I have not had a lot of luck in finding quick arcade things to talk about today so this will be a little short.
First, let’s recap news from this week:
To preview next week, we will see Sega announce their next racing game and Galloping Ghost Arcade + Game Refuge will launch The Spectre Files.
NEOSD Provides An SD Card Solution For NeoGeo MVS
The NeoGeo MVS is certainly the most famous cartridge-based arcade system out there. Where many classic game systems have SD card solutions (to load up ROMs and play on original hardware), it’s nice to see an arcade platform get that same kind of attention. Such is the case with the new NEOSD cart. I’m not sure how well that will work on a location machine since multi-game cabs with hundreds of games on them tend to confuse players but it works out for home collectors.
What other cart-based systems would you like to see a flash solution for?
IGN Looks At A Taito Arcade In Japan, Calls It “One Of The Best”
Pretty straightforward on this one. Thanks to Kieran for the tip
Plasma Pop Bumper Mod For Just About Any Pinball Machine
I received a few pinball mod videos that I published on Youtube the other day. Here is perhaps the most interesting one that shows a great idea for pop bumpers. I think this will work especially well on any sci-fi themed machine
Favorite Halloween Game?
Since it’s a slow news day and Halloween is right around the corner, let’s throw this out for discussion. What is your favorite Halloween/horror-themed arcade game?
After some thought, my current favorite is Namco’s Dark Escape 4D. I’ve only really played it at trade shows but it was a lot of fun, getting that atmosphere as right as you can get it in an arcade environment. The focus on phobias was a nice touch and the game plays well.
As an operator however, I still have to go with CarnEvil. I’ve had that since I opened eight years ago and it still has paid for itself many times over. It has everything that a “classic” needs to be considered such – it’s fun to play, intuitive, personality, & humor. Even the graphics manage to appeal today, despite most 3D from the 90s aging horribly. I think it is because they were going for twisted and quirky as opposed to photorealistic.
Name That Game #100 Redux – We didn’t get many guesses on NTG100 (only one was for Block Block by Capcom) so let’s give it another shot 😉