Posted tagged ‘Namco Bandai’

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Announced, coming Summer 2011

September 18, 2010

With the move just about complete (please let me know what you think of the Theme – the one we had been using doesn’t seem to be available so I’m changing it up) I have some time to post about the big news that came out while we were moving the site.

The producer of Tekken, Katsuhiro Harada made an announcement while TGS was taking place but more specficially at the Super Battle Opera, a popular fighting tournament in Japan that we’ve covered in the past. To everyone’s surprise it was a new Tekken game that wasn’t exactly Tekken 7 but instead, a followup to Tekken Tag Tournament. TTT2 will be coming out in arcades next Summer in Japan, prior to the release of Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken X Street Fighter (in that order). The Tekken 6 engine has been modified for this game to allow for the extra characters on screen and the control scheme will be like that of the first Tekken Tag Tournament.

2011 will be an excellent year for fighting games although for us arcade purists the probable console releases loom over that positive outlook for next year. Hopefully Namco will be able to release TTT2 for much less than they did T6.

Here’s the trailer, it’s actual in-game footage. Fingers crossed I can get the Youtube embedding to work…

Also since we’re on the subject, Kotaku has the footage of the new SSFIV Arcade characters Yun and Yang (thanks Phil)

How amusement fared in the recent financial reports from Capcom and Namco Bandai

May 10, 2010

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Financial reports were recently unveiled by a couple of companies who have some involvement in the arcade industry so how did the companies in question fare? First off, Capcom hasn’t fared well all around, seeing dips in consumer game sales, amusement facility operations and operating income in Japan, Europe and the US. They did see an increase in “content expansion” however, which according to the linked document is linking to their Pachislot division. You can see the report for Capcom here.

Namco Bandai also posted big losses once again but for them their toy and arcade chain operations posted operating profits for the year. Despite the losses reaching an overall $300 million (the game content division equaling $74.59 million of that loss) Namco is optimistic that the changes it has made as a company to deal with the losses, which they began a little while ago when we last heard about the company loosing money, will result in net profits once again. If the Namco presence and marketing tactics seen at Amusement Expo are any indication, the arcade division is quite optimistic about the future. You can read about Namco Bandai’s financial reports here @ Gamespot

Biz news: amusement operations up at Dave & Busters; Namco expanding in China

December 17, 2009

We’ve got a couple of arcade business related items to briefly discuss today, first off in the US, arcade/restaurant chain Dave And Busters has released it’s 3rd quarter earnings report and unfortunately for them, total revenues were down 2.1%; total food and beverages revenues were down 5.3% – however according to the report “revenues from Amusements and Other increased 1.4%“. According to the CEO of the company, “”We are encouraged that the key differentiator of the Dave & Buster’s brand, our Amusements business, has remained relatively strong during this economic downturn,” said Steve King, Chief Executive Officer. “This gives us confidence that as the economy recovers, we are well positioned to take advantage of renewed discretionary spending.” (emphasis mine). [Via Fox Business]

This is quite interesting – despite the fact that D&B’s food business is down by a few percentage points, the fact that their amusement revenues have remained strong is a testament to the appeal of coin-op gaming right now.  With more strong games coming out from different manufacturers at lower prices, it will remain strong and can be stronger as we continue to get the word out. In the case of my own arcade, this past third quarter was quite good for me once we moved and this quarter has been the best we’ve had as well although I still have a ways to go in catching up on bills. How about your own arcade business, how is it faring?

In other business news, Namco Bandai will be expanding it’s operations in China, by opening up ten new themed amusement facilities which are to be mostly attractive to kids. [Via Nikkei.co.jp]

Could Ridge Racer see a return to arcades?

