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Sega announces Hummer Standard availability

February 1, 2010

We don’t normally see press releases come along on a Sunday but sometimes, they just happen. Sega Amusements USA has announced the availability of HUMMER Standard edition, which was seen at both IAAPA and EAG. While a price wasn’t included in the press release (which it never is for arcade titles), I have found at least one distributor selling it for just under $7000, which is considerably less than the $36,500 asking price on the deluxe edition which was released last year.

I’m not sure how many other operators feel that the market is becoming a bit over saturated with racers (I suppose there’s the mentality that you can never have enough racers too) I did find HUMMER to be an enjoyable game when I played it at IAAPA. Graphically it’s quite detailed and colorful and while it may not be Sega Rally 3, it’s still good enough to turn heads. It will also probably be one of the last Lindbergh powered titles we’ll see.

As such, I have moved HUMMER Standard on the 2010 game release list to “Already Available”

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More IAAPA 2009 videos – Tetris Giant, Hummer, Twisted (+ NASCAR 2 news) & more

November 22, 2009

Here’s some more content from the IAAPA 2009 show.

Tetris Giant – We first heard about this interesting new Tetris game a few months ago and while it seemed like the perfect game for Western audiences, I was still a little surprised to see it at Sega’s booth. Where the blocks are pretty large the game can go by quickly but when you play against someone else it can be a lot of fun. Otherwise, it’s Tetris with huge joysticks. These are actually interesting as they make use of force feedback. I am not crazy about the price at all however – $10k for a Tetris game, even if it is huge is too much. At least you can project the image onto the wall for a 150″ image, which could be very useful in certain venues. It’s also good to see a puzzle game make it’s way back to arcades so hopefully this won’t keep it’s price tag for very long.

Hummer – After Sega’s Hummer Deluxe came and went I had expected it to end there but some time later they decided to rework the game slightly for a standard format. It’s actually an all right game and it was constantly being played at show. They only had two standard units setup next to two standard Sega Rally 3’s. Graphically the game looks pretty nice, once again proving what they can pull off Lindbergh platform and the boost feature in the game was nice as it focuses on targeting other Hummer’s to smash into them. You collect your boost depending upon things like nice landings and objects smashed so it does feel like Excite Truck in that regard. I admit that I am not as excited about racers as I am other titles at IAAPA(I know how important racers are to any arcade because they earn well, I can’t ignore that but at the same time I believe that it’s important to demand more titles that give us something different and earn well on their own) but this is a pretty good effort for the off-road racing genre that is worth checking out, if not for the racing than just for the destruction factor alone.

Twisted- GlobalVR was at the show after all, even though they hadn’t been listed on an interactive map system for the show (unless I was looking in the wrong place). They didn’t have any new games we hadn’t heard off but they did have their newest release, Twisted: Nitro Stunt Racing dominating the booth in it’s three configurations. The idea behind this one is to gain enough speed to pull off big jumps or to master loops, depending upon the track you race. As such you have unlimited boost at your fingertips, which is a little surprising but I found that overusing it generally results in a crash (not of the software, just your car). One thing I would have liked to have seen is a scoring/ranking system for the jumps, like it was an Olympic event or something (or even like with Sega’s Hummer, which rewards you with boost points for a good landing) – that would make the jumps feel more satisfying. As we’ve seen before the game looks really nice, whether it’s on the 32″ or 42″ screen. Like with Hummer there are so many racers out there to choose from right now that I’m not sure what advice to offer for someone looking to make a pick between all of them but this is a solid effort. The motion version is pretty cool, the base doesn’t go all over the place when you’re racing and I didn’t feel nauseous during gameplay so that’s a plus.

There was some news regarding GVR’s next effort- a major upgrade to NASCAR which they are calling NASCAR 2. In fact GVR is looking for some operators who own the game to test out the new software which adds several new things to the game including a feature similar to the old Wavenet. If you need to know who to contact, drop us an e-mail and we can put you in touch with the right person but you do need to actually own some NASCAR cabinets. 😉

And Speaking of NASCAR, there was an interesting redemption NASCAR based game at the Baytek booth where four players can race against each other around a small track using remote controlled cars.

Don’t worry, I have several more videos to put up, so stay tuned!


Pics from IAAPA 2009 (Part 1)

November 20, 2009


Well I’m back from IAAPA 2009 and it was an excellent show. I had always heard how large it was but you have to see it (and walk it) to believe it. I am going to start off with some picture updates here since that is a bit easier to get up and later I will be uploading videos to my Youtube channel. I took more video than any of the other shows I’ve been to which in part is due to the amount of content I found there.

Here we go – because this post is going to be quite large when I’m finished with it, I am going to put everything after the post break. Click on the images to see them full-size. Games to look for below: Cooking Mama, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Dead Storm Pirates, Terminator Salvation, Big Buck Hunter Open Season, Sega Racing Classic, Hummer and more.


Sega debuting MLB Card Gen at AMOA 2009 (updated)

August 18, 2009


It looks like Sega is ready to try out coin-op card video gaming again in the US as they have announced that they will be debuting their Sega Card Gen title which features an MLB (Major League Baseball) license. Here are some more details from the press release:

Sega Card Gen is a unique baseball themed cabinet with a touch screen panel and a card reading playing field that dispenses a customized MLB player card with every play. Players set their MLB cards on the playing field and play baseball by pitching and batting as well as seeing highlights of a realistic baseball game. There are over 300 different kinds of cards so play the game to collect and customize your ultimate team! This baseball card game is sure to be the eye-catching game at the show, coming to your location spring 2010!

I already know that the game is testing at a Gameworks in Illinois (we just heard about it a day ago or so but without many details) but they sound quite confident that this will be coming along next year so it must be testing pretty well. I do find games like this interesting in part because they are very unique and there are a substantial number of people out there who love both card gaming and video gaming. Unfortunately we do not have a good look at the cabinet right now but I imagine that Sega will be releasing some higher rez pictures very soon.

UPDATE: Aaron Auzins had a chance to see the game on test at Gameworks recently and here is what he had to say about it:

As for MLB Card Gen, it’s kind of interesting there is nothing online that I can find for it.  It’s testing through August at the GameWorks location in the Chicago area (601 N Martingale Rd # 115; Schaumburg, IL 60173-5909; (847) 330-9675).  The location has two stand-up cabinets hooked together for two-player games and essentially the game breaks down like this:  The title is one of the popular Japanese card+arcade games, comparable to something like Konami’s BASEBALL HEROES.  You purchase cards that are like collectible baseball cards featuring MLB players and form teams that you put in play (nine positions, plus a DH/alternate batter and closing and relieving pitchers) – the cards are placed into stand-up readers based on the position and this places the team data into the game.  After the team input, players play a typical baseball game with a touch screen where pitches are selected and batting is aimed and players also tap on a timing button to add extra power, speed, etc. to pitches and swings.

On another note, Sega will also be showing off Hummer STD at the show, which uses a modified SR3 cabinet. The rest of the titles they are 09lineup_hummershowing have been seen at previous shows or are from their redemption offerings. I will not be able to attend AMOA this year as all of my funds are being put towards my arcade move but we will find a way to get you some information from the show.

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Hummer Twin now testing outside of Japan @ Brighton Bowlplex

July 22, 2009

This is an image of the game on Japanese loc test

(Thanks for the tip Shane)

A few weeks ago we posted about the revelation that Sega will debut a smaller version of their Hummer racing title and the first site to see one of these outside of Japan is the Brighton Bowlplex, in the UK. We don’t have any shots of that particular test yet, but it’s there in case you want to check the game out (sans the motion base).

