Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph has been given quite a bit of a marketing push lately (we have been discussing it since the first trailer came along) and the best part for arcade fans like ourselves is the ad campaign has not been shy to push arcades and arcade games as a part of it. When I first saw the Call of Duty/Halo type game in the first trailers, I thought it was going to involve a console game of some kind but in reality that is an arcade game as well. Quite a bit of talk came up about some of the licensed characters that have shown up in the trailers but I want to cover a little bit about the games. Here are two clips showcasing the fantasy arcade titles that play a big role in the new movie: Sugar Rush Speedway and Hero’s Duty. I really have to hand it to the people who did this work on WRI as they truly did their research on the games that are out there to grab inspiration for the designs of the games for the film, something I will get into further below.
First off, the trailers:
Sugar Rush Speedway Litwak Commercial:
There is a Litwak commercial for Hero’s Duty but it is currently exclusive to IGN so you can find that here. Here’s a different clip that shows the Hero’s Duty Arcade machine.
Now for the comparisons:
Sugar Rush Speedway looks to have been inspired by elements of Nintendo/Namco’s Mario Kart Arcade cabinets and Midway driving games from the 90s (the control panel buttons look like they are from a Crusin’ machine):
For a comparison, you can easily catch a few similarities between SRS and MKGP:
On Hero’s Duty, while the game itself obviously pays homage to the seemingly endless stream of space marine video games out there, the cabinet itself is certainly based on the Terminator Salvation Super Deluxe cabinet by Raw Thrills. But the movie goes a step further to make it a four player game, something I originally thought that the TSSD cabinet would have been well suited for 🙂
To top it all off, the movie will show how Litwak’s Arcade has evolved over the years but it does include a number of new games aside from Hero’s Duty that are real arcade games and not made up solely for this movie. If you watch this trailer below you can catch quite a few in the first 10 seconds or so – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, Space Invaders, Frogger, Pac-Man, Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution X2, and Sega’s House of the Dead 2 are some games I can catch. I am sure we will see plenty more once the move comes out on Nov. 2nd.
For “Hero’s duty” I’d say “Warzaid”.
I played such a game using 2 big flatscreens long ago.
It would be fair to use Warzaid as well. Perhaps Warzaid meets Terminator Salvation Super Deluxe as it’s undeniable they used that design for some inspiration, from the guns and the control panels the way they are.
I hope Disney uses this movie as a launching point to redo the almost dead Starcade in Disneyland. If they still have all the games from Flynn’s and the deluxe games that were in the Starcade a few years ago they could fill the whole first floor and rebrand it as Litwalks arcade.
(Right now the Starcade is a gift shop with like 5 games tucked waaaay in the back).
This movie is gonna be RADICAL!!!
homages to coin-op arcades is always the best!