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Namco’s line-up for JAMMA: Gundam Extreme Vs., Pac-Man Battle Royale, Taiko No Tatsujin 14

September 6, 2010

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The great arcade show known as JAMMA takes place at the end of this week and as such we have more revelations on what show attendees can expect to see there. Namco Bandai has unveiled their JAMMA line-up here and there may not be anything surprising on the list so far: Gundam Extreme Vs. (which was already shown off at another expo recently), Taiko No Tatsujin 14(which is released this week in Japan), a couple of new kiddie rides w/ video (including what looks like a  smaller version of Taiko No Tatsujin) and Pac-Man Battle Royale. This is the first I’ve seen it confirmed that PMBR would be released in Japan, before it was just an assumption. It should be noted that while expectations were for PMBR to be released in September, the latest info has it at an October release, alongside Dead Heat(which is not going to JAMMA as it was designed more for the North American market).

Here is Namco’s JAMMA announcement page.

AM-Net is keeping track of all of the JAMMA company announcements on this page.

Namco's line-up for JAMMA: Gundam Extreme Vs., Pac-Man Battle Royale, Taiko No Tatsujin 14

September 6, 2010

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The great arcade show known as JAMMA takes place at the end of this week and as such we have more revelations on what show attendees can expect to see there. Namco Bandai has unveiled their JAMMA line-up here and there may not be anything surprising on the list so far: Gundam Extreme Vs. (which was already shown off at another expo recently), Taiko No Tatsujin 14(which is released this week in Japan), a couple of new kiddie rides w/ video (including what looks like a  smaller version of Taiko No Tatsujin) and Pac-Man Battle Royale. This is the first I’ve seen it confirmed that PMBR would be released in Japan, before it was just an assumption. It should be noted that while expectations were for PMBR to be released in September, the latest info has it at an October release, alongside Dead Heat(which is not going to JAMMA as it was designed more for the North American market).

Here is Namco’s JAMMA announcement page.

AM-Net is keeping track of all of the JAMMA company announcements on this page.

Video: Pac-Man Battle Royale production version

August 5, 2010

After that burst of news we had earlier this week, suddenly things dried up. So that makes it a perfect time to embed some videos. BMI Gaming, who captured footage of several new games from the AAMA Gala, also recorded the production version of Namco’s Pac-Man Battle Royale. The game is supposed to be released next month but with production models already showing up who knows if we could see it slightly earlier than that.

Pics from the AAMA 2010 Distributor Gala

July 31, 2010

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The AAMA (American Amusement Machine Association) held it’s 7th annual Distributor Gala this week, an event that generally gives us a sneak peek into what to expect in arcades in the fall. Replay Magazine was there and took plenty of pictures from the event, giving us a good look at these new games. You can see all of the pictures here on Replay’s Facebook page; click the link below to see the video arcade highlights, including the new Super Bikes 2, Dead Heat and AVATAR Pinball.

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So Pac-Man Battle Royale was at the e3 Namco event last night…

June 16, 2010

The new Pac-Man Battle Royale cabinet as seen on 4Gamer.net

…but we have to go to the Japanese game media (or here) to find that out(EDIT: Since I initially posted this, a number of sites have picked up on it and covered the arcade game, see below). You may recall that we reported at the beginning of May that Namco was going to hold a special press event at E3 to celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary. That event took place last night and while I expected to see some coverage of the event along with some talk about Pac-Man Battle Royale, the only sites I have come across so far to show that in detail are some game sites located in Japan. At least one American media site, Joystiq mentioned the event but they only discuss the upcoming release of Pac-Man Championship Edition on the PS3 and PSP.   Several other sites don’t mention the event at all at the time of writing (IGN, Gamespot, Edge Online, Kotaku, Destructoid, Siliconera) although who knows, maybe they’ll get around to it eventually or writers from these sites weren’t invited (which seems unlikely). Several sites are discussing the new Pac-Man Championship Edition DX or the new Pac-Man Party game for the Wii (the DX news is exciting at least, Party looks terrible).  Japanese sites talking about the event (along with PMBR) already include: Dengeki Online, 4Gamer.net, and Game Watch.

