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Namco demonstrates a modded version of MaxiTune 3 that lets users play in a wheelchair

November 4, 2008

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Now this is really cool – we’ve discussed how arcades have been made to be user-friendly for someone with a physical disability, and at least since SF Rush 2049 a lot of racers in arcades will automatically press the gas for the user at one point.  But I have not seen a racer modified like what Namco has tested in Japan with Wangan Midnight MaxiTune 3 – a user can approach the game in a wheelchair and racer. The technology that Namco is using for this is still in it’s prototype stage, but at present it includes a ramp for the wheelchair to go upon and it goes from there. If proven successful, I imagine that we could see more of these devices for racers in the future.

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Maximum Tune 3 gets a sequel – MT3 DX

August 4, 2008

We just received confirmation that Namco will be showing off a sequel to Midnight Maximum Tune 3 called (wait for it….) Midnight Maximum Tune 3 DX. All we know about it at the moment is that it will include new courses, cars and music and it will be shown next month at the JAMMA show. Stay tuned to what else will be coming along at JAMMA – hopefully Namco has something else up their sleeve.

So this adds another racer to the list, which has been added to our Master Arcade Release List for 2008. Let’s hope that the new game also carries a lower price tag than the original as well so more operators can get it.

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Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 poster for charity

April 3, 2008

It’s always nice to see something arcade-related to go up for a good charitable cause, in thismaximum-tune-poster.jpg case a limited edition poster for the Namco racer, Maximum Tune 3 that is signed by the creators of the game. The auction is taking place at the Timezone Philippines arcade for the benefit of the Children’s Hour, a charity based in the Philippines. International bids are being taken as well and the auction goes until April 15th so they are giving it plenty of time to garner some positive attention.

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Namco Brent ATEi 2008 Impressions

January 28, 2008

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(More pictures after the break)Next up in the ATEi 2008 round up is the Namco Brent stand, and of course as all of you will know they had two sequels to two of the most popular games.

Now don’t get me wrong but I was a little pissed off as there was only one Tekken 6 cabinet at the show. Now I know I should be grateful, but it was nigh on impossible to get on it, and when I did I got my ass handed to me on a plate. Granted the later was more to do with me sucking at Namco’s latest beat ‘em up, but surely they could of mustered up more than one cabinet. Or is this just a sign of how unimportant beat ’em ups are to Europe. Saying that, the ATEi is supposed to be an international show. Who knows what the reason is, so back to the game itself (sorry rant over).

The game itself looks fantastic, the cabinet looks sweet as too. Note that the cabinet present had a two player set up, as apposed to the ones we’ve seen in Japanese location tests. These were single player cabs but network linked for Vs matches. Game play wise, from what I got to play that is, it had nice solid combat and what looked like some neat combos (note again –  I received these fore mentioned combos!). Also, as most of you will have seen from videos, the game has a monster character selection which gives the game a great amount of depth if you wish to learn more than one fighter, not that this is the case as most people have their favourites. Please take in to consideration also I’m not a huge Tekken fan, so please excuse my obvious lack of knowledge of the game. I’m more of a Street Fighter man, and anyone that wants to send me to AOU to check out number 4 in the series feel free to email me!

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Namco also prepping for a big ATEI '08 – new Raw Thrills' title announced.

January 9, 2008

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We’ve already heard from Sega and Konami so it was only a short time before Namco threw their hat into the ring of what to expect from them at ATEI.

From the press release it is obvious that redemption is quite important to Namco, and they will be showing off a number of new redemption titles including games with titles like ‘Barber Cut’, ‘Battle Forge’, ‘Hollywood Reels’, ‘NFL 2 minute challenge’, ‘3-in-a-row’, and ‘Crazy Typhoon’. From the looks of it, the redemption titles will outnumber the video selection but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be little to look forward to on that front.

