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Among the upcoming products that Sega has coming to arcades, we’ve covered two recently that have gained some attention – Transformers: Human Alliance and Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand. We’ve seen a little about Tra...
Among the upcoming products that Sega has coming to arcades, we’ve covered two recently that have gained some attention – Transformers: Human Alliance and Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand. We’ve seen a little about Transformers already but Plants Vs. Zombies only had a teaser flyer to unveil that it was coming. Well if you subscribe to the industry trade publication Replay Magazine then the October issue has more info on these and a few other games that Sega is bringing to the IAAPA 2013 tradeshow in Orlando, FL this November. Of course if you get the magazine, then this post is not news for you but for those who did not get their hands on it. From the get-go the magazine has some Sega love going on – the cover is all about Transformers and the back cover is that Plants Vs. Zombies flyer we saw the other day. The cover story starts on page 63 and while I don’t want to stomp on their scoop, some of the new details we get: -Sega is going to have a substantial booth setup at IAAPA 2013. There will be 28 games represented by at least 50 cabinets (accounting for linked games or multiples). It also will include a “17-foot tall Optimus Prime” statue to tower over the booth. That sure beats those giant balloons with the brand name logo on it that companies normally go with. -In Transformers you “partner” with either Optimus Prime, BumbleBee or Side Swipe to once again stop the Decepticons from obtaining the All Spark.  I assume this means that the player does the shooting while the Autobot automatically does the melee bashing. -Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand is inspired by (but NOT a direct port of) Plants Vs. Zombies 2. It has a mounted pea shooter (presumably a light-gun) that the player uses to aim and fire peas at oncoming zombies. It is a videmption game, paying out tickets as zombies are eliminated. There are 10 waves with a final jackpot wave. No indication if it will be just ticket payout or if they will have a video-only or the increasingly popular gift card options. -PvZ also marks a return by Sega to using QR codes again so users can post their high scores. This was used in some of their arcade games years ago but on a limited basis. Interestingly enough, there are no photos of their cabinet to be found in the spread but there are pictures of all the other products that will be at IAAPA, including a “sequel” of sorts to the very popular KeyMaster game Sega has, called Prize Locker. For more details on that you’ll have to grab the October 2013 Replay Magazine. Outside of the Replay info, I have found out that the director of various Sega games including Gunblade, Jurassic Park: Lost World and Let’s Go Jungle/Island is also the director of Transformers (Mr. Oga-shi). He will be at IAAPA and I hope to do an interview with him at that time so that is something else you can look forward to from our IAAPA coverage next month, which will take place from the 20th-22nd. The post Sega Love In October Replay Magazine With Details On Transformers & Plants Vs. Zombies appeared first on Arcade Heroes.
about 13 hours ago
Just a few short weeks ago, it was unveiled that Stern’s next release was Star Trek Pinball, based upon the JJ Abrams reboot of one of the biggest sci-fi properties on the planet. Designed by Steve Ritchie, who also created the pop...
Just a few short weeks ago, it was unveiled that Stern’s next release was Star Trek Pinball, based upon the JJ Abrams reboot of one of the biggest sci-fi properties on the planet. Designed by Steve Ritchie, who also created the popular Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball game back in the 90s, the game would bring the series back to the arcades for the first time since the release of the Star Trek: Voyager video game about 10 years ago. Today Stern released a video of Josh Sharpe playing the game for about 15 minutes. As we have discussed on the blog here, there are three versions of the game that are available, Pro, Premium and Limited. He is playing the Pro model here.  While the Pros have the fewest features to enjoy, overall it looks like fun. Speaking of unveiling videos, the video showing the England stage from Sega’s upcoming Transformers video arcade game should be online anytime this week. Stay tuned. The post See Stern’s Star Trek Pinball In Action appeared first on Arcade Heroes.
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The last time that Namco decided to give their Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (WMMT for short) series a shake in the US was with WMMT3. 4 was skipped over, possibly in part due to the extensive online features the game boasted but also the...
