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Tekken 6 clone cabinet emerges from China

February 3, 2010

Have you ever played Tekken 6 in an arcade? I have, and my experience taught me two things: firstly my friend is better with the capoeira characters than me, and secondly the cabinet is quite a lovely piece of work. The problem is, there are just too few of them in the world. What are we to do? The answer, possibly, is to get one of these clone cabinets from Guangzhou’s Unique Top Electronic. They’re designed to look quite close to the real thing, though they’re definitely not quite indistinguishable – details such as the red panels underneath the monitor give things away pretty quickly. Still, perhaps not a bad alternative if you’re in the market for such an item – and hey, it’s certainly easy to imagine that the demand is out there.

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Pre-ATEI buzz – Tekken 6 rumors and BlazBlue tested in Europe

January 12, 2009

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In a build up to ATEI within the next few weeks, Europe has seen a location test of the new fighting game BlazBlue (pictured above), with a big turn-out of players only hampered by the fact that the cabinet used was a hatchet job of a CRT and other parts that gave up the ghost after hordes of players came down to check the game out. It’s good news for Europe that the game is coming to the UK and it should be seen at ATEI but if the effort put into the testing is going to use a converted cabinet instead of a Vewlix or something more official then it is certainly not going to help increase enthusiasm for the game. As Kevin Williams pointed out when he sent us this story: “when a successful opportunity exists for the amusement sector to save at least some credibility – it drops the ball at the last moment.” Location testing could be used to build the hype for the game in addition to seeing how a game will handle in the marketplace but we constantly see opportunities for such a thing passed by, with DJ Max Technicka being a notable exception.For Kevin’s review of the BlazBlue Europe debacle, hit the post break below.

In other fighter news for Europe, rumor has it that Bandai Namco will debut Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion at ATEI. This would be the second time T6 has shown up at ATEI and hopefully this time we won’t see another scene where players are arguing with execs over the game. Stay tuned for more info and discuss it on the forum.

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Street Fighter IV at London’s Battle of Destiny

June 20, 2008

Battle of Destiny is a tournament for the hardcore fighting fans out there – a proving ground in which challengers compete on Hyper Street Fighter 2, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Capcom vs SNK 2 and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. The best players gain paid flights and entry to the Evolution 2008 tournament in Las Vegas. However, the event offers something for everyone as the finished arcade version of Street Fighter IV will be available to play – a first in the UK! If that wasn’t enough, Capcom will also be showing Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, which will be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 later this year.

If you’re interested, the event costs £10 to enter and is taking place in The Rocket Complex at the London Metropolitan University on July 26th and 27th. Casual players pay for venue entry on the day, and if you feel like taking on the dozens of players that have already signed up for the competition, you’ll also need to register your place and bring £10-35 depending on the number of games you’re entering. For more details, visit the Battle of Destiny website.

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Street Fighter IV at London's Battle of Destiny

June 20, 2008

Battle of Destiny is a tournament for the hardcore fighting fans out there – a proving ground in which challengers compete on Hyper Street Fighter 2, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Capcom vs SNK 2 and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. The best players gain paid flights and entry to the Evolution 2008 tournament in Las Vegas. However, the event offers something for everyone as the finished arcade version of Street Fighter IV will be available to play – a first in the UK! If that wasn’t enough, Capcom will also be showing Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, which will be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 later this year.

If you’re interested, the event costs £10 to enter and is taking place in The Rocket Complex at the London Metropolitan University on July 26th and 27th. Casual players pay for venue entry on the day, and if you feel like taking on the dozens of players that have already signed up for the competition, you’ll also need to register your place and bring £10-35 depending on the number of games you’re entering. For more details, visit the Battle of Destiny website.

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GTI Expo 2008 round up with many new games and SF2 the casino game

May 16, 2008

Sega was not the only company to have an arcade show recently, as the Game Time International Expo 2008 kicked off in Taiwan last week. Thanks to forum user Molloy, he provided us a link to a thread on killercabs.com that featured some pics from the show from a user there named kenji. As always if you want to see the full image, just click on the thumbnails below.

