While I have never played a card-based coin-op game, I do find the idea fascinating as it capitalizes on something which continues to have a strong following among kids who enjoy both video games and card games. I would have thought that card games would have just been a passing fad but even at the mall where my biz is located they hold regular card-game tournaments. Sega created the card-based coin-op game but they have lost market share to competitiors in Japan and now they are promising to ramp up their developments in this sector to take the share back, according to this article. After reading this, I finally understood exactly what this recent announcement about a “double touch screen” style cabinet from Sega was all about.
While such games get most of their play in Asia, I am acutally surprised that Sega has not pushed the concept in other areas like the US where as I previously mentioned there are businesses setup for players to come in and play card games. Those same players usually like video games so it would seem to be a natural fit but perhaps market information says otherwise.