The last time that Namco decided to give their Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (WMMT for short) series a shake in the US was with WMMT3. 4 was skipped over, possibly in part due to the extensive online features the game boasted but also the US arm of the company has been promoting their Dead Heat racing game here for the past couple of years.  I’ve had frequent requests about the possibility of WMMT4 being released in the US but without any direct involvement with that, the best I can say is hope for someone to import the “International Version” (which is in English) to an arcade near you. Perhaps now that will change slightly as Namco has announced that the 5th iteration of the series, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5, is headed for testing in Japan on Oct. 19th and 20th. It can be assumed that some of the features found in WMMT4 (the LCD cabinet, the online play) will be kept for 5 but other than this location test announcement website, there aren’t many details to share for the moment. As for guessing as to whether the game will make it out West in an official capacity, it seems unlikely given what occurred with 4. Namco has to play it smart as this is not the only driver they have on their roster at the moment. Earlier this year they showed off Dead Heat Riders, a motorcycle version of their Dead Heat car racing game (although I’m not sure what is going on with that – indications were that it was supposed to release at the beginning of the summer but that apparently did not happen), they also released Mario Kart Arcade DX to Japanese arcades. In a choice between MK and WMMT, they are probably going to have much more success with the highly recognized Mario Kart. We’ll know for sure what the deal is come IAAPA next month, where I’m placing my bet that we will see Mario Kart there showing up to do battle with the new Batman driver. The post Namco Announces Location Tests for Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 appeared first on Arcade Heroes.
3 days ago
When I attended the IAAPA 2012 trade show in Orlando, FL, there was a noticeable trend in new product entries for vehicle simulation products.  All of them involved racing in one form or another, with a particular nod towards Formula 1 s...
When I attended the IAAPA 2012 trade show in Orlando, FL, there was a noticeable trend in new product entries for vehicle simulation products.  All of them involved racing in one form or another, with a particular nod towards Formula 1 simulators. When every single company is showing off a professional grade simulator that involves racing, your thoughts soon became “oh, another one”. It probably doesn’t help with the arcade area is also full of racing games, although the bright side is at the very least there is no lack of options to choose from. I did have to question how many of those companies would still be around for the next show. There is one name in the simulator field that stands out and has been around for a while however, that of Cruden. They develop high quality simulators that are often used by racing engineers and other automotive companies where the simulators allow for quality testing or training. We have mentioned them before as they also bring their technology to the amusement industry, offering something different for a high end location to present to their customers. At the coming IAAPA trade event, they are going to show off their newest product, the Hexatech 3CTR. Breaking from the automotive racer trend, it has been designed to simulate a number of watercraft, although the unit will come with a powerboat cabinet as seen here in these mock-up designs: The press release mentions that apart from the powerboat it can also be programmed to simulate even whitewater rafting and that they “spent hours with the Dutch military on its fast interceptor vessels and security boats to get the motion just right.” (tough job but somebody had to do it, right?). While they are aiming this with some amusement functionality in mind, as I mentioned it is intended for the high-end on quality and price. More details on that in the press release below. *** Cruden to make waves at IAAPA 2013  Leading simulator company will show a new powerboat simulator at IAAPA 2013; unique concept is an affordable route to realistic, accurate motion and group fun. Cruden, the world’s leading professional motion simulation company, will make a virtual splash at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando (November 18th-22nd 2013) by inviting visitors to take the helm of its new powerboat simulator. The Amsterdam-based world leader in professional-grade full motion simulation is adding to its traditional motorsport simulator offer and teasing visitors to its booth (no. 1051) with interactive drive and ride simulator ideas ranging from speed boats and rafts to motorcycles and helicopters. Guests will be able to climb aboard a Hexatech 3CTR (three-seater) simulator and launch themselves into the water in a dual engine P1 powerboat or a fast interceptor military vessel, carefully modelled by Cruden’s vehicle dynamics engineers.  This is the first Cruden simulator to offer interaction for three guests at once. The guest to the right of the driver controls the throttle; the person on the left is the navigator. Depending on customer requirement, the simulator can be switched to race car mode, providing a most versatile, modern attraction. The powerboat simulator is a more affordable way for attractions owners to specify a Cruden simulator; requiring fewer degrees of motion than a racing simulator, the basic 2-DOF simulator will cost around €85,000 (ex. works). “This year, IAPPA is all about demonstrating Cruden’s intention as a serious simulator technology leader in the attractions sector, and in a number of imaginable experience settings. The sophistication of our simulators is already appreciated by race engineers for vehicle development; now we will help the market understand what that means for water or air craft and for interactive experiences incorporating multiple guest inputs, such as powerboat racing or wild water rafting,” says Frank Kalff, commercial director of Cruden. “We have observed that of the many power- o
4 days ago
Last year I heard a rumor that among the efforts to translate some popular home games to the arcade that an official effort was being made to include Plants Vs. Zombies onto that roster. In China, unauthorized efforts have taken place be...