One game that I was particularly interested in was Power Boat by IMOtion. They had a video of the game at ASI (which I have been trying to get a hold of since March) and it definently has changed since then – the cabinet is different and I know that they were working on tweaking the gameplay a little more to make it like HydroThunder. I’m not sure when this will come out but a modern HydroThunder-llike game with a motion base cabinet will probably do well in arcades. Is it me or do these look a little like RaceTV cabinets? Also they have made a new cabinet for Panzer Elite Action. I hope to have some more on Power Boat here shortly.

IGS was there in force, showing off games that I’d love to see them release through American Alpha, their US branch but most likely I’d have to import these games. They had the scrolling fighter Oriental Legend 2 there and Pirate Revenge which we’ve mentioned before. Also Speed Driver 2 was there, one of the few IGS games to use full 3D.

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Tekken 6 on US location via The Stinger Report

April 8, 2008

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I had mentioned in my ASI reports that I had the opportunity to meet up with Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report during the show and after discussing the show and the industry in general he mentioned that after the show he would be heading down to California to check out one of the few Tekken 6 machines that have been imported into the US from Hong Kong. Now thanks to The Stinger Report we have a look at that machine as well as the popularity surrounding the machine at this particular location called the Super Arcade, which caters to hardcore players and features several games on-site that weren’t released in the US. All photos courtesy of The Stinger Report and are used with permission.

Even though Kevin visited the site on a Monday when people were heading back to school after Spring Break, four players were sitting around the new sit-down Tekken 6 machine, hoarding what they could for themselves. The cabinet is called the A89, or International English cabinet and is incapable of connecting to the internet, thus forgoing the online player rankings and updates because the IC card systems are different. Yet the operator of the site acknowledged that the game was a “phenomenal player magnet” which was further indicated by the fact that players were lining up tokens to denote who was next in line to play (which is a practice that I’ve heard of being done in the early 80’s but not since).

In addition to the HD cabinet on-site the arcade was also selling T6 IC cards for $6 a unit(pictured), such cards being used for saving your own personal data. Super Arcade runs using tokens and charges 2 tokens per play and as a testament to how much the game is being played the coin-mechs had to be cleared of an overflow jam as Kevin sat down to play the game. Again, this was on a Monday during the day – traditionally not a busy time for arcades anywhere.

So there you have it, for an arcade that can afford the game Tekken 6 is repeating the same success that the game is seeing in other parts of the world. Whether more arcades in the US will go through the trouble of importing the game remains to be seen but for those that do this is one game that has proven itself to draw in the players.

(Thanks to MarkMan for a few corrections)

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Namco's Tekken 6 Debaucle

March 22, 2008

There is no question that 2008 is the year of the fighter for arcades. Japan is seeing a large number of developers creating new fighters and other markets expect to see some of these titles, which includes Namco’s Tekken 6 and Capcom’s Street Fighter IV. Even in the US there is at least one company creating a new fighter for release this year, called Dark Presence (which we will be covering with exclusive info here shortly). So when players heard that one of the most anticipated fighters of the bunch, Tekken 6 would not be coming to the US or the UK, they had good reason to be angry. The Stinger Report has looked into the issue and full details will be revealed in next week’s Stinger Report (which is a free online newsletter). Here is a preview of what to expect.

Namco continues to give reasons for why they are seemingly uninterested in releasing the game in the US and UK. The game is expensive and it will be released on the PS3 in November 2008, thus undermining the arcade version. But players want the arcade version of the game and in some cases the operators do as well.

