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Kawasaki Warehouse – Location Report, Japan

October 17, 2008

Wow, I have just got back from Japan and made a fabulous discovery whilst I was there:

Kawasaki Warehouse

This incredible arcade has been built from the ground up to look like a disused, run-down warehouse complete with rusting doors and peeling paint but is in fact a fantastic site with some great games. The site has some neat touches like the front doors that appear to be rusted shut but open when you approach to reveal a red tunnel which looks like a bit passageway to hell. As you approach the second door you are blasted by a smoke machine. Inside the lighting is great (dim but really asmospheric) and flickering neon signs and faded posters cover the walls. The site is over several floors with Bingo (!!!), an arcade and a Darts bar. I have to say I only had a couple of hours free and never left the arcade floor itself.

Amongst the highlights were:

Original Retro cabinets  (All in great working order)

  • Street Fighter
  • Virtua Racing Twin
  • Outrun DLX
  • Hang On
  • Super Hang On
  • Pro Monaco GP
  • After Burner DLX
  • Space Harrier DLX
  • Darius
  • Gauntlet 4 Player
  • Rad Mobile DLX
  • About a dozen cocktail cabinets
  • Daytona 2 (4 Player)
  • Virtua On (Loved this on the Dreamcast)

In addition I got to play some great recent and new games:

  • Street Fighter 4 (Got my ass kicked at least 20 times by some guy!)
  • JuBeat – Really interesting game and very funky cabinet
  • Afterburner DLX (Played it before but never linked)
  • Halflife Survivor (Just couldn’t get used to the controls)
  • Initial D 4 (Good fun!)

If you get the chance I really recommend setting aside a couple of hours and heading over there. It is about 10 minutes walk from Kawasaki train station.


Sega developing Super Hang-On 2?

July 4, 2007


With the recent flurry of motorcycle games hitting the arcade market it is not surprising to learn a rumor that Sega is working on a sequel to their original hit Super Hang-On. This will be powered by the Lindbergh platform with no word on a possible release date. Logically the cabinet will use a motorcycle control base, much like Raw Thrills’ recent SuperBikes and Namco’s upcoming MotoGP. It is interesting to see sources outside of Japan possibly influencing arcade game development for a change, but we’ll see how this turns out. With Lindbergh running the game it most likely will boast the best graphics of the three motorcycle games (I’ll admit it, I wasn’t that impressed with Super Bike’s graphics – it played great at least despite looking like an average PS2 game!).

Keep in mind that this is a rumor and The Stinger Report is looking into the validity of the leak.

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