Last year I heard a rumor that among the efforts to translate some popular home games to the arcade that an official effort was being made to include Plants Vs. Zombies onto that roster. In China, unauthorized efforts have taken place before so it seemed that there was enough of a desire to make it happen. I didn’t hear any follow-up on it again and just figured it was just one of those rumors you hear. Until just a few minutes ago when Sega Amusements posted this graphic to their Facebook page: Ok, this tells us basically nothing about the game but we can assume that this will be aiming to compete with other “video redemption” products; Sega’s last big push on videmption was an arcade version of Bejeweled. But keep in mind, several videmption product also have an option for amusement only, meaning they will work as a standard arcade game with no ticket or gift card vending option (Sea Wolf, Temple Run, Doodle Jump are examples that have this option). Of course these are just educated assumptions for the moment but given that IAAPA 2013 is coming up in a little over a month, I have already confirmed that this will be there(along with Transformers Arcade) for a hands-on look with the game. We’ll have more on this as soon as we can get it. The post Sega Announces Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand Arcade appeared first on Arcade Heroes.
6 days ago
It’s been a little while since we discussed arcade art on the blog, not because they have stopped doing sideart for games (all new games do have it still, along with marquees, some are pretty cool but its often overlooked) but I su...
It’s been a little while since we discussed arcade art on the blog, not because they have stopped doing sideart for games (all new games do have it still, along with marquees, some are pretty cool but its often overlooked) but I suppose there is nothing that stops us in our tracks to just discuss the art. With thousands of games spanning the 4 decades that video arcades have been a part of the landscape, there is plenty to look over when it comes to marquee, bezel, side and control panel artwork. The material could probably fill a few books but for the moment one is in development that will look at games through the 90s that is called Artcade – The Book of Classic Game Art. The project is being done by Tim Nicholls of London, UK and he is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter to get the book published. The goal is £10,000 and at the time of this writing, a little over £2000 of that has been covered by backers. With 21 days left, there is still plenty of time for the goal to be met. The top backing goal gets the backer a sponsor deal in the book and 10 copies to give to friends or others.  Among the risks, it looks like the author has done a lot of the needed work already : “Having already acquired the images and prepared most of them for printing, agreed pricing with printers (and with backup printers, just in case!) and garnered the support of the license holders where appropriate, this project is looking like quite a low risk venture right now “ You can check the Kickstarter out here. The post “ARTCADE – The Book Of Classic Arcade Game Art” Looking For Funding appeared first on Arcade Heroes.
8 days ago
Among the new game announcements we have seen this year, Sega’s next light-gun game, Transformers: Human Alliance is one we have been patiently waiting on for more details. We first found out about when a Sega-owned Chinese divisio...
Among the new game announcements we have seen this year, Sega’s next light-gun game, Transformers: Human Alliance is one we have been patiently waiting on for more details. We first found out about when a Sega-owned Chinese division spilled the beans on a location test for the game in China then in July Sega put a teaser trailer for the game up on Youtube. I got a chance to see the cabinet, from when the game showed up at a small amusement industry get-together in August (in case anyone missed the description, it was mostly yellow, 42″ HD display, mounted guns with chrome plating and some backlit multi-color LED art on the sides of the monitor), but I didn’t get the image to share. Today Sega Amusements posted something new about the game on their Facebook page that goes as follows: 20,000 likes! Thanks everyone! To celebrate we are going to give you a chance to see some of Transformers Human Alliance in action for the first time! LIKE to see the England stage or SHARE to see the Africa stage! Which ever is highest we will share a video of that stage next week! You can visit their Facebook page here. At the time of this writing,England is well ahead with many likes, Africa only has one share. From the picture above, the Africa level looks more colorful but if voting continues as it is, I imagine we will have to wait until IAAPA2013 (a major trade show in Orlando, FL where we will likely get our first hands-on chance with the game) to get a full peek. Otherwise, its great to see Sega keeping up on the social media hype for a title. They really started to do that with their last light-gun title, Dream Raiders. The post Sega Teasing New Transformers Arcade Video, You Can Pick Which One They Will Show appeared first on Arcade Heroes.