Namco will of course be showing off the popular Maximum Tune 3, Time Crisis 4 and the highly anticipated Tekken 6 (which when I was talking with my local distributor today apparently still has no set release date here in the States). But Raw Thrills’ will finally be demonstrating one of their new 2008 titles – ‘Safari’ which is “an African-themed shooting game modelled on the proven Big Buck Hunter phenomenon.” This is the first time Raw Thrills’ will be debuting a title outside of the US. Whether this is one of the titles that Specular Interactive was working on or not remains to be seen but at least it’s not another Fast and Furious game. There is no word in the press release if they will be showing off Wacky Races but we’ll know soon enough.

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Namco also prepping for a big ATEI ’08 – new Raw Thrills’ title announced.

January 9, 2008

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We’ve already heard from Sega and Konami so it was only a short time before Namco threw their hat into the ring of what to expect from them at ATEI.

From the press release it is obvious that redemption is quite important to Namco, and they will be showing off a number of new redemption titles including games with titles like ‘Barber Cut’, ‘Battle Forge’, ‘Hollywood Reels’, ‘NFL 2 minute challenge’, ‘3-in-a-row’, and ‘Crazy Typhoon’. From the looks of it, the redemption titles will outnumber the video selection but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be little to look forward to on that front.

Namco will of course be showing off the popular Maximum Tune 3, Time Crisis 4 and the highly anticipated Tekken 6 (which when I was talking with my local distributor today apparently still has no set release date here in the States). But Raw Thrills’ will finally be demonstrating one of their new 2008 titles – ‘Safari’ which is “an African-themed shooting game modelled on the proven Big Buck Hunter phenomenon.” This is the first time Raw Thrills’ will be debuting a title outside of the US. Whether this is one of the titles that Specular Interactive was working on or not remains to be seen but at least it’s not another Fast and Furious game. There is no word in the press release if they will be showing off Wacky Races but we’ll know soon enough.

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Midnight Maximum Tune 3 Japanese website reopened

November 5, 2007

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It’s a slow news day but that doesn’t mean we can’t find something to talk about.

While looking around the net I found that the official Japanese website for the racer MaxiTune 3 has been reopened. Even with an internet translator it’s hard to discover anything really new about the game although they have a number of screenshots from the game to show off just how nice it looks. It also features a character bios section so you can read up on all of the playable characters in the game. You can even download a mix of the games music. For techno lovers they’ll certainly enjoy the soundtrack to MMT3.

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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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Namco Europe To Unveil Autumn 2007 Line-Up

September 19, 2007

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Another piece of news from Coin-Op News. Looks like Namco are doing to thier other 4 player cabs what they did with Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, read on……. 

“Namco Europe has announced details of several new additions to its Fun Factory collection of family amusements games. At least seven new products will be revealed for the first time when they make their maiden trade show appearance on the stand of UK distributor Brent Sales at October’s Preview exhibition in London.

On show for the first time will be centrepiece Superdeluxe formats of the recently released video drivers, Namco’s Maximum Tune 3 and Raw Thrills’ Fast & Furious Drift, both of which comprise four-unit banks set on a purpose built platform featuring overhead displays, graphics and lighting effect.

A brand new skill vendor from Bandai Namco Games has arrived and test figures show a rise to the top of income charts at some notable seasonal locations in 2007. Another new BNG product is a 100 per cent skill two-player prize vendor, which has passed a rigorous technical and income test programme and makes its Preview debut in full production format.”

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Maximum Tune 3, Namco Bandai's first global launch

August 13, 2007

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[Thanks to The Stinger Report]

In the gaming world it seems that the best launches are always global ones. Game consoles are starting to perfect the art now and arcade manufacturers seem to be getting the same idea. I’m just happy to see players across the globe getting the same chance to play games as opposed to seeing one group sit on their hands waiting for months on end. In reading the press release I almost get a feeling that they are already targeting GlobalVR’s NASCAR title which has been slowly building up the hype as going to be a huge title. Hey, the more the merrier – now they just to start one-upping each other on genres other than racers, fighters and light-gun games. Hit the post break for the full press release.

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