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IAAPA 2008: Final Round-up (now with some release dates)

November 28, 2008

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We’ve received a final batch of pictures from the IAAPA show in Florida (thanks again to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report)and it’s only fitting to ‘finalize’ our coverage of the event. Overall I think that it was a great show, in terms of new games and what we can look forward to coming into 2009. While there isn’t any new game seem here, we do get a better look at a few games.

Slambot was at the show – I know that they have been to previous IAAPA events and I’m glad to see that they were there. In case you have missed previous coverage of Slambot, it’s an arcade game that uses robots inside of an enclosure as they slam into each other and colored buttons around the edges. I almost got one for my arcade but there was a few month waiting list so I wasn’t able to get it at the time. (Videos of previous Slambot versions here and here)

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Here is a new game, Xball by Unis (or Universal Space). It is similar to a couple of games we’ve seen in Asia that came up with the ‘throw a ball at the screen’ concept. I’m just waiting for someone to make one of these games where it’s a virtual snowball fight, which could be a lot of fun without the need of getting pegged with iceballs.  While Universal Space’s website doesn’t list Xball on it yet, I noticed that they do have IGS’s Pirate Revenge game there, which I had thought would not come over to the US.

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For another video redemption title we have Jungle Drummer. It says that it’s part of the Percussion Master series so I wonder if this has something to do with Pump It Up Jump (which was not at the show but I talked with Andamiro about it at AMOA). I like the cabinet design, very eye-catching for kids.

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Similar to what you see above is a DDR clone called Boogie Down. The dance pad is simplified and with the brighter color scheme this also should attract kids pretty well.

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Here’s a couple more shots of Brick People. I heard that when the game is finished, the game clears the bricks itself but at the moment it sounds like that feature is sort of clunky with how it works and may not clear it properly every time. They still have time to figure that out though.

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Big Buck Safari Deluxe was at the show and from what I heard it was working better than it was at AMOA and ASI. I’m still not sure when we’ll see it though.

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Here’s a little more on Textminator by LAI Games. Here is a picture of the promotional flyer for the game where you get a look at what it’s about and notice that there is a pad on this much like DDR but no foot controls of course. I wonder if it’s DDR meets texting. It probably won’t be my cup of tea but for it’s target audience it will probably do really well, especially where it has ticket payout.

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Here’s a variation of the new pedestal cabinet from the Fun Company for Incredible Technologies. I like the lit up version on the right better than the standard ones.

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These racing simulators are cool. I’m not sure what racing game they are playing but they would be quite attractive at any amusement park.

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And finally, what post would be complete without more pictures of girls playing Guitar Hero?

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As for release dates – Guitar Hero has been given a date of February and I hear the price tag is around $7000. The game will also include a hook-up for a separate TV so more players can see what’s going on. American Idol is scheduled to come along in January and while I haven’t heard a price, it’s going to use the CoinUp network extensively. Also according to some distributor sources of ours, Namco is planning to release Razing Storm and Nirin in March, just in time for ASI/AMOA. R-Tuned Racing is set for January, Hummer for March and Harley Davidson for “1st quarter 2009″.

So where does that leave us off? I counted at least 24 new games if you count video game redemption titles and I know there was more for just regular redemption. Still, for the video sector that’s pretty good and not what I’d call a dead and buried industry. Of course we will have to see how operators take to all of these games next year. 

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IAAPA Day 2: More Guitar Hero; CSI pinball; NX Absolute; Go Go Jockey; Battle Stations & more

November 20, 2008

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Once again thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report for getting us this information. I will be talking with Kevin directly later tonight to get some extra details on all the things we are seeing here so that we will fill in the rest of the gaps. Either way, I think it’s clear that for an industry many love to call “dead” there is quite a bit of new content to go around, a little bit more than we’ve seen in previous years. As always, click on the thumbnails for a full view of the picture.