The reason why I point this all out is because I think this serves as a great example to show what we are up against in getting press coverage for the arcade industry, where some sites who claim to be the best in game coverage can’t even bother to cover new arcade releases at a press event they are invited to (perhaps if Namco gave them free PMBR cabinets then they would talk as that’s how things work for console gaming).

UPDATE: Glad to be proven wrong on some level, Sam points to three links in the comments where some other game sites have covered the game. Game Revolution ; TouchGen ; Gamer Limit Kudos to these sites for covering an arcade, TouchGen says that it will be coming to the iPad/iPhone however(which is incorrect as far as I can find out) and Gamer Limit strangely states that they were told that PMBR was “only a prototype with no plans for release.” (at Amusement Expo Namco stated the game was on track for a September release, seems rather odd for them to bring a game like this to an event only to say that it won’t be released so we’ll stick with it still coming in September unless there is an official statement stating otherwise)

Here’s a video from Touch Gen showing the latest software in action, looks like the same thing they had at Amusement Expo

UPDATE #2: shertz from the KLOV forums has posted a photo album frmo the event focusing primarily on the arcade side of it. The marquee they were using there is slightly different than the one above. The cabinet has also lost it’s wood grain design. You can see the pics here. Also it appears from the pics in this album, the Pac-Man iPhone/iPad game is not Battle Royale but something unique in and of itself. He also has a near five minute video of the latest build where they have added some things since Amusement Expo including a colored line that goes from the players stick to their Pac-Man. Losers can also paint the winner at the end of the round, you’ll see what I mean in the video

UPDATE#3: Sam has posted more links that have popped up. Still nothing from those sources I cited above in the beginning but with pages on Ars Technica, Gamer Crave and even Howstuffworks, the game has ended up getting better coverage than we initially saw, which is a very good thing and I am happy to see it. Some on Twitter are even declaring it to be the best game at E3! We also have a number of videos popping up on Youtube from the event. Second look at bringing more arcades to E3 perhaps?

UPDATE #4: Wasn’t sure if I should keep updating this as it unfolds but among the original sites I mentioned who hadn’t covered the game but might, the blog Joystiq has just posted their impressions on the game as has another game blog The Tanooki. One good thing about all this, no matter when the coverage came is that it’s all been positive from what I have seen. There are plenty of lamentations out there in the coverage about the lack of an announced console version from what I have seen but with so many different Pac-Man games out there for every console, is there a good reason why the arcade can’t have an exclusive Pac-Man game of it’s own? There are now two Pac-Man CE versions which this is based on so you would think that console gamers should be satisfied, even though the home versions lack the deathmatch aspect here.

Worth requoting however from The Tanooki: “Regardless of whether or not an at-home version will release, I think Battle Royale could very well be the game to save arcades in America. Quote me, it’s that fun.”

Pac-Man Battle Royale coming to e3?

May 6, 2010

e3 is one of the largest annual expos to feature the latest in video game developments. They have consistently lacked one side of the game industry however and that is arcade games. I personally believe that if arcade titles were at this particular show it could go a long way towards promoting the entire industry, dissolving the idea that arcades are dead among many gamers.

Namco sent out some press invitations yesterday, inviting people who got them to a special post-e3 event on June 15th to celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary (which is officially on May 22nd).  Namco will be “revisiting the rich history” of Pac-Man at the event by offering hands-on time with a plethora of Pac-Man titles on “console, mobile, arcade and more”. Of note in the invitation is that Avi Arad, former CEO of Marvel Studios who now works for Namco Bandai as an executive adviser will be providing “insight into the worldwide premiere of his newest PAC-MAN project, following his legacy of work (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, etc).” Because Pac-Man Battle Royale already made it’s premiere at Amusement Expo in March, and it’s being helmed by Kunito Komori I do not believe that this project is PMBR. I do believe however that PMBR will be at this event, giving some outside of the arcade industry their first chance to try it out. I won’t be able to make it there as I have an international trip coming up in a couple of weeks that will be using up my travel funds for a while but I am sure that there will be plenty of coverage of this event on a number of game blogs out there.

