The Stinger Report visits Preview 2009 in London

Shaggy October 4, 2008 3

Preview 2009 has now come and gone and thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report we have a look at what went on there. In addition to demonstrating a number of games we already knew of (Rambo, SR3,

Blazing Angels, NFS Carbon, Golden Tee, etc.) there were a couple of new additions, like a new game out of Korea that looks like a video version of Whack-A-Mole or TAB’s new large touchscreen unit (pictured to the right). So let’s get to it! As always, click on thumbnails to expand them and for interest of space we’ll put everything after the jump, so click below to begin.

GlobalVR’s showing. I’m surprised that they are still showing the older Paradise Lost cabinet, the sit down deluxe one since they just released a third variation of the game recently. I’m sure that they wanted to show off Justice League but that will have to wait until next month I believe.

Sega’s showing. As expected, Rambo was popular but I couldn’t help but notice how the cabinet is different than what I saw at AMOA. It looks a little better IMO.  I’m thinking of trading my defunct HOTD4 for a Rambo but that’s another story. Also you will see that Sega is bringing Sega Clay Challenge to the UK – this one has surprised me as on my youtube page it is one of the most viewed videos from AMOA I posted.

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Taito’s showing. While they didn’t have much there (no Elevator Action:Death Parade – as expected I supposed) they did show off the new Battle Gear 4 Tuned and the deluxe version of Chase HQ2 that I think is only available in Europe.

Incredible Technologies was represented with Power Putt Golf. It’s interesting to see the much different cabinet design than what will be seen in the States.

Raw Thrills’ also demonstrated that Nicktoons Nitro will be making it to the UK, along with the Deluxe version of Safari.One thing I forgot to check on is if the Online version of Safari will be any different for the Deluxe. I can’t imagine it being so but it’s always good to know.

What would an arcade show be without PacMan? I’m still pulling for a version of PacManCE to come to arcades though. Maximum Tune 3 was there but not the new DX version.

Here’s that Whack-A-Mole-like game out of Korea I mentioned. It’s called Hit Hit Alaska and I guess they missed out on the easy-to-check fact that Alaska naturally doesn’t have any penguins unless you count a zoo or pets brought there by fishermen. Whatever. It can be played in single or multiplayer mode and that’s about all we know about it at this time.

New touchscreen game system called Games WareHouse. I imagine this is setup to compete with the likes of JVL or Merit.

Here’s a new poker system, I’m not sure who it’s made by but it’s obviously a touchscreen. Must be hard to hide your cards in that tight of a spot though.


  1. Paul October 4, 2008 at 6:41 am - Reply

    That clay target shooting game looks about as attractive as Arcana Heart. Oh, snap.

    Where’s Castlevania?

  2. osam October 4, 2008 at 6:50 am - Reply

    2d fightings ?

  3. editor October 4, 2008 at 10:20 am - Reply

    We will have a full rundown of the event in the Stinger Report feature later in the month – but yes – there were no fighting games, and the distributors made a point of avoiding talking about new kit and 2D games. There is a strong feeling of change in the UK / European sector to match the vibrations from the US scene, a lot of very scared people looking at their industry changing around their feet.

    Paul – you will notice there was NO Konami Digital Entertainment products, even though UBEAT and Action Cop are on test in the UK!!!

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