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IGS revealing new games at GTI ’08, will being releasing games in Latin America.

May 7, 2008

When I went to ASI I was hoping to see something new from American Alpha, the US wing of the Taiwan-based  company, IGS. IGS has a particular flare for releasing games with 2D graphics and has some cool games that I would love to see officially released in the US such as Oriental Legend 2 and Pirate Revenge. Unfortunately American Alpha only focuses on video redemption games and only seems to import games that would do well as a redemption game and not as a stand-alone video title so if you want those aforementioned games in the US and I imagine elsewhere outside of Asia, you’ll have to rely on importing them. What also baffles me is that they have an English site for Oriental Legend 2 – why bother with that unless you were going to release it in the UK, US or Canada? (If you can’t tell, I’d love to get my hands on this game, it looks like an excellent beat ’em up). According to the main IGS site, they will be at an event called GTI2008 and in addition to showing off OL2, they will be demonstrating some other games including a new racing simulator called Speed Driver 2 and Go Go Ball SD. Speed Driver 2 is actually a 3D game (somewhat rare amongst their other games) although it reminds me of InitialD4 or D1GP for some reason. I have seen something like Go Go Ball SD before where you actually throw balls at the screen and they basically serve as the controller. They say that GoGo Ball SD with have a ticket pay-out feature so perhaps it will make it to the US.

In other news, if you live in Latin America, it looks like you won’t have to worry about importing IGS games for much longer. IGS has announced that they will begin releasing their arcade games in Latin America, which according to the press release includes the countries of  Columbia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Panama. It’s unclear if that will include other countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, etc. but it looks like they are looking for countries that don’t have strict regulation on the operation of arcade machines (from what I know of Brazil they don’t have such regulations but then again I never looked into what it would take to operate and arcade there but arcades did seem somewhat abundant in the cities there that I visited/lived in).

We’ll have to see if IGS releases some of their more hardcore games in these countries or not but we should know soon as they say that they will begin releasing games in Q2 2008, which happens to end next month.

[IGS Site] [Via DigiTimes] [Discuss on the Forum]

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IGS revealing new games at GTI '08, will being releasing games in Latin America.

May 7, 2008

When I went to ASI I was hoping to see something new from American Alpha, the US wing of the Taiwan-based  company, IGS. IGS has a particular flare for releasing games with 2D graphics and has some cool games that I would love to see officially released in the US such as Oriental Legend 2 and Pirate Revenge. Unfortunately American Alpha only focuses on video redemption games and only seems to import games that would do well as a redemption game and not as a stand-alone video title so if you want those aforementioned games in the US and I imagine elsewhere outside of Asia, you’ll have to rely on importing them. What also baffles me is that they have an English site for Oriental Legend 2 – why bother with that unless you were going to release it in the UK, US or Canada? (If you can’t tell, I’d love to get my hands on this game, it looks like an excellent beat ’em up). According to the main IGS site, they will be at an event called GTI2008 and in addition to showing off OL2, they will be demonstrating some other games including a new racing simulator called Speed Driver 2 and Go Go Ball SD. Speed Driver 2 is actually a 3D game (somewhat rare amongst their other games) although it reminds me of InitialD4 or D1GP for some reason. I have seen something like Go Go Ball SD before where you actually throw balls at the screen and they basically serve as the controller. They say that GoGo Ball SD with have a ticket pay-out feature so perhaps it will make it to the US.

In other news, if you live in Latin America, it looks like you won’t have to worry about importing IGS games for much longer. IGS has announced that they will begin releasing their arcade games in Latin America, which according to the press release includes the countries of  Columbia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Panama. It’s unclear if that will include other countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, etc. but it looks like they are looking for countries that don’t have strict regulation on the operation of arcade machines (from what I know of Brazil they don’t have such regulations but then again I never looked into what it would take to operate and arcade there but arcades did seem somewhat abundant in the cities there that I visited/lived in).

We’ll have to see if IGS releases some of their more hardcore games in these countries or not but we should know soon as they say that they will begin releasing games in Q2 2008, which happens to end next month.

[IGS Site] [Via DigiTimes] [Discuss on the Forum]

IGS to release Oriental Legend 2 on February 8th

January 19, 2008

It’s been a while since we mentioned anything about the IGS 2D beat ’em up Oriental Legend 2, but we now learn from The Stinger Report that the kit for the game is set for a release on February 8th. There is no word on an international release at this time – if there will be, we can expect to see it come through American Alpha sometime later. In addition to this news, we also have the flyer for Oriental Legend 2, click on the thumbnails below to see the full-size versions!