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First off, a little extra detail on two games we’ve seen get a lot of attention: Guitar Hero and American Idol. In another surprise for Konami’s part, their name is also on American Idol and not just GH (there had been a rumor to that effect but it hadn’t been confirmed). According to the GH flyer, it will have over 50 songs, 11 playable characters in 8 venues and “Enduro-Ax Industrial Strength Controllers”.  UPDATE: Apparently the build at the show is only 60-70% complete – the final songlist is not complete and the cabinet will be changed for the final release. Here are what the flyers for the games will look like, just poster size. Also pictured is sort of a close up of the guitars, it sounds like GH has been a major hit at the show. Kevin even got Guitar Hero 3 tattooed onto his arm (fake or not Kevin? :P)

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Stern was showing CSI pinball at the show and they also had their Spiderman redemption game there, which we first saw at AMOA. My local distributor tells me that they are expecting to receive a couple of CSI machines within the next few days so I’ll get to check it out soon.

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Incredible Technologies wasn’t showing any product we hadn’t heard of before there but they had their full line-up of games running on their new pedestal cabinet that looked nice.

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We mentioned Andamiro’s NX Absolute yesterday and today we have pictures of it. There were two versions of it there, a standard and deluxe. Not much else on this one though.

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Next up, something from Tecway Developments. They are bringing Go Go Jockey to the US which is another game they showed off at the GTI Expo 2008 in Taiwan. This is a horse racing/riding game where you sit on a horse controller. I also believe that the next two pictures are from some redemption product in the Tecway area.

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This next game is IGS’s answer to Sea Wolf called Battle Stations. It has what looks to be a periscope kind of controller and at least in the picture below it seems like the graphics are pretty nice. The game is polished and even includes boss battles at the end of each level, it also uses a different torpedo system than Sea Wolf does. While IGS generally releases some product to the US through their company American Alpha, this was found at the Smart Industries booth.

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We also got two new shots of Trans-Force in action. It reminds me of Galaxian 3 by Namco with the multiplayer space shooter theme. It can house up to six players, each with their own contoller that moves gun turrets around on a space ship. On top of it having great graphics, the game also uses a motion base to enhance the experience further. This is being made by a Russian company who specializes in simulators.

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The Stinger Report's Crystal ball returns – top ten anticipated games of 2008/09

August 28, 2008

About a year ago we had a glimpse into The Stinger Report’s uber crystal ball about future releases and now it’s back to give you their Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases for 2008/09. Personally you might have some other releases you are anticipating more but it’s safe to say that there are a number of people looking forward to all of the following releases. And here they are:

Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases 2008/09

10. Maximum Tune 3 DX’ (Namco Bandai Games)

9. DJ Max Technika(Andamiro)

8. 2009 Golden Tee LIVE (Incredible Technologies)

7. Dance Dance Revolution X(Konami Digital Entertainment)

6. BlazBlue (ARC System Works / Aksys Games)

5. ‘JUBEAT (Konami Digital Entertainment)

4. GTI Club – Super Mini Festa(Konami Digital Entertainment)

3. Castlevania: The Arcade(Konami Digital Entertainment)

2. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (Namco Bandai Games)

1. ‘Street Fighter IV(Capcom)

No surprises about SFIV right? I hadn’t heard of a new TKN6 update and would love to see more about CastleVania.

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The Stinger Report’s Crystal ball returns – top ten anticipated games of 2008/09

August 28, 2008

About a year ago we had a glimpse into The Stinger Report’s uber crystal ball about future releases and now it’s back to give you their Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases for 2008/09. Personally you might have some other releases you are anticipating more but it’s safe to say that there are a number of people looking forward to all of the following releases. And here they are:

Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases 2008/09

10. Maximum Tune 3 DX’ (Namco Bandai Games)

9. DJ Max Technika(Andamiro)

8. 2009 Golden Tee LIVE (Incredible Technologies)

7. Dance Dance Revolution X(Konami Digital Entertainment)

6. BlazBlue (ARC System Works / Aksys Games)

5. ‘JUBEAT (Konami Digital Entertainment)

4. GTI Club – Super Mini Festa(Konami Digital Entertainment)

3. Castlevania: The Arcade(Konami Digital Entertainment)

2. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (Namco Bandai Games)

1. ‘Street Fighter IV(Capcom)

No surprises about SFIV right? I hadn’t heard of a new TKN6 update and would love to see more about CastleVania.

