulCalibur, Incredible Technologies Golden Tee ’98, Treasure’s Radiant Silvergun.

2008: Remains to be seen. But all I can think of for the coming year are the immortal words of Duke Nukem: “Let’s Rock!”

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London Preview 2008 Picture Pack and RaceTV

October 12, 2007

By Youtube User SegaNaomi, some more pictures of what was seen at the ’08 preview. They aren’t as high quality as the ones we have below from The Stinger Report, but if you can’t get enough of the 08 Preview then this should help whet your appetite. Looks like Manic Panic Ghost and Asian Dynamite were also at the show.

UPDATE: In addition to that, here are some higher quality shots from the same person.

Also here is a video of SegaRaceTV by the same user (via Arcade Renaissance for this one)

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London Preview 08 Part 3 – Stinger looks at GlobalVR, Taito and IT

October 12, 2007

For our final piece of coverage on the London 08 preview (again thanks to The Stinger Report for the news and pictures), we look at what GlobalVR, Taito and IT had to show off at the event.

GlobalVR – GVR was represented by their European distributor Cosmic Video Amusement. Here was a first look at GVR’s EA NASCAR Racing. The deluxe cabinet was at the show and provided “intense and compelling graphics and action.” Nascar will go on test in the UK soon, with special featuers such as “drafting”, making for a great two-player racing title.

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America’s Army was also available, we posted impressions on the game recently and Stinger reports that the game provides a “unique experience that could be placed in bars as well as conventional amusement locations.”

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Aliens : Extermination Deluxe and Paradise Lost were also at the show and both games have proved to be popular games in the market. With recent price reductions on all GVR games, the company has caused a stir in the amusement industry .

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Taito -Being represented by distributor Electrocoin, Taito was represented on the floor with their latest racer, Chase HQ 2. For the first time the deluxe cabinet was shown, along with two other versions of the game. It looks great and offers something a little different as well.

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Incredible Technologies – Electrocoin alsohad some games on hand from IT, including Silver Strike Bowling , Golden Tee Live 2008 and the aptly named ‘Bags‘ game.

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Also from the Stinger:

The event boded well for ATEI in January, though there is expected to be some more big surprise with Tekken 6, a brand new racing game and a selection of hardcore titles from Konami (absent from Preview this year). For more detail on what was at Preview we would recommend reading our The Stinger Report coverage at the end of the month.

We’ll be sure to cover that as well.

Our thoughts – It looks like 2008 is shaping up to be a good year for arcades as well although it is concerning about the genre crowding that is occurring. Games like Primeval Hunt look like a good start (as was 2Spicy, which seems as though it won’t appear here in the States), as does that Panzer Simulator game. But for the industry to continue its stride and to become more competitive against the console market, we’ll need more new ideas of experiences that just aren’t as fun at home – while maintaining reasonable prices of course. Thanks again to The Stinger Report for the coverage.

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London Preview 08 Part 2 – Stinger looks at Namco and Raw Thrills

October 12, 2007

Continuing the coverage on the London Preview 08 the Stinger also got a look at what Namco and others had to offer.In Europe Namco is teamed up with Brent Sales, which also sells games from Raw Thrills.

Namco – They only had one major new release to show off, Maximum Tune 3. A 4 player setup was available and offers a “hardcore view of the custom street car race experience.”

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Mario Kart 2 was setup right next to Maximum Tune 3 to offer a softer racing style typical with the Mario Kart format.

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Raw Thrills – Fast and Furious: Drift was onsite at the Namco Bandai booth, along with other Raw Thrills title such as Super Bike and Big Buck Hunter Pro.

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An interesting and unique game known as iGO: Panzer Elite simulator was also seen here – I am not sure if this is Triotech product or not as the cabinet looks similar to something I have seen before (although I didn’t have a chance to play it). This allows players to experience WWII tank action with a unique simulator setup.

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London Preview 08 – Stinger looks at Arcades in 08 – Part I – Sega

October 12, 2007

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[Thanks to The Stinger Report]

The London 08 Preview is over and with it information on what we can expect to see in arcades next year. Many thanks to Kevin Williams and The Stinger Report for this information. Click on the images to enlarge.

Sega – Demonstrated several games, including a 60% complete version of Sega RaceTV. Two RaceTV cabinets were available and they were quite popular. The game features a Boost feature and a driving style similar to F-Zero. The complete version will be shown at ATEI and include more tracks and a password feature.

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An early version of Primeval Hunt was also demonstrated, although it appears to be a larger screen version than what we have seen, which indicates more than one version for operators to purchase.08prev8.JPG

Virtua Fighter 5 was at the show although Sega doesn’t expect it to sell well (probably because of the console versions already being available). Still it looks great and if they gave it a decent price, it could probably do better than they expect.

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New versions of Initial D4, with a larger screen and an operational IC Card reader was quite popular at the show as well.

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AfterBurner Simulator was on the floor, it’s the full motion version that looks great and offers quite a unique experience.

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Shoot This -Win This! is a new Skill With Prize game that looks really fun and could be the next huge thing in this genre after Stacker. Looks like stocking it with Nintendo DSes is a good idea as well. This is still in prototype form.

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Let’s Go Jungle Special Attraction was available to play, it is setup similarly to House of The Dead 4 Special, with guns that are nearly the same.

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Here’s a shot of some Sega tokens that were at the show. Stay tuned for more from the show!

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