We have not been strangers to seeing mobile games make the jump to the larger arcade format, from Fruit Ninja to Temple Run to Angry Birds and more. On the home side, Sega has been releasing on some mobile games such as the popular Sonic Dash, which applied the “endless runner” formula to their famous mascot whose thing is to run fast. Recently at the AAMA Gala, we found out that Sonic Dash was being converted into an arcade game, called Sonic Dash Extreme:
Today we’ve received more info about the game than from the Gala. As expected, this is primarily designed as a videmption game, where players can win tickets. However, if a location did not look to offer ticket redemption, they can shut that feature off and run as a regular amusement arcade title. Here is a new and closer look at the game cabinet, which sports a 55″ HD screen and a unique oversized and backlit “D-Pad” controller with the start button in the center.
The release they sent out about this new game states : “Multiple worlds and characters from the Sonic franchise ensure plenty of repeat play. ” I’ve pasted the text of that release below which also details a few other products that were at the Gala. Sonic Dash Extreme will be available in October; the Hello Kitty game mentioned in the PR is available now and the other Sonic redemption game will be available in November. The crane mentioned in the PR is still TBA.
This isn’t the first time Sonic The Hedgehog has been found in the arcade of course. His first appearance in video games at all was in the arcade title Rad Mobile but for games where he was the headlining star you had: Sonic The Hedgehog; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Segasonic The Hedgehog; Sonic The Fighters; and most recently Sega & Sonic All-Stars Racing Arcade. What are your thoughts about Sonic Dash getting the arcade treatment?
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Here is the press release for those interested:
SEGA SHOWS OFF DURING *AAMA ANNUAL MEETING AND GALA *AMERICAN AMUSEMENT MACHINE ASSOCIATION
Company Exhibits 4 Exciting New Games
London, UK 28 August 2015 – Sega shows off 4 new games during the recently concluded AAMA Annual meeting and Gala including Hello Kitty Air Hockey, Sonic Dash Video Ticket Redemption, Sonic Blast Ball Mechanical Ticket Redemption and Monkey Claw Prize Crane.
About SEGA’s Product Line It’s well known product is the life blood of the coin-op industry and no company seems to “get” this fact better than Sega. During Sega’s private product presentation held at the AAMA Annual Meeting, the company revealed a portfolio that covers an impressive 12 distinct categories, 27 titles and 34 cabinet configurations. “While preparing the product presentation for the AAMA Annual Meeting, I did a doubletake when I added up our line-up,” said General Manager, Pete Gustafson. “The wide range of excellent choices we’re offering gives us a great deal of relevance with buyers who’ve come to rely on Sega having an extensive array of amusement games for their locations.”
About the SEGA Games Exhibited at the AAMA Annual Meeting and Gala
Sega displayed 4 games during the AAMA Gala including Hello Kitty Air Hockey, Sonic Dash, Sonic Blast Ball and Monkey Claw.
Hello Kitty Air Hockey – Introduced in 1975 as a character on a purse, Hello Kitty has grown into a $7 billion dollar franchise. The breath of merchandise proudly carrying this now iconic image is quite simply amazing. You’ll find it on everything from fashion jewelry to pancake makers (that make Hello Kitty-shaped pancakes), apparel to selfie sticks and now an arcade air hockey. Hello Kitty Air Hockey is the only “kid-sized” licensed air hockey on the market. It’s the perfect size for toddlers while still attractive to tweens, teens, young adults and parents with young kids.
Sonic Dash – The graphics are practically life size thanks to a 55” HD monitor. Players control the action using an oversized version of a home console directional pad – an interface that is immediately familiar to today’s players. Multiple worlds and characters from the Sonic franchise ensure plenty of repeat play.
Sonic Blast Ball – Fast moving, quick reaction game challenges players to open the drop gates at the top of the playfield at the right time allowing the “Blast Ball” to drop through the bonus hoop for a chance at the 1,000 ticket jackpot!
Monkey Claw Prize Crane – Monkey Claw allows for a widest range of claw configurations of any prize crane every built! Operators are able to configure the claw with 1 to 6 arms
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About SEGA Amusements Serving markets across the globe, SEGA Amusements is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA Corporation, Japan. SEGA Amusements is an industry leader in creating state-of-the-art interactive video, phototainment, self-contained merchandisers, kiddie rides and redemption games. Products range from singleplayer upright video games, to self-contained merchandising games, to multiplayer attendant operated simulators.
Sounds like it’s going to be a bit of a sonic theme at the next arcade show with sonic dash extreme and then also Marino and sonic at the Olympics (if the test was successful) so it should be interesting.
Is the monkey claw game suppose to be a referenced game to their super monkey ball series?
The Monkey Claw is a new variation on the UFO Catcher concept. I can post a pic if you’d like, it was at Amusement Expo so not sure what it taking so long for it to be ready for production. It is fully customizable on the claw, so you can have anywhere between 2-6 plastic claw fingers. It is also not very large.
Yeah I’d like to see it, thanks