Archive for the ‘Mario Kart’ category

SNES Super Mario Kart on the Force Dynamics 301

April 30, 2008

While Mario Kart GP marked the arrival of Nintendo’s popular franchise game to the arcade, I honestly have only seen a cabinet once – which was at ASI and it was a GP2 cab. It seems to receive mixed reviews from players and operators would probably be more willing to carry the game if it didn’t cost them $9000 per cabinet and for that price the game doesn’t do much to stand out from Double Dash on the GameCube, much less the newest installment of MK on the Wii.

But maybe if they added this new motion-base system from Force Dynamics they would have a winner. At least it looks like putting the original Mario Kart onto this system is fun. The Force Dynamics 301 has been made for a variety of venues but according to their website, it could be used in an arcade as well. The platform is open-source so it looks like anything can go into it, they can also customize the platform for you. They say it’s low cost but from briefly investigating their website I didn’t see pricing or an ordering page.  Of course motion simulation is gaining steam in arcades with one developer (IMOtion) already dedicated to nothing but those kind of games and both Sega and GlobalVR have created motion based systems for some of their more popular games.

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London Preview 08 Part 2 – Stinger looks at Namco and Raw Thrills

October 12, 2007

Continuing the coverage on the London Preview 08 the Stinger also got a look at what Namco and others had to offer.In Europe Namco is teamed up with Brent Sales, which also sells games from Raw Thrills.

Namco – They only had one major new release to show off, Maximum Tune 3. A 4 player setup was available and offers a “hardcore view of the custom street car race experience.”

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Mario Kart 2 was setup right next to Maximum Tune 3 to offer a softer racing style typical with the Mario Kart format.

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Raw Thrills – Fast and Furious: Drift was onsite at the Namco Bandai booth, along with other Raw Thrills title such as Super Bike and Big Buck Hunter Pro.

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An interesting and unique game known as iGO: Panzer Elite simulator was also seen here – I am not sure if this is Triotech product or not as the cabinet looks similar to something I have seen before (although I didn’t have a chance to play it). This allows players to experience WWII tank action with a unique simulator setup.

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gamesTM Review of Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

August 15, 2007

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Click on the thumbnail to check out gamesTM’s latest arcade review. Always great to see arcades getting a bit of coverage in gaming magazines.

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Getting the kids into the arcade and Mario Kart GP 3?

July 12, 2007

In our youth many of us played the classics such as Asteroids, Pac-Man or Defender.at_the_arcade.jpg But what do the kids these days get out of the arcade? That is an interesting question that is tackled in the latest Stinger Report. It seems that arcade manufacturers across the board have become very interesting in the age groups of 5-12 and as such they are releasing a number of games to appeal to kids. This certainly is not a bad idea when I visit an arcade I usually see kids mostly getting into the redemption games and not so much the video games.

Sega appears to offer the strongest line-up of kids games; we have seen Dinosaur King and Love and Berry: Dress up and Dance both of which appeal to opposite genders respectively (boys love dinosaurs and girls love dressing up). In Japan they also have released games such as Marine and Marine (fish-based card collecting and battle game), Beatle DASH! (sequel to MushiKing), and Thomas the Tank Engine. Soon they are set to release Rhythm Nation (this got some attention on some mainstream sites only because it was based on a GameBoy Advance title) and BowWow which is a cross between a kiddie ride and a dog collection game. There is a lot of information to pour over here so hit the post jump for more on this as well as Mario Kart Arcade 3.

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Three New Games Listed On Highway Games

June 25, 2007

Lightspace Play

  

Lightspace Play is an LED based interactive games and fitness platform that
can be used by children and adults alike. The system combines the latest display and interactive technologies to produce a recreational experience that will provide hours of fun. The system is capable of storing and running a potentially limitless variety of games and interactive programs that can be used by any number of participants simultaneously.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Mario Kart 2 features 32 variations of courses across eight different worlds and is a phenomenon that comes complete with a ready-made fan base. With the ability to link up to four players, multi-player is a blast, and is even more than before in single play. Mario Kart 2 features not only the familiar characters such as Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, but also welcomes new characters from Bandai, including Pac Man and popular Tamagotchi character Mamechilis.

Farcry Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost is Global VR’s new shooter, which takes players to a tropical island paradise gone awry. Paradise Lost is inspired by Ubisoft’s hit game Far Cry Instincts, and is billed by Global VR as a super-deluxe shooter, as it is one of the few games ever manufactured that offer players a sit-down shooting experience.

Head over there now to read more.

Game Reviews

June 11, 2007

Target Toss Pro Bags, Paradise Lost, Funky Monkey, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2,  Ghost Squad Evolution, Jett Rider and Global Arcade Classics have now been reviewed over at Barcade.com. So for those of you out there who have not been lucky enough to play these games you can now at least get a good idea of what they are like.