9 days ago
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10 days ago
Well that was a sudden slowdown in news, after the spurt we had with Batman Arcade and Star Trek pinball. Admittedly I have been partially distracted by the arrival of a Nintendo WiiU into my household (which at first came with a bad dis...
Well that was a sudden slowdown in news, after the spurt we had with Batman Arcade and Star Trek pinball. Admittedly I have been partially distracted by the arrival of a Nintendo WiiU into my household (which at first came with a bad disc drive so I had to get it replaced – despite Nintendo customer service’s desire that I send it in for a repair. Yeah, waiting two weeks to repair a system I just got is not my idea of fun. The retailer was great though and exchanged it on the spot, which the N guy claimed they wouldn’t do). So I have been enjoying my new, working game system with a few of the games such as The Wonderful 101 or Wind Waker HD. I kind of wonder when the WiiU will be turned into an arcade board – Nintendoland has me thinking a little bit of the time when the arcade industry made fun mini-game compilations like Panic Park. NL is a fun game and better than Wii Sports was, although it obviously has not had the same marketing effect for the WiiU that the Wii enjoyed. Anyways with my distractions aside, this week has been mostly devoid of arcade stories that are of import to the market in the Western hemisphere but there have been some happenings taking place in Japan, China and Europe. They are all brief enough that going with a post per item would have just been shovelware, so here’s a rundown: JAPAN Manufacturers have been quite busy in Japan testing out new games for the market there. Most of these games seem unlikely to have an overseas reach aside from imports which is why we’ve glossed over them until now. One exception should be Mach Storm by Namco, which we saw tested in the US earlier this year. That had another Japanese location test this week, with a blurry pic of the location test announcement board as proof. Sega was busy with testing a new video medal game called World of the Three Kingdoms, they also have begun testing the Sega Nu powered Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone. I still wonder if Sega will give this series further testing in the US or not. They also seem optimistic about a risky move they are taking with the Free2Play puzzle game Puyo! Quest Arcade. I’m sure a lot of eyes are watching how that does, given the fad that F2P games have become in the mobile and home game console scene. Also something to be on the lookout for today in Japan is the new MOSS shooter, Caladrius(pictured), available on Sega’s ALL.NET+ Multi network enabled arcade cabinets. Since Konami quietly dropped support for the arcade market outside of Asia, we haven’t heard much from them but they are still busy making games for their strongest markets. This week they tested out ColorCoLotta which is some sort of tropical medal game and announced that the new Winning Eleven Arcade Championship 2014 will be available in January 2014.   They also just announced a Japanese-centric competition for their various arcade titles, which they simply call the Konami Arcade Championship 2013. While it may not be the most riveting title for a tournament, the number of games involved is sure to generate some excitement at various participating Japanese game centers. Atlus also has begun testing out their new version of the Persona fighting game, Persona 4 di Arcade (pictured below). That will also come to consoles but a few Japanese arcades will get a brief time to enjoy the upgrade. This link has various details as to what is different about it. Speaking of fighters, Arc Systems’ Guilty Gear Xrd also had a 2nd location test announced for Nov. 2nd. Their first test drew in some big crowds so I’m sure they expect more of the same the 2nd time around. EUROPE There was an amusement trade show that took place this past week at Porte de Versailles in France called EAS2013. We would have had a post about it then but the information coming out of the show has been a trickle, at best. I had hoped that Sega would have unveiled the Transformers arcade machine but that must have been he
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