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A full look at the Sega Card Gen MLB location test in Japan

October 24, 2009

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Location tests rarely get a lot of attention in the US but in Japan  it’s usually a different story. While Sega’s newest coin-op title, Sega Card Gen has already tested at the Gameworks in Chicago, we never saw any pictures from that test but we did get an excellent description about the game on our 8th podcast thanks to Aaron Auzins. We also had hoped to see more on this game when it was at AMOA but since then we only saw one shot of the panel. Now that the game is testing in Japan, we have a few more details along with nicer pictures of the cabinet and cards.

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As you can see in these shots (sorry, this is the largest size available), the game does feature an attractive, well-lit cabinet and sharp 3D graphics but we can only guess at the moment what hardware is powering it(Lindbergh is my guess for now but if it was Ringwide or RingEdge that would fit into what Sega should be moving over to). We also learn from the report that the game will feature both single player and online functionality but since the test only offered single player, we are in the dark for now as to what online features the game will have.  We do  know from Aaron Auzins that cabinets can be linked up for two player capabilities and this might also mean that players in different arcades will be able to play against each other.

Below you can see the front and back of a card, naturally some cards will be more valuable than others and this is one example of an 8 gold star card, which I assume means it’s one of the best to have.

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As we expect to see this game at IAAPA, I will take the opportunity to play the game and capture some video of it in action at that event. I imagine that it will prove interesting as I am intrigued by the concept that is being used here, especially since it’s a nice change of pace from the stock of racing games the coin-op industry has been getting lately.

UPDATE: Looks like you can already buy some of the cards via Yahoo Auctions Japan.

[Location test report 1 & report 2 @ Ameblo.jp] [Via AM-Net]

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Visual Sports lays the smack down on Wii Sports

July 3, 2008

I know a lot of people get the Nintendo Wii simply because of it’s pack-in game and maybe a few other titles. That can be good and bad for Nintendo as it gets the foot in the door but so far attach rates on the system are fairly dismal as a lot of people just focus on Wii Sports or Wii Play. I don’t personally and I have several other games and Wii Sports is fun and has also proven that simple and innovative is an excellent way to get into the market (and dominate it in terms of monthly sales). But there is a step up above what you can do with Wii Sports in the arcade thanks to technology from a company called Visual Sports. Now they can actually get you setup with one of their systems at home but where the price isn’t listed on the page, expect sticker shock. But for a larger experience, they do offer these systems for entertainment venues such as arcades, FECs, fitness centers, sports clubs and shops, sporting events and more.

There are two coin-op systems currently available from Visual Sports – RealSports MAX and RealSoccer Junior. RealSports MAX is an upgrade from a previous RealSports system labelled classic where the player can choose from 6 different sports games and face off against virtual opponents. The games include Golf, Soccer, Hockey, Baseball, Football, and Basketball and it also allows for future software upgrades. This one is certainly an attraction game in part because of it’s size but also because of the interactivity it offers – no handheld remotes to play with and pretend that you’re throwing a ball or swinging a club – you actually can throw a ball and the tracking system will translate it onto the screen. You might recall our story some time ago on Sega’s Go Go Golf which is very similar although Visual Sports has been around for a while and has been pioneering the technology for sometime now.

RealSports Junior looks like Kick It! Junior but with an HD screen and much improved graphics. I imagine that the motion detection has been improved over Kick It as well. The cabinet looks nice and although it’s pretty large it’s another piece that will attract a lot of attention.

The nice thing about both systems is that they don’t require an attendant and they can be modified to run redemption. I don’t know the pricing structure on these yet so I’ll try not to speculate further on that but every time a system like this is put in at a location it becomes an instant earning tool. There is a video of the system in action but when I play it, it locks up quickly.

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