Newsbytes: Major Havoc Repro Cabs; POTC Pinball Color; Pump It Up & Skycurser Updates; NTG#78

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While we haven’t had a Newsbytes in a little while, but as long as there are quick/short stories, there will be newsbytes. 😛 The arcade where I’m at is also much slower than usual today, must be where most people have gone out of town for Easter and/or Spring Break…and the local Comic Con is in its last day. Apart from that, I do want to thank all of the new subscribers to our social media channels, the AH Youtube channel recently passed 2000 subscribers and Twitter is almost to that same point.

Major Havoc Reproduction Cabinets Now ShippingArcade-Museum Forums user MarkRL has begun creating and shipping out reproduction Atari Major Havoc arcade cabinets. These do not include hardware like the color vector monitors/power supply/controls/game board so you have to get your hands on all of that but if you can’t get your hands on an original and you have those parts, the time and the motivation to complete the game, then this is the perfect way to go about it. An arcade collector local to me bought 3 of them and already has one of them about ready to go which you can see in the second picture below:

Major Havoc Reproduction Cabinets


From the Utah arcade collector that picked a repro up for himself (the two others he had shipped for friends)

Stern Pirates of the Caribbean Pinball Going Color – ColorDMD has announced their latest color upgrade for pinball, POTC by Stern. As usual, the color upgrade is looking sweet while maintaining the ‘dots’ look that fans love to see with pinball.

Pump It Up PRIME 2015 Update v.1.15 Trailer – A new update is coming soon to Andamiro’s Pump It Up PRIME 2015 arcade game, which adds in several new songs, a new quest zone and new step types. Check it out here:

Skycurser New Update – I’ll have some footage of this soon, but the latest Skycurser update is finding itself at more locations out there as Griffin Aerotech finds more locations interested in the kit. In case you haven’t been following it, the current version has 3 levels to enjoy along with a character providing voice commentary to what to do:

Nintendo and Taito Team Up To Offer Splatoon Toys For Claw Games In Japan – ‘Nuff said so here’s the video:

Flyer of the Week: Superman – Here is something new to start, a Flyer of the Week. Superman hasn’t received as much love in arcades like Batman has so with the Batman Vs. Superman movie launching, let’s remember Taito’s Superman from 1988. That was one of my first arcade pick-ups, which I got from my uncle back when he was running a small swapmeet business. Unfortunately it never did very well at the arcade so I ended up converting it over to a Strikers 1945 II, which it stayed until the CRT croaked. It was ok as Superman games go (light-years more fun than Superman 64). Atari also had released a Superman pinball game back in 1979. What did you think of Taito’s effort? Direct link to the flyer @ Flyer Fever

Name That Game #78 – Finally, your answers for NTG#77 😉

#1 – The Irritating Maze by SNK

#2 – Metafox by Seta

#3 – Pistol Daimyou Bouken by Namco

And for this week:





  1. Arcadezero March 27, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    To be fair Superman 64 was supposedly plot wise a virtual world built to trap Superman by Lex Luthor.

    At least that’s what I told myself to justify the overall restrictiveness in Superman’s superstrength.

    Why else shouldn’t superman be able to break himself out of a floor that inexplicably traps him(there were times where you couldn’t take a few steps without that happening).

    Or bust through a wall that also inexplicably has the capacity to trap him when there’s no kryptonite in sight?

    Those few aside it was nice being able to fly through the world and the objective compass combined with the open world aspect served as a nice template for future console only Superman games.

  2. Arcadezero March 27, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I think it was also the first 3d Superman game. So there’s that.

    Do you have any screenshots of Superman Arcade with Supergirl intact?

    • arcadehero March 28, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

      You mean on the cabinet art? Supergirl was never present on the cabinet, at least with the version I had. It’s been a little while since I played the game and I don’t remember where/if she was in any of the levels.

  3. Alfred March 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I played the first game back in the day, but can’t remember its name at all.

    I would love a Splatoon Arcade game. there would be very little need to change it around too much, just launch you into the deathmatch, and watch.

  4. mgabrys March 28, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Those cabs will also be handy for people with Firefox and RToJ restorations too.

  5. Nadav Salomon April 8, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Number 1 is T-Mek, released in 1994 by Time Warner interactive.
    Number 2 is Lethal Crash Race, released in 1993 by Video System.
    Number 3 is Baseball: The Season II, released in 1987 by Cinematronics.

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