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Edinburgh Interactive Festival 08 to include a seminar by Kevin Williams on arcade games

July 24, 2008

An upcoming gaming event to be held in Edinburgh, UK is going to feature a familiar face here at AH – Kevin Williams, the man behind The Stinger Report & it’s news feeds. Kevin will bring the face of arcade gaming to the event in a 40 minute seminar that will cover three important aspects of arcades and their overall impact on video games, which includes Immersion, Physicality and Connectivity.The seminar will take place on August 11th in the afternoon and is one of the few instances of the amusement sector making a showing at an event that is going to have more focus on console gaming. The press release is after the jump.

It should be interesting to see how his seminar shapes up and how it will be received by those who come to the show, I’m sure Kevin will be happy to give us feedback on how it goes. Good luck Kevin!

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What is coming for The Stinger Report over the next year

July 12, 2008

Those of you who read the site regularly know that we get a lot of tips and news from our friends at The Stinger Report. They get a lot of fascinating and important news and I think that it has helped us provide better coverage on the arcade industry as we have progressed. The Stinger Report sent out a press release recently detailing different places where you can expect to see them championing the arcade cause or getting exclusive coverage from important events. The release also details information on the upcoming print edition of The Stinger Report, to which you can catch a preview of here. To fit the entire press release into one post, check the break below and again our thanks go out to TSR for their continued support of the site.

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Street Fighter IV at London's Battle of Destiny

June 20, 2008

Battle of Destiny is a tournament for the hardcore fighting fans out there – a proving ground in which challengers compete on Hyper Street Fighter 2, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Capcom vs SNK 2 and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. The best players gain paid flights and entry to the Evolution 2008 tournament in Las Vegas. However, the event offers something for everyone as the finished arcade version of Street Fighter IV will be available to play – a first in the UK! If that wasn’t enough, Capcom will also be showing Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, which will be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 later this year.

If you’re interested, the event costs £10 to enter and is taking place in The Rocket Complex at the London Metropolitan University on July 26th and 27th. Casual players pay for venue entry on the day, and if you feel like taking on the dozens of players that have already signed up for the competition, you’ll also need to register your place and bring £10-35 depending on the number of games you’re entering. For more details, visit the Battle of Destiny website.

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Street Fighter IV at London’s Battle of Destiny

June 20, 2008

Battle of Destiny is a tournament for the hardcore fighting fans out there – a proving ground in which challengers compete on Hyper Street Fighter 2, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Capcom vs SNK 2 and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. The best players gain paid flights and entry to the Evolution 2008 tournament in Las Vegas. However, the event offers something for everyone as the finished arcade version of Street Fighter IV will be available to play – a first in the UK! If that wasn’t enough, Capcom will also be showing Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, which will be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 later this year.

If you’re interested, the event costs £10 to enter and is taking place in The Rocket Complex at the London Metropolitan University on July 26th and 27th. Casual players pay for venue entry on the day, and if you feel like taking on the dozens of players that have already signed up for the competition, you’ll also need to register your place and bring £10-35 depending on the number of games you’re entering. For more details, visit the Battle of Destiny website.

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Rumour: London's Funland under threat?

June 20, 2008

This one is an interesting piece of rumour, but back in January Ripley’s Believe It or Not! announced its intention to open a new museum in London’s Trocadero this August, occupying around 25,000 square feet over five levels of the building. The arcade Funland currently operates on three levels of the building itself, and it is currently unknown if Ripley’s has leased some of the space currently occupied by Funland. However, there is the possibility that Ripley’s could use the currently vacant space formerly used by the Vue cinema.

It must be stressed that nothing has been confirmed at present, and it would certainly be odd practice for the arcade to buy in expensive Sega Rally 3 cabinets if it is scheduled to close or downsize (note: the game is actually on test with a view to purchase at present). We’ll bring you more on this as we get it.

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Rumour: London’s Funland under threat?

June 20, 2008

This one is an interesting piece of rumour, but back in January Ripley’s Believe It or Not! announced its intention to open a new museum in London’s Trocadero this August, occupying around 25,000 square feet over five levels of the building. The arcade Funland currently operates on three levels of the building itself, and it is currently unknown if Ripley’s has leased some of the space currently occupied by Funland. However, there is the possibility that Ripley’s could use the currently vacant space formerly used by the Vue cinema.

It must be stressed that nothing has been confirmed at present, and it would certainly be odd practice for the arcade to buy in expensive Sega Rally 3 cabinets if it is scheduled to close or downsize (note: the game is actually on test with a view to purchase at present). We’ll bring you more on this as we get it.

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