Archive for February 19, 2010

AOU news – Metal Gear Arcade trailer, new VF5 and more

February 19, 2010

News is starting to pour out of AOU 2010 in Japan and here’s a quick rundown of what we’re getting.

First, Konami has shown a trailer for Metal Gear Arcade, along with new screen shots and close-ups of the unique light-guns employed in the game. They feature several buttons and a thumbstick, you can see the full trailer here(What I posted above has a few things cut out of it). From the trailer it looks pretty intense and it will stand out from other arcade titles by it’s sheer nature, let alone the MG license. I haven’t played the counterpart console game but with the unique interface and the 3D pop-out effect, I’m sure that won’t be an issue for most players to come out and see the game. As a reminder this was announced as a worldwide release but we’ll have to wait and see how Konami will handle distribution of this outside of Japan. If the game is a hit (which will also depend upon the price) I wonder if similar games including first-person shooters could see a comeback of sorts in the arcade (I wouldn’t put it past Activision to think of a Call of Duty arcade, would you?)

Konami also has revealed a new horse racing game called GI-Turf TV. IT looks pretty interesting and it’s a huge setup. You can see more here.

Sega has announced a new version of Virtua Fighter 5R for arcades called Virtua Fighter 5R Final Showdown. They have also released a trailer for the game which you can download here.

The official site for the new Gundam VS. arcade game has also been updated with new information about this game. Of the three games mentioned in this post, I’d say that Gundam is the least likely one you’ll see outside of Japan. You can visit that site here.

Also, AM-Net has pictures of an SD version of Razing Storm, next to Terminator Salvation (which will be released in the summer in Japan). No word on the price difference of Razing Storm standard yet.

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Taito's new 4 player shooter – Gaia Attack 4 + Hopping Road for kids

February 19, 2010

(Image above via AM-Net) Links below thanks to

AOU is just starting and with that comes a little bit of news related to things we hadn’t heard about prior to today. First off, Taito has a new theater-style light gun shooter (sort of like Panic Museum) that they are showing off called Gaia Attack 4. The one thing to help set this apart – it has four guns. This isn’t the first time something like this has been tried but it certainly doesn’t happen often as the cabinet’s to support this many players isn’t something space-starved locations can carry. From the small graphics Taito is showing off this looks a bit quirky, you can see more here on the webpage they have set up for the game. It does use the Taito Type X2 hardware and thanks to the Editor we know that this to was developed by Gamewax. They are certainly getting around!

Also, Taito is showing off a new version of Hopping Road at the show, one made specifically for kids. Good call on their part as this game seemed like it would be a perfect fit for kids in the first place. Here is a picture of that next to the full size version, via AM-Net.

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Taito’s new 4 player shooter – Gaia Attack 4 + Hopping Road for kids

February 19, 2010

(Image above via AM-Net) Links below thanks to

AOU is just starting and with that comes a little bit of news related to things we hadn’t heard about prior to today. First off, Taito has a new theater-style light gun shooter (sort of like Panic Museum) that they are showing off called Gaia Attack 4. The one thing to help set this apart – it has four guns. This isn’t the first time something like this has been tried but it certainly doesn’t happen often as the cabinet’s to support this many players isn’t something space-starved locations can carry. From the small graphics Taito is showing off this looks a bit quirky, you can see more here on the webpage they have set up for the game. It does use the Taito Type X2 hardware and thanks to the Editor we know that this to was developed by Gamewax. They are certainly getting around!

Also, Taito is showing off a new version of Hopping Road at the show, one made specifically for kids. Good call on their part as this game seemed like it would be a perfect fit for kids in the first place. Here is a picture of that next to the full size version, via AM-Net.

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Terminator Salvation now sampling; H2Overdrive sees first player to reach Fleet Admiral rank

February 19, 2010

Here’s some news out of the Raw Thrills’ camp today, with two press releases on two separate products.

First off Terminator Salvation will be shipping out in limited quantities to certain locations with the game hitting full production in March. The reported test location earnings have been quite good (between $983 and $805 a week at one US theater; $1395 1 week at a Japanese arcade, etc). These earnings which were released to distributors caused a “fury of sales orders” for the game worldwide; it also is at AOU 2010. As far as the sampling goes, I have heard of two places that are getting the game in my state prior to the full release, I imagine that such is the case in other places as well so if you’re looking to play the game, you might get lucky and find one within this next week.

Also H2Overdrive, which was released last summer is still making news, with a player in Texas achieving a rank in the game that so far, no one else has managed, Fleet Admiral. The reason why this is news is that it takes between $500-$600 of money spent on the game to reach this rank. It certainly helps that H2Overdrive is arcade exclusive but this also is testifies to the replay value of the game. Betson is also reporting that the game has sold almost 2000 units since last June, which is pretty solid for video in coin-op.

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Sega opens flagship arcade in Akihabara

February 19, 2010

Club Sega, Akihabara

Ah, Akihabara. How I have longed to visit this mythical location, in order to peer into the heart of Japanese arcade gaming (well, also to stage an homage to Densha Otoko, but that’s another story entirely). Every time I think it can’t be any more attractive to me, we get a bit of news like this – today, a new six-storey Club Sega location has opened. The arcade boasts a cool 373 machines, with the best video games out now joined by the usual set of UFO Catchers and other popular games. In fact, changing rooms are even provided next to the purikura machines (photo-sticker thingies, to you and me) for those wishing to cosplay (fancy dress!). I’d say you’d never catch me in one of those, but there’s a friend of mine who will almost certainly drag me into one at one point…

If you’re lucky enough to be able to check this wonderland out, please give us a shout and let us know what we’re all missing! If like me you’re not, then rejoice at the news that we’re seeing a new location open, and check out the link below to see some lovely pictures from inside the new arcade.

<Shaggy>: Here’s a little addition from my post which is now deleted, another link about this news: iNSIDE. Also here’s a past link discussing when many media outlets were jumping all over the news of arcades closing in Japan, where I doubt that now they will give this much attention but we can always hope.

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