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Hopping Road Kids gets a release in Japan

July 1, 2010

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At AOU 2010 in February, Taito revealed a 4-player light-gun shooter and a new version of their game Hopping Road called Hopping Road Kids. Hopping Road itself is an original arcade title that has players taking part in pogo-stick racing in a cartoony, cutesy world. Despite it’s appearance (if you’re turned off by cute) it looks like a fun game, there’s nothing quite like it in arcades right now, and it even gives a player a small workout so it’s appealing to fans of games that require physical activity. The downside to any game requiring such activity though is the potential for it to break down so I’d be curious to know how these have fared in the field so far. The first video below shows some footage from the Japanese version of the game but before you write this off as another crazy title no one will see outside of Japan, think again. Hopping Road is available in both Europe and the US, although I do not know of any US locations which have picked it up yet. You can see the English version in the second video below, filmed at the Trocadero in London. Taito also has a page for HR on their English website.

Anyways to get back on track, Taito has announced that the Kids version is now available in Japan, which you can see here. While they have not yet indicated when they will be releasing this internationally, I think it would be an even easier sell to operators since the game already appeals more to kids than adults and with plenty of locations out there already catering to kids with ticket redemption, this offers a nice video-only alternative (although some operators would certainly prefer a redemption version of this). Assuming the kids version also comes with a smaller price tag, that can certainly improve it’s chances.Hopping Road Kids can be linked up to a standard version for four player pogo races between kids and adults

Japanese Demo from the standard version of the game

Footage of the English version at the Trocadero

Taito’s new 4 player shooter – Gaia Attack 4 + Hopping Road for kids

February 19, 2010

(Image above via AM-Net) Links below thanks to

AOU is just starting and with that comes a little bit of news related to things we hadn’t heard about prior to today. First off, Taito has a new theater-style light gun shooter (sort of like Panic Museum) that they are showing off called Gaia Attack 4. The one thing to help set this apart – it has four guns. This isn’t the first time something like this has been tried but it certainly doesn’t happen often as the cabinet’s to support this many players isn’t something space-starved locations can carry. From the small graphics Taito is showing off this looks a bit quirky, you can see more here on the webpage they have set up for the game. It does use the Taito Type X2 hardware and thanks to the Editor we know that this to was developed by Gamewax. They are certainly getting around!

Also, Taito is showing off a new version of Hopping Road at the show, one made specifically for kids. Good call on their part as this game seemed like it would be a perfect fit for kids in the first place. Here is a picture of that next to the full size version, via AM-Net.

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Taito's new 4 player shooter – Gaia Attack 4 + Hopping Road for kids

February 19, 2010

(Image above via AM-Net) Links below thanks to

AOU is just starting and with that comes a little bit of news related to things we hadn’t heard about prior to today. First off, Taito has a new theater-style light gun shooter (sort of like Panic Museum) that they are showing off called Gaia Attack 4. The one thing to help set this apart – it has four guns. This isn’t the first time something like this has been tried but it certainly doesn’t happen often as the cabinet’s to support this many players isn’t something space-starved locations can carry. From the small graphics Taito is showing off this looks a bit quirky, you can see more here on the webpage they have set up for the game. It does use the Taito Type X2 hardware and thanks to the Editor we know that this to was developed by Gamewax. They are certainly getting around!

Also, Taito is showing off a new version of Hopping Road at the show, one made specifically for kids. Good call on their part as this game seemed like it would be a perfect fit for kids in the first place. Here is a picture of that next to the full size version, via AM-Net.

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New experiment: The Arcade Heroes Week-in-Review 'podcast'

June 14, 2009

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OK, so I have decided to try ‘podcasting’ – of course I don’t know if you can really consider this a podcast, it’s just an MP3 file to download here where you can listen to me discuss the latest happenings in the arcade industry over the past week that we have posted about here on AH.  I don’t have a lot of technology to work with though so right now it’s pretty plain, but as I become more comfortable with it and get some input from you guys, we can make it better.

For this first episode I discuss E3 and what involvement arcades should have with it; Metal Gear Arcade, H2Overdrive and the many other new games that have come along over the past couple of weeks. If you have any comments – good or bad or you just want to discuss the latest happenings over the past couple of weeks, post the comments here. As a side note, I did record this while on the job at my arcade and I even had a couple of people in playing games while I did it although they didn’t seem to notice what was going on. 🙂

Unfortunately I cannot upload the file directly to WordPress as apparently we need an upgrade to store even simple MP3 files on here now (which is a recent change), so you can find the file off-site by clicking here. It is about 37MB in size and it’s an MP3 but please let me know if there are any problems with the recording, I had an awful lot of trouble uploading it on the connection I am using.

Minor update: I just remembered that I forgot to mention a few other contributors, including Phil ver0 (who posts regularly in our forums) and Oga Shi. I apologize for forgetting to mention you both during the recording.

New experiment: The Arcade Heroes Week-in-Review ‘podcast’

June 14, 2009

arcadeherogame.jpg

OK, so I have decided to try ‘podcasting’ – of course I don’t know if you can really consider this a podcast, it’s just an MP3 file to download here where you can listen to me discuss the latest happenings in the arcade industry over the past week that we have posted about here on AH.  I don’t have a lot of technology to work with though so right now it’s pretty plain, but as I become more comfortable with it and get some input from you guys, we can make it better.

For this first episode I discuss E3 and what involvement arcades should have with it; Metal Gear Arcade, H2Overdrive and the many other new games that have come along over the past couple of weeks. If you have any comments – good or bad or you just want to discuss the latest happenings over the past couple of weeks, post the comments here. As a side note, I did record this while on the job at my arcade and I even had a couple of people in playing games while I did it although they didn’t seem to notice what was going on. 🙂

Unfortunately I cannot upload the file directly to WordPress as apparently we need an upgrade to store even simple MP3 files on here now (which is a recent change), so you can find the file off-site by clicking here. It is about 37MB in size and it’s an MP3 but please let me know if there are any problems with the recording, I had an awful lot of trouble uploading it on the connection I am using.

Minor update: I just remembered that I forgot to mention a few other contributors, including Phil ver0 (who posts regularly in our forums) and Oga Shi. I apologize for forgetting to mention you both during the recording.