Newsbytes: Crossbeats and Pokken tests; Tokyo Arcades; Czech Arcade Museum; NTG#58

arcadehero September 19, 2015 3

Today’s Newsbytes post is brought you you by… Japan

Crossbeats .REV Begins Testing At CA Round1USA locations – Naoki Meada, creator of DDR and the new Capcom arcade game Crossbeats .REV had mentioned that there was a good possibility of the game coming to the USA in some form and thanks to a series of tweets from Round1USA, players can look forward to trying out the game now:

Pokken Tournament Lands at Dave & Busters Times Square This Next Week: Also, Pokken Tournament will be in NYC next week. As a note to those out there talking about this, this doesn’t confirm that it is getting distribution here, it is just a test for now.

Eurogamer Visits Some Tokyo Arcades (thanks to Kevin Williams for the tip): Pretty straightforward on this taking a nice look at some of the recent Japanese releases. I’m sure they could find a great arcade to visit in Europe that would also have a lot of fun games though 😉

Speed Chess – Speaking of Tokyo, the Tokyo Game Show has been going on this week and while that is pretty much a home console/device focused event, I came across this game which looks like it might fit into an arcade kind of game thanks to the 60-point multi-touch screen hardware. I don’t see anything in writing that indicates that this might be int he works for arcades over in Japan but I have wondered how something like chess might operate for a video arcade in the modern world and this seems to fit. Granted out West, this wouldn’t work in many locations, it would likely require the user to give a driver’s license or something like that (as is done with some pool halls) to make sure the venue would get the pieces back. Of course, if you could use any piece kit, that would help. What do you think?

Arcade Museum Open in The Czech Republic (thanks to Michael Louie for the tip) – Now for something still international but not Japan. The story about the discovery of various Russian made arcade games from the 80s has gained a lot of traction in the media, recently getting some attention once again as new outlets discover that news. During the 80s, places under Communist rule such as Czechoslovakia did in fact get the rare chance to see some arcade games thanks to travelling carnivals where games were essentially snuck in to country and that influenced Jan Orna at the time who after collecting games in the post-USSR era has opened up an arcade museum in the city of Červený Újezd, which is close to Prague. Going by the name Arcade Hry, they have 120+ titles to enjoy and the model operating on an entry fee with free play on the games themselves, this has allowed many in the area the chance to also see what the fuss is all about. Titles include: Asteroids, Elevator Action, Galaga, Golden Axe, Joust, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Killer Instinct, Manx TT Superbikes, Moonwalker, all 4 Mortal Kombat arcade releases, Ms. Pac-Man, NARC, Operation Wolf, Piranha, R-Type, Salamander, Scramble, several Sega Mega Tech cabinets (these are fairly rare), Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, Tekken 2, Terminator II, Xybots, Zaxxon and quite a bit more including pinball machines. The venue looks like a cabin and overall quite nice – while I don’t imagine I’ll be dropping by the Czech Republic anytime soon, at least I know one place to visit if I ever do 😉 [News article about Arcadehry / Arcadehry Facebook]


Name That Game #58 – Last week has a little bit of a challenge, here are your answers:

#1 – H2Overdrive by Specular Interactive / Raw Thrills

#2 – Desert Breaker by Sega

#3 – Hachoo! by Jaelco

This week’s questions:





  1. Arcades4ever September 19, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

    No idea on the other 2 but the first one looks like sega race TV.

  2. Seth Eldridge September 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Doubt Pokken will make it through since the Wii U version comes out in spring. If console ports are truly stopping D&B, then why are Ghost Squad and House of the Dead 2,3,and/or 4 there? Is it because they can make a quick buck off of the “difficulty”?

    • Seth Eldridge September 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      I’d also like to mention that Pokken is showing up in SoCal Round 1 locations

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