Raw Thrills’, Betson & Chicago Gaming have just announced the release of their latest racing game, NickToons Nitro, which is a game we mentioned some time ago when I got my hands on an early flier. Since then, they have changed the cabinet design (and the flyer – I saw an ad for this the other day in a trade magazine) and apparently the graphics too. The nice thing is that this is another game we can expect to stay arcade only, or so says Eugene Jarvis:
“The design team captured all the excitement and fun of the Nicktoons characters and packed it into a new driver that appeals to everyone. The only place you can experience this new original title is in the arcade!”
Arcade exclusive titles are always welcome and in addition to allowing 6 cabinets to link up one thing that has caught my attention on this racer is the sub-$6000 price tag that my distributor told me (prices will vary according to each distributor), they said expect around $5200 which is about the same for Big Buck Safari. I’ve said many times that this is a trend that needs to continue across the board, especially for games like racers where you have to buy more than one to make it worth your while. As to how the game will play, I hope to find out soon – it might be targetted towards a younger audience but every arcade game is worth trying out no matter what your age.
And while we’re on the subject of new games, I have heard that Raw Thrills’ has some big plans to show off some games that will “change the industry” sometime soon, probably next month at the big arcade shows. I don’t know what it is they are planning to show (I am guessing that part of it has to do with a game being worked on by Specular Interactive) but I certainly am eagerly awaiting what it is that they are going to show off.
Click on the jump below to read the full press release for Nicktoons Nitro and we have moved the game from “Upcoming” to “Released” on our Master Arcade Game List for 2008.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Green Means GO! Make way for Nicktoons Nitro
CARLSTADT, NJ – August 6, 2008 –Betson Enterprises is proud to announce the release of the hottest new driver of the fall, Nicktoons Nitro. “This arcade exclusive driver, incorporates the game development expertise of Raw Thrills and the quality craftsmanship of a Chicago Gaming designed cabinet.” said Bob Boals VP of Betson Enterprises. Betson Enterprises will begin shipping Nicktoons Nitro through their distributor network starting in early August 2008.
Raw Thrills, through extensive testing and research has designed this new driver with an emphasis on creating a totally unique and exciting gaming experience for players of all ages. “The design team captured all the excitement and fun of the Nicktoons characters and packed it into a new driver that appeals to everyone. The only place you can experience this new original title is in the arcade!” said Eugene Jarvis President of Raw Thrills.
Offering Nitro at an affordable price will open new location opportunities for product placement by professional operating companies. “We needed to be conscious of cost but not at the expense of quality” said Drew Maniscalco, VP Sale Chicago Gaming. The end result is a game cabinet that is nothing short of spectacular!
Nicktoons Nitro offers operators the ability to link multiple cabinets. Up to 6 seats can be linked to increase competition, fun, and drive higher game revenues. Equipped with a Dell Computer (featuring a 1-year warranty) that powers the high-def graphics, players will be immersed in a true gaming experience. Seven all new fantasy cartoon courses, featuring Power-Ups and High Speed Zipper Action, provide depth and excitement to the game play. Nicktoons Nitro is headlined by none-other-than SpongeBob SquarePants, the flagship cartoon character of the Nickelodeon Network of channels. Other playable Nicktoons Characters include Jimmy Neutron, Avatar, Danny Phantom, Invader Zim and Timmy Turner, plus a secret un-lockable character.
Every day, the Nickelodeon Network of channels captures new viewers watching these cartoons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! It is for this reason alone, that Nicktoons Nitro will enjoy earnings and experience longevity far beyond the typical sit-down, arcade driver!
For more information on Nicktoons Nitro, please contact us at 800-524-2343 or visit our web site at www.betson.com
About Raw Thrills
Former Midway game designer Eugene Jarvis founded Raw Thrills Inc. in 2001 to create the next generation of arcade game entertainment. After creating content for IGT, Raw Thrills has gone on to design and release the best selling titles Target: Terror, The Fast and the Furious, The Fast and the Furious Super Bikes and The Fast and the Furious Drift.
About Chicago Gaming
Chicago Gaming is a leader in the home Game Room market with the Arcade Legends series of games, they also have a successful coin op division which produced the hit arcade games SpongeBob JellyFishing, Nicktoons Racing, and their newest release Nicktoons Nitro.
About Betson Enterprises
Headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, Betson Enterprises is the leading coin operated distributor of amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts, and service in the United States. With over 70 years of experience and leadership in the coin-operated industry, we will help you make informed decisions that are best for your business.
Betson offers entertainment and vending solutions for your business through our relationships with the operator community. For locations looking for a simple and profitable solution or vendors looking for equipment that fits any situation, Betson Enterprises can help you. Betson Enterprises has an industry proven reputation for quality and customer focus.