Published March 2, 2016 Leave a Comment

In case you weren’t in Tokyo for this year’s Japan Amusement Expo then you can at least enjoy some of the best photos of the newest arcade games:

The Force was strong at the Exp
JAEPO 2016 Star Wars

Tekken 7 fever is heating up:
JAEPO 2016 TEKKEN 7

See more JAEPO 2016 photos from The Verge here!

New Rhythm Game Otohira:

Otoiroha, combines the traditional “button pushing” aspect of rhythm games with a more unique twist- movable triangular disks!

More coverage on JAEPO 2016 here.

Chewbacca met up with a cat and a Vulcan polar bear:

Capcom always knows how to draw a crowd, they debut Attack on Titan: Team Battle

Konami had a huge presence as well. Expo guests enjoyed a live Bemani concert!

Check out Forbes.com coverage of JAEPO 2016 for an inside look on the arcade industry.

Published April 1, 2014 Leave a Comment

The extremely popular arcade classic Capcom’s Strider is making a comeback.  Strider was a mesmerizing arcade games of the late ’80s, with unbelievable graphics and game play that kept you playing hour after hour.

The super cool scrolling game has now been revamped for release on PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Although Capcom has tried to reintroduce it’s classic game in 1999 it could not capture what the arcade version had so the game title stayed dormant until now.  With the new game, rather than stringing together a series of linear levels, Strider is a large, interconnected world that allows and encourages backtracking.

Capcom's Strider

Capcom’s Strider

As you progress through the game, you’ll gain upgrades that allow you to explore more and more of the map. As this happens, you’ll want to revisit previous areas to unlock even more upgrades.  And the new Strider character is faster and more agile.  Giving you more the feel of what it must be like to be a super-ninja.

Arcade Classic Strider

Arcade Classic Strider

The game also allows excellent backtracking so you can move all round this world flipping, sliding, double-jumping and slashing as fast as you can handle the joystick.  Capcom has a real winner again on their hands and this title is sure to be a hit with any gamer that gives it a try.

Game On!

Published February 24, 2014 Leave a Comment

Video games have come a long way from when I was a kid, back in the day you usually only had one character to choose from, the hero. For example when we played Zelda we could only be Link, but today you can choose to be good or bad. This is very exciting for some as it is always fun to be the bad guy when there are no real consciences for our actions and of course the villains always have the coolest stuff with all those cool gadgets.

Zelda the Adventure of Link

Zelda the Adventure of Link

Let’s face it, I wouldn’t play a game like Grand Theft Auto if I was to really get arrested at the end of the game and do time, not to mention there would be no repeat business for the brand.  Being the villain is fun.

Although with new games like Batman Car Racer and others like it you can actually be the Joker and drive through Gotham wreaking havoc with all the fun and not a worry at the end of the night that any damage will be done. In addition to the fun as an added bonus these new games offer ticket redemption options that allow the player to get a prize that mirrors the game if the arcade owner so chooses to set it up that way.

Personally I enjoy the Terminator Salvation shooter that allows you to be John Conner and save the word from the machines but now and again I do admit it is nice to destroy the city like the old monsters did in “Rampage”.  Nothing like just beating up the town just to try to destroy it.

Rampage video game

Rampage video game

Who could forget Capcom Street Fighter that allowed you to be Ryu or Sagat and go to town on your opponents with all the cool abilities that make the villain had like freezing them in time.  Now you can battle between super hero’s and the gang in Marvel vs. Street fighter.  Personally I think the marvel crew would destroy them as the street fighters are human and all, but that is just my opinion.

So whatever your choice Super Hero or Super Villain you are bound to have a good time with all the new games that are coming out.

Game on!

Arcade Nook
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