It never hurts to end the week with some bright news instead of what you usually get with mainstream events…here’s Newsbytes!
Housemarque Making An Arcade Version of Their “Jarvis Project” – You might recall that sometime ago, console developer Housemarque announced that they were collaborating with arcade legend Eugene Jarvis on their next project. I wondered from then whether or not the project might get an arcade build since Eugene’s primary business is still making arcade games. Well check out this teaser below; I believe this is from the Raw Thrills HQ in IL:
First arcade version of the "Jarvis Project" being setup. pic.twitter.com/duqYbFgh2s
— Housemarque (@Housemarque) July 8, 2016
I’ve been told by one person at Raw Thrills to expect some “really cool stuff” over the next 24 months, perhaps this is one of the things he was alluding to.
Gunslinger Stratos 3 Coming To Round1USA – If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at Japan’s unique light-gun game, then Round1USA has announced that all of their locations are getting Square Enix’s top earner by the end of the month. If you are unfamiliar with it, it uses two pistols that can connect together along with an analog stick on one of them which allows users to play something that controls a little more like a 3rd person console title.
— Round 1 USA (@Round1USA) July 9, 2016
Skycurser Adds LCD Support – The indie arcade project for Skycurser continues to add improvements and as this 28 minute installation video shows, a version of the game supporting LCD monitors is now out there to be played. I do not believe that all kits will support this at the moment but it would be nice to have the option (as this news hit, the CRT on the Skycurser I have has begun to have some odd issues. Of course.) This video was done by my podcast partner Sean McDermott of All Castle Games…speaking of that, we need to do a new one soon.
Stern’s Batman Pinball Gets Colorized – Thanks to ColorDMD once again:
Donkey Kong Cake – Via the KLOV Forums, the wife of user ‘TheWoodenArcade’ made this cake to celebrate Donkey Kong’s 35th birthday. It’s delicious and is high-score-drama free!
Wreck-It Ralph 2 Coming March 9th, 2018 – As you’ve probably heard by now, Disney has announced that Wreck-It Ralph 2 will hit theaters in 2018. As the single promo image from the upcoming film shows, the movie will have Ralph going out onto the internet (something that TRON Legacy was criticized over by some fans, as I recall). Kind of mixed on that so far…hopefully arcades are more than just a backdrop in this instance. TRON Legacy, Wreck-It Ralph and Pixels boosted play on my games, particularly the classics, so it would be great for arcades to benefit from that interest again.
Arcade Heroes TeePublic Store Update – Several new designs have been added to the Arcade Heroes store at Teepublic.com. While the main sellers are T-Shirts, they also have added notebooks, cups, mugs, phone cases and laptop cases to the mix. Check it out and help us out!
Flyer of the Week – Magical Spot by Universal: No, not Magical Drop, but Spot. It wasn’t quite Galaga and wasn’t quite Phoenix but apart from the detailed artwork for the flyer, it managed to go mostly unnoticed during the hectic times of 1980. Granted, cocktail cabinets did have their day but even then not all locations had them on hand. The full flyer can be enjoyed over at FlyerFever.com
Name That Game #88 – It’s been a few weeks since our last NTG, recent weekends have been fairly hectic or I’ve been away. Here’s a link in case you need a refresher and here are the answers:
#1 – Hot Chase by Konami
And for this week: