Tag Archives: arcade

A field guide of classic arcade design

24 Dec

Field Guide To Classic Arcade Design

Who doesn’t love classic arcade design? I mean, it’s awesome and brings lots of memories from the past! Probably Michael Mateyko and Hans Thiessen have thought the same when they created these Field Guides.

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Four new Persona games announced, including Persona 5

24 Nov

Persona 5

Yep, that’s right, while you were sleeping Persona’s developer ATLUS announced four new games for the franchise! Starting with the long waited next installment of the main series Persona 5, to be released on PlayStation 3 next winter (so far) in Japan only. Here’s the very first teaser trailer.

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A novel about the arcade’s glory years

14 Aug

the final day at westfield arcade

You already know how fond of Arcades we are. We really care of those magic places, that sadly are almost completely disappeared in the West of the globe. But we’re not the only ones.

Andy Hunt (check out his blog) has written and published a very interesting novel, called The Final Day at Westfield Arcade, a nostalgia-fueled journey back through the arcade’s glory years of the 1980s. Here’s the trailer (be careful, you’re going to cry…a lot).

If you feel like taking a journey into the golden era of arcades (we highly reccomend it), you can buy the book, both Kindle and paperback versions, on Amazon, following this link.

The new Mario Kart arcade version is out in Japan

26 Jul

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

The new arcade version of Mario Kart, called Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, born after the collaboration between Nintendo and Namco Bandai, is finally out in Japan. Unfortunately we don’t know if this special cabinet will ever see the light of the day outside the rising sun land, but hey…it features a drivable shooting tank! Here’s the brand new launch trailer.

As you can see from the trailer, a part from the already present in previous versions Pac-Man, this new arcade-only chapter will feature a bran new character from the Namco Bandai roaster, Don from Taiko Drum Master. Also, the game has a coop mode, used to combine two player’s kart in a powerful tank!

By the way, here’s how the cabinet looks like.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX cabinet

Namco Bandai is still thinking about a western release…let’s hope.

You will love this OutRun Arcade Cabinet made of LEGO

6 Jun

outrun lego arcade cabinet sega

We all know what a great game is the original OutRun (and possibly even greater is the sequel), but someone thinks it is really special. So special to deserve a LEGO scale model of its original Deluxe Arcade Cabinet!

A blogger called TAGGSTA, that runs an OutRun related blog, decided to create possibly the most beautiful mini arcade cabinet ever, and made out of LEGO bricks! Ah…and completely working!

outrun lego arcade cabinet sega

Taggsta was inspired by a previous OutRun deluxe LEGO creation he found on the net; then he decided to create his own, but then add the real game into it (seems legit!). This little beauty was done using an iPhone with iCade mobile via Bluetooth.

Well, the result is amazing! Check out the video uploaded by the creator!

We’ll definitely buy of those if SEGA and LEGO would collaborate to make it real and mass produced!

The Heart Of Gaming is the closest thing to a Japanese Game Center outside Japan

28 Apr

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

Everybody always whines about the lack of decent arcades in Europe and US. We obviously do the same, since there are no enjoyable game centers in London, apart (maybe) from the Namco FunScape, but it’s more a family style arcade, with bumper car, bowling and all.

But don’t despair, things are going to change! In fact, from mid-April you are able to enjoy The Heart Of Gaming!

In a world where arcades have been replaced by casinos and slot machines, a portion of that great period in history arises, blending the gaming scene of yesteryear, with the games of the past, present and future.

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The HOG is basically the closest thing to a real Japanese Game Center. They got plenty of SEGA VS City cabinets with lots of different fighting games, but also regular NAOMIs, NAOMI DXs and other super cool machines covering many other genres (like vertical shmups). And that’s not all, because there are countless Xbox 360 and PS3 available to host your own console fighting!

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcadeSounds too good to be true? This is how it works.

You just step in, pay an entry fee, and start play whatever you want for how long you want until, at some point, they kick you out (everybody needs to sleep).

