I hadn’t heard anything about this one prior to today, but Kobayan reports that Sega has a new lightgun shooter out on test in Japan at the moment. Rambo is obviously based on the film series starring Sylvester Stallone, and is Sega’s first attempt at taking the license to the arcade (the company previously produced Master System and Mega Drive Rambo games). According to Kobayan, the game uses an anger gauge which provides a power boost and temporary invincibility when filled. The report also hints at various special events throughout the stages, of which there were two on display. No word yet on if this one will get an international release, but with the popularity of the Rambo films in the West, there’s definitely a good possibility.
UPDATE: Here is another report from the testing that describes the game in a little more detail but no images. They say that it looks like it’s running on the Lindbergh so it should look good and they say that Rambo looks “shiny”. [via Horse and Gun] And as we see in the comments to the post thanks to The Stinger Report, it sounds like Sega is taking the Operation Wolf route with this one and for fans of that game and Rambo, it’s hard to see how it can go wrong.
UPDATE #2: First direct screens of Rambo and it’s cabinet from around the net (click here)
UPDATE #3: Our impressions from the UK location test, with new video and pictures (click here)