Archive for July 11, 2010

Yoshinori Ono reveals more details on upcoming arcade version of Super Street Fighter IV

July 11, 2010

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An editor for the Japanese game magazine Famitsu sat down with the producer of Street Fighter IV and it’s Super update, Yoshinori Ono. Thanks to a translation of the article by Andriasang.com, we now have a slightly better idea of what will set the arcade version apart from the home editions (beyond the obvious difference of the cabinet). First he states that it’s more than just a port – which is a good thing. He then details a little bit as to how they will balance the game out (which is fairly typical of SF updates, each new addition making improvements in “balancing” over the last so that no one character it too powerful or too weak), laughs about the possibility of new characters and costumes and a little more talk about whether the home players will get access to the exact same content. Read the article at Andriasang.com

To save myself another long paragraph of ranting, I will run a poll to see where people stand on the issue of players per cabinet (since it wasn’t brought up in the interview)

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Coin-op amusement industry predicted to exceed earnings of $10.5 billion in the US by 2015; $1.6 billion in Germany

July 11, 2010

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While obtaining earnings reports as well as earning expectations reports in the console and PC sides of the video game industry can be fairly easy, finding similar documents for coin-op amusement always proves to be a difficult task. Fortunately we have Global Industry Analysts, Inc. weighing in on coin-op for the US and Germany and for the most part, they see a positive outlook for the industry with the way being led by prize giving redemption machine (cranes and their many variations which vend a prize if the player wins the game), particularly in Germany. I’m not sure why only those two countries were picked for the report, obviously if you were to expand the outlook we’d see even larger numbers.  They are however predicting a decline in video-only in Germany, which may have something to do with a new “Gaming Ordinance” there. I would normally say that all it would take for the trend to be reversed is to have the right games come along – historically we’ve seen how one game can change everything or how a number of excellent games can provide momentum – but when the lawmakers set their sights on arcades then the results are often negative for growth.  That is generally relegated to a local level and not a national one. At least Skill With Prize games are still OK there, such games will certainly continue to see strong growth in the US and elsewhere. Either way it’s $10.5 billion more that the industry will be earning than some would like to give it credit for.

If you want to get your hands on the full 153 page report, get ready to pony up some cash. The report itself gets into many more details than our overview here but at nearly $3950, your need for such a report will have to be bigger than your wallet.

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EVO Championship Series 2010 ends today; Updated with pics

July 11, 2010

I have to apologize for forgetting about EVO – it’s only the world’s greatest tournament for fighting games out there – but better late than never so here we go. If you want to catch the tournament live, you can click here. A schedule is here, where they will end the night with some Street Fighter and players will get a look at Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. I can partially say that I forgot about the tournament as it’s pretty console heavy but seeing how every arcade fighter out there is being brought to consoles, it’s not terribly surprising. Too bad KOFXIII won’t be there as that comes out tomorrow in Japan, that certainly would have made for a nice surprise to players there, even if most of them prefer Street Fighter and Tekken.

UPDATE: Chris Ainsworth is there and has been snapping some pictures, a couple of which I’ll share here, the rest you can find by clicking on these links: Link 1 / Link 2

So Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is being promoted for use with arcade sticks yet there is no actual arcade version of the game in sight. Oh well.

Arcade machines weren’t completely absent from EVO .

Banpresto's Wacky Races reappears on location test in Japan

July 11, 2010

Chalk this up to the big surprise of the month (so far) but way back in 2007 a new kart-style racing game appeared on location test at the Trocadero in London called Wacky Races. The

Wacky Races as last seen at ASI 2008

game was based upon an older Hanna-Barbara. cartoon(now being distributed under Warner Bros.) of the same name and had a slot-machine style lever on it that dealt with power-ups(that lever was removed on US cabinets). I got a chance to play this game back at ASI2008 but after that show the game completely went off the radar for some reason, even though it was pretty much finished. I don’t know if it was just available in Europe or if it was available in very limited quantities in the US – either way I had forgotten about the game until today. Strangely enough it has reappeared on a location test in Japan, once again under the Banpresto logo and once again with the lever seen on the European versions of the game. I wonder why this game is making a comeback two and half years after it’s initial reveal and whether or not they have made any improvements to it while it’s been off-the-radar.

Small Room Aries has a little more info on the Japanese location test for this game, including some location test info for Konami’s new Pop N’ Music Tune Street game.

Here’s the location test video that AH editor Twisted Supreme grabbed from the game back in 2007:

Banpresto’s Wacky Races reappears on location test in Japan

July 11, 2010

Chalk this up to the big surprise of the month (so far) but way back in 2007 a new kart-style racing game appeared on location test at the Trocadero in London called Wacky Races. The

Wacky Races as last seen at ASI 2008

game was based upon an older Hanna-Barbara. cartoon(now being distributed under Warner Bros.) of the same name and had a slot-machine style lever on it that dealt with power-ups(that lever was removed on US cabinets). I got a chance to play this game back at ASI2008 but after that show the game completely went off the radar for some reason, even though it was pretty much finished. I don’t know if it was just available in Europe or if it was available in very limited quantities in the US – either way I had forgotten about the game until today. Strangely enough it has reappeared on a location test in Japan, once again under the Banpresto logo and once again with the lever seen on the European versions of the game. I wonder why this game is making a comeback two and half years after it’s initial reveal and whether or not they have made any improvements to it while it’s been off-the-radar.

Small Room Aries has a little more info on the Japanese location test for this game, including some location test info for Konami’s new Pop N’ Music Tune Street game.

Here’s the location test video that AH editor Twisted Supreme grabbed from the game back in 2007: