This week I expect most arcade news to originate from Japan thanks to the JAEPO Expo getting started but here we have something from the North American market to begin the week.
UPDATE: Right after I posted this I was informed by a few readers on Facebook that ALL Dave & Busters locations are supposed to get Mario Kart Arcade GP DX through April. So in a sense this could mean it’s one of the largest location tests I’ve ever heard of although it’s more along the lines of a timed exclusive as I’m sure there isn’t much that would change on the software (perhaps some hardware tweaks if needed). Jordan Fredrick shared a link of this video he took of the game at the Kansas City, KS location
BONUS: Sam shared the D&B TV spot that specifically mentions D&Bs timed exclusivity with the game. It is pretty rare that any video arcade game gets name checked in a TV commercial so this is a big deal in marketing the industry to the masses. (You must have AdBlock disabled/paused to see it)
Released in Japan last Summer, the 3rd installment of the Mario Kart Arcade series will soon grace Western arcades with its presence, starting in April according to the latest information I have received. If you live in or near Hollywood, FL however, you can already go and play the game at the Dave & busters facility there, as tipped to me by Eric Katz. First pic shows the games before they were fully setup.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX is an arcade exclusive title, thus it is not simply a restyled version of the upcoming Mario Kart 8 for the WiiU which is slated for a release in May. Also according to a Namco rep I spoke with last week, they plan on offering approximately “5 years of online updates which will include new tracks, characters and avatars”; the game also should be able to connect either wired or wirelessly to a local network. It does not have online cross-site play but as you can see above multiple units can be connected together. I’ll get some hands-on time with the game at Amusement Expo next month.