58 posts tagged arcade
Pokemon Tretta Lab makes the 3DS XL even bigger
Popular Japanese arcade game Pokemon Tretta Lab is coming to 3DS this August, and will transform the handheld into something that looks almost as large as a an arcade cabinet in the process. Almost. I don’t know the exact dimensions, but it looks close.
The portable release will act as an extension of its arcade counterpart, and the 3DS and XL accessories allow players to scan the plastic tokens that hold their Pokemon. Here’s an explanation for how the tokens work with the arcade game.
This seems about as likely to come to the U.S. as Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure — actually less so, since the arcade game has no presence in the States.
I think the Champion Edition cabinet is out of service — I can’t see any reason why you’d play the original version otherwise.
Arcade girls in Creel, Mexico, shot by Adam Teale
I can’t remember any arcade in the U.S. or any other country I’ve visited looking as colorful as this.
Arcade machines out on the street after Hurricane Sandy (click for a larger image). When you’re done laughing over the Flip 2 Win machine, please consider making a donation toward the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief efforts.
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[Via News 12 New Jersey, GamOvr]
“I am Street Fighter” by Randis Albion (click for a larger image). I missed this a couple months ago when Albion originally posted it online, but the piece was created for Capcom’s Street Fighter 25th Anniversary art book.
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[Via Randis Albion]
DS and 3DS music coming to arcade rhythm game Maimai. Sega’s arcade game, which looks way too much like a washing machine, uses a circle-shaped touch screen, with icons around the circumference that you tap and slide.
An update adds three songs from Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure – the theme, “Show Time,” and “Encouraging Maria,” along with a song from the long-forgotten DS minigame collection The Rub Rabbits!
I totally want to play this game.
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Striking photos of confiscated arcade cabinets/gambling machines set ablaze in China (click for larger images).
See also: Similar photo from 2010 [Via Albotas, Wired Aperture]
“Outsourced” by Sachin Teng (click for a larger image). Must be one of those bootleg/hacked Street Fighter II variants that were so popular in the early ’90s.
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Remember those neat arcade cabinets that we featured from the Attract Mode x Babycastles show a few months ago? They were painted by artists Hilary Florido and David Mauro, and featured designs inspired by shoujo manga and ’80s beat’em-ups, respectively.
Both of the cabinets — originally sticker club machines before these attractive make-overs — are now for sale on Attract Mode! They’re a bit pricey at $1,200 each, but you would be buying “a centerpiece from a watershed moment in NYC’s game-oriented history.” You can see a couple more shots of the setups and other related stuff I’ve been meaning to talk about after the break.
Scene from a local Street Fighter II tournament in 1992 (click for a larger image). There’s a fun story about the arcade/tournament experience to go with the photo:
“We hung out together inside and outside the arcade. I was the group’s official bait when they went to play for cash. I sucked and still suck at Street Fighter, but they’d let me beat them match after match until a sizable crowd gathered and they managed to find folks willing to play for money. Then they’d come in and win all the cash they could.
It finally dawned on me one day that maybe it was worth doing something a bit more legitimate with Street Fighter: A tournament.
So I called up the local arcade cabinet reseller to get in touch with Capcom. I finally tracked someone down in California who seemed completely disinterested in the idea of a tournament for Street Fighter II. So I did it on my own.
It was strictly word of mouth. Because we all played Street Fighter II so much, our arcade’s machines were some of the best maintained, so we often attracted players from around the state. They told their friends and by the night of the tournament our mall arcade was so packed you couldn’t step inside it.”
I haven’t been to a fighting game tourney in a long time — mostly due to the death of mall arcades in my area — but I miss that energy and excitement everyone would feel during those matches, and that anticipation in the days leading up to the event.
The next New Super Mario Bros. game is… Coin World! Nintendo and Capcom have teamed up to create a medal game allowing users to bet and win tokens in minigames that use New Super Mario Bros. Wii assets.
These four-player machines are currently being location tested in Japan — considering that medal games aren’t too popular in the States, don’t expect to see them here!
Still, it’s interesting that Nintendo’s sharing one of its top properties with Capcom again, which we haven’t really seen since The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Perhaps the partnership is due to the Wii-based arcade board that Capcom/Eighting created for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom?
French coder Alekmaul has released v1.0 of MAME4ALL, an arcade emulator ported from the Dingoo platform to Nintendo DS. As covered earlier (with plenty of videos), this requires a Supercard DSTwo device, as that particular flashcart features an onboard CPU designed to handle more complex applications like this.
Even with that extra horsepower, though, you’ll notice that the emulator has a long way to go, as it isn’t yet running at full speed and has limited game support. If we’re lucky, continued development will make short work of those issues. But you know how homebrew projects go…
Still, arcade games on your Nintendo DS!