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Who is up for an Arcana Heart Vs. Blazblue game?

April 1, 2010

While Vs. Fighting games which bring two different licenses or fighters together are nothing new in the arcade industry, when a new one happens it usually causes a stir of excitement simply because it usually brings fans from both sides together to play the game. Capcom might be known for doing most of these kinds of fighters, as we have seen with the Marvel. Vs. Capcom series, or Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom and other have done it to, including SNK.

So what would happen if developer Examu, who has a few fighters under their belts, decided to combine two of their popular fighters together? We might be getting just that with Arcana Heart Vs. BlazBlue game that the company is teasing about now. I say might due to the image above – I’m not sure if they are simply throwing the idea out there to see what fans think or if they already have something in the works. Either way there is no word on how the game will play out exactly if they decided to do it – as I still haven’t played BlazBlue yet, I don’t know how close it’s fighting system and style are to Arcana Heart’s but I imagine that it would be easier to pull this idea off than it would be to do a Virtua Fighter Vs. Tekken game (which BTW, I wonder if Namco/Sega gave up on that idea?).

[Arcana Heart Vs. BlazBlue – Examu blog] [AH VS BB on Arc System Works] [Via AM-Net]

It also looks like this isn’t the only VS. game being ‘announced’ in Japan today. 😉

Aaron Auzins found this out about the game:


Reminders for releases this month: Terminator Salvation, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Pump It Up Pro 2 & Fiesta, Sega Racing Classic

March 20, 2010

This post is just a reminder of some new games that have come to arcades this month which you can be on the look-out for. In case you need a little help in finding an arcade near you, beyond looking in the Yellow pages we can also suggest and

First, Terminator Salvation by Raw Thrills’/Play Mechanix. We first broke the rumor that this would be coming to arcades about a year ago and the game is finally here. Some might be wondering why the game is coming out now when the movie it’s based upon also came out almost a year ago. The answer according to Raw Thrills’ – game refinement. I’m sure that everyone doesn’t mind having a better game by waiting a little longer and from what I have played, they certainly have fine-tuned the game quite well. The cabinet is very stylish and attention grabbing, the guns are pretty cool too with the clip reloading and the varying force feedback. Graphically it looks really good – I was surprised by the color they threw in there when you expect it to be nothing but drab post-apocalyptic stuff. I have been hearing a lot about how well this game is earning already so we’ll be keeping an eye on how it continues to do. Where it is an arcade exclusive (i.e. much different from the console versions of TS released last May) that helps too. [See the game in action!] [2nd video link, longer footage but older game build]

Another great arcade exclusive that is available now is Namco’s Tank! Tank! Tank! A spiritual successor to Tokyo Wars, this let’s you drive a tank around blasting either your friends in a free-for-all deathmatch or team up against hordes of monsters together. This is one of my personal favorites that is an original game which is a ton of fun to play. It features a vertical screen, graphics that are colorful and fluid, force feedback in the seat and steering wheel and Namco’s picture avatars. The bright yellow cabinet should be noticeable from a good distance. In case you are wondering why we had this listed as a release last year that is because we were under the impression that the game was to be released in December and didn’t find out until afterwards that it had been pushed back, apologies for that. [See the game in action!]

From Andamiro we had two new games that were released at Amusement Expo 2010, Pump It Up Fiesta!, which is an upgrade kit for PIU’s and Pump It Up Pro 2. PIU is a solid dance game series that has a loyal fan following and I heard nothing but praise from fans on the new modes that each game has as well as the song lists. The cabinets are attractive and the game looks like it’s fun to play although I do admit that out of all the games on this post, these two are ones I missed out on playing at the Expo. [See both games in action!]

Next is Sega Racing Classic by Sega. It’s a remake of the original Daytona USA minus the name and primary theme-song. It also features a nice new cabinet with a 720p screen and while we’ve been hearing that they will be offering these for cheap, I still haven’t been able to get a price on it yet. UPDATE: BMI is listing this for $6475. So much for it being priced “well below our other racers” as I was told at a trade show. I’m sorry but this pricing is WAY out of line for what this game is.  I have come to think of this as what a Daytona remake on XBLA or PSN would be like right now but with the price sitting in just a few hundred less than other racers out there, the ball has been dropped here. There may not be any surprises from what to expect on the game itself since it’s the same thing as the original Daytona with an HD resolution and a nicer cabinet to play on but that at least makes the game worth a play if you come across it. [See the game in action!]