The arcade version of the game is coming to the US but not through official channels. At least two companies (one is not even an arcade operator but runs a manga shop) have gone through these unofficial channels to pick the game up, despite it’s hefty price tag. But even then Namco is looking at blocking imports of the game, dedicated or as a kit to the US. Of course these actions will not appease players in the least – the fact of the matter is that the game is earning very well in Japan and in London when the game was a huge success when it showed up at the Trocadero for a short time. The game has beentk6uk.jpg released in several other territories including Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea and everywhere it has been released it has broke records earnings. But as Namco lost money on Tekken 5  and they understand that most operator’s aren’t going to foot the $15,000 bill for the game (no matter how popular the game is, that is difficult to get a decent ROI) that will be the PS3 within mere months of the arcade release.

So will we get a straight answer from Namco anytime soon? It looks like ASI will tell us for sure, so stay tuned to Arcade Heroes or sign up for The Stinger Report newsletter.

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Namco’s Tekken 6 Debaucle

March 22, 2008

There is no question that 2008 is the year of the fighter for arcades. Japan is seeing a large number of developers creating new fighters and other markets expect to see some of these titles, which includes Namco’s Tekken 6 and Capcom’s Street Fighter IV. Even in the US there is at least one company creating a new fighter for release this year, called Dark Presence (which we will be covering with exclusive info here shortly). So when players heard that one of the most anticipated fighters of the bunch, Tekken 6 would not be coming to the US or the UK, they had good reason to be angry. The Stinger Report has looked into the issue and full details will be revealed in next week’s Stinger Report (which is a free online newsletter). Here is a preview of what to expect.

Namco continues to give reasons for why they are seemingly uninterested in releasing the game in the US and UK. The game is expensive and it will be released on the PS3 in November 2008, thus undermining the arcade version. But players want the arcade version of the game and in some cases the operators do as well.

The arcade version of the game is coming to the US but not through official channels. At least two companies (one is not even an arcade operator but runs a manga shop) have gone through these unofficial channels to pick the game up, despite it’s hefty price tag. But even then Namco is looking at blocking imports of the game, dedicated or as a kit to the US. Of course these actions will not appease players in the least – the fact of the matter is that the game is earning very well in Japan and in London when the game was a huge success when it showed up at the Trocadero for a short time. The game has beentk6uk.jpg released in several other territories including Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea and everywhere it has been released it has broke records earnings. But as Namco lost money on Tekken 5  and they understand that most operator’s aren’t going to foot the $15,000 bill for the game (no matter how popular the game is, that is difficult to get a decent ROI) that will be the PS3 within mere months of the arcade release.

So will we get a straight answer from Namco anytime soon? It looks like ASI will tell us for sure, so stay tuned to Arcade Heroes or sign up for The Stinger Report newsletter.

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Tekken 6 – Artificial Shortage by Namco?

February 29, 2008

Here’s another feature article from our friends at The Stinger Report. Enjoy!

Tekken 6 – Artificial Shortage?

Players in the US and UK accuse Namco of creating an artificial shortage of Tekken 6 machines.

After visiting the only cabinets in the UK (the same one from ATEI) on a Thursday at 9pm,tk6uk.jpg over 15 players were counted patently waiting to play (click on the thumbnail). The machine has been swamped from afternoon till evening, stated one of those waiting players.

However this near Space Invaders success has not been matched by available machines. Now fully launched in all Asian territories, enquires from all independent amusement operators internationally have not been satisfactorily answered.

Off the record one bowling site buyer said — “…I was told there was no interest to import the machine as no one wanted to buy it or the cards!” The source also revealed that representatives for Namco were claiming that the hoards of player interest at ATEI was just ‘hardcore players’, and had not been reflected on test!

No word if only Namco sites in America and the UK will have T6 machines — or if the lack of interest is a demand by Namco executives to avoid costly export, or from Sony regarding PS3 boards, or a request from Namco consumer to focus interest only on the PS3 launch later in the year. Conspiracy theories abound towards explaining what is causing this crazy situation.

Whatever the reason it seems amazing that the popularity of this game is not matched by manufacturer availability — a quick calculation of players paying £1 per gaming and £5 per IC card and the system will pay itself back with these crowds witnessed very quickly and make a BIG profit for those luck enough to get their hands on a machine!

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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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