Sega recently held a ‘private’ show in Japan where they showed off some of their latest offerings for the amusement market and thanks to the internet, that show is not so private after all.
It should be noted that this show intends to show off products that are primarily intended for the Japanese market, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t see some of these games making at an appearance at certain arcades where they like to import games. One of the major attractions at the show was Shining Force Cross – a new RPG entry into the market that also makes use of Sega’s new Ringedge hardware. The game will make use of Sega’s ALL.Net so you can have cross-arcade play and it even features a tutorial as it sounds like the game is a tad complex, but for many RPG fans that is a good thing.
One title at the show that certainly carries some international interest (minus in the United States) is WCCF 08-09. Admittedly I do not much about this game as I have never seen one in the US although I am sure that Twisted Supreme or Heavy Electricity could elaborate in more detail what it is about this latest title that makes it different/better than previous iterations of the title. Obviously all of the big teams from around the world will be on here with updated player rosters. The description on GameWatch mentions something about “finally a real-time network game” but I do not know what they might mean by that since I thought that previous titles also could be networked together.
One interesting revelation was that of a police chase racing game, sort of like Chase HQ2 but it’s targeting a younger market and two players can race on one cabinet. Sega also has developed a companion light-gun title to this one with a similar cabinet design but it has mounted guns and a different game based upon the same story as the first game. Too bad they don’t link together. I am kind of surprised that we rarely see kids cabinets made by the larger arcade companies unless it’s in Japan, you would think that there would be some sort of market out there for arcades and children.
There were a few more games that Sega showed off, so if you are interested in finding out more, click here [Via Game Watch]