Welcome to the weekend everyone! Be sure to visit a local arcade if the opportunity allows! Today’s newsbag is very heavy on videos so let’s get to it!
Star Wars Battle Pod Hoth/Vader Trailer – We’ve been getting a lot of news about upcoming Japanese releases this week and while Star Wars Battle Pod is included in that, this is one that we know for certain Western locations will get to enjoy. If you missed it, check out our interview with the lead producer of this game that was also posted this week. This new trailer shows off the Hoth and Vader’s Revenge levels; of the two I only got a chance to play Vader’s level. If anything, this trailer shows why Star Wars is such a great license to use for an arcade game, it hits all of the action high notes we love to get out of arcade-style experiences. Some websites are reporting on this trailer but they are incorrectly suggesting that the game was released on Jan. 23rd. Let me stress again, the game has not been officially released yet – I checked with Bandai Namco Amusements directly and they stated that Dave & Busters will get the game next month in Februrary (covering most/all locations); March will be the release for other locations to pick up around the world. So don’t go out into the wild expecting to find this quite yet, hang tight!
Real Life Pac-Man Superbowl Commercial – Speaking of Bandai Namco, Pac-Man is set to get some high-profile attention with the upcoming Super Bowl event. In the US, the commercials that play during the event are sometimes more talked about than the game itself, since marketers pull out all of the stops to create something memorable. Just a note/warning where needed for younger viewers, this is a beer commercial.
Full Throttle Pinball @ EAG2015 – one of the items I was waiting on from EAG was the presence of newcomer Heighway Pinball and their new pinball table, Full Throttle. Given that Heighway is a British company, it made sense for them to be there but in the media I did get my hands on, they were unfortunately absent. It is a little odd since judging by the video below, they had a very nice looking booth. This was produced by Heighway Pinball and the Full Throttle game is available now.
Duo Drive by UNIS – I received a promo email from Universal Space (UNIS) this week for a new kids videmption game they are promoting called Duo Drive. Aside from the kids theme, it is interesting in that it goes the route of asymmetrical play, the left cabinet uses a steering wheel for a car, the right side is a motorbike. Here is a video of the game in action, which is available now.
Dark Escape 4D Brasil Edition – I decided to check in with Brazilian-based distributor and manufacturer DiverBras to see if they had anything new. Apart from a new video kiddie ride they are still focusing on making completely new cabinets for racing games and not really spending a lot of resources on developing original games. One of their new cabinet redesigns I found to be rather interesting – their take on Bandai Namco’s Dark Escape 4D. They actually left the main cabinet alone but enhanced it with the siderails that appear to be from the game and the overhead banner. It’s a great way to improve a cabinet that is already eye-catching. They also have a modified Dead Heat Twin cabinet you can see to the right of the picture.
Name That Game #32 – Of the games we had to guess on last week, only Taito’s Super Qix is one I’ve spent any quality time with. Although given the choice I would prefer Volified, which came along a year later.
#1 – Super Qix by Taito
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