We don’t bring up the MLG very often here, aka Major League Gaming, as they typically focus on console gaming. On occasion an arcade-related thing manages to sneak in and this time around it has to do with the upcoming Killer Instinct remake for the Xbox One game console. At a recent MLG event, the game made an appearing in something similar to a Taito Vewlix cabinet, which can be seen below. It looks like the control panel is a desktop that players can place their own arcade fighter sticks onto. (Link source: Digital Trends)
I don’t believe this is any indication of anyone planning on making an official arcade release out of the game, although it is a little strange that they decided to make this prop like a modern Japanese fighting game as opposed to an American cabinet of some kind since that is how the original two KI titles were released. Of course one problem is that finding a US or European company making an original arcade fighter title has become as easy as finding a coconut tree growing in the Antarctic*. So this example of KI above is certainly not the first time someone is using the arcade cabinet prop to promote an upcoming game release and it will not be the last either**. Of course given the problems Microsoft has created for itself with policies surrounding their Xbox One console, they are doing what they can to repair the damage so that “Xbox One” doesn’t indicate the total number of sales they will reach***.
*In fairness, both Namco and PentaVision Global are currently selling fighting games although as kits only in the US. Chinese company Sealy is selling Chaos Generation in both cabinet and kit form.
**Sega did this last year with Virtual Fighter 5 Final Showdown; Capcom did this plenty with Street Fighter IV
*** I’ll be here all week, thank you!