November 13, 2019

With over 20 games already announced, it seemed reasonable to me that exA-Arcadia’s content trickle would eventually sputter to a halt. Then Chaos Code and Super Battle Princess Madelyn were revealed today at a press conference in Japan.

            Let’s dive into things, shall we?

Chaos Code

Chaos Code is a one-on-one fighter developed by FK Digital and published by Arc System Works initially released for Sega’s RingWide arcade system in 2011...

November 12, 2019

If you were worried that the recently more redemption-leaning Sega Amusements wouldn’t bring any surprise video games to IAAPA…boy, do I have a story for you.

This morning, Sega announced via press release that it will debut Mission: Impossible Arcade at IAAPA 2019, marking the first time, to my knowledge, the iconic spy franchise will have graced the coin-op market.

Misson: Impossible Arcade is a four-player, mounted-gun rail shooter in which players assume the roles of IMF trainees and complete...

November 11, 2019

Good evening, fellow arcade gamers. Today’s news dump isn’t the most timely—especially with more IAAPA 2019 news popping up every day—but I wanted to share these items nonetheless. Prepare for arcade awesomeness.

exA-Arcadia preorders are open!

After long last, arcade operators and collectors outside of Japan will finally be privy to six games from the ever-expanding exA-Arcadia library. Now’s the chance to get a jumpstart on Strania EX, The Kung Fu Vs. Karate Champ, Infinos Exa, Akyrios Exa, Supe...

October 30, 2019

Indie darling Nippon Marathon is coming soon to exA-Arcadia—bringing with it a host of exciting, exclusive goodies.

Nippon Marathon Turbo Hyper Running went on location test at Ikebukuro Gesen Mikado in Takadanobaba, Tokyo from August 18 to 24, where Japanese players had their first opportunity to explore the latest iteration of the game.

(While I wish so, so dearly we’d get a location test in the United States—something exA-Arcadia has been very quiet about—I can be patient.)

To gain more insight...

October 28, 2019

It’s late October, everybody, which that means plenty of arcade news is coming our way. Here’s what I’ve compiled this week.

A new Raw Thrills driving game at IAAPA 2019?

While pre-IAAPA news from all manufacturers has been pretty sparse so far, Raw Thrills and Betson recently teased a new driving game.

            The news, detailed on Betson’s IAAPA 2019 booth webpage, depicts the silhouetted figure of a group of driving game cabinets. Apart...

October 21, 2019

Though I try to make Wilcox Arcade as exclusively “by players, for players” as possible, there are times I like to discuss the business side of…well, the arcade business. This is one of those instances.

This October, to get into the frightening mood, I’m hosting my first full-scale event at the Main Street Tavern game room. The premise is simple: Get the highest score on The House of the Dead, share photo proof of that score with me on social media, and be in the running to win the House of the D...

October 17, 2019

I’ve been following Glitchbit’s Retro Raccoons (previously known as Tipsy Raccoons) for a long time now. Since the beginning, I’ve been intrigued by the prospect of “The World’s First Drinkcade” and what it can bring to the woefully underserved world of multiplayer arcade party gaming.

Now, while the exact release date is still uncertain and final details are still being hammered out, I do have some minor updates I can share.

First off, Retro Raccoons now has its own official promotional flyer (co...

October 16, 2019

Let me be upfront: I don’t like sports. Regardless of whether they’re played on fields, courts, diamonds, or computers monitors, hyper-competition isn’t something that excites me. Even so, I can appreciate sports for what they are.

This is my current relationship with esports. While I have no interest in watching gamers duke it out myself—even if they are super-duper skilled—I respect those who can make a living at it. And I respect the specific titles that are popular in this scene.

Arcades, desp...

October 16, 2019

Seven years after its initial release, Play Mechanix has announced that, in 2020, Big Buck HD will be seeing what may be its biggest update yet.

Big Buck Hunter: Reloaded follows an esteemed legacy of timed content releases, including Duck Dynasty Edition, In Case of Zombies: Doe of the Dead—both making up the “Wild” update—and Buckzilla. This latest offering, though still iterative, is borderline sequel in scope.

Take a gander at the trailer. (For reasons unknown, the Reloaded trailer is currentl...

October 14, 2019

An annual Golden Tee is as inevitable as the rising and setting of the sun. And while the regularity of the series is not regarded with contempt like, say, 2K Sports and EA Sports releases, I still see it as somewhat of a “crutch” for developer Incredible Technologies.

Yes, the series is wildly popular. Yes, each installment of the current “LIVE” series is full of gameplay enhancements, additional features, and healthy doses of new content. But have you wondered what would happen if one...

October 9, 2019

Good afternoon, my coin-op comrades. Today, I bring you a gift. Not a particularly good gift—nor a particularly timely one—but a gift just the same.

What is this benign offering, you ask? None other than a new discussion video on the Wilcox Arcade YouTube channel.

My latest video (actually posted on September 23) covers the location test sighting of Tetris Dimensions, a new entry in the long-running block puzzle series from Play Mechanix, Raw Thrills, and I.C.E. (All photos and footage courtesy of...

October 6, 2019

You know, I make no pretense toward my undying fondness for the exA-Arcadia platform. I think it’s completely kick-butt, I’m highly biased in its favor, and I want it to be a resounding success worldwide.

That being said, I’ve got some more exA news to share, courtesy of our arcade-lovin’ friend JBRPG. So that’s cool.

The last time we heard anything about the system price—seen in this Shmup ‘Em All interview from December 2018—we were given the ballpark price of $2,000 for one kit and as $1,000 to...

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