Archive for July 3, 2008

House of the Dead EX revealed at Sega's Summer Conference

July 3, 2008

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So House of the Dead fans have been wondering for a while now if there would be a HOTD5 and at the latest Sega event in Japan, that idea has been given some attention with the revelation of a new House of the Dead title – not 5 but ‘EX’. Slated for release this December, HOTD EX looks almost a little goofy and it either will have different mini-shooting games or it’s poking fun at them in the flyer, it’s hard to say at the moment. You might also notice that the cabinet that they are using is quite familiar, it’s a modification of the 2Spicy cab to handle 2 players on one cabinet. You may also notice that the cabinet includes a foot switch, much like Time Crisis which is something new for the game. As to what it will be used for exactly is hard to say until a translation comes along so we will have to wait and see on that one. I wonder if the female character will be made to declare “This isn’t happening!” about 50 times throughout a level, which is what it seems like in HOTD4. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one to find out exactly what it entails, I’m not sure how fans would react if it were a shooting gallery type game but those could be bonus levels too .

Also Sega’s new drift racer, R-Tuned is slated for a December release as well. I am a little surprised that it’s still that far off but if the extra time makes the game better then more power to Sega. Here’s a flyer for R-Tuned that has tiny pictures of the actual game, don’t you just love that? (so click on our thumbnail to enlarge :P)

So, anyone still think that the arcade industry is dead or are all these game announcements finally putting a crack into that line of thought?

[Images via AM-Net Blog] [Discuss on the Forum]

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House of the Dead EX revealed at Sega’s Summer Conference

July 3, 2008

(Click on the images for the full view)

So House of the Dead fans have been wondering for a while now if there would be a HOTD5 and at the latest Sega event in Japan, that idea has been given some attention with the revelation of a new House of the Dead title – not 5 but ‘EX’. Slated for release this December, HOTD EX looks almost a little goofy and it either will have different mini-shooting games or it’s poking fun at them in the flyer, it’s hard to say at the moment. You might also notice that the cabinet that they are using is quite familiar, it’s a modification of the 2Spicy cab to handle 2 players on one cabinet. You may also notice that the cabinet includes a foot switch, much like Time Crisis which is something new for the game. As to what it will be used for exactly is hard to say until a translation comes along so we will have to wait and see on that one. I wonder if the female character will be made to declare “This isn’t happening!” about 50 times throughout a level, which is what it seems like in HOTD4. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one to find out exactly what it entails, I’m not sure how fans would react if it were a shooting gallery type game but those could be bonus levels too .

Also Sega’s new drift racer, R-Tuned is slated for a December release as well. I am a little surprised that it’s still that far off but if the extra time makes the game better then more power to Sega. Here’s a flyer for R-Tuned that has tiny pictures of the actual game, don’t you just love that? (so click on our thumbnail to enlarge :P)

So, anyone still think that the arcade industry is dead or are all these game announcements finally putting a crack into that line of thought?

[Images via AM-Net Blog] [Discuss on the Forum]

Visual Sports lays the smack down on Wii Sports

July 3, 2008

I know a lot of people get the Nintendo Wii simply because of it’s pack-in game and maybe a few other titles. That can be good and bad for Nintendo as it gets the foot in the door but so far attach rates on the system are fairly dismal as a lot of people just focus on Wii Sports or Wii Play. I don’t personally and I have several other games and Wii Sports is fun and has also proven that simple and innovative is an excellent way to get into the market (and dominate it in terms of monthly sales). But there is a step up above what you can do with Wii Sports in the arcade thanks to technology from a company called Visual Sports. Now they can actually get you setup with one of their systems at home but where the price isn’t listed on the page, expect sticker shock. But for a larger experience, they do offer these systems for entertainment venues such as arcades, FECs, fitness centers, sports clubs and shops, sporting events and more.

There are two coin-op systems currently available from Visual Sports – RealSports MAX and RealSoccer Junior. RealSports MAX is an upgrade from a previous RealSports system labelled classic where the player can choose from 6 different sports games and face off against virtual opponents. The games include Golf, Soccer, Hockey, Baseball, Football, and Basketball and it also allows for future software upgrades. This one is certainly an attraction game in part because of it’s size but also because of the interactivity it offers – no handheld remotes to play with and pretend that you’re throwing a ball or swinging a club – you actually can throw a ball and the tracking system will translate it onto the screen. You might recall our story some time ago on Sega’s Go Go Golf which is very similar although Visual Sports has been around for a while and has been pioneering the technology for sometime now.

RealSports Junior looks like Kick It! Junior but with an HD screen and much improved graphics. I imagine that the motion detection has been improved over Kick It as well. The cabinet looks nice and although it’s pretty large it’s another piece that will attract a lot of attention.

The nice thing about both systems is that they don’t require an attendant and they can be modified to run redemption. I don’t know the pricing structure on these yet so I’ll try not to speculate further on that but every time a system like this is put in at a location it becomes an instant earning tool. There is a video of the system in action but when I play it, it locks up quickly.

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Virtua Fighter 5R location test in Japan

July 3, 2008

While it’s not surprising that Sega is now testing out the latest upgrade to the Virtua Fighter 5 in Japan, it is slightly surprising that the popular blog Wired covered it. It’s not the first arcade news they have covered as they have been taking a look at Street Fighter IV and with the VF5R coverage they now have a bunch of pictures from the location test in Akihabara. So I’m happy to see more attention given to arcades but I have noticed that a lot of the attention is still focusing on Japan and not elsewhere. It’s fine for them to do that but I just like to throw out there that there are coin-op developments happening in other parts of the world too, be it other areas of Asia, Europe and the US and those developments deserve a fair shake too.

But getting back to VF5R – we knew from AOU08 that it was a major upgrade to the game, adding in new characters, gameplay modes and stages which help set it apart from the console version in it’s own way which is smart although nothing stops them from adding the same upgrades to the console version thus minimizing the impact of the arcade. Still I have high hopes for this as while I was looking into new games for my arcade they actually said that Virtua Fighter 5 was available for a ‘low price’ which was unexpected as I thought that they had given up on the notion of the game after it was released on the consoles but it looks like Sega doesn’t want to be outdone by Capcom so I imagine that the 5R upgrade will be making the rounds outside of Japan.

[VF5R test @ Wired Blog (Photo credit: Jean Snow)] [Discuss on the Forum]