News out of the Japanese arcade market has been a little slow this year compared to years previous. So today’s news about Taito coming back with something is welcome to see.
Taito’s NESiCAxLIVE 2 Announced
NESiCAxLIVe was created by Taito a few years ago to provide downloadable games and content to the arcade sector in Japan. Think of it as Valve’s “Steam” for arcades. Thanks to the easy way in which content could be obtained, it provided a platform for Japanese arcades to get their hands on many titles that they may not have bought otherwise. This system has seen a very limited release in America, Round1USA being the only company to get an official version of the game operating.
News about new NESiCA titles has been sparse for a while now and apparently the reason is that Taito has been working on a new, more powerful version of the system. Simply called NESiCAxLIVe 2, the new system will presumably include more powerful hardware (Taito Type X3 or perhaps even more powerful), and it also will have SNK’s The King of Fighters XIV as a launch title. The new platform will be available in Japan Summer 2017. More info over at 4Gamer.net.
Street Fighter V Sorta Getting An Arcade Release
While it isn’t exactly what I think that arcades would want, Street Fighter V will finally get a release to arcades but in a rather odd way. Event Hubs is reporting that the game will be offered in “kiosks” running the PC build. I’m not really sure why Capcom is going this half-hearted route – they have an arcade division which is responsible for games like Luigi’s Mansion Arcade and Cytus Omega. Granted, I’m one of the few that would prefer to see something like a Street Fighter V Arcade Edition that permanently stays in arcades but that’s not what the fanbase wants so that fanciful thought is out the window.
Chances of these developments reaching widespread use outside of Japan are slim but Round1USA has installed NESiCAxLIVe so chances are that they will be able to offer NL2 on our shores sometime next year. What do you think about this?