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Sega releases a smaller HUMMER (arcade version of course)

June 30, 2009



While the HUMMER brand doesn’t seem to have a lot of like in it yet (it was being sold to a Chinese company last I had heard), Sega is squeezing a little bit more out of their arcade title HUMMER by releasing a standard version of the game housed in a Sega Rally 3 standard cabinet. This reminds me a little bit of what they did with RaceTV and R-Tuned in reusing the cabinets there but this is obviously a little bit different since HUMMER had been released with a motion base in mind. Who knows, perhaps this standard version will work out a little better since it will be more affordable than the larger deluxe version so we’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

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Sega releases Harley Davidson and Hummer to the US

February 4, 2009

harleyhummerlogoThe supposedly “dead” arcade industry has two more game releases to add to the list of what’s new in the US as several distributor websites are now listing the games HUMMER and Harley Davidson: King of the Road as available for purchase. I even picked up the flyers for both games although I don’t have a scanner handy at the moment to upload those in case anyone wants to see them. Both games have been shown at recent events such as IAAPA and ATEI and with this availability it won’t be long before some locations should have them around to play. The only thing I cannot find when scanning through several distributor sites is a price for either game although with Harley Davidson having a standard and a deluxe model that should vary a bit between the two and I’m not going to guess at how much they will cost.

Naturally, we will be moving both of these games from the “Upcoming” column to “Already Released” on our Master Arcade Release List for 2009.

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Sega's ATEI game roster

January 20, 2009



Sega has sent out a press release detailing their ATEI 09 line-up and in addition to a few games we already have seen info on previously such as HUMMER, Harley Davidson, R-Tuned Racing, Rambo, Sega Rally 3 and Block People, they also will be showing off a new game called  “Missfits”. While there is no information on the game in the release, we will be at the show hummeron Wednesday to find out more. Sega also discusses the Game Gate VU which we talked about a few days ago and how they will be picking up Raw Thrills’ kits for Europe. For the full release, including some info on their redemption product hit the break below.


Sega’s ATEI game roster

January 20, 2009



Sega has sent out a press release detailing their ATEI 09 line-up and in addition to a few games we already have seen info on previously such as HUMMER, Harley Davidson, R-Tuned Racing, Rambo, Sega Rally 3 and Block People, they also will be showing off a new game called  “Missfits”. While there is no information on the game in the release, we will be at the show hummeron Wednesday to find out more. Sega also discusses the Game Gate VU which we talked about a few days ago and how they will be picking up Raw Thrills’ kits for Europe. For the full release, including some info on their redemption product hit the break below.


IAAPA: Brick People, Hummer, Harley Davidson, Razing Storm, Nirin, more

November 19, 2008


Next up from the IAAPA floor today, Sega and Namco. As always, click on the thumbnails for a full view, thanks to  Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report for sending us these pics. One big surprise from Sega is the game Brick People, which we first showed you a few weeks ago where it was testing in Japan. I didn’t expect to see this one brought over to the US so it’s a pleasant surprise. The object of the game is to get the brick people to the food by placing the bricks down in front of the screen, which they then climb up on. It does have enemies which try to block your path but I’m not sure how you get rid of them, it will be interesting to see this one in action.

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Next up, Hummer Extreme. Hummer has a motion base and uses a setup similar to Outrun2 Super Deluxe where two people can play with the game switching between the two as they navigate an obstacle course.

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Below: Sega Rally 3 and Harley Davidson. We had figured that HD would make it to the States when it was shown in Japan recently although there hadn’t been any official confirmation of that until now. As you can see below, there are two deluxe cabs of the game there, not sure if a standard cabinet was shown and they also changed the SR3 cabinet from AMOA (which they had told me would happen). It looks like the screens are bigger in this cab then they were at AMOA. Also several deluxe Rambo models were at the show.

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Finally for Sega today, R-Tuned Street Racing was there, no word yet on how it plays but it rounds out Sega’s diverse line-up of racing games overall.


Now onto Namco. I had hoped that they would be showing some new product and they have. It’s now confirmed that both Razing Storm and Nirin will be available in the US. No word on how soon though, just sometime in 2009. We’ve covered a little bit about both games previously, Razing Storm is a sort of spiritual successor to Crisis Zone, Nirin is a street racing motorcycle game.

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