UPDATE: Speaking of Pac-Man’s 30th, GamesetWatch has a post up about official Pac-Man 30th anniversary wineglass set that goes on sale in Japan in two months. Seems to be a little excessive but I guess if you’re going to celebrate something, go all the way right?

The Arcade Heroes podcast #13 – not too professional but it works

March 16, 2010

Here continues the tradition of not really holding to a tradition with the Arcade Heroes podcast with Episode 13. Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report joins me once again as we discuss

  • Amusement Expo 2010 and many games in detail – From the already popular Pac-Man Battle Royale to Terminator Salvation, Deadstorm Pirates, NASCAR Team Racing, Nirin, Go Go Grand Prix, Friction, Pump It Up Pro 2, DJ Max Technika, Marubot Football League, Wheel of Fortune, Panic Museum, Tippin’ Bloks and more
  • A little bit on the situation regarding ASCAP with music arcades like Guitar Hero
  • Arcade-related stuff that has happened outside of the Expo that I hadn’t had time to cover on the site yet or it happened when we were in Vegas
  • More details on that Midway surprise I mentioned on Twitter a few days ago and what it is exactly

While it doesn’t look like much, it goes on for nearly an hour and 45 minutes. Thanks to Kevin for joining me at my arcade via Skype and apologies for our listeners when Kevin was cut out inexplicably a couple of times (which I why I call this not too professional) and a kid stopped the recording on the computer I was using right at the end but I think we were able to salvage it there. Either way, you get probably more details out of this about Amusement Expo 2010 than anything else so I hope you enjoy it.

Download the podcast here! (94.3MB)

Amusement Expo 2010: Namco booth wrap-up

March 13, 2010

As I wasn’t able to finish uploading these video last night, I saved them for today along with this post. Namco had a strong presence at Amusement Expo and that was obviously dominated by the new Pac-Man Battle Royale (which you can see here if you haven’t already). But there was more at the booth than Pac-Man, which I’ll get into here.

As you can see with the video below, they had some recent games there which are already available for arcades to pick up, such as Nirin and Razing Storm. But Nirin has new software, which modified how the game works by shortening tracks and changing a few other things such as boosting and handling so the game is easier for your average player. Also with Razing Storm, while they didn’t update the software, they have a new 42″ cabinet that the game can come in at a much lower price than the deluxe edition. Another update was to Tank! Tank! Tank! – this actually wasn’t released to the US last December as originally planned as they have been tweaking the game for release and the improvements made to the game are all positive. One interesting feature is for the team-up-against-monsters mode. The game will switch off the enemies you battle on a monthly basis, i.e. one month the first level features spiders and the next it features bees and the month after that it flips back to spiders. The second level had the three-headed dragon and now it will flip between that and a huge octopus monster which can morph you tank into a small ink-spurting octo-tank. In addition to that there are new pic overlays that fit the tastes of the American market, and more importantly, new weapons such as the flamethrower. Apologies for not capturing these new features on film – I had fully charged my camera before the show but once I got there it suddenly dropped bars and it finally died while I was filming the Namco booth. (my apologies to anyone at the show where I wasn’t able to get video of your product, such as Incredible Technologies and PM studios).

First here is the overview of the booth where my camera died while filming Go Go Grand Prix. This is a very cool game that will be a great attraction for large locations.

Here is the ending of Deadstorm Pirates. I was walking by this while the girls playing were battling the end boss but I didn’t realize that until one of the Namco reps said they were on a special stage so I grabbed the footage. This game will be released in May and it featured the latest software build at the show, which not only included all of the levels but improved graphics as well.