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I do hope that OL2 comes overseas – it’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen a 4 player 2D scrolling fighter in arcades and this game looks really cool from the videos. The website is also up-to-date but it’s all in Chinese so just click around until you figure it out.

[Oriental Legend 2 website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Pirate Revenge – another new title from IGS

December 26, 2007

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Pirate Revenge is an arcade/redemption title by IGS (also known as American Alpha) that appears to be a new title from the aforementioned company although as to how new I am not 100% sure. The site says it’s been up since April, a picture of two cabinets is dated from May but I have seen no mention of this game on either the IGS or American Alpha website. It was however mentioned in a Stinger Report a short time ago but there was no further information on the game at the time.

There is a video of the game on the official website and it looks and feels a lot like an early 90’s arcade game that used 2D graphics while trying to get a 3D feel. It’s really hard to tell from the video how detailed the graphics but between that and some of the still found on the site it appears to mix 2D CG-rendered sprites and hand-drawn sprites which gives it a decidedly old school flavor to the game although that won’t bring mainstream players flocking to it by any means (I suppose that’s what the ticket dispensing option is for). There are a couple of different characters to choose and play and like all IGS games, they can be set to either arcade only or to dispense tickets. If this shows up on the American Alpha site then we can expect to see it overseas in an official fashion, otherwise you’ll have to import it. Personally I think the cabinet looks awesome and in fact I would go as far to say that it’s the coolest looking arcade cabinet I’ve seen come out this year – no where else will you get a pirate wheel for a controller that also includes built-in LEDS (until some shmuck thinks up such an attachment for the Wii since that seems to be getting all of the ridiculous different attachment designs these days).

[Pirate Revenge Site – choose the English option to read] [Discuss on the Forum]

American Alpha to introduce two new games at IAAPA 2007

November 12, 2007

[Via CoinopTODAY.com] [American Alpha’s Website] [Discuss on the Forum]

American Alpha (also known as IGS based out of Taiwan) will be releasing two new games here shortly and they will be available to play at the IAAPA 2007 show. Bogo-go-cabinet.jpgth games will use a trackball as the primary controller; One title seeks to recreate what sounds like a modern version of Midway’s Tapper and is called Serve ‘Em Up with players sliding the mug down the bar to the thirsty constituents (there are no pictures of the game but it sounds like it is similar to bowling and may run from a first person perspective; if so it may be the first FPMS game – First Person Mug Sliding!); the second game seeks to capitalize on the recent trend of bowling games such as Rockin’ Bowl O’ Rama by Namco and Silver Strike Bowling (one of Twisted’s favorite games) by IT. Known as Go Go Strike, it uses the trackball in similar way to the aforementioned bowling titles and like most of American Alpha’s games can be used for ticket payout.

Hit the break to find out more about a new fighter from American Alpha that while it was not part of this announcement but appears to be fairly new and could be making it’s way to an arcade near you and it isn’t Oriental Legend 2 that we have discussed before. There also is a video of another AA game I’d like to see past the break as well so get clicking!

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Arcade maker IGS sees another month of record revenues

October 5, 2007

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We’ve mentioned IGS before (known in the States as American Alpha), they are an arcade developer based in Taiwan, releasing games in a number of venues, primarily Taiwan, China, and Italy. Thanks to game shipments to Italy, they have increased revenues hitting up to $8.2 million USD for the second month in a row. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing more of their games (especially Oriental Legend 2) come to the States – at the moment the only one I know of is Percussion Master. IGS also reports that they expect the growth to continue throughout the 4th quarter.

So why bother posting about this – to make a point mostly, that across the world we’re seeing substantial growth in the arcade industry. More growth = more games and more arcades to put them in.

[IGS sees record revenues in September] [Discuss on the forum]

Oriental Legend 2 website update

July 16, 2007

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IGS has updated its website for the upcoming brawler Oriental Legends 2. It now contains character profiles, a new video and even a little flash game where you can fighter against one of the characters from the game (I couldn’t figure out the controls but I admit I only gave it one shot). According to Am-Net, this game is currently location testing in Japan until the 20th and the am-net page curiously lists “Travelling Europe” in the title translation. I have no idea if it’s a mistranslation of the name, is hinting that the game will see testing in Europe or if it is talking about something completely unrelated. It would be nice to see a worldwide release of OL2, the animation is fantastic and it appears to offer some great brawling gameplay. It also uses English for some parts such as “Press Start” and “Join Now” but that may be standard even if it is not official destined for an English speaking country. Keep in mind that even with a translator navigating the site takes some guesswork as it translates nothing. I found that you pull up some interesting items by click on the blue orbs in the lower left hand corner of the site. (Image above courtesy am-net.jp)

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