April 6, 2020

Game Refuge’s long-awaited General Chaos sequel is well underway. Now, the studio is encouraging its fans to share the news.

“Please SHARE this with everyone so it goes viral and we can bring these Great Days Back Again (sic)!” said Game Refuge is a social media post last week. The company also asked fans to send an email to generalchaos@gamerefuge.com for the “next update.”

For those, like myself, who were not previously familiar with the title, General Chaos is a multiplayer, real-time tactics g...

March 30, 2020

In an industry not exactly known for its embrace of proper web content, Stern Pinball has, in striking contrast, continually churned out top-tier content for a good, long time now. That winning streak continues with last week’s upload: The Making of Stranger Things Pinball!”

The program is the latest in Stern’s “Making of” series in which they…well, run through the process of making that video’s titular pin. If you haven’t already guessed, this particular segment documents none other than Strang...

March 25, 2020

There was once a time where Sega was hailed as the gold standard of arcade gaming. To many this reputation was primarily earned throughout the 1990s when the developer churned out hit after hit—everything from Daytona USA to The House of the Dead. While I’d argue that pedigree was carried into early 2000s, I don’t feel any enthusiasm for the Sega arcade machine of 2020.

            Thankfully, there still exist pockets of ‘90s Sega goodness in the world. One of these locations is the Walmart “Gam...

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus is a nasty thing that has more or less stopped the entire world in its tracks. That’s why it should come as no surprise that a handful of major players in the arcade industry have found it necessary to make changes during the outbreak.

            Because of the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 spread, I took it upon myself to compile arcade game manufacturers’ responses to the virus, to the best of my ability, for your reading convenience. Hopefully, what I’ve written will he...

March 19, 2020

After an 8-year hiatus, Cave’s DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou is making its valiant return to arcades with the “Exa Label” suffix for the Exa-Arcadia platform.

The original version of DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou was released exclusively in Japan by Cave for arcades on the CAVE CV1000D system in 2012 and for homes on Xbox 360 in 2013. It served as the sixth installment in the DonPachi series of vertical danmaku shooters.

DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou Exa Label is licensed by and developed in association with Cave. As...

March 18, 2020

Welp, here’s something I never expected to write.

The new coronavirus virus disease, dubbed COVID-19, seems to have left no facet of our lives untouched. As a preventative measure, almost all “nonessential” endeavors have been halted, with a healthy dose of quarantine to boot.

Naturally, these precautions are extremely important if we want to quell the spread of the virus before things get really wild. Regardless, I’d be flat-out lying if I said I wasn’t bummed out by all these ramifications.

For o...

March 16, 2020

According to a recent post from our friends at Arcade Belgium, producer/composer Motoaki Furukawa wants to bring his upcoming shoot-em-up, Steam Pilots, to arcades through Exa-Arcadia.

Steam Pilots saw a crowdfunding campaign from December 6, 2019 to March 6, 2020 for a PC release. After the wildly successful campaign ended—blowing past its 2,500,000円with 8,133,000円raised—the title was given a targeted September 2020 release date.

A former musician at Konami, Furukawa devised Steam Pilots the orig...

March 9, 2020

Streets of Rage 4 is shaping up nicely for its Spring 2020 console and PC release. In fact, just last month, developer Lizardcube released a new trailer announcing two-player online co-op, four-player local co-op, and Floyd Iraia, the fifth playable character.

I find all this massively exciting, of course.The beautiful and action-packed Streets of Rage 4 looks to be everything I could possibly want. Well…everything except in arcades.

I’ll gladly admit that this qualm may initially sound...

February 20, 2020

Galloping Ghost Productions' ambitious one-on-one fighter Dark Presence—which, might I remind you, is now over 10 years in the making—will be playable at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.

Yes, this is very big news.

In an Instagram post Wednesday, Galloping Ghost Arcade shared that they were performing “high end testing” on Dark Presence in preparation for the event, alongside a photo of the deluxe-style “M.A.C.K.” cabinet.

Known primarily for its use of highly fluid digitized actors...

February 19, 2020

Step Revolution’s hit dance game StepManiaX is confirmed to undergo a location test in the UK this spring, according to developer Kyle Ward.

The news first broke in a tweet from renowned UK arcade manager Toby Na Nakhorn, saying: “Toby dancegamering news. Stepmaniax arcade cab will be tested in London this Spring.”

The information was publicly verified shortly after when Ward quote-tweeted Na Nakhorn. “Excited for the UK to experience ‪#StepManiaX [Union Jack emoji],” he said. “@7Ten shhh it's sup...

February 17, 2020

Indie developer Three Flip studios recently released an “arcade reveal trailer” for their upcoming/already released blob warfare title Armed and Gelatinous—and yes, it’s precisely as ‘80s-themed as we could have possibly hoped.

(Although this news is now two weeks old, I wanted to write about it nonetheless. I’ve been pretty swamped with school and non-Wilcox Arcade work lately.)

In this corny romp of an advertisement, we’re treated to a brief look at the Armed and Gelatinous arcade cabinet—in all...

February 10, 2020

Developed by Confused Pelican and published by Tikipod, Iron Crypticle is a four-player, “twin-stick dungeon shooter” following the exploits of Cryptonia’s kingsguard as they recover the kingdom’s abducted princess and stolen treasures. For this exA-Arcadia preview, I’ll be looking at the Nintendo Switch version of the game (now available for $3.99 on the eShop).

Iron Crypticle is loaded with retro influences. According to the title’s official Steam listing, this includes core gameplay inspired b...

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