I think that should cover it for what has come out this month to the US (I’ll need to double check on European availability) and as such I have moved all these games to the “Already Released” columns on our Arcade Releases 2010 list. It’s a pretty nice selection of new games to pick from this month, there’s something for everyone which I think is a good thing. If your favorite location doesn’t have one of these games and you want them to get it, let them know about it. Get out there and play!

Robots conquer crane machines thanks to Robo Catcher

May 25, 2009


In Japan it seems that the crane machine is both an art and a science and it never ceases to amaze me as to what companies cook up for cranes there. I am a big fan of integrating robotics into the arcade scene and this latest “crane” machine does just that. Called Robo Catcher, the player controls a robot inside of the booth and they attempt to grab the prizes at the bottom using the robots arms. It’s a pretty cool concept and to do the idea justice, here is a video of Robo Catcher in action.


Mutliple Gaming Goodies!

March 27, 2009

Here a few bits of gaming gear that I spotted this week which we can all add to our list of “Definitely going to buy one of those, but never do”.

Click on the thumbs to enlarge!

A Space Invaders chopping board via Arcade Lounge.  Hopefully this little bugger will stay still while your chopping.



Get cosy with a Goomba in this Mario Bros quilt via Wonderland.



and this rather unique sewn Atari game box! Also via Wonderland.


look closer…




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Construction photos for the Sega Republic at the Dubai Mall

January 26, 2009



I don’t recall how long ago it was that we heard that Sega was building some sort of amusement park in Dubai but either way one of the people involved in the construction of said amusement park has begun posting pictures of the construction progress on a forum for theme parks. Called the Sega Republic, it looks like it will be pretty cool when it’s all said and done but I don’t envy the guy who has to put this all together and make it work, it looks like it’s a bit of a headache. There will be roller coaster rides and a drop tower and much more (I believe there will be something like Gameworks there too) so when it’s all said and done in a few years, it should be another fun place to visit if you go to Dubai.

For the full set, click here (the Theme Park Review Forums). Pictures posted by forum user “Dubaidave”.

Flyer for Jet Ball

September 24, 2008

A few days ago I was sent some pictures of a new game called Jet Ball by The Stinger Report which reminded me that I played the game at AMOA and I also picked up a flyer for it too, but I had forgotten to scan it in. The pictures the company sent out in the press release were the same as in the flyer so I figure that I may as well show you the whole flyer. I did post a video of this in action, you can find it here in case you missed it. It’s a little bit like foosball but with air jets and only one controller – it does take some getting used to but it’s a cool idea and I always am happy to see someone go in a direction that is a little bit different from the rest. Many operators also will like the fact that it can do ticket payouts and bar owners would be happy with the cup holders that the representative at the booth told me was made for holding your beer.

Click on the images to expand them. I did pick up a few other fliers from the show, when I find the time I will scan those in too.

BTW- I love that line “The game of the future”, it reminds of a few funny lines from my favorite TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Video Review: Indiana Jones Pinball by Stern

June 30, 2008

Here’s another one, let me know if you like these video reviews or not and whether I should post them all here. I uploaded it to youtube first but was disappointed in the quality so I’ve also uploaded the video to Vimeo so it can be seen in it’s HD glory (or as close as internet HD gets in this case).

I do hope that Stern makes an update to Indy soon that includes actual scenes and quotes from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This is the only thing I can find disappointing about the game – either Spielberg didn’t want to give them scenes from the movie or they didn’t ask for it, I’m inclined to think that it’s the former. But now that the movie is out and the game can be updated via USB, I don’t see why it can’t be fixed.

The only thing I forgot to show is what happens when you tilt the board, it’s pretty funny. Next up I’ll be doing Shrek Pinball and Blazing Angels, hopefully I will get those done tomorrow.

If your browser doesn’t support video from Vimeo, hit the post break after the jump for the youtube version.

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