Published August 13, 2021 Leave a Comment

There comes a time in gaming when a game so groundbreaking releases that it singlehandedly defines a genre, revolutionizing how games like it are handled in the future. Such is the case with Dota and MOBAs, or PUBG with battle royales. While their respective genres already existed in a different form (RTS games in the former, and regular shooters in the latter), the new elements that these games introduced effectively caused a schism in their respective genres and allowed them to branch out into their own thing.

Dark Souls is definitely one these defining titles that brought a unique formula to the existing elements in the action adventure genre, including resource-based real-time combat, RPG progression elements, and a wide variety of character customization options that gave it unparalleled replay value. And though this trend started initially with From Software’s 2009 PS3 hit, Demon’s Souls, it wasn’t until Dark Souls that the genre actually took off into mainstream notoriety.

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Published July 23, 2021 Leave a Comment

Bubble Bobble is a classic arcade game released by Taito in 1986, and like most arcade games of its era, it features simple yet very addictive gameplay that was easy to pick up and play, but quite difficult to master. The game itself needs no explanation, but we can safely say that it was popular enough to get ported to many, many consoles—over thirteen of them, in fact. It seemed like everyone wanted to get a piece of the popular bubble dragons Bub and Bob.

To celebrate the game’s 35th anniversary, arcade game manufacturer Numskull has designed a brand new quarter arcade replica of Bubble Bobble, at a 1/6 scale of the original, but featuring all the arcade goodness that once catapulted it into mainstream appeal. But while this cabinet would be a replica of Taito’s original, it also featured a few changes to modernize its appearance, including a brand new cabinet design. And just like many others in Numskull’s Quarter Arcade series, the miniature cabinet is completely playable, although you would probably struggle to fit two players in front of the small device.

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Published July 2, 2021 Leave a Comment

This is not a drill. I repeat, this is NOT a drill!

Most of you will probably already know about Minecraft. Even if you don’t actually know what it’s about, you’ll likely have heard of the name. After all, it’s arguably the most popular game of all time, even surpassing the legendary Tetris in sales. This makes it even more exciting when, earlier this week, Play Mechanix revealed that they are working on an arcade version of Minecraft—although this version is actually based on Minecraft Dungeons, and not the base sandbox survival game that most people know.

This announcement came in the form of a post on Minecraft’s official website, where they revealed that Minecraft Dungeons Arcade was currently in development by the aforementioned popular arcade game devs. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Minecraft Dungeons is a spinoff of the popular series, which consists of a top-down action RPG where players get to hack and slash their way through dungeons filled with monsters and other nasties, in the same vein as Diablo or Gauntlet. The main difference here being that player skills and abilities revolve around cards instead of equippables or leveling up.

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Published June 4, 2021 Leave a Comment

Even though the industry is slowly recovering from the beating it took last year, the new releases haven’t stopped coming. Companies have been working tirelessly to bring us games in what has started to be called popularly “the new normal”.

One of such companies is Ace Amusements, a Chinese manufacturer of arcade games and amusements that’s responsible for producing a variety of cabinets and other types of devices for FECs. And while they feature their own versions of popular attractions like light gun games with a variety of themes, basketball ticket redemption machines, bowling-styled video skee-ball games, and many more. However, they also develop their own unique take on other titles. Case in point, their newest game, Nitro Speed, is an upcoming racing game that seems to borrow the most popular elements of other renowned games, and wraps them up into a neat package with great presentation and graphics, and refreshing yet familiar gameplay.

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Published May 22, 2021 Leave a Comment

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the COVID pandemic hasn’t done any favors to anyone, slowing down industries, closing down businesses, and wreaking all sorts of havoc. That said, with the world approaching a year since this all began and vaccines continuing to roll out, many companies are finally starting to get back on the proverbial horse, looking to push out new titles that surviving locations can add to their repertoire.

Raw Thrills is one of those companies pushing hard to get products out the door, including their newest game, “King Kong of Skull Island VR”, which we’ve been mentioning a few times in this blog already. However, aside from their first adventure into VR with the ol’ giant gorilla, Bandai Namco Amusements Europe has also revealed a teaser for a new upcoming game, this time developed by Adrenaline Amusements, called “Zombie Smasher”.

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Published May 7, 2021 Leave a Comment
Published May 7, 2021 Leave a Comment

For many arcade fans and collectors, there’s no beating the real thing. Having your own collection of cabinets is in a league of its own; Not just for the entertainment value, but for the sensation of possessing the games from your childhood in one dedicated room in your home. While it’s true that you really can’t surpass the feeling of playing them in your local arcade with some buddies amid the cacophony of beeps and boops in the background, the focus of today’s blog post comes in at a close second.

Collecting cabinets is not for everyone, especially since it requires tons of space, and every piece can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousands, depending on the rarity. This is the reason why replica cabinets started getting produced, as ways for users to purchase their favorite games of yore and proudly display them in their homes. And because some are die-hard fans that can enjoy games no matter what size of screen they play them on, they can also enjoy a few matches in these small replicas.

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Published April 16, 2021 Leave a Comment

Earlier last year, we talked about how Raw Thrills was venturing into the field of VR with their newest title, King Kong of Skull Island VR. First teased at IAAPA 2019, rumors have been circulating for several years prior that the arcade game dev giant had been experimenting with VR technology. The game was first seen in action at Amusement Expo 2020 in March of last year, but the game had to wait for the pandemic to cool off before gamers could get a chance to enjoy it.

Fortunately with things slowly turning around as vaccines get out to the public, King Kong of Skull Island VR is finally being shipped (click here to find our detailed product listing for it, in case you are interested in ordering). This is a great moment for the franchise, particularly with the release of Godzilla vs. King Kong right around the corner and shaping up to be a day-1 blockbuster. If we had to guess, it’s no coincidence that the game started launching just now in anticipation of the film premiering on March 31st.

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Published April 9, 2021 Leave a Comment

Capcom has been a target of much intrigue in the past few weeks after an information leak shed light on some of the company’s current and future projects, including details on the next Monster Hunter title, their largest and most popular franchise to date. However, no leak was as significant for the arcade gaming industry as the potential home console they were reportedly working on. Luckily, a few days after the leak, Capcom officially revealed the project as the “Retro Station”, along with a corresponding website and lots of info on iits upcoming release.

The Retro Station is Capcom’s newest home arcade console, meant to allow players to enjoy some of the best titles of the Mega Man and Street Fighter series, right from the comfort of their homes. The device itself features everything you need for playing it virtually anywhere as it’s very small, and the only thing it needs is a power outlet. Plus, the console has its own 8” LCD screen along with full-sized controls, including a stick and six buttons.

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Published March 26, 2021 Leave a Comment

2020 has finally left us and what a year it was. Good riddance we say! However, regardless of the circumstances that you went through last year, with a new year comes new chances to reinvent ourselves and make new resolutions. However, for the video game industry, it’s a time for teasing and releasing new games that they’ve quietly been working on behind-the-scenes. Case in point, Golden Tee Golf has been Incredible Technologies’ flagship franchise, with a new iteration releasing every year since 2007. The game has become a staple in bars across the United States, with some FECs and arcade joining in the fun. It has been such a successful game that it has spawned an entire community of faithful followers, along with global tournaments with all the bells and whistles of an international competition. If you go back further to 2001, you would find that Golden Tee birthed the eSports movement with the innovative competitions that they had going at the time.

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