Happy weekend arcaders! News has begun to pile up finally so perhaps we are out of the doldrums of Winter…in that regard. Let’s get to it:
Silverball City Coming To Johnson City, TN In April – Here is an upcoming new arcade alert – if you are in or near the area of Johnson City, TN then retro arcade goodness is on its way to you. Silverball City is being added to Freiberg’s German Restaurant, with an expected opening in April. Using the typical entry fee w/ free play business model that other retrocades have been using, they hope to fit up to 50 games into the space, with the strongest focus being on pinball with 30 machines. The owner will also be selling the games as a way to bring in revenue so in a way it will be like an old school distributor showroom. Best of luck to Silverball City and if you are near there, go check them out when they open! [Via Johnsoncitypress.com]
New Trailer For Tekken 7 Fated Retribution – We still haven’t heard anything about this coming to the West since IAAPA so it is looking like less of a possibility. Which is too bad…just sell 2p kits at the right price combined with actual promotion, seems like there would be interest.
Sega Launches Chunithm Plus Software – Joining the ranks of Mai Mai and Project DIVA Arcade for their rhythm arcade line-up is Chunithm, which was released to Japanese game centers this past July. The game already has a major upgrade with more songs/artists joining the collection, called Chunithm Plus. More details at Inside Games.jp / Chunithm Main site
Games Turning 20 In 2016: This is the official Arcade Heroes look at some games turning 20 this year. Unfortunately there are some titles that are up in the air such as Time Crisis, which mostly shows as being a 1995 game with fewer sources claiming 1996. Either way, happy birthday to some of your favorite games! 😛
The Coming Wave of Skill Gambling Machines – This week I received my Replay Magazine and found an article by Bob Cooney where he gets into some changes to Nevada law that allow for skill based games to be used in gambling (also generally called “gaming”, which can be confusing) establishments. As a growing trend worldwide, these games are coming and that was quite apparent with the ICE show held in the UK this week. Thanks to Toby Nakahorn for these pics of the new Space Invaders Evolution and Frogger slots; Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report also mentioned that he saw several executives from the arcade/amusement industry there, including people from Sega Amusements and Raw Thrills…we’ll have to wait and see how this will shake out. There are plenty of regions where games with pay-outs are still illegal although with the games being 100% skill, that could change the dynamics.
Name That Game #73 – Last week was skipped thanks to the lack of news to put together a proper Newsbytes post but you can revisit NTG#72 at this link. Here are the answers for that round:
#1 – Desert Tank by Sega
#2 – USAAF Mustang by UPL
#3 – Bounty by Orca