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Location Review: Time-Out – Horseheads, New York

June 5, 2007

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Today I am starting a new feature on this site to coincide with Shaggy’s review of the week. Every Tuesday I will be reviewing a different arcade location. Today, I am going to recall my visit to Time-Out at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, NY. For those who don’t know, Time-Out was a large arcade chain in the Northeast United States in the 1980s. During the peak of their popularity, they were at one point known as Sega’s Time-Out. In the 1990′s they were purchased by Namco. Today there are very few remaining Time-Out arcades. The Time-Out at the Arnot Mall is one of them.

The arcade has a large selection of the standard modern arcade money-makers such as driving games, shooting games, 3D fighting games, and dancing games. They have each genre lined up nicely, so you can pick your favorites with ease. When you first walk in via the left hand entrance, you will find a selection of driving games, such as The Fast and the Furious, Super Mario Kart Arcade GP, and The Fast and the Furious: Superbikes, and Initial D. On the opposite end of the wall, in the middle of the arcade, there are two more racing games.

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On the back end of the arcade there are shooting games. The older games are on the left. Silent Scope 2 and House of the Dead 2 are side by side. Aliens: Extermination is next to that, and Star Trek: Voyager – The Arcade Game is right behind it. Oddly, sandwiched in between the redemption games and the shooting games is an ATV game. This is the only game that is not working at the moment. The arcade has a record of moving in new games at a steady rate, so there is a good chance that this game will either be replaced or repaired by the time of this writing. Next to the ATV game is the oldest game in the arcade, Virtua Tennis, circa 1999.

The right hand section of the arcade is completely dedicated to redemption games. There are some gems to be found here, such as Kick-It Pro. There are also the redemption mainstays such as a skee-ball clone called Ice Ball and a basketball game. The skee-ball game is a bit wonky for my tastes, however. I enjoy a nice game of skee-ball, but these balls are too light and there always seem to be too many balls left over at the end. I’m not sure if the game registered the correct number of balls allotted, but when you have a shot left over that isn’t recorded, you can’t help but feel a little ripped off. If you’re a fan of redemption games, you’ll find fun in the basketball game and Kick-It pro. I’d recommend avoiding Ice-Ball, and going for a real Skee-Ball experience at other arcades.

The last section of the arcade is a nook dedicated to arcade fighters. Soul Calibur III is available here, as is Tekken 5.

The cost of the games in the arcade is standard for today’s market. Virtua Tennis is one token (at 25 cents a token). The rest of the games cost 50 cents a play, while the driving games and the dancing game cost $1.00 a play.

If you’re looking for the latest arcade game, Time-Out at the Arnot Mall is worth a visit. If you are looking for older arcade games, there are arcades in the area better suited for that.

Mario Kart GP 2 available, new features listed

May 6, 2007

Once again BHM Vending seems to have the leg up on other distributors (or they just happen to update their website more frequently) when it comes to the hot new arcade games that will hopefully show up in an arcade near you. They have Mario Kart GP 2 listed on their site, listing the improvements the game offers over it’s predecessor. The price seems to be exactly the same as Mario Kart GP 1 (so I wonder when distributors are going to start dropping the price on the first model) but as far as new features go, here is what you will get:

At least two new characters – Waruigi and Tamagotchi
Voice commentary narrating the happenings of races
New frames have also been added to the Namcam system, which allows players to create an avatar by taking a picture using the game’s built in camera.
24 courses across 6 worlds but with time attack and environment changes they promise 68 variations overall.
57 total objects available with 40 made just for the arcade version
Hidden moves available for each character

Collecting coins will still speed your kart up but what we are dying to know is if the game will give the player who wins the first race a free game. This was a glaring annoyance with the first game as you should be rewarded for getting into first. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see once someone can report in on this.

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Upgrade Mario Kart 1 to 2

April 24, 2007

Are you an arcade operator that put down $9000+ for Mario Kart GP 1? How would you like to upgrade to 2? Coinopexpress is offering the upgrade for an undetermined price (you must e-mail them to find out how much) and it should be assumed that soon other distributors may also start offering conversion kits. While MK1 is not terribly old, considering that MK2 should offer several enhancements and tracks to the old game, it might be worth looking into. This also may be good news for those gamers who have played and enjoyed the first game so perhaps soon they may see the sequel in an arcade near you, albeit converted from the first one to the second.

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BYOBW Mario Kart

April 16, 2007

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Came across this today, looks like it was great fun and a couple of racers made the extra effort to dress up as Mario and Luigi. Top Stuff!

Over a thousand race fans showed up today for the 7th annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel race down San Francisco’s Lombard Street, you know, the really crooked one. There were total of four runs down the hill with what must have been close to hundred racers, many with absurd outfits, trying to make it to the bottom of the hill on their plastic-wheeled vehicles. Here are the photos I shot of the big wheel chaos.


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