The IAAPA 2017 trade show has begun in Orlando, FL and with that, we’ve got quite a bit of news to chew on. Let’s start with one of the surprises – the “mystery” game by Raw Thrills and a couple of other partners – Nintendo and Capcom.
Mario Party Challenge World First Details
At the beginning of 2016, news came along that Capcom & Nintendo was trying out a Mario Party “Medal Game” (Japan’s version of redemption) for the Japanese market. Now the concept is landing on Western shores but with the help of Raw Thrills. What we see at IAAPA 2017 should be considered an early prototype – more of a tech demo than anything – but it also has begun testing out on location last week. Capcom & Nintendo have no official comments to make on the game at this time but there is a Capcom rep at the show who is involved with the game’s development.
The tech part of it comes into play with projection mapping onto the surface with multiple “pockets” that are constantly in motion. The projection is sharp, colorful and bright. The center of the playfield will also raise up and shake if a player manages to unlock the Board Game where a multiball event happens to “battle” Bowser.
As you’ll see from the video below, it supports up to six players but the main thing you do now is guess which character the ball will land on then watch & wait. Raw Thrills says that with Capcom in charge of development, they are looking to make the game “simplified” from what it is right now but also more skill-based. How that will change has not been detailed yet. Link to the YouTube version of this video, also in 4K
What do you think about this from what we’ve seen so far?