November 27, 2009

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Last time I heard anything about Ridge Racer, people were still poking fun at that Sony exec for saying “Ridddggee Raaacccuuurrr” at Sony’s e3 press conference a few years back. I wasn’t terribly interested in the game as I don’t care for racers on the consoles but Ridge Racer used to be in arcades as well. In fact the last time RR was in arcades was in 2001 with Ridge Racer V: Arcade Battle. Now we have word that Namco Bandai has trademarked the name Ridge Racer Accelerated in Japan. Link that up with a rumor I heard not long that Namco was working on a new racing title for arcades and you have to wonder, could Namco be planning on bringing RR back to coin-op land? It’s certainly possible, especially where it appears that companies won’t be letting up on developing new racing games anytime soon. What are your thoughts?

[Via Siliconera] [Discuss on the Forums]

Namco's Tank!Tank!Tank! looks like a blast (updated)

June 4, 2009

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A short time ago Namco revealed a new tank combat game that they had developed for arcades called Tank! Tank! Tank! and now we have a look at how it plays. Unfortunately the video Namco has released does not have any sound to it but it looks like an awful lot of fun to play, especially networked. It also looks great to, with a solid frame rate and excellent destructive physics that are absolutely necessary for this kind of game. The game has some elements from some games I enjoy to play, such as Iron Soldier, EDF 2017 and Tokyo Wars so I would line up to play it. If Namco releases this outside of Japan (and with a reasonable price tag for smaller ops, i.e. NOT $9000 per cab) and it plays as well as it appears here, then it very well could be a hit.

[Via AM-Net Blog]

Namco’s Tank!Tank!Tank! looks like a blast (updated)

June 4, 2009

tank05

A short time ago Namco revealed a new tank combat game that they had developed for arcades called Tank! Tank! Tank! and now we have a look at how it plays. Unfortunately the video Namco has released does not have any sound to it but it looks like an awful lot of fun to play, especially networked. It also looks great to, with a solid frame rate and excellent destructive physics that are absolutely necessary for this kind of game. The game has some elements from some games I enjoy to play, such as Iron Soldier, EDF 2017 and Tokyo Wars so I would line up to play it. If Namco releases this outside of Japan (and with a reasonable price tag for smaller ops, i.e. NOT $9000 per cab) and it plays as well as it appears here, then it very well could be a hit.

[Via AM-Net Blog]

Razing Storm gets an official trailer, virtual environments torn to pieces

February 16, 2009

I don’t think that there is any debate about the fact that Namco’s newest light-gun extravaganza Razing Storm looks absolutely amazing. It’s one of those games that will certainly make arcades look cutting edge.  On top of that the action looks quite frantic and thus, like an awful lot of fun. Hopefully this is at ASI next month so I can finally get a chance to check it out. Last I heard we should see this released in March or April at the latest.

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Namco Bandai's AOU 2009 website

February 14, 2009
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One of Namco's games that will be at AOU

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A few days ago we reported that Sega and Konami had setup websites for AOU2009 and now Namco Bandai has a page dedicated to what they will be showing off at the event. In addition to Razing Storm and Nirin, which have been shown at IAAPA and ATEI, they also will be showing off Gundam Vs. Gundam Next (which I think is a new version of their mecha battle game; it’s what it pictured above) and Taiko No Tatsujin 12, the latest of their Drum Mania style games.

It’s too bad I can’t grab a ticket and fly over to Japan to check this show out but at least the possibility of going to ASI next month is open.

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Namco Bandai’s AOU 2009 website

February 14, 2009
gvsgnext

One of Namco's games that will be at AOU

stinger11

A few days ago we reported that Sega and Konami had setup websites for AOU2009 and now Namco Bandai has a page dedicated to what they will be showing off at the event. In addition to Razing Storm and Nirin, which have been shown at IAAPA and ATEI, they also will be showing off Gundam Vs. Gundam Next (which I think is a new version of their mecha battle game; it’s what it pictured above) and Taiko No Tatsujin 12, the latest of their Drum Mania style games.

It’s too bad I can’t grab a ticket and fly over to Japan to check this show out but at least the possibility of going to ASI next month is open.

[Namco's AOU site] [Discuss on the Forums]


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