The IAAPA 2013 trade show is now over and with that, time to sum up what we have learned and seen from the event.
So far most attention on the site this week was from the announcement of Mario Kart Arcade GP DX coming to Western Arcades. It is good news of course, although there is still work to do on spreading the word around. Many other games apart from Mario Kart have been announced this week, so its unfortunate that everything else gets overlooked.
In fact I think it should be noted that the number of games unveiled this week rival the launch line-ups of new game consoles such as the PlayStation 4 (21 games) and Xbox One (19). The number of new arcade games as listed here for US release – 43. 25 titles in the video category (including two from the pinball side) and 18 from the video redemption side(redemption is often optional on these games if desired so they can work as video-only). I’m not including other titles such as air hockey, basketball games, foosball, mechanical ticket redemption, etc Of course home consoles will have greater numbers of releases on a per year basis, the point is that a lot of attention is given to launch line-ups and there is no reason to exclude arcade releases which are just as much video games as anything you can get at home. Looking below you can see why its a disservice to focus on just one title. This is also not the first batch of games to be announced in many years – the industry has been churning out new games every year since 1971.
UPDATE: I received some more video footage via email so here’s a video montage that includes some of the games below.
So here is a look at every new game we have learned about this week thanks to IAAPA 2013, listing the games in alphabetical order. Obviously companies would not spend millions of dollars on developing and manufacturing these games if there was no market for them.
Use the tabs to sort between Video Games and Video Redemption games (Videmption) which have the ticket redemption option or component to them.
Aliens Armageddon by Play Mechanix & Raw Thrills. A sequel of sorts to Aliens Extermination. Battle the Aliens that have made it to Earth.
The 42″ fixed gun version of the game (thanks to Luis Canon & Jay Fleming of BMI Gaming for this one)
Batman by Specular Interactive & Raw Thrills. Pick your Batmobile and take out the bad guys in this open world racer.
Big Buck HD Duck Dynasty Edition by Play Mechanix & Raw Thrills. Released to existing online Big Buck HD games last week, this adds 16 duck hunt style hunting rounds and 4 Duck Dynasty inspired bonus games to the BBHD platform.
Crazy Speed 2 by UNIS. Sequel to Crazy Speed that improves the graphics and adds more cars and tracks
Dead Heat Riders by Bandai Namco. Motorbike racing that is similar to Namco’s Dead Heat Street Racing.
Dinosaur Century by Sealy. 4-player mounted light-gun game. I overlooked this game in earlier coverage as this was at the IAAPA show last year although it used joysticks. Light-guns certainly change the dynamic.
Flashlight of the Evil by Sealy. Unique game that is sort of like a light-gun title but instead uses flashlight controllers and a horror theme
Funny Table by IGS. Mini-game compilation with unique disc controllers.
Island Hero by Golden Dragon Amusements. Light-gun game that uses water guns.
King of the Ring by Nexersys & Betson. Boxing game that came from a Kickstarter project.
Mach Storm by Bandai Namco. Jet fighter combat based upon the Ace Combat Assault Horizon that uses the famous Gundam pod cabinet previously exclusive to Japan.
(For some reason the trailer video Namco produced for this has been pulled from Youtube so here is another showing the game from the inside).
Mario Kart GP DX by Nintendo & Bandai Namco. 3rd installment of the arcade exclusive version of Mario Kart now with online functionality. (Thanks to Luis Canon of BMI Gaming for these pictures)
Overtake by IGS, Wahlap & ICE. Racing game with a focus on driving through explosions and other over-the-top situations.
(Video shows the Chinese version)
Shooting Sports by Zeroplus. Kit game (can be installed into any LCD arcade cabinet) with a shooting gallery theme.
Star Trek Pinball by Stern Pinball. Not a video game but still something that belongs in an arcade. Limited Collectors Edition was at the show and it was also announced that actor Karl Urban is providing some voice work for the game.
Storm Racer G by Wahlap & Sega. Racing game along the lines of a Ridge Racing style game.
Storm Rider by Wahlap & Sega. Racing game focusing on motorcycles.
Super Alpine Racer by Raw Thrills and Bandai Namco. The return of Namco’s classic Alpine Racer to arcades. Go skiing on the virtual slopes with modern graphics. Uses a QR Code smartphone system for tracking high scores.
Swamp Attack by Tilt. Chinese made light-gun shooter blasting mutants in a swamp.
Teratoma: The Last Rebellion by IGS & Wahlap. Sci-fi mounted light gun game.
Toy Speed by Sealy. Kids go kart racing game.
Transformers: Human Alliance by Sega. Team up with the famous Transformers to defeat the evil Decepticons.
Under Defeat The Ride by G.Rev & TongLi. This has been available in China for a while but now available for the US.
Video of this cabinet in action (although not from IAAPA)
Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition Pinball by Jersey Jack Pinball. Just announced a short time ago, IAAPA 2013 featured several cabinets to play. This will be released next Summer about the same time as The Hobbit Pinball.
Scroll back up and click on Videmption to see what is showing up in the video-meets-ticket space. Some of the games can be set to amusement only if desired.
Barrel of Monkeys by Play Mechanix & Raw Thrills. Redemption game based upon the popular kids toys.
Cast Off by UNIS. Simple aquatic-themed skill based game for tickets.
Congo Bongo by UNIS. Unique driving game where the action is controlled by pounding on the bongo controllers.
Frost Island by UNIS. Team up to blast a variety of undead creatures using water-gun controllers.
Fruit Ninja FX 2 by Adrenaline Amusements. This popular game returns with the sequel and a new data saving feature.
Jetpack Joyride by Adrenaline Amusements. The popular mobile game comes to the arcade with a force feedback jetpack seat and flight stick.
Monster Factory by Adrenaline Amusements. Build monsters to win tickets.
Pinata by LAI Games. Unique concept of bashing the central pillar to win real candy.
Pirates Hook 4-Player by UNIS. Fishing game that uses fishing reel controllers, play for tickets.
Plants Vs. Zombies The Last Stand by PopCap Games & Sega. Unique entry into the Plants Vs. Zombies franchise that goes into 1st person 3D plus a light-gun.
Rail Rush by Mini Clip Games and Coastal Amusements. The popular mobile/flash game now available with a trackball controller.
ReRave Plus by Step Evolution & Coast-To-Coast Entertainment. Sequel to the touchscreen rhythm game already available to arcades in a sleek new cabinet. Ticket redemption is completely optional. This will also be available as an upgrade kit for existing, larger screen versions of ReRave Arcade.
Ring Em by UNIS. Virtual ring toss game where you play for tickets.
Skylanders Cloud Patrol by Adrenaline Amusements. Based on the popular Skylanders franchise, now on a huge 46″ multi-touch input screen.
Spongebob Squarepants Hit The Beat by Andamiro. Drum-based rhythm gaming for kids using a unique drum controller.
Super Shifter Drag Race Challenge by Benchmark Games. Drag racing for tickets.
Toss Up by UNIS. Virtual Ball toss game to play for tickets.
Treasure Island by Feiloli. Balance board skill game for tickets.