Archive for September 8, 2008

Foosball on Steroids

September 8, 2008

[Thanks to reader Paul for the tip]

When I was at ASI earlier this year I saw a couple of air hockey tables which had incorporated some new things into the tables like bumpers, sound, different kinds of goals, etc. to make the game more interesting. It was a great idea so why not take them over to foosball? That’s what designer Elia Marinucci did with this ‘Foosball on steroids’ table. In addition to being a foosball table in the traditional sense, the game also incorporates pinball bumpers on the corners and a magnet system that can be activated by a button above each goal on the table to mess around with the ball (which will obviously be made out of metal which AFAIK isn’t standard for foosball). The only problem I see with this table is that all the players are the same color, foosball usually has two colors so you can easily distinguish the teams.

I’m not sure where you can get one of these however, the designer is in Germany but I didn’t find anything about the table from a quick glance on their website.

[Via Yanko Design] [Discuss on the Forums]

Namco shows off a new motorcycle game – Nirin

September 8, 2008

Well over a year ago we revealed that Namco was working on a new motorcycle racing game that looked to be targetted towards Western audiences but was being tested in Japan. Time passed and it looked like the game didn’t do too well and was scrapped but the idea wasn’t thrown away, as Namco is now testing another motorcycle game in Japan called Nirin. This certainly looks like it’s taking aim at F&F SuperBikes but with more of a street racing theme that is popular right now.

We’ll have more information on Nirin as we get it – I do wonder what’s under the hood in terms of hardware because it has been a while since we first found out that they were doing some games using modified Wii hardware and I was expecting to hear something new about that soon .

[Via AM-Net Blog & The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]