The HOG opens at 4pm every day, and closes at midnight. Overnight sessions will depend on numbers of people prepared to stay. Here’s the price guide:

Mon- Thurs: £7 (£5 after 6pm)
Overnight price –
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £6. After 2330- £8

Friday: £10 (£7 after 6pm)
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £7. After 2330- £10

Saturday: £10 all day.
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £7. After 2330- £10

Sunday: £8 all day (£6 after 6pm)
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first-£6. After 2330- £8

To provide the customers with even better value for money, they will be announcing the prices of weekly, fornightly and monthly passes shortly. Overnight sessions are cheaper if you have already paid for any of the day sessions.

Need more pics? Here we go!

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

What do you think? For us is just the heaven! And we’re really looking forward to go there as soon as possible! Still not convinced? Check out this interview with one of the co-founder!

Yes, but where is it? Easy, The Heart Of Gaming is located at 10 Cullen Way, NW10 6JZ, North Acton, London

The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time movie is finally out

19 Apr

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

Do you remember when a couple of month ago we told you about a very interesting documentary about collecting arcade cabinets called The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time? Good, because the movie is finally out and you can grab it on Amazon Video on Demand.

We are not here to talk about moral or something, but those guys really put a lot of effort on making this movie, so if you want to watch it, please avoid torrents.

Just in case, here’s the trailer.

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time, a feature-length documentary about arcade game collectors from The Space Invaders on Vimeo.

This teaser from SEGA seems to announce the return of Castle Of Illusion

11 Apr

castle of illusion sega disney mickey mouse

 

Earlier today SEGA of America uploaded a mysterious new video on its YouTube channel. The silent b/w teaser really looks like some sort of Castle Of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse remake/sequel.

As you can see, the trailer has no description and the title just says “Summer 2013”, but the style is unmistakeble and this is definitely something about the Genesis’ evergreen Castle Of Illusion from 1990. We are quite sure about this because of the 1990 – 2013 copyright at the end of the video, but also because the game was already added to the brazilian ratings bureau and someone an NeoGAF spotted a box art from the xbox.com HTML code.

So it looks like another Disney’s classic game will see the HD light this year (after the great announcement of Duck Tales Remastered by Capcom last month). Seems like Disney has something to be forgiven for…isn’t it?

Arcade Passion | 2 – SEGA GiGO (Ikebukuro)

21 Mar

SEGA GiGO AKIHABARA | 池袋 GiGO

sega gigo ikebukuro 池袋

Address: 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 〒 170-0013 | 〒170-0013 東京都豊島区 東池袋1-21-1

Telephone: (00 81) 03-3981-6906

Opening time: 10:00~24:00 (10am – 12 midnight)

Website: http://tempo.sega.jp/am/ikebukuro/

Foursquare venue: 池袋 GiGO

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Our journey in the beautiful world of Japanese game centers continues with another must-visit arcade. This time we’re talking about the Ikebukuro SEGA GiGO, probably the largest game center in the whole Japan. It is located not far from the Ikebukuro station, one of the three largest commercial districts in Tokyo. This huge amusement venue offers seven floor of arcade cabinets (of every type and genre), ufo-catchers and so on. And as expected, the store boasts an impressive lineup of fighting games at its B1 floor, with daily tournaments and competitions. Like its counterpart in Akihabara, this SEGA temple often holds anime oriented events. From our personal experience, it’s safe to say that this Ikebukuro GiGO is far better than everything else you could possibly find in Japan (and in the world). If you’ll travel by this district, stop and spend some money here! Must visit!

FINAL THOUGHT: Nothing else to say, apart from that this game center is like the heaven for all the arcade gamers!

Time for some Ridiculous Fishing!

14 Mar

Ridiculous Fishing

“Follow Billy as he tries to find redemption from his uncertain past. Chase your destiny on the high seas and embark on a heroic quest for glory and gills.”

Basically this is Ridiculous Fishing, a brand new iOS game made by Vlambeer, a Dutch independent game studio founded in 2010 by Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman, creator of Super Crate Box.

Those two guys are quite famous in the indie scene because of their completely nonsense and bonker games, and Ridiculous Fishing isn’t an exception. Take a look at this trailer to understand what we mean…

Understand? Completely mental! WE LOVE IT!

Ridiculous Fishing is out today (March 14th) on the App Store, you can get it here!