Welcome to Newsbytes, a curation of news & videos from around the wonderful world of arcades & pinball. I’m trying to complete another Location Watch post as well but am also looking to do a video version of those from here on out.
Here’s the news:
CAX 2022: Major Havoc: The Promised End Revealed
California Extreme 2022 is well underway in San Jose, and as a part of that, there are panels. One of those panels was attended by Arcade Heroes reader MrJBRPG, where Owen Rubin revealed the long awaited ROM update to his 1983 arcade game, Major Havoc. As that game did not feature an ending(something that once led to a lawsuit against Atari), this update adds that plus some other enhancements and additions. Those include:
- 8 new levels + 4 secret levels
- Additional warps
- Homeworld Space station
- 3D Star Castle battle restored
- Speech support
- Updated attract mode
- Multilingual support
- A level editor
- The long promised end of the game
And more. I asked MrJBRPG to ask if Owen (pictured on the left below) had thought about making a MH pinball machine (since he’s a big fan of pinball) but it seems to have never crossed his mind. 🙂
If you are interested in grabbing the ROMs, they can be found here, along with the level editor. It will also work with MAME – that’s good news given how difficult it is to find the original machine. Still, if I ever get an MH cab, I’d make sure this update was applied to it.
CAX 2022: Vctr-Sctr by Digital Eclipse & Atari
When I visited CAX 2018, Mike Mika of Digital Eclipse had brought along an interesting 6-player variation of Atari’s Warlords to the show called Starlords. That was just a one-off project; Now, Digital Eclipse has developed another Atari-inspired game called Vctr Sctr and brought it to CAX 2022. This is also a one-off, designed to highlight the upcoming Atari 50th Anniversary Collection, with Vctr-Sctr itself being a new game that is a mash-up of various Atari vector classics:
Promo For Virtual Rabbids Ultra HD
LAI Games uploaded a bunch of videos the other day, most of which were about games they’ve been selling for a while. One exception was this promo for their new upgrade to the popular VR ride, Virtual Rabbids:
Firestone Financial Halts Amusement Lending
As I was writing about this it was turning into an entire blog post so instead of doing that, I decided to do a video. While this primarily affects arcade operators and potential arcade ops, it’s also going to affect you the player, since it could mean fewer new games turning up out there – at least at smaller venues. I’m sure that most big chains & FECs will be fine – although fortunately there are other lenders in the biz. Let’s just hope that they don’t follow Firestone’s lead here. Link to the Replay article.
UNIS Launches TekyGo! Exergame System
“Kidtainment” has been gaining more traction in our industry in recent years and now UNIS is looking to build on that using an exercise angle with their new TekyGo! platform. This had been initially teased back in late 2020 under a different name but due to how things shook out with the pandemic, it was delayed until now. It’s also principally being sold straight to consumers, however, there is an FEC version available in 2 & 4-player flavors. The target age for this is 6 & under; More details would presumably be available from your UNIS distributor:
Japan Game Updates
[Thanks to Ted H. for most of these JP ones; Milk Chan also shared by a couple of others] Described to me as “one of the final APM3 games,” this was designed by the same team that created Umihara Kawase. As far as the gameplay on this one, it’s…different. Here’s the trailer so you can be the judge; The main website is here.
Japan’s going Touhou crazy between the release of the first full Touhou arcade game and this collab with Initial D: The Arcade:
Starhorse 4 is doing a mobile game collab with Uma Musume. Ted said he read speculation that this could hint at an Uma Musume arcade game for Japan.
Konami is launching Jubeat Ave. next Wednesday. This is a surprise given that Konami hasn’t touched the game in a while.
The rhythm game by Marvelous is going offline at the end of August. This game is out there in the US mainly through Round1USA; Ted says that UNIS grabbed the rights in China for it, but it’s nowhere to be found on their own website (which is typical as some releases get a page on their site, some don’t)
Photos From The SoulCalibur 2 Location Test – There’s a series I miss seeing in arcades proper
[Home gaming] Big Buck Hunter Marksman gets a major update
[Home Gaming] Time For Another Home-Made Mario Kart Arcade Cabinet
[Home Gaming] The Evolution Of Steam Tags
That’s all for this week, have fun out there!