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Banpresto’s Wacky Races reappears on location test in Japan

July 11, 2010

Chalk this up to the big surprise of the month (so far) but way back in 2007 a new kart-style racing game appeared on location test at the Trocadero in London called Wacky Races. The

Wacky Races as last seen at ASI 2008

game was based upon an older Hanna-Barbara. cartoon(now being distributed under Warner Bros.) of the same name and had a slot-machine style lever on it that dealt with power-ups(that lever was removed on US cabinets). I got a chance to play this game back at ASI2008 but after that show the game completely went off the radar for some reason, even though it was pretty much finished. I don’t know if it was just available in Europe or if it was available in very limited quantities in the US – either way I had forgotten about the game until today. Strangely enough it has reappeared on a location test in Japan, once again under the Banpresto logo and once again with the lever seen on the European versions of the game. I wonder why this game is making a comeback two and half years after it’s initial reveal and whether or not they have made any improvements to it while it’s been off-the-radar.

Small Room Aries has a little more info on the Japanese location test for this game, including some location test info for Konami’s new Pop N’ Music Tune Street game.

Here’s the location test video that AH editor Twisted Supreme grabbed from the game back in 2007:

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Banpresto's Wacky Races reappears on location test in Japan

July 11, 2010

Chalk this up to the big surprise of the month (so far) but way back in 2007 a new kart-style racing game appeared on location test at the Trocadero in London called Wacky Races. The

Wacky Races as last seen at ASI 2008

game was based upon an older Hanna-Barbara. cartoon(now being distributed under Warner Bros.) of the same name and had a slot-machine style lever on it that dealt with power-ups(that lever was removed on US cabinets). I got a chance to play this game back at ASI2008 but after that show the game completely went off the radar for some reason, even though it was pretty much finished. I don’t know if it was just available in Europe or if it was available in very limited quantities in the US – either way I had forgotten about the game until today. Strangely enough it has reappeared on a location test in Japan, once again under the Banpresto logo and once again with the lever seen on the European versions of the game. I wonder why this game is making a comeback two and half years after it’s initial reveal and whether or not they have made any improvements to it while it’s been off-the-radar.

Small Room Aries has a little more info on the Japanese location test for this game, including some location test info for Konami’s new Pop N’ Music Tune Street game.

Here’s the location test video that AH editor Twisted Supreme grabbed from the game back in 2007:

Space Invaders might get a movie too

March 4, 2010

A short time ago we heard that Atari was looking at bringing some of it’s classics to the silver screen and now word has it that Warner Bros. is looking to bring a big Taito classic to movie theaters – Space Invaders. There aren’t any details on it yet as it is just in the negotiating round at the moment but it is another indicator that Hollywood isn’t looking to let up on the video game to-movie translations any time soon. I am guessing that one reason why they are looking at doing classic games into movies is due to the success of classic titles in recent times via downloadable means and the general nostalgia that drives collectors to keep the fun alive behind these games. Whether this, Missile Command, Asteroids or the Joust movies we heard of ages ago will make for riveting box office numbers, is something we will have to wait and see about. With Space Invaders it can prove a challenge simply because aliens invading from space is far from new but at least they have a template to follow.

[Via Aint It Cool News]