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More footage from the 48th Amusement Show

September 21, 2010

While we eagerly await news from the Sega Private Show to come about, including more information on GRID and Let’s Go Island, let’s take another look at the recent JAMMA show that took place in Japan.

First off, Taito released a video featuring an overview of their booth, which includes the first footage of their new racing title, Battle Gear Spin Wheel. This one won’t have any trouble earning it’s place on the list of “quirky” arcade titles as you will see briefly below.

Here is a brief look at the Sega and Namco booths from SankeiNews, which shows a quick clip of Deadstorm Pirates 3D.

This user, wx4058, has posted tons of videos from the show, content includes Gundam Extreme Vs., Blazlbue Continuum Shift II, Initial D AA Arcade Stage 6 , Shining force Cross Raid, Pengo, Pac-Man Battle Royale, Darius Burst and more. To get to the JAMMA stuff you’ll have to scroll down past all of the Tokyo Game Show videos.

I am surprised that no one tried to get any video of the autostereoscopic displays that were there, at least as a means of discussing the topic.

JAMMA 2010: New games, hardware and ideas that could shake things up

September 9, 2010

The 48th JAMMA Expo is now underway in Japan and with that comes a flood of news concerning future projects that Japanese developers will be bringing to the market. AM-Net has a number of photos that they have published from the event, with more to come and here are some highlights including new Taito arcade hardware, more 3D gaming from Namco, Sega’s new Pengo and an online content delivery system from Taito that could revolutionize the industry called NESiCAxLIVE. Read on!

UDATE#1:More System Board Y3 details including glasses free 3D display made for arcades; Namco’s Dead Heat goes 3D; Sega and Namco introduce new IC card system called AiME; added a few more pictures + some videos

UPDATE#2 – Videos added by Gigazine

UPDATE#3: AM-Net and Sega have updated galleries of photos showing crowds gathering around the various booths. I’ve added a few select photos below, including a shot from the new VF5, The Tablecloth Hour and more

UPDATE#4: This Youtube user has posted a number of videos from the event. http://www.youtube.com/user/Puyo432343

UPDATE#5: Segaonline.nl has some direct screenshots of Initial D Arcade Stage 6AA, Shining Force Cross Raid and Border Break 2.0, a couple of which I’ve added below

UPDATE#6: Just when you think we’re done, we have more content from the show. Thanks to Fillmore Games, a distributor in Japan for providing more pictures of the show. From them we find out that Vulcan-M and Heat Up Hockey were there as well.

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Namco's line-up for JAMMA: Gundam Extreme Vs., Pac-Man Battle Royale, Taiko No Tatsujin 14

September 6, 2010

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The great arcade show known as JAMMA takes place at the end of this week and as such we have more revelations on what show attendees can expect to see there. Namco Bandai has unveiled their JAMMA line-up here and there may not be anything surprising on the list so far: Gundam Extreme Vs. (which was already shown off at another expo recently), Taiko No Tatsujin 14(which is released this week in Japan), a couple of new kiddie rides w/ video (including what looks like a  smaller version of Taiko No Tatsujin) and Pac-Man Battle Royale. This is the first I’ve seen it confirmed that PMBR would be released in Japan, before it was just an assumption. It should be noted that while expectations were for PMBR to be released in September, the latest info has it at an October release, alongside Dead Heat(which is not going to JAMMA as it was designed more for the North American market).

Here is Namco’s JAMMA announcement page.

AM-Net is keeping track of all of the JAMMA company announcements on this page.

Namco’s line-up for JAMMA: Gundam Extreme Vs., Pac-Man Battle Royale, Taiko No Tatsujin 14

September 6, 2010

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The great arcade show known as JAMMA takes place at the end of this week and as such we have more revelations on what show attendees can expect to see there. Namco Bandai has unveiled their JAMMA line-up here and there may not be anything surprising on the list so far: Gundam Extreme Vs. (which was already shown off at another expo recently), Taiko No Tatsujin 14(which is released this week in Japan), a couple of new kiddie rides w/ video (including what looks like a  smaller version of Taiko No Tatsujin) and Pac-Man Battle Royale. This is the first I’ve seen it confirmed that PMBR would be released in Japan, before it was just an assumption. It should be noted that while expectations were for PMBR to be released in September, the latest info has it at an October release, alongside Dead Heat(which is not going to JAMMA as it was designed more for the North American market).

Here is Namco’s JAMMA announcement page.

AM-Net is keeping track of all of the JAMMA company announcements on this page.

Namco releasing Deadstorm Pirates 3D(and 4D) next spring

September 4, 2010

It hasn’t been long since we heard about Namco filing for a number of patents which were involved with stereoscopic 3D technologies and now we have word about the first game which will take advantage of those patents, a stereoscopic 3D version of their shooter Deadstorm Pirates. No details beyond a spring release and the use of the 3D technology in both the non-motion and motion versions have been announced(making the latter a “4D” game) but it comes at a time where Japanese arcade manufacturers are ramping up the development of such games as a way to attract more customers into amusement facilities. Konami’s Road Fighters, which will be released this month in Japan, is also mentioned in the article and they reveal that the user can switch the 3D effect off if they wish.

