Archive for July 25, 2009

Hong Kong based developer Belrare brings SSX Blur and a Super Monkey Ball clone to arcades

July 25, 2009

rebobski

While reading the latest Stinger Report newsletter, I came across the news that Taiwan-based developer InJoy Motion Corp. had recently announced two new arcade titles, a mounted gun shooter called Top Gunner and a kart racing game called Dido Kart. While doing some research to find out more about those two titles(which is still sparse as they are not on the company’s website), I came across some information on some new games being made by a company that I had previously not heard of – Belrare. What caught my interest there was a title they are calling either “Rebob Skiing” or “Super Hot Skiing” (both names are on the website) – a deluxe snowboarding game that according to the image I posted above is based upon SSX Blur – an EA title that a while back appeared on the Nintendo Wii. Apparently this and a few other titles by the same company made their debut a few months ago in China, and a couple of their other offerings use a similar base that the player stands on. One of them is called “Speed Aircraft” where the player races on some sort of futuristic hover craft that looks like a jet ski and the other is called “Happy Balance Ball” which looks an awful lot like Super Monkey Ball. You can see each of these by click on the thumbnails below; I have also added a picture of InJoy’s Top Gunner game as well. I admit that I like the cabinet designs that Belrare has come up with – they obviously are not made for entertainment facilities that don’t have a lot of space available but they certainly are eye-catching.

Speed Air

Speed Air

Happy Ball

Happy Ball

InJoy's Top Gunner

InJoy's Top Gunner

You can find more info on these games by following the links below

[Belrare’s Product Page] [Top Gunner] [Discuss on the Forums]

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Flynn's Arcade recreated at Comic-Con with a real Space Paranoids cabinet!

July 25, 2009

sparanoids

As part of the hype machine that Disney is creating for the new TRON: Legacy film, they reconstructed Flynn’s Arcade, with tons of retro coin-op machines and to my own personal excitement, a working Space Paranoids arcade machine. I have found two videos of the arcade and some footage of SP which you can watch below. Sadly, the arcade was only a temporary thing but it’s very cool that Disney did this to promote the movie. I have read however that they showed some movie footage at Comic-Con where Flynn’s Arcade actually plays a role in the film, so it is likely we will see more arcade related viral marketing.

As a note to arcade makers out there, if there are no plans for someone to actually release Space Paranoids to the public, then I really hope that someone does. I am quite sure that I am not the only arcade operator out there who would love to have a real Space Paranoids machine and with the existing Tron fanbase I imagine that there are a lot of Tron fans out there (many of which are arcade fans) who would go out of their way to find a Space Paranoids machine. I certainly would.

BTW- I do know of a PC Space Paranoids game that was made by Rogue Synapse – we posted about it a long time ago. From everything I have seen on this, this version at Flynn’s and the aforementioned PC game are different. From reports it sounds like the movement controls on the arcade version need some fine-tuning but I guess it won’t matter if the game is never released.

Space Paranoids

Now I wish I would have gone to Comic-Con

[Discuss on the Forums]

Flynn’s Arcade recreated at Comic-Con with a real Space Paranoids cabinet!

July 25, 2009

sparanoids

As part of the hype machine that Disney is creating for the new TRON: Legacy film, they reconstructed Flynn’s Arcade, with tons of retro coin-op machines and to my own personal excitement, a working Space Paranoids arcade machine. I have found two videos of the arcade and some footage of SP which you can watch below. Sadly, the arcade was only a temporary thing but it’s very cool that Disney did this to promote the movie. I have read however that they showed some movie footage at Comic-Con where Flynn’s Arcade actually plays a role in the film, so it is likely we will see more arcade related viral marketing.

As a note to arcade makers out there, if there are no plans for someone to actually release Space Paranoids to the public, then I really hope that someone does. I am quite sure that I am not the only arcade operator out there who would love to have a real Space Paranoids machine and with the existing Tron fanbase I imagine that there are a lot of Tron fans out there (many of which are arcade fans) who would go out of their way to find a Space Paranoids machine. I certainly would.

BTW- I do know of a PC Space Paranoids game that was made by Rogue Synapse – we posted about it a long time ago. From everything I have seen on this, this version at Flynn’s and the aforementioned PC game are different. From reports it sounds like the movement controls on the arcade version need some fine-tuning but I guess it won’t matter if the game is never released.

Space Paranoids

Now I wish I would have gone to Comic-Con

[Discuss on the Forums]