Hello fellow Arcade Heroes, welcome to the middle of the weekend. I trust that it’s going well for you all, as we head into March. This next week will have a new locations post, and hopefully more info on our first Newsbyte of the post, so let’s jump into it:
Nerf Arcade Spotted On Test
Thanks to everyone who sent this my way. A new arcade title was spotted on test at both Round 1 USA (the one in Puente Hills, CA) and Dave & Busters (in Addison, CA), and as you can see from this pic, it’s Nerf Arcade. It uses the same control panel/seating arrangement as Space Invaders Frenzy, but has ditched the giant LED screen in favor of a standard HDTV (unsure if it is 1080p or 4K). I reached out to RT about it who has no comment on it at this time, but they will soon. From the comments on Reddit, it sounds like it is a videmption title with shooting gallery-style gameplay. We’ll post more about this once information is available:
Speaking of location tests (or as online translators call them in Japan, “Rocket Tests”), Exa-Arcadia will be performing location tests of Aka & Blue Type-R at three game centers next week.
exA-Arcadia Location Test
— exA-Arcadia公式 (@exaarcadia) March 1, 2019
The Louisville Arcade Expo Is In Full Swing This Weekend
If you are anywhere near Louisville, KY, then this event is the place for arcade and video game fans to be this weekend. Check out their main website here; one of the vendors posted this video to show off a little of what you can expect to find (which also shows a Cosmotrons “Woody” cabinet; something I’ll be adding to my game room by April).
Article: How We Played Pac-Man
If you’re looking for something to read in regards to classic gaming this weekend, then I’d recommend this article by Cat Despira that gets into some retro gaming history, while focusing on one of the aspects that you only get with arcades – the cabinet. Depending on the design and the control layout, it can makes you play differently than you would using any balanced home controller or joystick. This also resulted in the distinct wear that is found on pretty much every Pac-Man machine out there (including the Ms. Pac-Man I’ve had for the past several years). Well, I’d better not spoil anymore points, just check it out 😉
Arcade Mods: Playing Puzzle Bobble With A PVC Pipe Crank
You gotta love engineer minded gamers for coming up with clever ideas like this one. It would be tempting to setup something like this on a dedicated Puzzle bobble machine – check it out!
— Dr Tom Tilley (@DrTomTilley) February 28, 2019
Darius Cozmic Collection Special Edition Lands On The Nintendo Switch
I know we have a few Darius fans around here, so if you didn’t hear the news already, you might be interested to know that Taito has launched the Darius Cozmic Collection for the Nintendo Switch in Japan. While no release has been announced for EU/NA, it does support English and the Switch doesn’t have region codes, so you can import one if you can’t wait for “maybe.” It also sold through 50% of it’s initial stock on Day 1, something that is considered good for a “niche” release. The official website for it is here.
The Neo Geo Mini Arcade Pillow
We’ve seen arcades made out of paper, cardboard & Legos, but I can’t say that I recall seeing one made to be a pillow. This is only available in Japan, although I wouldn’t be surprised if something like it shows up out West in an unofficial way before too long 😛 (Thanks to Attract Mode for the tip)
Altered Beast Rises From His Gains
Let’s end on a fun note. H/T to TusharHFA on Twitter for the “Rise from your gains” line