Also a word on Dead Heat Street Racing. I talked with one of the developers about the game and I was able to get a pretty good idea about what the game will be like without seeing it. As I had mentioned on my Twitter, the game is going to be sort of like MaxiTune 3 in the US, with certain US city streets replicated for racing(Chicago was mentioned specifically). The game will let the player keep track of their stats on the machine along with a ghost racer that you can race later on. An interesting feature with the ghosting is that the game will record ghosts from everyone that plays the machine and then throw those into the game at random as the drones you race against. The game uses a modified version of the PC-based ES1 hardware, featuring a more powerful graphics card than the other Es1 games like Nirin and Tank! Tank! Tank! We’ll most likely be seeing more of this game in September, which is about the same time Pac-Man Battle Royale will be released.

Thanks to the guys at Namco for giving me the detailed rundown on all of these projects!

Amusement Expo 2010: Pac-Man Battle Royale Hands-on

March 12, 2010

To begin our coverage of the 1st Amusement Expo which took place in Las Vegas, NV, I’ll start out with the Namco booth and work my way from there. Namco had a sizable booth that was near the entrance of the show (as usual) and dominating the booth was . We first reported the news that Namco would be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man with a new arcade release called Pac-Man Battle Royale. They had two cabinets at the show, cocktail style. While the game has intention of showing up in bars, it will work anywhere and it is not actually like Pac-Man CE at all, except for the graphics and changing mazes. You can see it below, the game has the player focus on eating the other Pac players.  Eating dots and ghosts are  sort of pointless not the primary focus of the game as in other Pac games and there is no scoring system aside from how many rounds each player wins but keep in mind that this is a prototype and there will be changes made to the game by it’s release in September. The cabinet will change too for the final release; they told me the hardware that it’s using which is a custom board and I can’t remember the name at the moment

I don’t have time to upload my other videos at the moment but I will be getting around to that later today Please check out there other videos I have from the show, I’ll have 12 of them up when finished which you can view on my Youtube channel. Pac-Man Battle Royale wasn’t the only new coin-op amusement product at the show so check out what else was there here. Also in anticipation of the release, if you need help finding an arcade/FEC/bar/etc near you (who you can pester into getting this or other games) check Aurcade.com or ArcadeFly.com

UPDATE: I have updated the release date info for this and several other games on our Arcade Release list for 2010.

Here is the direct link for 720p video

Reminder: Amusement Expo this week, here’s a preview

March 9, 2010

This is just a quick reminder that the new combo show of the AMOA/AAMA, better known as the Amusement Expo takes place this week, with the convention beginning on  Wednesday and ending on Friday. I will be there to get some hands-on time with some of the latest video games that will be popping up in arcades around the world later this year, and I’ll have my trusty HD camera there to capture the action. Some of the games you can look forward to seeing:

Pac-Man Battle Royale

Deadstorm Pirates (full software version)

Let’s Go Island

Pump It Up Pro 2 /Fiesta

Go Go Grand Prix

and much more. Not every company has revealed their roster yet (such as Raw Thrills’ and GlobalVR) but I am sure we’ll see Terminator Salvation there since that it’s RT’s flagship title and I expect to see NASCAR Online although without confirmation that is only a guess. No clue if RT will have something new at the show although they generally show off new games in March. As for any other new content, unless there is an announcement tomorrow to reveal more, we’ll just have to wait and see.

If anyone wants to catch up with me I’ll be wandering around the show playing games and taking video, in either a black Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man shirt or a blue shirt with a giant Atari logo on it(depends on the day). I also hope to get some podcast content done there too so it should be fun. When AH is updated with new content depends on access I can get to a PC but I’ll see what I can do to get content uploaded as quickly as possible. I’ll be sure to update via Twitter and you can also check my Youtube page for updates as that is where videos will appear first.

See you there!