Taito appeared to have some decent success on their unusual Hopping Road arcade game, a title where you raced along on pogo sticks and now they are taking the concept to the next level by using scooters. Called Kickthrough Racers, this sequel of a sort to Hopping Road has similar, cel-shaded graphics, 2 players per cabinet and a unique controller that features a foot lever behind the player that they push on with one foot for speed. There are multiple, cutesy characters to pick from but no indication yet as to how many levels there will be to pick from. While Hopping Road was released in Europe (and it was supposed to come to the US but so far we’re still waiting on that) I wonder if this would have a little more success as it seems to require a little less physical effort on the part of the player.
Kickthrough racers is currently on test in Japan and is slated for a September release for 780,000¥ (currently around $9600USD).
[Via AM-Net Blog]