It’s been another relatively slow news week for arcade gaming and unfortunately this post isn’t terribly positive, but we’ll make the most of it.
Pokkén Tournament Coming To WiiU – This was inevitable really as the existence of an arcade exclusive fighter is practically a myth. Also, the arcade version had an odd, console like gamepad instead of standard joystick/button controls, which seemed to hint that they wanted an easy port. I imagine that Dave & Busters will still be testing this out but with the news that everyone will get to play it at home in Spring 2016, I think that will damper a lot of interest that arcade locations have had in the game (excepting those locations out there that have a strong focus on fighting titles that will buy regardless). It is too bad as I haven’t seen outlets that cover video games other than arcades discuss every new revelation about this game, thus pumping up the marketing. 6-8 months might be enough for arcades to make their money back but at the moment, Bandai Namco has been silent about this actually getting a release in the US so the time is getting only getting shorter. For those arcade operators out there which were excited about this, does the announcement of this WiiU release change your opinion or purchasing plans?
The Next Level Arcade Might Close In Feb. 2016 – Speaking of arcades that focus on fighting games, The Next Level Arcade, which was a continuation of the famous Chinatown Fair in New York City, is experiencing some headwinds between the partnership which could cause the location to close this coming February. Business partnerships unfortunately tend run into issues like these, which sometimes end a business before it gets started. There is plenty of time to see if things can smooth out between the partners but if not, then one of the few arcades in New York City (not the country as the Shoryuken story implies) will be closing.