Archive for September 29, 2008

More information on the US release of Arcana Heart 2

September 29, 2008

I did a follow-up with Satinder Bhutani, Executive Vice President at Andamiro USA and I was able to get a little more information on the US release of the Japanese girl-on-girl fighter, Arcana Heart 2. Here’s some of the extra details:

  • The version used will be the original version NOT the new update.
  • The game will be released in the 2nd week of October
  • The game will be distributed through Andamiro’s authorized distributors so prices will vary BUT the price should be around $1,500 plus shipping.
  • Andamiro expects to bring more titles to the US running on the eX-Board by Examu
  • No information on a European release at this time

So there you have it! When they said very low price they weren’t kidding – $1500 in the arcade world, even for a new kit isn’t bad at all, especially when you look at how much they are charging for Type X2 boards. It’s low enough that I could probably afford this for my arcade although I’ll need to find a proper cabinet to put it in with a high-res monitor.  It also should be interesting to see what other titles will be headed over, who knows, if Examu plays their cards right we could have another NeoGeo-like platform on our hands with many games.

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Mario Just Wants an Arcade

September 29, 2008

Thanks to Pushing Play for sending us this video, it’s Mario’s (aka Mike Long) protest about the Funland Arcade in Toronto closing down. With all the frustration I’ve heard about this Funland closing, I have to imagine that someone up in Toronto has the guff and the funds to open a new arcade there, the major obstacles being cash and anti-arcade laws/regulations there (from what I’ve heard). Anyways, onto the video

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Dance Challenge, a new arcade game from India

September 29, 2008

It’s always a good thing when we see someone new join the arcade game creation business, and it’s just as cool when you see them come out of a country not yet known for their arcade games. We have covered a few things like this in the past and the trend continues, this time out of India. A company called FX Labs has released what they are calling India’s first arcade game, Dance Challenge. From the name it’s not difficult to surmise what the game is like – it’s based on foot-controlled bemani games with a four way dance pad(although the pictures show two diagonal arrows but they are not mentioned in the game’s description) but in addition to using the dance pad you can also use hand controls on the console.

For the playlist, it seems as though FX Labs has some good connections with “Tollywood” (having only heard

Try playing the game while levitating. Now THAT is a challenge!

Try levitating while playing. Now THAT is a challenge!

of Bollywood before and thinking that meant cinema in India was all labeled under that name, I looked them up and Tollywood refers to cinema in the Telugu language, apparently they are 2nd largest producers of cinema in India, just behind Bollywood) where it has 40 songs from hit movies out of Tollywood, combining music and film into the game. The game can also be easily upgraded with new songs/video to keep players coming for more and it can also be played with two players.

It would be interesting to see if Dance Challenge ends up anywhere outside of India, admittedly I’m not sure who would pick it up for importation. We also will keep an eye on FX Labs to see if they will come around with any other arcade titles, they seem to have a few PC games already under their belt (including a puzzle/strategy game – one of those genres that’s great in arcades but we haven’t seen any for a while now) too so who knows what they will do next.

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