Archive for the ‘Initial D’ category

Close Up Shots Of ID4 Special Attraction

July 30, 2007




Shame they didn’t do this with the Outrun 2 SP Super Deluxe!

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Uber Deluxe ID4 Piece

July 29, 2007

Here’s another tip from the brilliant Sara. 

“There was recently this article posted on Destructiod and I think you would want to know about it, its initial d version 4 but in full size cars.  To me it just looks like a modified version of the Sega Touring Car championship simulator they have at Joypolis.”

This arcade piece, which we had posted up a concept drawing of a while ago, looks fantastic and I would love to have a crack at it, even though this is the same game except you get to sit in real cars. The big question is, is it even more fun the Outrun 2 SP SDX?  We will have to wait and see, and that’s if it ever comes out over here!

[via Destructiod]

Visitors to the fun little entertainment island of Odaiba, Japan should make their way to SEGA’s Joypolis amusement park this summer to see a special revision of the Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited arcade game using real cars. The series’ Toyota Trueno, Subaru WRX, and Mazda RX-7 Type-R are all there, mounted on motion mechanisms (sans engine) in front of a 90 inch monitor.

Players are assigned to each car’s respective character (example: the Trueno’s character will be Fujiwara), and the game supports both automatic and manual transmission selection. Each game costs 600 yen (about $5). Riding shotgun (or suicide seat) is free.

This is a limited time engagement, so Initial D fans will need to quickly find a way to Japan. 

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Initial D 4 & Virtua Fighter 5 @ The Trocadero

July 27, 2007


I was pleasantly surprised on my visit to the Trocadero this week, when I came across two new Sega games. So for your viewing pleasure, I took some pictures for you all to have a gander at. With regards to the games themselves, they both seem to be solid sequels to these long running series. I’m loving the new cabinet style of ID4, it has some of the looks of the Lindbergh upright and the steering wheel has a really good feel to it with 540 degrees of rotation. Also took some video of them, so look out for those in the near future.

Also I found two Stern pinball tables; Pirates of the Caribbean and The Simpsons Pinball Party, suffice to say I sunk a few quid in to those.

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Initial D4 Special to be released by Sega

June 13, 2007


It seems that Sega is all over the idea of special attraction games. After House of the Dead 4, Outrun 2 SPX and Let’s Go Jungle Special here comes Initial D4 Special. There are few details on this at the moment but from the graphic above it appears that it could be bigger and badder than Outrun 2 SPX. Like always this is only something you’ll probably find at a big amusement park but it should provide some good fun to anyone who comes across it.

[Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stringer Report for the tip]

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Arcade Too Loud? Try These

May 24, 2007


This is just another example of the difference between Japanese arcades and the rest of the world’s arcades. If you placed headphones on any game, in any arcade in the UK, I can guarantee you they would be half inched the moment you turned your back. Thanks to Kotaku for this interesting find…

“Japanese game centers are noisy. If you can’t hear yourself think, how can you hear yourself game? Club Sega in Osaka‘s Umeda has the solution: Head phones. This Initial D 4 racing cabinet has a set of cans that players are free to use during play — Pioneer ones at that. So thoughtful!”

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Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Video

March 5, 2007

Just found this on You Tube, thought it was worth putting on the site. Don’t know how long it’ll be before we see it over here in the UK, but it’s looks pretty polished, although it’s hard to tell from the quality of the video. Other than that I should imagine that the game play is still as solid as always.

Sega Releases 'Initial D Arcade Stage 4' in Arcades Around Japan

February 28, 2007


Tokyo, Feb 27, 2007 (JCN) – Sega announced the release of ‘Initial D Arcade Stage 4,’ the newest version of the popular racing game. In the new version, players will be able to race against other players in different arcades by the use of ALL.Net (a comprehensive arcade network service) and the ‘Initial D Driver’s License (IC Card).’Sega also plans to provide a paid service called ‘Initial D.NET’ starting in March, where players can access through their personal computers or cell phones to look at stats, to customize their cars or to form racing teams.

Initial D Arcade Stage 4 wilis available for play in arcades around the nation starting from February 21, 2007.