Posted tagged ‘kids games’

Sega releases “Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus” in Japan

July 8, 2010

Of all the current arcade game manufacturers, no one is more at the forefront of creating kids video titles than Sega is. That’s not to say that others aren’t trying but we are seeing video games which cater to kids come along from Sega more than others. They have a new Transformers game, several card based games, and a dual racer (Patrol Chaser) and dual light-gun game (Battle Police) which can link together. They have another game to add to that line-up now, with the release of Let’s Go Kids: Elephant Bus. This new game allows for one child and one adult to sit down and play a 2-4 minute game where they pick up both animals and people as they drive a bus route on different selectable courses. The game also features “road safety events” which pop up where it is used to teach a traffic rule. Combined with a vibrating seat (probably similar to what Sega used in the dual HUMMER Extreme motion cabinet but toned down) and it makes for a unique game, especially where it has been made with adults in mind to so they can sit down and play a game with their kid. Like all of the games mentioned above however, it’s doubtful that you will see this outside of Japan although the lack of a card system certainly makes it easier to move into other markets.

[Official Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus page via AM.Net]

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Sega releases "Let's Go Kids Elephant Bus" in Japan

July 8, 2010

Of all the current arcade game manufacturers, no one is more at the forefront of creating kids video titles than Sega is. That’s not to say that others aren’t trying but we are seeing video games which cater to kids come along from Sega more than others. They have a new Transformers game, several card based games, and a dual racer (Patrol Chaser) and dual light-gun game (Battle Police) which can link together. They have another game to add to that line-up now, with the release of Let’s Go Kids: Elephant Bus. This new game allows for one child and one adult to sit down and play a 2-4 minute game where they pick up both animals and people as they drive a bus route on different selectable courses. The game also features “road safety events” which pop up where it is used to teach a traffic rule. Combined with a vibrating seat (probably similar to what Sega used in the dual HUMMER Extreme motion cabinet but toned down) and it makes for a unique game, especially where it has been made with adults in mind to so they can sit down and play a game with their kid. Like all of the games mentioned above however, it’s doubtful that you will see this outside of Japan although the lack of a card system certainly makes it easier to move into other markets.

[Official Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus page via AM.Net]

Transformers rolling out for Japanese arcades this summer

March 27, 2010

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Back in January, Sega Japan made an announcement that they would be producing a new arcade title based upon the cartoon favorite Transformers. No details were given about the nature of the game other than it would use cards, which is a popular feature for kids games there. Today we have more details on what Sega is doing with the license and it’s actually based upon another concept that they introduced to Japanese arcades last year, which we covered last September. You might recall a story on an effort by Sega to market coin-op games to kids with their Patrol Chaser and Battle Police cabinets and apparently the new Transformers titles will make use of these same kinds of cabinets. One is a dual racing game, the other a mounted light-gun title and both will allow players to use collectible cards (which are available now) to import different Autobots into the game to use. It’s a pretty good idea actually and it’s the kind of concept that I think could work outside of Japan but that being said it’s unlikely we will see it – Sega USA was testing out a card vending coin-op game called Sega Card Gen MLB out last year(which was not a kids game) but after it showed up at AMOA, we haven’t heard of it again which could mean either dismal testing or retooling. Then again I don’t think that the concept should be dead, Transformers is quite popular outside of Japan too so this would be a good way to test the “kid vending” card concept out a little more, especially where the controls use familiar items like light-guns and racing wheels. For now however, this is a Japan-only set of titles and the games will launch this summer.

More info:

[Transformers Animated Arcade @ AnimeAnime.jp] [Cabinets seen at Tformers.com] [Official Transformers Animated Arcade site]