The weather is starting to warm up in my locale, hopefully it is in yours if you happen to be in a cold region but either way don’t forget to support a local arcade no matter what the temperature is like.
When I was looking for a location to put my arcade into back in 2007, I looked a quite a few places but had a hard time finding one that didn’t want to lock me into some crazy lease for 10 years. And that was when the economy didn’t suck. When it comes to opening up an arcade of your own, there is the mantra “location, location, location” but the idea behind that isn’t just finding a place with the right traffic but the right lease terms as well. Unfortunately what might be available at the time isn’t always the most prime but if they get you locked into something for a few years and business isn’t turning out like you had expected, it means trouble. Heck in my own arcade I’m in my third location in about five years and only now have things really started picking up to what I had imagined it being like back when all I had was a plan. It’s sad to say but the trouble with a location and the lease appears to be the case with the Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade & Museum in Minneapolis, MN. We have mentioned them a few times here. To help them get through a slump in business (it depends on the location but often times winter is a slower period for arcades in general; in my own experience once the weather gets nicer there is usually a noticeable drop) they are currently running a donation drive on indiegogo.com to raise funds to help them with their high lease rent. They are taking donations from $5-$1000 and if you would like, click here for more details on how to help them out.
Also in some news we had mentioned before on the site, ArcadeUFO in Austin, TX has under gone a remodel during the slow season but they finally have their doors open once again. From Twitter, a look at how busy it was from @CurbsideJones. It’s always a great sight to see a packed arcade 🙂
In terms of new games, here is some footage of Namco’s upcoming Mario Kart Arcade GP DX game. Still no word on the international release for this one yet but where it will be out in Japan this Summer, I’m sure they will see how it goes there first to move onto world conquering and all of that.
Also as a reminder, the disc release of Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph happens tomorrow in the US. I’m not sure about internationally. It was given an early digital release a week or two ago but in case you still like having a physical copy you will be able to get it on DVD or Blu-Ray in less than 24 hours so the scenes with games can be paused and picked apart for the goodies inside (like we have done on the site before).