Archive for September 6, 2010

'Round 1' rocks SoCal with bowling, food, pool, arcades and more

September 6, 2010

A new amusement facility has opened up at the Puente Hills Shopping mall in the LA area and thanks to AH contributor Phil Arrington (who setup the Arcade Heroes videocast at Amusement Expo earlier this year and also gave us a glimpse at an auction not too long ago) we have an in-depth look at this awesome new location. Called Round 1, this is the first amusement facilities that the company has setup in the United States, with most of their locations being found in Japan. The arcade might not be the primary focus of the facility which also sports a modern bowling alley, pool tables, darts, karaoke, ping pong and food but the game selection is nothing short of impressive. Some of the titles found at Round 1: Terminator Salvation Super Deluxe (the 100″ version); a four-player Tank! Tank! Tank!; a Deadstorm Pirates; two Sega Rally 3 motion deluxe machines; four Initial D5 units; four GTI Club units; four Wangan Maximum Tune 3DX+ units; linked Street Fighter IV; two Tekken 6 cabs; Samurai Shodown Sen; a GuitarFreaks and DrumMania XG; Pump It Up Pro 2; Raiden IV and more. I hadn’t heard of GTI Club making it to the States until now and the selection shows that they are aiming to bring together some of the best titles from around the world. I would not be surprised if they will have a Darius Burst AC there when that is available, but we’ll have to wait and see.The only thing Round 1 seems to missing are some pinball machines.

Phil took a bunch of pictures of the new location, hit the link below to start the tour.

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‘Round 1’ rocks SoCal with bowling, food, pool, arcades and more

September 6, 2010

A new amusement facility has opened up at the Puente Hills Shopping mall in the LA area and thanks to AH contributor Phil Arrington (who setup the Arcade Heroes videocast at Amusement Expo earlier this year and also gave us a glimpse at an auction not too long ago) we have an in-depth look at this awesome new location. Called Round 1, this is the first amusement facilities that the company has setup in the United States, with most of their locations being found in Japan. The arcade might not be the primary focus of the facility which also sports a modern bowling alley, pool tables, darts, karaoke, ping pong and food but the game selection is nothing short of impressive. Some of the titles found at Round 1: Terminator Salvation Super Deluxe (the 100″ version); a four-player Tank! Tank! Tank!; a Deadstorm Pirates; two Sega Rally 3 motion deluxe machines; four Initial D5 units; four GTI Club units; four Wangan Maximum Tune 3DX+ units; linked Street Fighter IV; two Tekken 6 cabs; Samurai Shodown Sen; a GuitarFreaks and DrumMania XG; Pump It Up Pro 2; Raiden IV and more. I hadn’t heard of GTI Club making it to the States until now and the selection shows that they are aiming to bring together some of the best titles from around the world. I would not be surprised if they will have a Darius Burst AC there when that is available, but we’ll have to wait and see.The only thing Round 1 seems to missing are some pinball machines.

Phil took a bunch of pictures of the new location, hit the link below to start the tour.

(more…)

Namco's line-up for JAMMA: Gundam Extreme Vs., Pac-Man Battle Royale, Taiko No Tatsujin 14

September 6, 2010

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The great arcade show known as JAMMA takes place at the end of this week and as such we have more revelations on what show attendees can expect to see there. Namco Bandai has unveiled their JAMMA line-up here and there may not be anything surprising on the list so far: Gundam Extreme Vs. (which was already shown off at another expo recently), Taiko No Tatsujin 14(which is released this week in Japan), a couple of new kiddie rides w/ video (including what looks like a  smaller version of Taiko No Tatsujin) and Pac-Man Battle Royale. This is the first I’ve seen it confirmed that PMBR would be released in Japan, before it was just an assumption. It should be noted that while expectations were for PMBR to be released in September, the latest info has it at an October release, alongside Dead Heat(which is not going to JAMMA as it was designed more for the North American market).

Here is Namco’s JAMMA announcement page.

AM-Net is keeping track of all of the JAMMA company announcements on this page.

Namco’s line-up for JAMMA: Gundam Extreme Vs., Pac-Man Battle Royale, Taiko No Tatsujin 14

September 6, 2010

Newsfeed 919 via

The great arcade show known as JAMMA takes place at the end of this week and as such we have more revelations on what show attendees can expect to see there. Namco Bandai has unveiled their JAMMA line-up here and there may not be anything surprising on the list so far: Gundam Extreme Vs. (which was already shown off at another expo recently), Taiko No Tatsujin 14(which is released this week in Japan), a couple of new kiddie rides w/ video (including what looks like a  smaller version of Taiko No Tatsujin) and Pac-Man Battle Royale. This is the first I’ve seen it confirmed that PMBR would be released in Japan, before it was just an assumption. It should be noted that while expectations were for PMBR to be released in September, the latest info has it at an October release, alongside Dead Heat(which is not going to JAMMA as it was designed more for the North American market).

Here is Namco’s JAMMA announcement page.

AM-Net is keeping track of all of the JAMMA company announcements on this page.

The Soviet Arcade Museum in greater detail

September 6, 2010

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Back in June 2009 a story swarmed the internet of the creation of “The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games“. These games from the 70’s and early 80’s were completely unknown in the Western world until news of this broke. When the story first broke they didn’t have a lot of information on the games but since then they have updated the museum’s website and you can even play Flash-based versions of the games. But that’s not the the same as playing the games in person, as it is with all real coin-op games. A blogger by the name of Connel at A Dangerous Business blog had a chance to visit the museum with his wife to check out the games, complete with an in-depth description of every game as well as the atmosphere leading up to and inside of the museum. There are more original games there than had been talked about when the museum first game to light and it’s well-worth the read.  Some of the games like the mechanical Basketball game(with 15 buttons per player!), a “turnip pulling” game by the name of Pepka Silomer and the bowling variation Gorodki would be worth the $10 admission fee to play, let alone getting a chance to glimpse the nausea-inducing communal soda machine.

Read all about it at A Dangerous Business

[Via io9.com]