As for the new Deadstorm Pirates, I hope that they take the opportunity to add more arcade-exclusive content to the game since the title is now available on the PS3.

Source: Pixus Wataru

Namco brings Gundam Extreme Vs. to the Kyarahobi 2010 Show

September 1, 2010

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What better place to give the public their first chance to play a new Gundam video game than an expo dedicated to anime and the hobbies surrounding it(known as the Kyarahobi 2010 Expo). Gundam Extreme Vs. was first unveiled at AOU 2010 and with it’s release coming up at the end of this month, Namco is keen to get the game out there into the public view. It will certainly be at the JAMMA show next week but for fans of the anime Gundam series they had a chance to play against Namco reps on the game, as shown above. At the show the game’s producers wer eon hand to answer questions and dive into the games features. While I don’t know of any plans for Namco to give this an official release outside of Japan, there’s always a good chance that someone could import it for play.

Read more about Gundam Extreme Vs. @ Game Watch.

Street Fighter X Tekken could get a coin-op version after all

August 19, 2010

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This seems to be a new trend for Capcom these days, announcing a fighter with coin-op roots but only talking about a console version of that game until later when they suddenly allude to the coin-op version of the same game. That’s how it was with Super Street Fighter IV and now that could also be the case with Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken X Street Fighter. According to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report:

Sources at GamesCom reported that while Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono and Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada –demonstrated Street Fighter X Tekken gameplay to event attendees they alluded to a amusement version of the Capcom and Namco Bandai versions.

It will probably be a while before we hear anything else on the coin-op versions of these games but it’s nice to know that they are being considered. Namco at least has a strong network setup internationally for handling the production and sales of these games in the coin-op sector. I wonder if they would have Street Fighter X Tekken use the same setup as SFIV (VS. configuration) and Tekken X Street Fighter use the same cabinet as Tekken 6(2p on 1 cabinet). Such options would be a great way to see what players and operators really prefer (according to our poll players the standard 2p cab setup won the vote) although why not offer both cabinet configurations for both games and see what sells best?

Namco's Dead Heat in action

August 17, 2010

While we have posted numerous details on Namco’s newest racing game Dead Heat, which is due out this fall, we haven’t seen any in-depth video of the actual game in action, until now. This video is from Florida-based coin-op machine distributor BMI Gaming, who provided us with the footage from other games at the recent AAMA Distributor Gala. In case you need to catch up on those details about Dead Heat, you can read more about it here.

Click here for the page where you can watch it in gratuitous 1080p

Namco’s Dead Heat in action

August 17, 2010

While we have posted numerous details on Namco’s newest racing game Dead Heat, which is due out this fall, we haven’t seen any in-depth video of the actual game in action, until now. This video is from Florida-based coin-op machine distributor BMI Gaming, who provided us with the footage from other games at the recent AAMA Distributor Gala. In case you need to catch up on those details about Dead Heat, you can read more about it here.

Click here for the page where you can watch it in gratuitous 1080p

Namco unveils Pac-Man’s Arcade Party

August 13, 2010

Namco has already shown their enthusiasm in celebrating Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary with Pac-Man Battle Royale (due next month) but you can now add two arcade titles to the ways of how they are celebrating. An open house event(click for more pictures) was recently held at the Namco America HQ in Elk Grove Village, IL and in addition to some cake, the attendees had several new Namco games to check out – Tank! Tank! Tank!, Go Go Grand Prix, Dead Heat, Pac-Man Battle Royale and the newly unveiled Pac-Man’s Arcade Party.

For Pac-Man’s 25th anniversary Namco had a multi-game cabinet that they released to celebrate that event as well although it only contained three games – Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. They also released some countertop versions of that game which featured the same game line-up on a small cabinet that could fit in a variety of places. This new release will feature twelve Namco classics: Pac-Man, Galaga, Pac-Mania, Galaxian, Rally X, Mappy, Dig Dug, Xevious, Bosconian, Galaga ’88, Rolling Thunder, and Dragon Spirit. For a display it will likely use an LCD monitor, like the 25th anniversary cabinets did. There is no release date or price listed for the unit at this time but it will certainly be released before the end of the year.

By looking at the effort Namco is throwing behind this 30th anniversary, I am beginning to wonder if they will be giving Galaga the same treatment next year as that game celebrates it’s 30th birthday. They converted Pac-Man C.E. from Xbox Live Arcade and there is a Galaga update on XBLA as well – could we see a four player return of Galaga to arcades in 2011?

UPDATE: There will be a home cabaret and a cocktail version of this cabinet in addition to the commercial version. (see comments below)

UPDATE#2 : Updated with the final cabinet design as provided by Namco

UPDATE#3: Pac-Man’s Arcade Party will be released before Christmas, possibly October but as late as November and the price point will be similar to the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary cabinets.

[Namco America]


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