Welcome to Newsbytes, our little collection of arcade & pinball news for the weekend. Note that we had to correct something on the Buckzilla article so that has been updated. Also, I’m hearing from various individuals about the new Rampage game which is at many Dave & Busters locations this weekend but unfortunately I’ve not heard any positive reviews so far. But taking an optimistic approach, original Rampage creator has this to say about it:
Thanks. … Bugs me a bit too, but at the end of the day I'm left with "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". It's nice to know we touched so many lives…
— Brian F Colin (@BrianFColin) March 25, 2018
Onto the news:
Stern Teases Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast
We’ve seen a few teasers as of late and living up to the name, this is just a tease of “the worst kept secret in pinball”, Iron Maiden. This trailer shows nothing from the game but I imagine we’ll have images by Monday. I hear through the grapevine that later this year Stern will be Deadpool…
Konami Launches Dancerush Stardom In Japan
We’re waiting with baited breath to see if Konami’s newest Bemani sensation will get proper distribution out West but until then, if you find yourself in Japan at this time or in the near future, you can check it out. Thanks to Bemanistyle for the reminder on this one!
The NBA Jam & Primal Rage II “Post-Mortems” At GDC 2018
Among the many talks at the Game Developers Conference that took place this week, there were a couple of arcade related ones. One was a post-mortem on the development of NBA Jam by team members such as Mark Turmell and Sal DiVita with many interesting and fun revelations (such as the injury stat having no effect in the game). Read about it from this collection of tweets.
I’ve found less information on the Primal Rage II post-mortem by Chris Tang. There is this tweet below and this page on the GDC website; we’ll share video of the post-mortem when it is released to the public. I’ll also share a video of Primal Rage II as on MAME here.
Fantastic talk yesterday about perseverance, history, and the sequel to one of my 32x favorites from @strikeharbinger … #GDC #GDC2018 #GDC18 #retrogamer #RetroGames #retrogaming #gameart pic.twitter.com/w6hbvrUXvI
— MurderPunch @ GDC (@Murder_Punch) March 22, 2018
Red & Ted’s Roadshow Pinball Machine Discovered – New In Box
It’s a rare find to come across a product like an arcade or a pinball machine that is from the early 90s and find it new in the box. The Gameroom Blog has a post about just that happening as a friend of the writer got his hands on mint condition, still-in-the-box pinball table of Red & Ted’s Road Show.
On-Hands With An Indie Arcade Game: JPO IN SLC
I explain it all here in this video:
That’s all I managed to find for this time, have a fun weekend!