A lot of the games mentioned in the below article I may have not have got round to covering in my ATEi impressions, but I can confirm that the Namco Bandai stand did have a good variety of games at the show. Good to see they had a great response to them all.
Namco Bandai Games has reported an exceptional response to its Fun Factory range of amusement games unveiled at ATEI 2008. Incorporating at least 15 world/European debuts, the company’s product mix is being cited by Managing Director John McKenzie as the principal factor behind an unsurpassed level of orders taken at the London show.
“There is no question that the market is facing extremely difficult trading conditions and whilst the turnout was, in our opinion, significantly lower than in previous years we found the quality of customer visiting our stand was one of the highest ever,” explained McKenzie. “Our sharp focus on ‘best of breed’ games stuck a chord with European operators and our business write-ups remained constant and spread across all product sectors.”
He continued: “With such breadth and depth in the range, it’s difficult to pinpoint any single machine as our star attraction, but Crazy Typhoon, Clena-Flex, Maximum Tune 3 and Safari were all in extremely high demand. The new Drift Deluxe and our range of Superdeluxe videogames also attracted great interest. Other highlights included Pop Noggins, Fun of the Fair, Barber Cut and the new launches from ICE, NFL 2 Minute Challenge, 3 In A Row and Hollywood Reels. We’ve experienced a growing take-up of redemption, particularly in light of the new Tickets To Prizes automatic prize redemption station.”
McKenzie concluded: “We are grateful to all the operators and retailers who continue to show faith in our games; thanks to them Namco Bandai Games can expect a busy year ahead. In return we will be working more closely with our customers to seek out further opportunities in and around the coin-op sector with games that are carefully selected and tailored to meet an ever more discerning player.”
I have to apologies for the lack of posting from myself, and also the briefness of these posts. Just mega busy at the moment.