Archive for March 17, 2009

Konami already testing a sequel/update to uBeat

March 17, 2009


One game I had hoped to see at ASI was Konami’s uBeat. There had been a US location test but since then we have heard pretty much nothing about the game here. Sadly, we still have not heard anything but as a show of faith in the title overall, Konami is now testing a sequel to the game in Japan, called Jubeat Ripples (in Japan, they put a J in front of it). There are some details of the first location test up at Aries Small Rooms. The cabinet looks the same but they have added some changes to how the game handles certain events and added some songs. The translation of that page is a bit rough though so it’s unclear as to what some of the changes are (such as the default marker, whatever that is). There is another location test tomorrow so we will see if there are any extra details to be had when reports of that test hit the net.

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And you thought you had seen everything when it came to claw machines…

March 17, 2009


AH friend Kevin Williams is on the road but still is sending us newsfeeds (sorry I missed you at ASI BTW), this time of the strangest crane machine I have seen yet. I will say yet because who really knows what they will think up next. This crane machine is on the erotic side of crane games and thus the pic might be NSFW (?) so click to enlarge but yes that is what you think it is – a crane machine where you grab and win boobs (there is no way to not make that sound weird or perverted). No need to take a wild guess as to where you’ll find this crane game but in case you’re seriously unsure, it starts with a J.


Not for kids...

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Rumor: Terminator Salvation coming to arcades later this year

March 17, 2009

tsalvHey, hey, it’s rumor time again, this time it’s about another Bale-Out! Just kidding, although the rumored game will have something to do Christian Bale in a sense. As you might know, one big movie that many people are looking forward to this year is the new Terminator movie, known as Terminator Salvation, set to be released on May 21st 2009. And rumor has it, according to an unnamed but reliable source of ours that a major arcade studio is looking to release a light-gun title based upon the new movie, later this year. Which studio that is they did not say but our source did state that the game currently looks “astounding” and should turn some heads when it comes out. I did try to find out about new releases from the various manufacturers at ASI but they were all silent on that point so I can only guess as to who might be working on such a title (which it could be any of them).   As soon as we find out more in an official sense we’ll be sure to pass it along but until then, what do you think if this holds true?

Personally I have not seen much on this movie yet, admittedly I need to catch up on the trailers although from what I have seen and heard, it sounds like it should be a good one and Terminator always seems to be the perfect fit for a light-gun arcade title, as it was in 1991 with Midway’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Stay tuned, we’ll be trying to find out more.

Little update: I have noticed that some commentors on sites linking to this post are wondering where they can find an arcade near them. Just a friendly reminder that you can check out the websites Arcade Finder and Arcade Fly to help you locate an arcade where you can then go and bug them about getting new arcade titles like Terminator or anything else that is coming along. 🙂

Oh and as for an update on the rumored title this post mentions, I have also been told that the game will not use mounted guns like in the T2 arcade title, but will use free movement guns connected to the cabinet, like we see with most arcade light-gun games. Of course who knows if they change their mind after testing, although personally I like having free guns more than mounted ones.

I also have added a little note to our Brazilian friends who are checking out this post in droves after the break below.

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