Posted tagged ‘football’

Brief look at Konami’s new Winning Eleven Arcade Championship 2010

April 11, 2010

Football/soccer (depending upon your preference) fans haven’t had much to look forward to lately when it comes to arcade games which involve their favorite sport but thanks to Konami that void is at least partially filled. Fans are probably already familiar with Winning Eleven (known on the consoles as Pro Evolution Soccer) and thanks to Arcade Belgium, we have a couple of brief teaser spots showing the game off. It was released in Japan back in February of this year and while I have not heard of it showing up anywhere else yet, I know that some European venues would carry it as they have carried other football games before such as Sega’s WCCF. AM-Net lists kits for about $3700 but I don’t know how much a full unit is going for at the moment. Videos via Arcade Belgium’s youtube channel.

I do wonder how a game like this could fare in the US. While the sport is traditionally less popular here than in pretty much every other part of the world I have noticed that interest in soccer has increased quite a bit over the past couple of years. Even yesterday I caught a live broadcast of a soccer game on TV while channel surfing which you don’t normally see and the last World Cup was broadcast on standard TV as well (I was in Brazil the last time they won a cup, which was 2002 – I’ve never seen a national party quite like that before or since). Anecdotal evidences aside, I doubt it would be a top seller by any means but depending upon the location and the local demographics, the game itself could do well.

Brief look at Konami's new Winning Eleven Arcade Championship 2010

April 11, 2010

Football/soccer (depending upon your preference) fans haven’t had much to look forward to lately when it comes to arcade games which involve their favorite sport but thanks to Konami that void is at least partially filled. Fans are probably already familiar with Winning Eleven (known on the consoles as Pro Evolution Soccer) and thanks to Arcade Belgium, we have a couple of brief teaser spots showing the game off. It was released in Japan back in February of this year and while I have not heard of it showing up anywhere else yet, I know that some European venues would carry it as they have carried other football games before such as Sega’s WCCF. AM-Net lists kits for about $3700 but I don’t know how much a full unit is going for at the moment. Videos via Arcade Belgium’s youtube channel.

I do wonder how a game like this could fare in the US. While the sport is traditionally less popular here than in pretty much every other part of the world I have noticed that interest in soccer has increased quite a bit over the past couple of years. Even yesterday I caught a live broadcast of a soccer game on TV while channel surfing which you don’t normally see and the last World Cup was broadcast on standard TV as well (I was in Brazil the last time they won a cup, which was 2002 – I’ve never seen a national party quite like that before or since). Anecdotal evidences aside, I doubt it would be a top seller by any means but depending upon the location and the local demographics, the game itself could do well.

Mini Football Table

November 4, 2008

Oh my god, I may have said this before but this is by far the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

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Your partner won’t let you have a football table in the house because they take up so much room huh? Well here’s the answer to your dilemma. High price tag, but how can you resist? The frame work for the glass even look like a stadium structure, awesome!

[Offside Football Table]    [via Arcade Lounge]

[Discuss on the Forum]

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.

[Visual Sports website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Konami's World Soccer Arcade Championship 2008

April 18, 2008

It has been a little while since we heard about Konami’s latest plans for a coin-op soccer title so for those eagerly awaiting a new title, they have finally revealed World Soccer Arcade Championship 2008. Set to release in Japan on the 28th of this month, the game will include the major football teams from Europe (only Italy, Spain and France are mentioned by name in an article about the game) and the game will incorporate online play with Konami’s e-Amusement Pass. Since Konami has brought their soccer titles to Europe in the past it’s likely that this will make it there too but it’s unlikely that the US will see this as we’re still lagging in soccer /futebol interest.

[Via D+ Games/ITMedia] [Discuss on the Forum]

Konami’s World Soccer Arcade Championship 2008

April 18, 2008

It has been a little while since we heard about Konami’s latest plans for a coin-op soccer title so for those eagerly awaiting a new title, they have finally revealed World Soccer Arcade Championship 2008. Set to release in Japan on the 28th of this month, the game will include the major football teams from Europe (only Italy, Spain and France are mentioned by name in an article about the game) and the game will incorporate online play with Konami’s e-Amusement Pass. Since Konami has brought their soccer titles to Europe in the past it’s likely that this will make it there too but it’s unlikely that the US will see this as we’re still lagging in soccer /futebol interest.

[Via D+ Games/ITMedia] [Discuss on the Forum]


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