I hope everyone is having a good weekend. When I first started to put this post together I was thinking there wasn’t much to discuss but it quickly snowballed into a larger post. There’s an unusual amount of news about shmups all of the sudden, not that that is a bad thing.
On Gamasutra, here’s a long and good read about the origin of shmups(link via The Stinger Report), AKA shoot-em-ups by a guy who played around 3500 games to get to the bottom of the subject. Of course arcades played a huge role in the evolution of the genre and it wasn’t just Space Invaders that contributed a great deal to it either.
Along those lines, NG:DEVTEAM has launched a trailer for their upcoming shmup/STG game NEO XYX. This is coming to the NeoGeo MVS in April 2013 and to the Sega Dreamcast in June.
On the same subject of shmups, a couple more will be seen in Japan at the JAEPO Expo as Taito brings Crimson Clover to their NESiCA system and Sega brings a new MOSS shooter (the company who did Raiden III and IV) called Caladrius to their ALL.NET+ Multi platform. The latter is a new “goth/horror” sort of themed game that was initially just known to be coming to consoles but Sega will help give it some arcade love.
Namco is wasting no time when it comes to the new Mario Kart GP DX game announced earlier this week. They already are holding an active location test for it in Japan(Source: AM-Net Blog) that ends on Monday. We will have to keep an eye out for any US location tests as who knows, perhaps those might be taking place soon but they are generally held in secret.
Now for some redemption stuff.
Earlier this week I received a mail about a new videmption game that was seen at EAG 2013 called Can Knockdown 2 Arcade. This is the latest example of the portability of mobile games to the arcade space as this game is available for smartphones. It was originally developed by a company called iDreams. The arcade version offers a much larger screen and does the ticket payout thing, not sure if it has a video-only option like some of these games do. It is being handled by a European company called Magic Play, whose website you can visit here if interested.
Also in terms of redemption games, which we don’t often cover here, UNIS sent out a press release for a new colorful ball-throwing redemption game that they have just released called Astro Invasion. You can read the release here (DOCX file): Astro-invasion-unis-US.