June 2, 2020

Raw Thrills’ Cruis’n Blast received an update in February replacing five of the 16 vehicles with different models and implementing a “bonus pricing” option.

According to Brandon Cook of Raw Thrills, the new cars came from a need to remove the Lamborghinis due to a lapse in the license. In the previous vehicles’ stead are the following additions:

  • 1959 Corvette

  • 1963 Corvette Stingray

  • 1959 Cadillac Eldorado

  • 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1

  • 2019 Nissan 370Z

“The upgrade will really be f...

June 1, 2020

For a long time now, I’ve been of the mind that it’s time for the arcade industry to charge head-on into the Internet Age. If our sector is to have any hope of competing with home consoles, we need to adopt many of their online quality-of-life features—or else face extinction.

            Third-party companies have picked up the slack where the major manufacturers have fumbled. One prominent example is Aurcade, a website dedicated to helping arcade enthusiast tracks games, locations, and scores....

May 29, 2020

Renowned manufacturer Stern Pinball recently announced the arcade industry’s worst kept secret of 2020: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“In this pinball adventure, players will go to battle as the Turtles fight villains like Shredder, the Krang and loads of super-powerful mutants, to become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way!” reads the game listing on Stern’s website.

I reached out to Stern’s director of marketing, Zachary Sharpe, to gain more insight on what m...

May 28, 2020

Bandai Namco Amusement—or, as many know them, just “Namco”—has been a force to be reckoned with in the arcade industry for more than six decades. Their pedigree is impeccable, laying claim to such greats as Pac-Man, Galaga, Time Crisis, and Tekken.

Unfortunately, this deep well of stellar coin-operated content seems to have dried up, seeing as how, in recent years, America division BNAA’s video arcade releases have become fewer and far between.

Bandai Namco Amusement America’s most recent video ga...

May 27, 2020

Developer Chips on Steroids recently began development on their latest title, Galaxy Guns, for the Neo-Geo MVS/AES, according to a recent update from news source Arcade Belgium.

“I am going to explore the theme of anime sci-fi of the ‘80s,” said developer Cedric Jules. “I love this theme and it fits very well with both the restrictions and advantages of the Neo-Geo hardware.

A concept trailer showing off the game’s visual style was released May 23. It appears that the sprites are prerendered 3D mo...

May 26, 2020

It’s hard to deny that Incredible Technologies, as great of a developer as they are, is primarily known for one thing and one thing only: Golden Tee Golf.

In a continuation of this trend, the company recently announced Golden Tee GO, the latest product to be spun off from the 31-year-old series.

“This began as a brainstorm,” said an Incredible Technologies representative in a May 16 social media post. “Actually, the whole concept emerged in someone’s dream (true story). And as we talked through th...

May 25, 2020

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again in the future: I love 3D platformers. For a multitude of reasons, the genre tickles my fancy like few others can. So, in the pursuit of more 3D platformers to play, I picked up Pac-Man World 2.

            Released in 2002 for PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox, and PC, Pac-Man World 2 is the action-packed successor to the titular dot-addict’s first 3D outing on the original Sony console....

May 22, 2020

The Ohio Coin Machine Association—a trade organization representing pinball, arcade, and jukebox operators—has filed suit against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s administration over COVID-19 restrictions that prevent patrons from using the aforementioned coin-operated machines in restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys.

Filed Thursday, the lawsuit accuses the Ohio Department of Public Health of overstepping its bounds in forbidding the use of coin-operated machines, under threat of criminal and civil r...

May 20, 2020

Step Revolution Revolution has been very busy supporting StepManiaX with further content updates over the past few months, as seen with the release of a Tracker App, 11 new songs, and the inclusion of Japanese as a supported language. 

The company announced May 6 that StepManiaX would receive 11 additional songs through an online update this month. This latest crop of tracks represents the Eurobeat, Eurodance, drum and buss, and electro swing genres, including: 

  • “Bang Bang Bang (Handsup Style...

May 18, 2020

It should come as no surprise that I think arcade games are pretty great. (I mean, have you seen my blog?) That being said, I certainly don’t believe that all arcade games are perfect all the time. There are some universal issues affecting a large number of arcade games that I’d like to see addressed—hence the existence of this lovely article.

            While I obviously can’t and ever try to force manufacturers to bend to my will, I still think it’s important to share thoughts like these publi...

May 12, 2020

Fan-favorite independent arcade game developer BumbleBear Games has announced their latest project: Abs Vs. The Blood Queen, a 2D single-player side-scrolling adventure set in the Killer Queen universe.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic—which has forced most arcades across the country to shut their doors—BumbleBear has “temporarily shifted focus” to developing a Killer Queen game that community members can play at home while constricted by social distancing guidelines.

Whereas most BumbleBear t...

May 11, 2020

With the advent of Exa-Arcadia and its swelling line-up of indie games, I’ve recently become much more invested in the world of independent development. There are a lot of really, really special games out there that unfortunately don’t always receive all the praise that they deserve.

            With that in mind, I’m on a mission to highlight some fantastic indie games (arcade or otherwise) through reviews on my blog. Today, I’m starting with the immensely charming Switch ‘N’ Shoot for the Ninte...

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