Back in February, we reported that Bandai Namco Amusements America (the US arcade wing of the BN company) was working on building a Star Wars Battle Pod game locator. One frequent complaint I hear about new games is that people have a hard time finding them, so for this specific game, this certainly helps. While no claim is made that it is a 100% complete list, it is rather extensive, also showing that there are a number of locations in the UK that have it; some other international locations showing a marker include The Netherlands, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Boliva, and Panama. Each listing states either “Standard” (meaning the sitdown cockpit dome screen pod) or “Flat Panel” (the non-pod) at the location; in looking through the list, I don’t see any locations with the Premium model out there although for how much that game costs it isn’t a surprise.
This also shows us that the game has sold pretty well – almost every state in the USA has one. If you have one and don’t find your location on the list, then go ahead and let Namco know. What do you think of this idea?
(I should point out that websites like Aurcade.com do a good job at trying to track this sort of thing for all games and locations but it is not an easy job and requires user participation. It is welcome when we see this effort come from the manufacturers as I think the public profile they have helps reach more potential clients.)