Archive for June 28, 2007

Lost games of yesteryear – Air Race and The Last Starfighter

June 28, 2007

The subject of arcade prototype games is an interesting one as it’s amazing to look at what arcade companies were trying to cook up. Lately footage from a couple of lost prototypes has been uncovered including The Last Starfighter and now Air Race.atari_air_race.jpg Both games were in development by Atari around 1984-85 and they really would have pushed the envelope of 3D graphics had they been released. Youtube has a video of The Last Starfighter footage (see below) and Digital Press just released a video of a long lost game called Air Race. The file is somewhat large, 51 MB but it offers an interesting look at what could have been. Hit the link below to watch the movie (or right-click and choose save as). Air Race video credit, Digital Press. Last Starfighter footage credit: youtube user Wolfmanjm.
[Atari Air Race footage - Digital Press] [Discuss on the Forum]

Brain Age Arcade?

June 28, 2007

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Brain Age is a pretty popular title for the Nintendo DS handheld and it is now available for the Nintendo Wii(as Big Brain Academy). So how would an arcade version sound? It looks like Namco Bandai games is planning just that as there is a webpage to be found on their site complete with pictures of a Brain Age-like game along with the arcade cabinets. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that this is being developed by Namco/Bandai as they are also responsible for both Mario Kart Arcade games (I just wish they would restart StarFox Arcade).

I imagine that if this were planned for something outside of Japan we would have heard of it by now so for the time being it looks like another Japan-only title but it’s interesting to see how they are taking the concept into the coin-op venue. Check out the ‘game’ pictures after the post break.

[Namco Bandai Brain Age Arcade page] [Discuss on the Forum]

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